Happily Ever iModded
I encountered the same difficulty while talking with Red Wine Audio's Vinnie Rossi that I'd experienced the day before when chatting with Audio Advancements' Hart Huschens. Happy customers kept frigging interrupting us. "Vinnie! Vinnie!" they'd announce again and again.
I take this as solid evidence of the great service these gentlemen provide to the audio world.
Basically, all I could do was drop my pen, lean back against the wall, and smile. Might as well take a picture, I figured.
And so: Here's Vinnie Rossi with a very happy customer of the Red Wine Audio modded iPod. That's iMod, for short. The iMod converts the iPod's standard 1/8" headphone jack into a dedicated line-out jack using Black Gate NX-Hi-Q coupling capacitors, leaving the user with a tiny, battery-powered, digital playback source intended for use with a hi-end headphone amp or hi-fi system. The iMod should no longer be used directly connected to headphones, Vinnie explained, and is available only to fourth generation iPods. Mods start at $199.