Does this style of iPhone/Pod car charger-preamp still exist?

It seems my iphone 4 is a little weak in the output jack department. I have to max out the volume on the phone and max out the volume on the car stereo to hear some songs. The car stereo’s a little weak, too, I haven’t had this bad a problem with my other ipods. I really don’t want to go in and tweak volume levels for 3,000 songs.

My pack rat ways paid off and I dug out an old Belkin car charger. It has the usual 30 pin connector but the key part is it has a little preamp on the part where where it plugs in to the cigarette lighter. It gives the output a boost so the signal’s stronger going into the aux input. I plugged it in and it did the trick. However, apparently it’s not optimized for the iphone 4 so it doesn’t actually charge it (although it does get the sound out), plus one of the prongs that go in the lighter socket is busted off, the cable is a little frayed, and the 30 pin connector is cracked. IOW I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last.

It doesn’t look like Belkin makes it anymore and looking around various places I couldn’t find anything like it. Does anyone know where I can get another one of these? On a related note, is there something that on the iphone itself or an app that can boost the output overall?

Not an answer to your question, but you know that you can select your entire library, and change the volume for every file at the same time?

I didn’t know that. I know there’s a normalize function that brings all songs into the same volume range but I didn’t know there was a function that I could turn everything up with.

This one uses the line out from the dock connector and has a hi/lo switch. I use it in my work truck and in my car until my cassette deck crapped out :frowning:

You can also use something like mp3gain to boost all your songs volume. It will take a few hours to go through 3000 songs but you just have to start it and leave it. I find that using the ‘sound check’ feature on the ipod lowers the volume of everything quite a bit. I had the same problem as you and I used MP3 gain to normalize everything at 94db and it works great. I can hear everything and the volume of all the tracks is the same. If you use mp3 gain iTunes won’t ‘know’ the files are different, you will have to clear them off your iPod and reload them manually.

Ah, that might be just the thing. I like the control buttons too. Thanks!