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I wonder... if this product is designed to have the audio output via the dock connector, and the remote control has a volume knob... could it be that this product can control volume while keeping line out quality!?

Posted by benjs on September 26, 2005 at 7:15 PM (PDT) Comment 1

Scratch that... question answered in article.

Posted by benjs on September 26, 2005 at 7:18 PM (PDT) Comment 2

Bought the DLO HomeDud. NOISE abounds. The docking is a prelude to damaging your ipod. Horrible unit. Buy the Apple Universal Dock; I did. It's a dream The HomeDud deserves a "D;" passes but is a step from failure. Looks great ;preforms like a poor connection; docks like a drunk falling down the stairs. Teters.
Sorry this one is a great doorstop.

Posted by Macburt on November 3, 2005 at 5:35 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I've used the Home Dock with my 4G Color, 6 Gig Mini, and now my 5G 60 Gig and all have performed quite well with this unit.

The previous reviewer’s comments regarding noise have certainly not been my experience my Home Dock is connected to a fairly high-end home theater system, and I've not noticed any issue with noise in-fact there is absolute silence between tracks even at elevated volumes.

As far as the units low sensitivity to the remote commands, I too experienced this at first; however I soon discovered the issue had more to do with careless assembly then the actual remote. In my case the poor performance was directly related to a misaligned receiver LED which was angled upward almost out of view of its lens. I removed the unit’s base plate and gentle repositioned the receiver LED aligning it with its lens, once accomplished the performance of the remote was much improved requiring only several minutes’ effort on my part. I've since programmed my Harmony remote to control the Home Dock along with my other system components leaving the stock remote parked in the base unit to serve as a back-up.

With the exception of the misaligned LED the Home Dock has been a solid performer, and the adjustable mount has allowed me to switch between several sizes of iPods without the need for multiple inserts. All-in-All I’d have no problem recommending this unit to anyone wanting a versatile iPod dock.

Posted by RJP63 on November 14, 2005 at 8:19 PM (PDT) Comment 4

I just got the DLO homedock for my 4th generation 60G ipod. I am very happy with it. I did notice a bit distortion with the EQ on in my ipod. I usually use the loudness one, since my car stereo is stock. It sounded rough and distorted with this EQ setting on. When I turned off the EQ, it sounded fine playing through my receiver. No distortion, no issues. It was real simple to hook up and I have been listening to it now for several days. I have had no problems using the remote, it seems very responsive. I would highly recommend this dock and will eventually get a second for my stereo in my bedroom.

Posted by alexcmh on November 18, 2005 at 10:24 AM (PDT) Comment 5

I know that this article was made before the 5G Ipods, or i think so... But does this dock support or display Videos on your TV clearly? What's this about an S-video cable?

Posted by joemader on November 19, 2005 at 6:19 PM (PDT) Comment 6

well, DLO's website says it does.... I'm guesing through the Double-RCA cables... but good quality? Will is display the ipods resolution in a weird widescreen or stretched full-screen?

Posted by joemader on November 19, 2005 at 6:23 PM (PDT) Comment 7

joemader: the S-video cable is a standard video cable, transmitting video at a higher quality than typical composite video cables (the single, yellow-ringed RCA connector you see in the picture of the back of this device). Most televisions produced these days have such an input, and you'll even typically find one on the *front* of some televisions (since many video cameras have S-video cable adaptors).

The video out should look just the same as if you were to plug a video-capable iPod directly into a television. This should act as just a pass-through. It will be more about the device (iPod) and less about the adaptor.

Posted by bldxyz on November 29, 2005 at 6:06 PM (PDT) Comment 8

I have actually found an issue with my DLO HomeDock. It really bites because I love the friggin' unit. Functionality is awesome, the remote kind of bites but I guess I can get over that. What I do wish they'd done is use RF frequency rather than Infrared, like Griffin does with its Airlink products. I like being able to press a button and having it work the first time.

As for my actual issue, I can actually hear almost a hissing/distorting sound when watching a video that has low volume in it. In fact, I noticed that if I pause a video and spin the dial to advance to a further or previous section of the video I can hear this sound even louder. My guess is that what I'm hearing is the sound of my Hard Drive spinning. I've checked my cables and I'm good. This, by the way happens with both my Black 60GB Video iPod and my wife's White 60GB Video iPod.

Anyone else experiencing the same issue or something similar?

Posted by mickeysindahouse on December 8, 2005 at 1:03 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I'm currently using a Homedock with my 5G iPod. I have to agree with Macburt. If you have the ocassion do this simnple test: set the EQ off, put the iPod on the homedock and hook the headphone out to a different input channel of your home stereo with a minijack-to-RCA cable. That way you can compare the sound quality of headphone out and homedock's line-out just by changing source selection.

The line-out quality is so bad that I've ended up leaving the headphones out connection as the normal configuration. The line-out not only distorts at no matter what iPod / stereo volume combination: it produces all sorts of "space invaders" type of noises in the background. That does not happen with the headphone out.

Then, if you can, do another test: try Apple dock's line-out or pocketdock's... No more noises or distortions. MUCH better quality than headphone's out.

So, if appart of convinience and look, you value sound quality, do not get homedock as I did.

Posted by pablogt on December 16, 2005 at 1:30 AM (PDT) Comment 10

I have a huge problem with this product. When connected to my computer and my computer speakers at the same time, the music only comes out of my built-in laptop speakers, not the powered ones connected to the dock. I have to unplug them from the DLO Homedock and plug them into my computer jack in order to hear the music. When my computer is off, I need to reconnect the powered speakers to the dock. Is that normal or am I doing something wrong? If normal, this is a huge inconvenience.

Posted by MimicMan on December 29, 2005 at 7:40 AM (PDT) Comment 11

I will start by saying that I really like this unit - wish I could say I love it, but the "noise" problem prevents that. I've go a 5G iPod, the Homedock, and I've got that attached to a a Tivoli Model Two.

Okay, so noise shows up in two situations: 1) When the backlight on the iPod turns off, a low hissing starts. Not a problem with loud rock, but with my folk and classical you can hear. Only solution I can find ... keep the backlight on.

2) I noticed that often at the beginning of a song (especially in shuffle mode) I swear I could hear the hard drive spinning up for a second or two through the speakers, and then I had to put up with about four seconds of weird random tickings and poppings (while the music was playing). Pretty irritating. I have found, though (and this makes no sense to me) that if i turn the volume on my Model Two down really low and I control the volume of the speakers with the Homedock's remote the problem virtually cannot be heard. (Yes if you listen really really carefully you can still hear it, but you have to strain to do so.) The moment you start increasing the volume via the Model Two's volume control, the noise problem starts increasing too.

So would I buy it again? Probably, because I do like the look of it, the sound (now that I have a work around for the issue above), and it is handy having some place to put the remote so you don't lose it. In fact having found the work around, I would say the hissing when the backlight shuts off actually bothers me more and is what might make me stop and reconsider.

Posted by csbeardsley on January 9, 2006 at 10:18 PM (PDT) Comment 12

Along with the others above, I heard the "Space Invader" sounds the second I started up this dock. They seem to correlate with iPod activity. I fiddled with my receiver's volume and the dock's volume in an attempt to minimize this problem to no avail.

In addition, the music was distorted no matter what volume the receiver and dock were set to.

This $100 piece of junk will go back to Best Buy tomorrow.

Posted by junior_jam on January 10, 2006 at 7:24 PM (PDT) Comment 13

with 3g ipod, light, shuffle and repeat buttons will not work.

Posted by ipodgolf on February 24, 2006 at 3:09 AM (PDT) Comment 14

I bought this the other day for my new black iPod 30gig video 5th generation unit.

Works flawlessly. No noise issues. Have it hooked to a Sony receiver for audio and video amp and passthrough to home theater.

Has:

-Stereo out
-Video out
-Charging
-USB connection to computer
-Nice dock
-Remote control

Everything you need, one box. Very good all-in-one for 5G iPod Video.



Not sure why the low rating, it does things that the Kensington’s Stereo Dock does not.
Kensington does not do video out, and does not hook to your computer - DLO does both.


Not sure why Jeremy said "Kensington’s similarly equipped Stereo Dock". USB and VIDEO seem to be a big deal, at least to me. Also, nitpicking the dock design? Look at Kensington's big WIRE that's holding the iPod upright - now that's ugly!


For an even better version, check out the DLO Home Dock DELUXE version which puts the navigation of your ipod right on the TV screen, so you can see it from a distance away - like across the room. Awesome.

Posted by yagrax on March 10, 2006 at 1:05 PM (PDT) Comment 15
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