I have had the same problem--while the unit was plugged in and with batteries in--so no lack of power! I took the batteries out completely--so it is only plugged into the outlet--and it seems to be working fine...for now.
I have had devices in the past that would not work properly when the batteries were low--even though plugged into the wall (so getting plenty of power)--maybe this is one of them. If that is the case (I've only tried this in the past day--so can't brag of long-term success yet!), then I would think that I'd only use batteries when I truly want it to be portable--and make sure they are fresh. Not ideal, but given how much I enjoy the device, is a minor headache.
My unit has the same problem, but only when used with batteries. It works just fine wher plugged with the AC/DC converter. I guess it's lack of voltage or milli Amps.
The EQ selected on your iPod doesn't seem to make any difference with this problem. Maybe it's a matter of not enough juice: Alcaline batteries work at 1.5 volts, but NiMh batts work at 1.2 Maybe that difference is enough to create that awful sound.
It's sad, but I'm glad (rhyme not intended) that others have had this problem because so have I. Then it means it's not my fault. Anyway, I took out my older batteries and am trying that first. If that doesn't work then I'll try another one of the suggestions here. Also, as a comic aside.... my younger brothers thought this noise sounded like breaking wind, (or as they said-- *****) and cracked up. They wanted to hear it again!!! Thanks for your help.
I had the same problem the loud noise would boom and the volume would automatically lower way down. The only thing I've found that helps is to go into the settings on the ipod and select the bass reducer option. That is the only thing that has helped me and I'm not sure if it's a long term solution.
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If you bought this you this new, take it right back to the place of purchase, you still must have warranty and I would use it asp other wise you will be stuck with a unit that will get worse. This is clearly a manufacture defect.
Hello....sounds like there may be a problem with the audio portion of the Ipod dock....If the unit is still under warranty...I would return it...But first...I would try another Ipod because all Ipods may not be compatible with your system..Is there a way you can try a different Ipod?...If so...I would start there....Let me know.....I hope this was helpful.....PEACE.....
Hi Annebeth9, had the same problem with an ipod nano 5th gen.. After reseting the ipod with itunes (sorry i am from germany, in german its "wiederherstellen" in the version wndow beneath the "search for updates" button) everything worked fine again. These little electronic devices steal more of your time than you like, i am thinking of switching back to vinyl. Helmut from Berlin
The JBL Onstage Micro is supposed to disable recharging of the iPod when running off AAA batteries to avoid draining them, but sometimes this setting gets stuck even when the unit is plugged in through the AC adaptor. The workaround that I found is pulling out and reconnecting the iPod to the Onstage Micro (while both are powered on) and then unplugging and reconnecting the AC adaptor. Sometimes you have to repeat this process, but the iPod should start recharging after that. I tried it on the new 5th generation nano and this seems to work.
the ipod of the 4th generation does only charge in USB mode and the Harman & kardon speaker only supports I link charge mode(fire wire 1394) so i bought an awsome sounding machine wich does not charge my ipod nano.
however i must say that i have a solution, when you put the USB cable in the back of the H&K, you can charge the nano with a charging device of an ipod.
The JBL On Stage Micro is supposed to disable recharging of the iPod when running off AAA batteries to avoid draining them, but sometimes this setting gets stuck even when the unit is plugged in through the AC adapter. The workaround that I found is pulling out and reconnecting the iPod to the Onstage Micro (while both are powered on) and then unplugging and reconnecting the AC adapter. Sometimes you have to repeat this process, but the iPod should start recharging after that. I tried this on different versions of the iPod nano and this seems to work.
I just had this exact problem. I'm using an ipod mini. I solved it by docking the ipod firmly at the angle the dock is at and have the ipod at an angle, not flat. I put the plastic and rubber adapter for the mini as instructed and also placed the rubber adapter for the nano upside down to keep the ipod propped at an angle. (Also can use something similar to keep ipod propped up at an angle) Took a while when I first used to figure out how the dock worked. The dock is a little weird how it is hinged to go from an angle to flat. Nothing in the instructions about this. By putting the ipod flat it would still have a connection to charge and play but the power shuts off every 10 minutes. I spent a whole night having it shut off every 10 minutes. This drives me crazy when systems have features like that which always seems to cause more problems (just my humble opinion) By having the ipod at an angle I'm currently just now having it run an hour and 20 minutes and counting with no shut offs,(fingers crossed) but so far so good. Saw on the internet that if the ipod is not connected firmly the system has an auto shut down. I think the ipod's weight propped at an angle keeps the connection firm. Also some said they want to see the ipod display, there you go!!!! This seems to be working so far for me, may be worth a try...I was about to return mine but I love the sound so I'm keeping mine now!!!! Works fine. Happy camper again. Please reply if this works for anyone it worked for me.
hi , instade of going thru USB, just plug a stereo RC pin to the Headphone socket of the iPod and the other RC connectors to the line in of the stereo system, play the Ipod, u can now hear it from ur steroe system.let me know
I just had the same problem with songs loaded using I-tunes and then I used windows media player to convert the songs to mp3 format and dragged and dropped the songs onto the ipod and it plays fine now.