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?