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    I got a new Marantz PM6003 and it sounds great but the problem is that most of the music I play is via ipod. I can connect the ipod direct as an Aux input to the amp and that sounds fine - the only problem is that I can't change tracks by remote or keep the ipod charged.

    I was looking at docks and I can't find one that has phono or aux output. You see what I mean? I need something with a remote for my ipod that connects to an amp. Fairly simple request or is there a gap in the market?

    What do other ipod or mp3 listeners out there do? You use your computer? I would but again no remote and also the computer's 'fan' keeps coming on which is annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaibyrne View Post
    What do other ipod or mp3 listeners out there do? You use your computer? I would but again no remote and also the computer's 'fan' keeps coming on which is annoying.
    Rather than use your Ipod, I think you would get far better sound quality by either of the following:
    (i) Transfer the AAC/MP3 files to CDs and play these though a decent CD player. If you have the original CDs then all the better.

    or

    (ii) If your present PC is noisy and has no remote control, get a new PC and replace the standard on-board sound card with something like a Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium card. This sound card has a high spec (109 db SNR) and an optical spdif input which you can use to record from, for example, a digital radio. You should also ditch any cheap 3mm to twin RCA phono connectors you may have and go upmarket. If you wait a while a new PC should come shipped with Windows 7.
    Option (i) would be cheaper (in fact a lot cheaper if you already have a decent CD player), but it's not so much fun as getting a new PC, is it?

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    I hear you.. I actually have a very good dvd player that plays CDs. I always rated it highly for sound. The marantz I have also has a sister CD player for around the same price as the amp, but that is not necessary right now. I just got into the whole mp3 thing and don't fancy the limits of CD as regards burning, changing discs etc.
    I only have a laptop and maybe a desktop would do all this better. Maybe it would be quieter... I am running out of desk space ;-) maybe need a new desk too.
    Pity external DACs don't come with remotes. I like remotes!
    It's not easily answered is it. I am going to look at a thing called Squeezebox online now... heard about that.
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    I can recommend the Squeezebox. Looks great and has a good remote, wireless connection is a bonus too. You can even get NAS devices which will store all your music and run their own squeezebox server, so you don't necessarily need a PC always on (though it's more responsive if you do, and browser software can be nice). Let me know if you go this route since I wrote some supporting browser software that's designed with classical music in mind.

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    Thanks ... I actually bought myself a universal ipod dock online with remote and out to amplifier. It should sound the same as going ipod to amp direct, more or less. I am going to update my cables too.
    The squeezebox is a future plan though ;-)
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    How 'bout buying a cheap computer, mini-atx or barebone with passive cooling and getting a good sound card or dac? It'll sound far better than ipod, there'll be much more space to fill with music and, obviously, it's much easier to navigate.
    Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur.

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    For now the dock will do. I can't afford even a cheaper PC and DAC right now... it's something to consider though
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaibyrne View Post
    I got a new Marantz PM6003 and it sounds great but the problem is that most of the music I play is via ipod. I can connect the ipod direct as an Aux input to the amp and that sounds fine - the only problem is that I can't change tracks by remote or keep the ipod charged.

    I was looking at docks and I can't find one that has phono or aux output. You see what I mean? I need something with a remote for my ipod that connects to an amp. Fairly simple request or is there a gap in the market?

    What do other ipod or mp3 listeners out there do? You use your computer? I would but again no remote and also the computer's 'fan' keeps coming on which is annoying.

    Congratulations with your new amp! . Please get an Ipod dock that has "line out". I'm not sure of an existing Ipod remote control though.

    There is no other way for me to attach my portable to my amplifier other than the jack of my headphones and attach it to my amp's auxillary. I just use a generic /no brand mp5 player that plays flac, mp3, wav and movie files.

    I come from a generation where "remote control" had " long cables" not wireless, IR or whatever latest "tooth"nology. So my expectations are lower and I operate within the limitations of my player. I just fix my own playlist ahead of time since my player has provision for an mini sd card (reads up to 8GB), so before i shove it in the player i already have my preset tunes. I treat my mini SDs like a mini library of genre, from punk, reggae, jazz and of course classical. It also has an FM tuner (with static and all -- Steely Dan anyone?).

    Please do not buy expensive cables or connectors unless you truly hear a difference. I use a no brand connector that costs less than 1 dollar.

    The sound? I could not tell flac files from the original CDs where it came from. (caveat i might be deaf, hehe). Kidding aside its amazing. The sound quality largely depends on the quality of your file. FLAC's (avid open source/standard supporter) sound is unbelievable though it eats up lots of space. But the highest quality mp3 is very good as well.

    As for recharge issue, the generic player has provision for continuous operation. A power adapter can plugged on the wall while music is playing or use an AA battery as source of external power.

    For details, you can view the photos here on cultchas flickr account or by following this link

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cultcha...7622356167125/

    My computer is used for general computing work like surfing, chatting, office productivity suite, converting/recording audio and video files. I don't use it as my jukebox or entertainment system.

    All in all, I saved alot of money, electricity, and space. But yes i still listen to LPs, CDs and some tapes. I dont care which source so long as there is music.

    Please do not set the volume settings to maximum while connecting your plugs and testing your music. Remember that the connection for the earphone is amplified, keep it at a reasonable volume and gradually increase it as desired.

    Happy listening!
    Last edited by cultchas; Sep-29-2009 at 18:45.
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