Connecting an iPod to a stereo

Q: I need to buy a cord to play my iPod through my home stereo. I have a choice between one that goes into the headphone jack and one that goes into the Dock Connector on the bottom of the iPod.

They both have a red and a white RCA plug on the other end to go into the amp. Which method will give me the best sound? Thanks.

– Anonymous

A: Technically speaking you will get better sound quality from the Dock Connector as it provides a straight line-level audio output. Unlike the headphone jack, audio going to the Dock Connector is not amplified nor attenuated by the iPod’s own volume controls.