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IPod hookup to Home audio system

More people these days seem to want to connect their iPod to a home amplifier setup and so there are more units being sold to do so but for those folks who have an older stereo or amp/receiver there is a way to do this. All you need is a little adapter cable sold at Radio Shack or online at Amazon.com which connects iPod to audio amp/receiver. Just plug the 3.5mm stereo male end into the iPod earphone jack and the other end with the 2 RCA plugs, red and white, into an available input on the amp or receiver (CD or AUX for example) and adjust the volume. Be sure to select the input on the receiver where you connected the iPod.

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Many options are available to connect your iPod to your car stereo. Back on September 7, 2005, Apple reported that approximately 30% of new cars sold in the US in 2006 would offer seamless integration with the iPod, and that number has been steadily increasing since then. In 2008, Apple heralded that "over 90 percent of new cars sold in the United States have an option for iPod connectivity".

As a result, third-party solutions have become less and less necessary for those lucky enough to be able to afford new or newer cars. Regardless, a round up of options still may be useful for those with older vehicles and/or limited budgets.

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everytime i hook ipod upthe powere cuts off


Possible that the ipod is giving some errors like a high input which is not matching to the amplifier and so make the protection cut off.
Reduce the voltage of the ipod, connect the ipod using a cord that has a impedance matching circuit to the input of the amplifier.
if you are using the earphone output to the aux input it is a mismatch, so the impedance must be matched with a resistor network.... converting a low to a high impedance.

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