I don't think you're going to find a ipod connecter that has an optical connection,nobody makes them yet. The best connection is through a dock connecter to reciever. NYKO makes an excellent product called NYKO Stereo Link. It has a ipod dock connecter on one side and L & R RCA's on the other end. It is much better than an headphone to RCA's connection cause going through the headphones has some processing for the sound. That's why using headphone connection you always have to have the volume all the way up. Using dock connection the sound is sent through pure-you can't even control the volume through the ipod only on reciever. If you're wondering who NYKO is-they're a company that makes accessories for Xbox and PS. They can be had through their website-NYKO.com or e-bay.