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Only drives headphones?? Can this be true?!?!

by tomker    Sep 20, 2006, 10:24 PM

I haven't been using my ROKR E2 as an MP3 player yet because I don't have a "big enough" SD card (it arrives tomorrow) but last night I plugged the phone into my stereo to amuse myself, and IT DIDN'T WORK!!! It just played the songs through the speakerphone. Then I tried plugging it into my computer speakers and that didn't work either! Then I did some googling and found this: »

To our surprise and horror, the Rokr punted when asked to drive a car- or home-stereo's line-in jack, falling back on its tiny, tinny built-in speakerphone speaker after about half a second. This seems like a serious failing, since every other portable stereo device we've ever used could easily be plugged into our home and car systems.

My guess is that the phone checks the impedance of whatever it's connected to and if it's not in a certain range, it falls back on the speakerphone. I'm sure somebody thought this was clever but it means the phone is completely worthless to me. I don't even listen to music through headphones! I basically bought the phone to play music through my car's stereo and if it can't do that, then I've spent $300+ on a f****** paperweight when I could have used it to buy a nice iPod.

Motorola sure makes a big deal about this 3.5mm connector, but what's the point if you can't use it with all the 3.5mm stuff you already have?? When was the last time you heard of an MP3 player that you can't plug into your stereo??

If you have a ROKR E2, can you please try this out and let me know if it works?

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