We have been selling hand made MP3 leads for 5 years now and there has always been 2 problems.
Problem 1 - Volume
The iPod headphone output is quite weak. This means that the iPod volume is always a lot
quieter than the CD and the radio. This isn't too bad unless you listen to your music averagely
loud and have a tendency to switch between audio sources.
What happens is, you set the volume for the iPod and the stereo and happily listen for a while. As
soon as you switch over to the CD or radio, your ears bleed and they fall off the side of your head.
This device has an inline preamplifier with its own volume control. You can set the volume from
nothing all the way passed the volume of the CD and radio. This means you can dial in the right
amount of volume so that all 3 audio sources are the same volume.
Problem 2 - Charging
5 years ago, iPods weren't as popular as they are now and you only had a very narrow selection.
To cover all the other MP3 players available we decided it was best just to develop an audio input
lead. There was no reason for us to create a lead that charges as there were so many connectors
and voltages. Of course, things change. Apple have sold so many iPods now, it makes sense for
us to cater for them and their funky dock connector.
This device has a built in voltage regulator that will supply your iPod with a stable power supply through the dock connector.
The iPod Charger/Amplifier
The device is easy to use, you plug the main body of the unit into your cigarette lighter socket.
The other end of the lead plugs into your iPod and when the ignition is on, your
iPod is being charged*. (see exceptions at the bottom of the page).
You then take your Evilution MP3 stereo connection lead and plug it into the jack socket.
The jack socket is located on the device between where the cord comes out and the volume control.
Once your Evilution MP3 lead is connected at both ends you can play the music through your stereo.
The controls are basic, once you have turned the volume up full on your iPod, turn
the volume up on the device and compare it with the volume of the CD and the radio.
Once that is set, you are done and ready to rock.
The sound is clear, the built in preamp doesn't affect the tone and doesn't cause any clipping
of the signal on any of the iPods I tested. Using a preamp instead of using the stereo's
main amp seemed to make the sound better, more alive than normal.
The whole device is well made and there was no audio problems like clicks, pops or scratches
when the volume control was altered. The lead is long enough for almost all situations.
Definitely a recommended purchase.
Charging Leads On Ebay
You can get all in one charger and playing leads on Ebay but I would seriously recommend
against it. These have no voltage regulator so the voltage can vary from 12 volts to 14.5 volts.
If you have an Evilution MP3 lead already, this is only £8 including delivery in the UK.
What iPods Work?
3rd Generation iPod Classic (10GB, 15GB, 20GB, 30GB and 40GB)
4th Generation iPod Classic (20GB and 40GB)
4th Generation iPod Colour (20GB and 60GB)
4th Generation iPod Photo (30GB, 40GB, 60GB)
5th Generation iPod Classic (30GB, 60GB, 80GB)
6th Generation iPod Classic (80GB, 120GB, 160GB)
1st Generation iPod Mini (4GB)
2nd Generation iPod Mini (4GB and 6GB)
1st Generation iPod Nano (1GB, 2GB and 4GB)
2nd Generation iPod Nano (2GB, 4GB and 8GB)
3rd Generation iPod Nano (4GB and 8GB)
What iPods DON'T Work?
1st Generation iPod Classic (5GB and 10GB) - no dock connector
2nd Generation iPod Classic (10GB and 20GB) - no dock connector
4th Generation iPod Nano (4GB, 8GB and 16GB) - no firewire charging
1st and 2nd Generation iPod Shuffle (512K, 1GB and 2GB) - no dock connector
1st and 2nd Generation iPod Touch (8GB, 16GB and 32GB) - no firewire charging
1st and 2nd Generation iPhone (8GB and 16GB) - no firewire charging