musicBox - Peachtree Audio
Safety
Guidelines
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Important Safety Instructions
Read these instructions – All the safety and operating instructions
should be read before this product is operated.
2) Keep these instructions – The safety and operating instructions
should be retained for future reference.
3) Heed all warnings – All warnings on the appliance and in the operating
instructions should be adhered to.
4) Do not use this apparatus near water – The appliance should not
be used near water or moisture – for example, in a wet basement
or near a swimming pool, and the like.
5) Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your safety. If the provided plug does
not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at the plugs, convenience
receptacles, and at the point where they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Unplug the apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or
objects have fallen into the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.
Please keep the unit in a good ventilation environment.
CAUTION: These servicing instructions are for use by qualified service personnel only. To reduce
the risk of electric shock, do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operating
instructions unless you are qualified to do so.
WARNING:To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or
moisture. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that no objects filled
with liquids, such as vases, shall not be placed on apparatus.
18. WARNING: The mains plug/appliance coupler is used as disconnect device, the disconnect
device shall remain readily operable.
- The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user to the presence of non-insulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.
- Warning: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back) as there are no
user-serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified personnel.
- The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence
of important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
WARNING:For the terminals marked with symbol of “ ” may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute
a risk of electric shock. The external wiring connected to the terminals requires installation by
an instructed person or the use of ready-made leads or cords according to manufacturer’s
instruction.
Unpacking and Warranty
Keep all packing materials for future shipments. (service)
Keep a record of your bill of sale and a copy of the serial number for warranty and insurance
purposes.
You may register your unit on our website: www.peachtreeaudio.com.
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Introduction
Front Panel
Back Panel
Connections
Remote Control
Advice for iPod
Useful Tips and more...
STANDBY
Troubleshooting
Product Guarantee and Service
Compatibility for iPod
Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the Peachtree Audio musicBox!
At Peachtree Audio we try to design products that provide a magical musical experience.
When you connect the digital output from a Sonos player, a Squeezebox, an Apple TV or
Apple Airport Express you’ll get the full benefit of the quality built into these products. And
when you connect your computer to the musicBox’s digital USB input - we think you’re
going to love what you hear from your music library! The ability of the musicBox’s internal
digital to analog converter to process and play compressed and uncompressed music files
from your computer’s hard drive - or from any of your favorite digital program sources makes the musicBox a “must have” in your office, on your desktop, in the kitchen, in the
den, or in the bedroom. Anywhere you listen to music from your computer - that’s where
the musicBox belongs!
And . . . prepare your ears for a special treat when you plug your supported iPod into the
musicBox’s built-in iPod dock. The musicBox takes the digital bitstream from your iPod and
sends it to the musicBox’s own high-performance internal DAC. From there the vacuum
tube preamplifier circuitry and the MOSFET power amplifier of the musicBox work their
magic. The result? Sound from your iPod rivaling that of expensive audiophile-grade CD
players!
This manual is a guide to the functions of your musicBox. It shows you how to connect both
digital and analog sources, and offers tips on getting the best performance. The ability to
mate with virtually any digital source, while providing superior sound in a small and elegant
package, makes the musicBox a special product. It’s one we’re proud to offer.
We sincerely hope the musicBox provides you with years of enjoyable music listening.
Visit our website at www.peachtreeaudio.com for tips on getting the best sound from the
music stored on your computer, and from all your digital sources. Contact your dealer or us
directly if you have questions. Also, now is a good time to go to www.peachtreeaudio.com
to register your musicBox purchase.
Thanks again - and Happy Listening!
The Folks at Peachtree Audio
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Front
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STANDBY
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1) iPod Input: Push to hear the digital signal from an iPod connected to the iPod dock on top of the musicBox. The
LED above the button will glow blue when this input is selected.
2) Digital USB input: Push to hear music from your connected computer or other USB audio source. The LED above
the button will glow blue when this input is selected.
3) Standby: The musicBox is in standby mode when this button glows green. Push to power on the musicBox; the
button will light up blue. When you are finished listening, push again to return to standby mode. Note: If this button
is not lit up with either a green or blue light, this means the power switch on the rear panel of the musicBox is in
the off position. Under normal conditions the rear panel power switch should be kept in the on position, using the
front panel standby button to turn the musicBox “on” and “off”.
4) Digital Coax Input: Push to hear music from a component you have connected via a digital coaxial cable, such
as a CD player, DVD player, Sonos Zone Player, Logitech Squeezebox or other digital source. The LED above the
button will glow blue when this input is selected.
5) Headphone Output: Connect high quality headphones directly. (If your headphones are equipped with a mini
plug you’ll need an adapter to connect to this full size jack.) The audio signal to the speakers is fully muted when
headphones are connected.
6) Optical Digital Input: Push to hear music from a component you have connected via a digital optical cable
(toslink), such as a CD player, DVD player, Sonos Zone Player, Logitech Squeezebox, Apple TV or other digital
source. The LED above the button will glow blue when this input is selected.
7) Aux Input: Push to hear music from a source such as an FM tuner, tape deck or CD player that you’ve connected
with stereo RCA cables. The LED above the button will glow blue when this input is selected. If you want to connect a
turntable to this input you’ll need a phono preamp - see the Connections page for more information.
8) Tube (valve) Window
9) Infrared Remote Sensor: Aim your remote control at this sensor for the best results.
10) Volume Control
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1) Speaker Terminals
2) Component Video Out (from iPod)
3) On-Off Switch
4) Bass EQ: For using the musicBox with a small bookshelf speaker like the Peachtree Audio mB3. See “Bass EQ” on the
Connections page of this manual for the proper setting when using a full-range speaker or subwoofer.
5) USB Digital Input: To connect directly to your computer via a USB cable.
6) Optical Digital Input: For optical digital sources.
7) Coaxial Digital Input: For coaxial digital sources.
8) Aux Input: For analog line level input. You will need an additional phono preamp for use with turntables.
9) Pre Out: This variable output is for connecting an external amplifier or powered subwoofer.
10) Voltage Switching: For international use. Unplug the musicBox before you make the switch and be sure to use the proper
fuse for the voltage chosen. **warning ** Improper voltage setting may cause damage to the musicBox.
11) AC Power Cord Attachment and Fuse: The power cord is included in the musicBox packaging. Fuse is user
replaceable after turning the musicBox off. You may call your dealer or Signal Path’s service department with any
questions regarding fuse replacement. **warning ** using the wrong value fuse may cause damage to the musicBox and
is a potential safety fire hazard.
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• Coaxial Digital Input: Connect the coaxial output from any digital source, using
a coaxial digital cable. Push the “COAX” input button on the front panel of the
musicBox to listen to your connected source component.
• Optical Digital Input (sometimes called Toslink): Connect the optical output
from any digital source, using an optical digital cable. Push the “OPT” input button
on the front panel of the musicBox to listen to your connected source component.
Connections
• USB Digital Input: Connect the USB output from a computer (or other source
component which can output audio via USB) using a USB cable. Push the “USB”
input button on the front panel of the musicBox to listen.
• Aux Input: Connect the left and right channel outputs from a tuner, tape deck or other analog source component.
Push the “AUX” input button on the front panel of the musicBox to listen to your connected source component. You
can connect a turntable to the aux input of the musicBox if you wish; however, you’ll need to send the left and
right channel signals from your turntable to an external phono preamplifier first. You can then connect the outputs of
the phono preamplifier to the left and right aux inputs of the musicBox. (Some turntables have a phono preamplifier
built in and can be connected directly to the musicBox aux inputs.) We recommend you consult your dealer for
recommendations on properly hooking up your turntable to the musicBox.
• Component Video Out: This allows a high-resolution pass-through of a video signal from your iPod (when
connected to the iPod dock on the musicBox). Using a set of component video cables, connect to the component
video inputs of a television, A/V receiver or A/V preamp/processor. Video quality will be dependent upon the quality of
the video program stored on your iPod.
• Speaker Output: Connect your speakers to the left and right speaker terminals of the musicBox using high quality
speaker wire. Be sure to observe correct polarity when you make your connections. Connect the “+” terminal on each
speaker to the corresponding “+” terminal on the musicBox; likewise for the “-” terminals. Also, be sure not to let stray
strands of speaker wire from one terminal touch another terminal or another wire. The musicBox is designed to drive
one pair of speakers with a rated output impedance of between 4 and 8 ohms. It is not advisable to use more than one
pair of speakers with the musicBox.
• Bass EQ: Push in the “Bass EQ” button to engage the bass boost function of the musicBox. This boost has been
designed to complement the bass roll-off characteristics of the matching Peachtree Audio mB3 speakers, but should
work well with most small bookshelf speakers. (Depending upon your speakers and their placement in the room, your
music, and your personal listening tastes you may prefer the sound of your system either with or without the Bass EQ
function engaged. There is no “right or wrong” here - let your ears be your guide!) The “Bass EQ” button should be left
out (not pushed in) when using the musicBox with larger full-range speakers or with a subwoofer.
• Pre Out: The stereo preamplifier output jacks provide flexibility in maximizing the performance of your musicBoxbased audio system.
External Amplifier
The musicBox does not limit you to using its internal amplifier to drive your speakers. If you wish, you may connect a
more powerful external amplifier to drive your speakers - provided your speakers can handle the extra power, of course!
(If you have a question regarding suitability of a particular amplifier for your speakers please consult your dealer.) Be
sure the musicBox and the external amplifier are both turned off. Connect a stereo RCA cable from the musicBox “Pre
Out” jacks to the stereo RCA inputs of the external amplifier; connect your speaker wires to the speaker terminals of the
external amplifier. To listen to music turn on the musicBox first, then the external amplifier; reverse this sequence when
turning the system off. You are now using the musicBox as a high quality digital and analog preamplifier, controlling a
music system limited in power only by your budget and your ears!
Subwoofer Output
(There are several different ways to connect a subwoofer in a music system. Refer to your speaker and subwoofer
manuals for instructions for your particular system.) If you are using a subwoofer that requires (or accepts) a “line in”
connection from your amplifier, connect a stereo RCA cable from the musicBox “Pre Out” jacks to the subwoofer stereo
input jacks. If your subwoofer has only one “line in” jack, you may use a single RCA cable from either the left or right
musicBox “Pre Out” jacks. Even with this single-cable hook up you will lose little or no musical information, since most
recordings mix bass frequencies in mono.
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1) Mute: This button will mute the musicBox.
Remote
Control
2) On/Standby
Buttons 3-8 are for control of your
iPod docked in the musicBox
3) Menu: This button has two functions. (1) Pressing this button quickly will access the menu function of the iPod. (2)
Holding this button down for a couple seconds will “select”
the highlighted song or play list
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4) +/-: or Scroll up-Scroll down. These buttons allow the user
to scroll up or down to access songs or playlists within the
menu function. Holding the Menu key down for a couple
seconds will perform the “select” function. (see #3 Menu).
5) Skip back: This button skips back to the beginning of a
music or video selection except when the track has played
for less than 10 seconds. Then it will skip back to the beginning of the previous track.
6) Play/Pause: This button will start (“Play”) or stop (“Pause”)
your music or video selection. They operate in sequence.
After activating “Play” the next push of the button activates
“Pause.”
7) Skip Forward: This button skips ahead to the next music
or video selection.
8) +/-: or Scroll up-Scroll down. These buttons allow the user
to scroll up or down to access songs or playlists within the
menu function. Holding the Menu key down for a couple
seconds will perform the “select” function. (see #3 Menu).
Buttons 9-16 are for control of the musicBox
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9) Volume - / Volume +: These buttons reduce or increase
volume level
10) USB: This button selects a digital audio source at the USB
connection.
11) Coax: This button selects a digital audio source at the Coaxial digital connection.
12) Opt: This button selects a digital audio source at the Optical
(or Toslink) connection.
13) Tube /Light: This function will allow the user to dim the bright LEDs under the tube and on the front panel.
14) Aux: This button selects an analog audio source at the Aux connection.
15) iPod: This button selects the iPod docked in the musicBox as your audio source.
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Supported iPod Models
Made For:
iPod touch (1st and 2nd generation)
iPod classic (80G, 120G, 160G only)
iPod nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
Advice
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Installing Dock Inserts for iPod
The musicBox comes with several dock inserts that accommodate compatible iPod models. After identifying
the proper insert for your particular iPod, position it in the dock with the two slits inside the insert facing
the front of the musicBox. It should click in to place over the multi-pin connector. You can remove the
inserts by applying gentle pressure to the inside back of the insert and pushing upward.
Connecting Your iPod
After installing the dock insert you can connect your iPod. Slide the iPod gently into the dock insert
making certain to properly align the connector in the insert with the connector on the bottom of your
iPod. Do Not Force the iPod down on the connector. You may damage it and cause it to malfunction.
You should only need a gentle but firm push to make the proper connection.
The Remote Buttons for Your iPod
|<<: This icon represents the previous track button. It shifts the iPod playback to the beginning of the
current track, or if the song is 10 seconds or less in to the track it will shift to the beginning of the previous
track.
>>|: This icon represents the next track button. It shifts the iPod playback to the next track.
>||: This symbol is the Play/Pause button. It switches the iPod between play and pause modes. When
in play, it will activate pause when pushed. When in pause it will activate play when pushed.
Menu: This button has two functions. (1) Pressing this button quickly will access the menu function of
the iPod. (2) Holding this button down for a couple seconds will “select” the highlighted song or playlist.
-/+: or Scroll up and Scroll down: These buttons allow the user to scroll up or down to access songs or
playlists within the menu function. Remember: Holding the Menu key down for a couple seconds will
perform the “select” function. (See #3 Menu on the Remote Control page.)
Performance Plus
We always recommend storing your music at high bit rates. If you use Apple Lossless or WAV files it
will take up more storage space but certainly sound better. With a system like the musicBox it will be
immediately apparent that it sounds better than low bit rate files. For more information on performance
optimization please visit our website at www.peachtreeaudio.com.
Static Charges and Voltage Surges
While the musicBox has more than adequate ESD protection, it is always advisable to avoid static
charges. They can sometimes cause your system to lock up or even damage it. Voltage surges and
power outages can also create functional problems. We suggest re-booting the musicBox and follow
the reset instructions in your iPod manual if you suspect malfunctions due to a static charge, power
outage or voltage surge.
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Useful
Tips
At Peachtree Audio we think that products should be easy to use. Therefore, we don’t require
any custom USB drivers or software programs in order to listen to your music from your computer.
The musicBox’s USB audio input is used to take music files from your computer’s hard drive and
play them back with superb fidelity.
While some of the wording and steps vary somewhat between Macintosh computers and PCs,
the basic instructions are very similar.
USB Connections
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PC
Connect the USB terminal on the musicBox to a USB connection on your computer.
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Your computer will “see” the USB Audio DAC inside the musicBox. You may get a “USB AUDIO
DAC” pop-up box but it’s not necessary.
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Right click the speaker icon on the bottom of your screen.
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Select “Audio” tab.
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Using the drop-down box choose USB AUDIO DAC.
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Click OK.
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Launch Music Program and play.
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Later Mac setup may vary but the basic instructions are outlined below.
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Click on to System preferences.
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Click on to the speaker icon.
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Under the sounds tab you should see a window that offers USB Audio DAC. Click on to USB
Audio DAC.
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Launch iTunes and enjoy your music.
Once you do this setup your computer should recognize the USB Audio DAC and default to it
when plugged in. If you unplug the USB connections and reboot your music before re-connecting
first, you may find that you have to go back through some steps, This is not unusual.
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Other
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For the best sound when listening to music from your computer,
set your computer and music program volume controls to maximum
and use the musicBox volume knob or remote control as the master
volume control.
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For critical listening to music from your computer, avoid keeping multiple
programs open. It can compromise the sound quality and even cause signal dropouts.
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Avoid plugging and unplugging the USB input multiple times in a short time span. It usually is not
a problem but increases the chance of a voltage spike to the USB input.
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Give the musicBox adequate ventilation as it will get fairly warm.
We’ll post articles and other helpful tips on getting the best sound from your computer’s music
files, your iPod, and your other digital music sources. Visit us at our website:
www.peachtreeaudio.com
Interested in the Green Movement?
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The musicBox meets the European RoHS standards for non-hazardous metals.
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The musicBox utilizes a standby transformer that draws less than a watt in the US and less
than 2 watts in countries with 220V electrical service.
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We will continue to investigate more ways of making our products environmentally friendly.
Feel free to e-mail us with your suggestions.
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Trouble
Shooting
The musicBox will not turn on
Make sure the on/off switch on the rear panel is turned
on. Check to be sure the AC plug is connected. Check the
fuse.
The musicBox turns on but there is no sound
Be sure you have the proper input selected. Make certain
the mute isn’t engaged. Determine if your source is on. If
the input button is blinking then your digital signal is not
locked. Check your cable for connections and your
source to be sure it is on and playing.
The remote control doesn’t work
Please check the batteries by removing the cover on the
back of the remote. It is an infrared remote so it needs a
clear line of sight to the sensor on the front panel of the
musicBox.
You intermittently lose your signal on the USB input
The first thing to try is rebooting the music server
program ( iTunes, Foobar, WMP, etc) and see if that works.
Then try turning the musicBox off, then re-boot your computer. Then turn the musicBox back on. If the computer still
doesn’t recognize the USB DAC repeat the process and
also unplug the USB cable from the computer and the musicBox, then plug it back in right before re-booting. These
are computer devices, and sometimes you’ll lose a signal
just like your printer or any other USB device.
You should not have this problem often. We designed the
musicBox to remain locked on the USB signal at all times,
but sometimes you can still get a signal dropout.
This can require some trial and error diagnostics.
You pick up hum and noise through your musicBox in
your office system
If you have music files stored on a laptop computer, hook
it up to the musicBox and a pair of speakers using battery
power. If it works properly with no noise then your computer
in your office is introducing a ground loop into the system.
This is not uncommon; but the musicBox has transformer
coupled digital inputs to minimize this problem. If problems
persist, please feel free to contact Signal Path.
When you switch from one source to another you get a
loud “click” or “pop”
Sometimes this is from static buildup but it should not occur
consistently over a long period of time. Contact your
dealer or Signal Path if this persists.
Your coaxial digital connections do not sound quite right
You must use a wide bandwidth 75 ohm digital interconnect
in this application. If you use a standard audio RCA cable
the results will not be nearly as good. This is not an unusual
mistake as the two interconnects look identical but sound
different.
Your iPod offers custom equalizations for headphone
use that aren’t necessary with the musicBox and a good
pair of speakers. Use a “flat” response and be sure the
Your iPod doesn’t sound quite right through the musicBox
iPod volume is set to match the other components in
your system. If you find that you still need equalization, then start at “flat” and make your settings from that
point.
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International Guarantee and
Claims Under Warranty
Product
Guarantee
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International Guarantee
The musicBox has a 1 year Parts and Labor guarantee from the time of purchase. Tubes
are covered for 6 months. Units that are covered under this guarantee include musicBox’s purchased
from an authorized musicBox distributor or dealer.
Signal Path can take no responsibility for defects arising from accident, misuse, abuse, wear
and tear, neglect or through unauthorized adjustment and/or repair. The warranty does not cover
shipping costs. Visit www.peachtreeaudio.com for a copy of the complete warranty.
Claims Under Warranty
The equipment should be packed in its original packing and returned to the dealer from whom it
was purchased, or if unavailable, directly to the musicBox distributor.
You should use a suitable carrier. Do Not Send By Postal Service. Signal Path cannot accept
responsibility for the musicBox while in transit to the dealer, distributor, or service facility. Please
insure the unit against loss or damage while in transit.
In the unlikely event that you experience a failure with your musicBox, please call for a return
authorization number before returning products for service. Any musicBox received without an
RA # will be refused. You may also wish to route your repair through your dealer, which we
encourage.
Call 704-391-9337 for a return authorization number and additional information on where and
how to return your unit for service.
Main office (not service)
Signal Path International
2045 120th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
www.signalpathint.com
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Compatibility for iPod
To provide you with extraordinary sound the musicBox takes the digital signal directly from your iPod
and routes it to the musicBox’s built-in high-performance digital to analog converter. The table below
shows the iPods that are compatible with the musicBox.
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Made For:
iPod touch (1st and 2nd generation)
iPod classic (80G, 120G, 160G only)
iPod nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation)
“Made for iPod” means that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod
and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory
standards.
iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and
other countries.
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