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Can I do this? Will it damage the amp?

sketches

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I want to know whether or not I can plug my iPod/iPhone into my Vox AC15CC? I have a male-to-male audio cable (small jacks) and also a Sennheiser 1/4" jack adapter. Will I damage either gear? Do I need a DI or something before the iPod? I've never thought about it before but I guess it could help "break in the speaker" (and give me some easy listening tonight!)
 

4styx

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I broke in my Metro 50 with a guitar cord from a stereo headphone jack.Just keep the volume low on the Ipod.No problems for me.If it sounds bad don't do it.
 

Sizeofanocean

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I've done this too on my DRRI, no idea if it's bad or not. As long as you don't play crazy loud music with a bassist constantly slapping a low F# with the amps' volume on 10 I'd hope it doesn't damage anything.
 

PremiumPlus

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It won't hurt it. We regularly slam the input of guitar amps with boosters and overdrive/fuzz tones/distortion boxes day and night. They put out as much as an iPod will. Won't hurt a thing. If it's distorting turn the iPod down, otherwise, have fun.
 

3th3r

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It won't sound very good (not a hi-fi speaker, impedance mismatch, etc), but nothing will get hurt.
 

andrekp

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You won't hurt anything. Might be different in a SS amp (I don't know w/o looking), but on a tube amp like the AC15, there's nothing you can hurt on the input. I break in speakers that way.
 

BPSUL

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Impedence mismatch???



But I do agree - it wont sound good. Imaging hearing your ipod throught he worst stereo speakers on earth. Guitar amp speakers intentionally color the sound, and are not full range. But yea, assuming you don't crank it to earsplitting levels, you wont hurt a thing.

some people break in speakers with a similar method. Stereo or ipod out into the amp and leave it on for hours...
 

SkipTracer

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It'll sound lo-fi, but I don't think it's a problem. My amp tech likes to hook up the amps he's working on to his little FM radio and then checks for cold solder joints (or whatever else might be wrong).
 




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