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Just tried to use my new Sendstation PocketDock (Firewire w/ Line out) with a 4G 40Gb iPod (Model M9268X), and can't get anything to happen other than the iPod charging. No sync or mounting as disk. I'm using iPod software v. 3.0, OS 10.3.4 and a G4 Aluminum Powerbook, along with a standard 6-pin Firewire cable.

Anything I'm missing?

Thanks in advance.

Posted by W.Howard on August 8, 2004 at 4:14 PM (PDT) Comment 21

I just bought PocketDock line out combo.


It's amazing, my car stereo never sounded better. Sounds are clearer, i can hear cymbals and guitar strums in much better clarity.

One note though, I think casette adaptors does create a bit of noise and distortion. Fortunately, my car audio has a line in / auxiliry in stereo minijack input.

Definitely a must buy if you're very particular about music quality in your car or at home. In a closed environment like this you're bound to hear the difference.

Posted by Shuvit on September 6, 2004 at 6:01 AM (PDT) Comment 22

I just picked up a PocketDock LineOut on impulse from my local CompuSmart (Canadian computer superstore, sure beats shipping from the US and potential customs duties) for $40 Cdn. I've been looking at the SiK imp, but just never wanted to bother cross-border shipping; I didn't need one THAT badly.

Using it in my old clunker of a car ('95 Sunfire, stock stereo) with a 4G 20GB iPod via a cassette adapter, it does sound noticably better than just going through the headphone port. It's appreciably LOUDER and clearer. Sure there's some distortion, but what do you expect from a cassette adapter? Fits perfectly through my TuneDok too.

In my brother's Element (which has a built-in 3.5mm stereo Line-In AUX by the glovebox), it sounds ever cleaner. I'm sure it has something to do with also having far superior speakers, but there isn't that audible "tape hiss" you get using most of these casette adapters.

Well worth the price if you value clean, loud audio from your iPod.

Posted by Patrick C on September 24, 2004 at 7:31 AM (PDT) Comment 23

Anyone know where to buy the pocket dock with line out in Canada/Toronto?

I went to CompuSmart (Scarborough) but they seem to be sold out.

Thanks. Noel.

Posted by Kage99 on October 5, 2004 at 3:07 AM (PDT) Comment 24

On the FireWire & Audio Line Out pocketdock- this may be a stupid question- but if I have the line out going to my stereo how can I charge it at the same time? Is there a firewire car charger?
I see the SiK imp has it but as you all noted, the cord is hanging out even when it's not charging. I just want to be able to charge it if it runs down on a long drive after I forgot to charge it.

Thanks in advance!

Posted by RachelZ3 on October 12, 2004 at 1:09 PM (PDT) Comment 25

Natch, right after I posted I found the missing firewire-only car charger. There is one from Macally that is $9 @PC connection but no one knows if it will work with all these adapters:
3G iPod/pocketdock/firewire thin cable/car charger
and I dont think this cheapie car charger has surge protection...
but it's the nicest looking little charger and if it works like this it will be a convenient way to carry around a 6 pin to 6 pin firewire cable instead of a cable that can only be used with the iPod. Versatility.
I hope I am not screwing up!

Posted by RachelZ3 on October 12, 2004 at 1:56 PM (PDT) Comment 26

Can ANYONE attest to the Pocketdock with Line-Out fitting the Vaja iVod Remixed for 4G iPods? Enquiring minds want to know!!!

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on November 30, 2004 at 1:30 AM (PDT) Comment 27

Just got the Pocketdock with firewire and line-out for playing the iPod in the car. So far, I'm very pleased with the performance of the pocketdock--no distortion or surprises. It's extremely small and seems well made. Unlike the SIK Din, it doesn't have the cables sticking out of it--a much better design than the SIK.

Posted by makabe on January 4, 2005 at 4:35 PM (PDT) Comment 28

Contour Showcase owners - WATCH OUT! the PocketDock w/ Line Out will NOT fit! the PocketDock w/ line out is HUGE compared to standard dock connectors. Obviously this is to accomodate the 2 ports, but it makes the casing of the connector too big for a lot of cases. It looks like the Sik Din will work, as the connector appears to be the standard size. Even though the cords stick out with that one, at least it will fit - i think. ANYBODY tried the Sik Din with the Contour Showcase?

Posted by krex on January 5, 2005 at 12:23 AM (PDT) Comment 29

adding to my last post - if you already have the PocketDock with Line Out, and you don't have a case yet, check out Sendstation's site - they actually list compatible cases at the bottom right of the product page. Wish I'd seen that before, but the Contour Showcase IS a great case.

Posted by krex on January 5, 2005 at 12:25 AM (PDT) Comment 30

does anyone know if this will work with iSkin Evo 2? I need to know and did not see it on here or the SendStation site.

Posted by BRoge on January 12, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT) Comment 31

I purchased the FireWire + Audio Line Out PocketDock a few days ago and I am very happy with it. The adaptor is tiny and well built so it is very portable.

The line-out signal from it is great. I have plugged it into a mixing desk connected to large monitor speakers and the sound was amazing. I could raise the volume to uncomfortable levels without hearing any distortion.

I also plugged into the PocketDock a pair of headphones (SONY MDR-V250) that have their own volume control. This is what I am most happy about. The signal from the pocket dock is clear and the headphones sound much better than they did when connected through the headphone port of the iPod.

The only minus about this product is the price and the lack of a cover for the FireWire port. FW is more open than USB so dust can built up into it more easilly. I wish there was a plastic that I could cover it with. Also, for AUD $60 I would prefer to get FW cables as well as the included minijack to minijack and minijack to RCA.

Overall I am very happy with it, although I wish Apple would not make a device like this necessary. Surelly the it could be a user selectable option to have a line-out signal come out from the headphone port.

I also wish that a dock with an SPDIF or Coaxial out would be made for the iPod. Every Dolby Digital receiver has those ports. The iPod would sound even better then.

Posted by Sol on January 25, 2005 at 6:30 PM (PDT) Comment 32

I just bought one (w/Line out), and I'm getting a lot of distortion with my cassette adaptor in my Echo Hatch.

But if I use the headphone port with the cassette adaptor, I get zero distortion !!!

Doesn't look good !

The overall level is quite good though, sounds louder than the CD-player in my Toyota HU. And it fits perfectly in the Belkin Tune-Dock opening.
I just need some way of attaching it to the tune-dock.

Posted by @lx on February 24, 2005 at 12:00 PM (PDT) Comment 33

In every one of my cars that have a cassete player, all I get is goon volume with loads of distortion. SendStation will not answer e-mails regarding this problem. Do not purchase if you plan to use line out in conjunction with cassete adapter.

Posted by BRoge on March 9, 2005 at 1:42 PM (PDT) Comment 34

Of all the accessories I've bought for my iPod, this is my hands down favorite! Part of the reason I love it is that I have two firewire cables left over from an older G2 iPod, if I'd needed to buy them I might not be so happy. The line-out is quite useful, especially since my iPod in its Agent18 case won't fit in the Apple dock. The included cables are very useful and make this really a good value, in my opinion.

Posted by Aristillus on March 18, 2005 at 11:22 AM (PDT) Comment 35

Gina B, BRoge, check this out.

Update : Well, I found out what seems to be the reason for the distortion I am having with my PocketDock w/ Line Out using a cassette adapter.

It's the line level that's too much for a cassette. If you use the headphone jack instead, and keep the volume at 75% tops, there is no distortion.
But, turn it all the way up, you'll get distortion.

So get something with an adjustable line-level (Belkin auto kit) or connect to your HU using its line-in, if it has one.

But the PocketDock is a great little product. I have it with me all the time ! I'll probably see how I can use it's line-out with my car. The line-out is perfect with speakers, no distortion.

Posted by @lx on March 21, 2005 at 5:52 PM (PDT) Comment 36

I can confirm that the PocketDock is not compatible with the Vaja 4G (40gb/photo) case. The PocketDock is 30mm wide but the dock opening on the Vaja case is no more than 27mm. It definitely does not fit. I purchased both components recently.

Posted by meersan on April 25, 2005 at 5:05 PM (PDT) Comment 37

Can anyone confirm whether the PocketDock Line Out FireWire works with the iSee20 case from Contour Design? The hole in the bottom looks like it might just barely fit.

Posted by AtomicBeatBoy on June 20, 2005 at 4:55 PM (PDT) Comment 38

I recently got the PocketDock, and love the improvement in sound. However, I've been having a weird problem, I was wondering if anyone else has seen. When my headphones are plugged into the line out of the PocketDock the iPod volume control doesn't seem to work. It only give one volume, moving the iPod volume controls up or down doesn't change it??? It worked normally for about a week, and suddenly developed this problem in the last couple days. if it is a consistent problem others are seeing, I would not recommend this product. If it is fixable, then I think its a great product.

Any ideas?

Posted by NoTanMan on June 25, 2005 at 9:22 AM (PDT) Comment 39

The whole point of Line-out is to not go through the volume-changing drivers on your iPod, which can cause distortion. NO line-out should respond to the unit's volume controls.

Posted by Wilder_K_Wight on August 17, 2005 at 9:11 PM (PDT) Comment 40
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