[QUOTE=AllanDeGroot;2206189]It is less an issue of audio reproduction quality than it is one of
insufficient audio LEVEL on playback.
iPods aren’t only designed to be smaller but have been designed with serious consideration to power consumption.
even relatively small increases in volume level take double the power consumption to accomplish.
Presuming efficient amplifier design a 50% increase in volume
takes slightly more than twice the power consumed at the previous level.
iPods work fine with very efficient earbud headsets and when directly connected to “docking” stations but if you are connecting to a conventional audio system with “cables” the loss in the cables and the fact that the audio system at the end of the cables isn’t SPECIFICALLY designed for ipod input it’s not gonna sound good.
I’n not saying that you need some sort of "super cable"
I’m saying that ALL cables will create loss and an iPod has precious little in the way of reserves to make it up.
I’m saying that losing 30% of “not enough” will be noticed more than 10% of “way too much”
You ipod MAY sound better if externally powered when you are playing back to an external audio system, but it may not.
Please rememer iPods are by definition designed for "portability"
and thus certain (major) compromises had to be made in their creation.
There are other means of playing back audio when you don’t need to “take it with you”
“compactness” and “battery life” considerations and the required compromises… do I really need to spell it out?
THE problem is an inherent one with all small devices that must run for as long as possible on a TINY Lithium Ion battery.
Great Explanation, thanks for all the help, guys!
So I now just need to look for the biggest a baddest ipod docking system available!
O and one more question, say I ran an A/V cable straight out of my computer to speakers?
It should sound identical to source beacuse the power supply is 120v? no?