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  • Good quality dock; some audio crosstalk issues

    posted by bilious on 03/04/2013
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Physically, the dock has a good build quality with a solid metal Lightning connector, a decent heft and a nice, uniform glossy black finish. The phone docks steadily with a good connection.

    Cons:

    The dock contains a circuit board that performs cable conversion from 30 pin to 8 pin. The PCB that holds the required circuitry generates crosstalk that puts a variety of pops, squeaks and static into the audio out. If you're handy with a soldering iron, you can isolate the sound jack (by cutting traces) and directly wire it to the male 3.5mm connector. Be careful reassembling the dock as the lightning connector may break when reassembling.

    If you're not handy with a soldering iron, be aware this this dock will introduce unwanted noise to your audio.

    OtherThoughts:

    The dock was easy to disassemble.

    Price is possibly a touch high.

    Bottomline:

    If not for the cross talk issues, this would be the perfect dock for the purpose. I'm going to native Lightning dock of the same style (SKU 177915)and hope it doesn't have an equally weird design that creates cross talk.

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