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I did some reading up on the contents of my 1st-gen iPod Nano, and found a lot of evidence that the output section for headphones is far too weak for good sound, but that the line-out section is fine. Thinking on this, I remembered that I had a iPod dock in my closet, which happened to include a line-out. The obvious solution? Make myself a custom line-out adapter, but harvesting pieces from the one I already had.

It was not a bad unit, I think I paid $10 for it at Target. Worked pretty well, but I had no use for it to it got stashed away. It had USB, Firewire, and line-out.


Even came with a nice logo on the front, too.


I removed the sticker from the bottom of the unit, and found two screws. After locating an eyeglasses screwdriver to remove them, I was dumbfounded! There was no way to pry, coax, or force this thing open!


What to do? The first thing that came to mind was to throw a PVC blade onto the miter saw, and start cutting. So, I did.


So now, I could start hacking away at the plastic...
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Once I started, I realized that progress was going very slowly, but by that point I had opened up enough space to see that the entire left side of the housing was empty, so I decided to go back to the miter box and take it off.



It ended up working out very well, because as soon as I did that, the bottom magically fell out, exposing 3 more screws holding on the two PCBs.

Once the screws were out, I could remove the PCBs themselves and check out the layout. It's a little tighter than I would have wanted, but I think I'll still be able to make do. Now: the critical junction: Should I continue with the main PCB in one piece, or attempt to separate the line-out jack from it? Opinions please.


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Sounds good
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I decided to simply fold over the PCB so that the dock was on top, then insulate and hold everything together with hot glue. Now I've just got to figure out how to house it.....

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so it seems like you are basically just making a smaller version of your old do ck to carry around with your nano to power some nice headphones. you could try to use the plastic that was the old dock to house it. just get rid of the empty space and glue together the pieces
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so it seems like you are basically just making a smaller version of your old do ck to carry around with your nano to power some nice headphones. you could try to use the plastic that was the old dock to house it. just get rid of the empty space and glue together the pieces
What pieces... Did I mention that I used needle-nosed pliers for the majority of the disassembling?

I'm actauly tempted to leave it "naked". All exposed contacts are covered with hot glue, and the rest of the components are pretty stable. It's primarily around the house anyways.
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