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Need help connecting an ipod/iphone to a pro amp

In my wives horse area someone hooked up a professional amp with the intention of driving music through people 3.5 headphone jack off a phone. This causes "loud noises" and poor music.

I have a Sampson(?) device between my receiver sub output and professional amplifier to increase the signal. I think I need something like this to fix this backwards setup someone else put in.

Any tips I have not looked at this in years. Of course this is a low budget operation.

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Hey Bill. If you turn the gain on the amp all of the way up you should be able to get enough signal out of the headphone jack on an iPod or phone running straight in. I use a similar scheme in my garage with powered monitors. However as you said there is potential for some awful plug and unplug or other noises.
The easiest simplest route would be to have direct access to the amp and use the sensitivity knobs for the volume. You'll just have to make sure that the gains are down during plug and unplug.
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Think of 50+ year old women rolling in with their horse wanting to plug in their phone and hit a button. Any sequence of events that are more difficult than that is going to be a no go.
Also imagine the horse rearing up and flipping out when the huge POP squeal is emitted by the crazy amp setup.

I think I would be better off going to Bestbuy and getting the "best" stereo receiver they have for $125.

This arena is huge and the guy put in two plastic down firing omni directional speakers. It is a disaster. I am just trying to make it better.

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Think of 50+ year old women rolling in with their horse wanting to plug in their phone and hit a button. Any sequence of events that are more difficult than that is going to be a no go.
Also imagine the horse rearing up and flipping out when the huge POP squeal is emitted by the crazy amp setup.

I think I would be better off going to Bestbuy and getting the "best" stereo receiver they have for $125.

This arena is huge and the guy put in two plastic down firing omni directional speakers. It is a disaster. I am just trying to make it better.

Good to hear from you Josh.
I'd get a receiver with Pre-outs and use it to drive the amps. In my experience that usually won't have the pops you get with the direct connection and you can still use an RCA to 3.5mm for connecting a phone.

I've been around horses everyday for almost 40 years and while yes some of them are skiddish, I can't say that I worry about them flipping out everytime theres a loud noise. YMMV I suppose.
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I'd get a receiver with Pre-outs and use it to drive the amps. In my experience that usually won't have the pops you get with the direct connection and you can still use an RCA to 3.5mm for connecting a phone.

I've been around horses everyday for almost 40 years and while yes some of them are skiddish, I can't say that I worry about them flipping out everytime theres a loud noise. YMMV I suppose.
Thanks john I will look into that. I can attest that my wife's horse will react badly with a loud amp pop. Some of these women are in their 70's so any sudden move is not good.

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Thanks john I will look into that. I can attest that my wife's horse will react badly with a loud amp pop. Some of these women are in their 70's so any sudden move is not good.
I can buy that. My Dad(68) still rides 20+ horses everyday but Sunday. I worry about him falling...a lot.
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Nice to see you around too Bill.

I can see loud abrupt noises being a no no around large skittish animals. Just get a cheap 2ch receiver and try it out. You may still have to worry about some pops if people have the volume up and connect or disconnect their phone or player. I can't really think of anyway to totally eliminate that possibility.
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Would it work to just add a Bluetooth receiver to the amp?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OBCAW2/...I11DBEOACDSGQ2

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Would "RCA output for audio dubbing" equate to a pre out?

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Would it work to just add a Bluetooth receiver to the amp?

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009OBCAW2/...I11DBEOACDSGQ2
Might be OK with one or two people but I think complexity would kill it and it only will store 8 devices. Good idea though!

I like the "plug into the headphone jack theory" Everyone has one of those.

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