Just thinking aloud here... Browsing the Apple store i noticed that they sell the radio remote which connects to the bottom of the Ipod Video and Nano. Its been reported that the SQ thro this connect is better than thro the headphone out. Is this maybe as reported that the remote has its own codec and amplifier?? Anyone any experience of its use linked with "decent" phones and not the stock buds its supplied with. Also thinking aloud here ... why cant you buy something like the "turbodock" or others now folks are making and linking with the volume adaptor as supplied with the likes of the Shure E4's and using that way thus possibly getting better SQ. I mention this as i seem to be able to control the Ipod's volume from the scroll wheel when its actually docked in the Universal Ipod dock so why not thro what would then be just a headphone line out adaptor. This would then free me up from "lugging" a headphone amp about, i know the sound will not be as good as Ipod>Amp>phones but maybe an in between house. In essence is it the amp etc in the remote that apple supply that gives it the "improved" sound over straight headphone out to phones ??? Any thoughts reasoning??