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SiK intros line-out/FireWire adapter

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageSiK has announced the ram din, a portable line-out and FireWire adapter for all Dock Connector iPod models. Access to an iPod’s line-out audio is provided via a gold-plated right-angle stereo mini plug, while the FireWire port allows you to charge/sync your iPod.

“The ram din is the perfect solution for connecting your iPod to an external headphone amplifier or other device with line input,” says SiK. The ram din, which is now shipping, is available in black or white for $21.95.

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Comments

1

Handy, although I don’t know if I would have put a 1/8” mini plug at the end of the line-out jack.  Wouldn’t dual RCA jacks have been more universal for connecting to stereos and such (except for car stereos, I guess)?

However, if someone were to come up with a line-in utility for the iPod, this might be a little more useful.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on April 12, 2005 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

2

yea, and the cables are way too short.

Posted by jau in dc on April 12, 2005 at 2:12 PM (PDT)

3

Is there a functionality difference between this and the original din? I like that a lot better since I can use whatever the heck 1/8” cable I want. The 7” thing is way too short for anything with a male connector.

Posted by muzicman82 on April 12, 2005 at 8:08 PM (PDT)

4

I have the Sik Imp thing which is basically this but with a female jack plug and a car charger to Firewire cable (so it can charge the iPod as I use it).

Coupled with a TuneCast2 it works very well in the car. I used to connect the TuneCast to the iPod’s headphone socket and that worked OK.

Howeve, the line level output is much stronger than the headphone one so you get a MUCH better signal from the TuneCast and the sound quality and reception are both much improved.

Totally recommended.

PushButtonAction - what on earth use would a line in be? It’s not like the iPod can record. Or is this another “what would be great” idea like people seem to dream up without any “real world” grounding?

Posted by PugRallye on April 13, 2005 at 1:29 AM (PDT)

5

what on earth use would a line in be? It’s not like the iPod can record. Or is this another “what would be great? idea like people seem to dream up without any “real world? grounding?

PugRallye—

The iPod can, in fact, record.  The iMic, iTalk, etc. has proven that already. 

However, these mic-level recording devices use a different recording level than line-level, which would be useful for field recording of live shows from soundboards, DJ sets, and my own home electronic music production. 

Yes, it would be great.  Yes, it does have “real world” grounding.  And yes, I believe it’s possible, just underexplored.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on April 13, 2005 at 5:17 AM (PDT)

6

I stand corrected - how do you record on an iPod then?

Posted by PugRallye on April 13, 2005 at 5:27 AM (PDT)

7

No?

Anyone?

Posted by PugRallye on April 13, 2005 at 8:32 AM (PDT)

8

To record onto an iPod as is, would require using the accessory port, and using RS-232 to transmit the code to put the iPod in recording mode.  The information pertaining to this can be found at iPod Accessory Protocol.

Posted by Truthslayer on April 13, 2005 at 8:44 AM (PDT)

9

Silly me - it’s all so simple…..

Posted by PugRallye on April 13, 2005 at 8:50 AM (PDT)

10

Erm…or you could just buy an iTalk or similar iPod mic, plug it in and follow the directions.

Posted by PushButtonAction in Atlanta, GA on April 13, 2005 at 9:20 AM (PDT)

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