August 1st 2012
By Mike Flaminio
If you're looking to deliver music from your iPhone/iPad/iPod, the easiest is to run a headphone jack into an auxiliary input. This might be a home theater amp, car stereo, or some kind of boombox. This works well enough, except the headphone jack is designed to drive consumer headphones while most of the audio devices mentioned are expecting line level audio. That headphone jack could be as much as half juice of a conventional audio component.
The best, and thus most expensive option is to install a dedicated DAC between an iDevice and stereo, but a much more affordable solution is to look at line out dock adapters. The cables are essentially a 30-pin connector on one end and a stereo analog cable on the other. And that brings us to the new 3-foot long LineOut Pro from Cable Jive.
The LineOut Pro is available now for $10.95 and is compatible with all iPad, iPhone, and iPods except the shuffle.