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Yamaha YDS-11SL

iPod® dock for select Yamaha receivers

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Place your iPod in the YDS-11SL dock and enjoy your digital music collection with superior Yamaha sound quality. The dock connects to your compatible Yamaha audio/video receiver with a single control cable, letting you operate your iPod with the receiver's remote. View your photos and videos on a TV and browse your iPod's menu on-screen for easier navigation.

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Highlights:

  • for all docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic, 3nd generation iPod touch, and 5th generation iPod nano
  • works with select Yamaha receivers and Digital Sound Projectors
  • on-screen menu
  • video output through control cable
  • allows iPod control with Yamaha remotes
  • charges most iPods while docked (will not charge 2nd generation iPod touch or curved screen iPod nano
  • control cable included
  • 3-3/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Yamaha iPod dock
  • 3 iPod adapter inserts
  • 6.5' Dock cable (proprietary plugs on each end)
  • Owner's manual (Eng/Ge/Fre/ Ita/Spa/Du/Rus/Swe/Chi/ Kor/Jap)
  • Warranty information

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Features

Product Overview: The YDS-11SL iPod dock provides an interface between select iPods with a dock connector and select Yamaha audio-video components and systems. Yamaha components with a universal dock jack are compatible. Once an iPod is docked in the YDS-11SL, you can control it using the Yamaha unit's wireless remote control. The iPod's battery is charged when docked. The dock allows you to view digital photos and video stored on select iPods on your TV. All text information can be displayed on your TV.

Yamaha Component Compatibility: The YDS-11SL is compatible with Yamaha receivers having the universal dock jack.

iPod Compatibility: The YDS-11SL includes three plastic adapter inserts, which will accommodate 4th generation iPods (20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB) and iPod mini (4GB, 6GB). Adapters for 5th generation iPods and newer are included with the iPod itself. This add-on dock is "Made for iPod compatible" and supports the following iPod model functions when used with a compatible Yamaha AV receiver (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Display Charge
Audio Video Out Remote Control iPod Song Info Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
click-wheel/ color-display 4th Y N Y Y TV TV Y
mini 1st Y N Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
video 5th Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
classic 80GB Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
120GB Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
160GB Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
nano 1st Y N Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
3rd Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
4th Y Composite Y Y TV TV N
5th Y Composite Y Y TV TV N
6th Y N Y Y TV TV N
touch 1st Y Composite Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y Composite Y Y TV TV N
3rd Y Composite Y Y TV TV N
4th Y Composite Y Y TV TV N
iPhone 2G N N N N N N N
3G N N N N N N N
3GS N N N N N N N
4 N N N N N N N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

On-Screen Display Remote Control Operation: The YDS-11SL offers on-screen display to operate your iPod using the remote control included with your Yamaha receiver.

Note: On-screen display information and audio/video signals from your docked iPod are transferred to your compatible Yamaha receiver through the included dock cable, and then to your television via monitor output (composite video only).

Connectors: The YDS-11SL Dock has the following connections:

  • Top of Unit: iPod dock connector
  • Back of Unit: Dock cradle terminal
 
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4 out of 5

Works as advertised

Written By Paul, California on Wednesday, March 03, 2010
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Works as advertised. Easy to plug in. my receiver works nicely with it and the front panel menus are just fine and easy to navigate. Maybe it's my imagination but the sound quality is significantly better than what I was getting running the ipod through the v-aux in port.

It costs too much in my opinion and it would be nice if Yamaha included it as part of the receiver - but until that happens its a must have add-on.
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2 out of 5

Charlie

Written By Charlie, Longview, WA on Friday, February 05, 2010
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I purchased the YDS-11SL for my Yamaha reciever. I was very disappointed that in order to view the pictures on my Ipod classic you need to run them from the Ipod. The remote does't work for anything but music and moives. The menu that shows on your TV only gives you the option of music or moives. You also can't get into any basic menus in the Ipod either. It does function well for music and moives. After talked to Yamaha directly, they assured me it is working as designed. So beware!!! it doesn't do all the discription implies.
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4 out of 5

A very nice suprise!

Written By Dave, Garland, Tx on Monday, May 25, 2009
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I ordered a Yamaha RXV863 recently and discovered that Crutchfield threw in the iPod dock. I'm an avid iPod listener, and considered ordering the dock, but decided I would order it later... what a pleasant surprise when I opened my delivery. I hooked it up not expecting much since I have other remote controls for my iPods, and was shocked how good the interface was to the VCR. I can control almost all of the functions of my iPod photo (60Gig). The menu driven screen is a text interface... maybe the next gen will have iPod interface graphics?
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Neat Little Product

Written By Eugene, Fairfax, Va on Saturday, May 23, 2009
 
If you have ever wondered if there was a way to get better sound from your iPod/iPhone through your receiver instead of using mini stereo cable and RCA adapters well there is and this is it. It does work with the iPhone 3G which is what I am using as of now. Going from the head phone jack to this docking station is a night and day difference. Please keep in mind that I am using Apple Lossless when dowloading music. Overall volume appears louder but actually the noise floor is lower, bass is much better defined and lower octaves now come through, high's are crisper and clearer, music now sounds closer to the original recording.

No need to spend hundreds on other DAC's. This little thing sounds just as good and it is meant for Yamaha Receivers that are iPod ready. If you have a iPod compatible yamaha receiver and an iPod and ever thought about listening to music through your home stereo there is no better way.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome dock

Written By Brian, Brian, Ravenna, OH on Saturday, May 02, 2009
 
This dock is great. Very easy to use and plays music very well. A must have for your home theater. You won't be sorry!
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4 out of 5

Yamaha YDS-11SL

Written By David, Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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I bought this for my Yahama RX-V659. Very easy to hook up, and it accepts my 80gb iPod Classic even when it's in a hard case. I am disappointed though that playback via this device is only 2-channel "Straight Stereo". This is fine for piping music out to my screened-in porch (2 Bose 151's out there), but in my family room, where I have 6 speakers plus a sub-woofer, I only get sound out of the LF, RF and sub.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Handy, but a few quirks

Written By James, Denver, CO on Thursday, February 26, 2009
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I bought this dock with my 'V563 receiver about a month ago, and I am very happy with it so far. It allows control of the iPod via the receiver remote and on-screen display, which is a cool feature.

A few things, though:
-The menus are pretty rudimentary.... it is reminiscent of an 80's VCR menu. I am not sure if this is the fault of the dock, though.
-I haven't found a good way to search through the content more quickly, although there may be one I missed. I can only seem to scroll through artists, playlists, albums, etc, which is tough when you want to hear ZZ Top since you have to scroll all the way through your artists!
-When switching from ipod display-based control to remote control, playback stops. I am using a 5th-gen iPod.

Overall, it is a very handy thing to have for an iPod owner and beats the pants off any CD changer. I'm sure there are more elegant solutions out there (Sonos, et al), but this is cheap and useful. Highly recommended add-on for any iPod owner. I'm sure any manufacturer's dock is probably comparable (or maybe better).
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5 out of 5

Yamaha YDS-11SL

Written By Guy, Spanish Fort, AL on Friday, February 13, 2009
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I can't believe I waited so long to get this accessory. Small and unobtrusive, it is the best way to charge your Ipod and allows me instant access to all my music.
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4 out of 5

Nice add-on, but...

Written By pctek, San Mateo, CA on Monday, February 09, 2009
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Are you kidding me.. Just 6 months ago, these were free with the purchase of the receiver from other "big box" stores. I wonder if the audio is being sent to the reveiver in digital or analog? On my Yamaha V663, once the iPod is connected, it over-rides the front panel AV and optical inputs. Yes, I purchased one.
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5 out of 5

Works with iPhone 3G

Written By James, Southeastern United States on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Just wanted to let it be known that this product DOES work with the iPhone 3G. The advisor was not sure but did tell me that if it didn't I could easily return it. When it is first docked it does give a message that this product does not work with the iPhone and asks if you want to put it in Airplane Mode, I chose "No" and it still worked fine.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great accessory

Written By Patrick, Manteno, IL on Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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I'm so glad I got this. It works great with the iPod Nano. But, Yamaha didn't send the proper adapter for the Nano. Luckily I got one with the Nano & it fits perfectly. Hook up was a breeze. My Yamaha RX-V663 had no problem detecting the device. If you have a Nano & have been unsure about buying one of these, I assure you that I haven't had any problems.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Works Great

Written By lighthouse, South Amboy N.J. on Sunday, November 16, 2008
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I have a Yamaha 4000 projection bar. With this docking station everything is displayed on my T.V. from my ipod. It all works with my yamaha 4000 remote.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Yamaha YDS-11SL

Written By Nicholas, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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I have a Yamaha RX-V661 and a 160GB iPod Classic. This dock enables me to listen to and control my iPod using my receiver remote. I also can view information (playlists, etc.) from my tv. The click wheel and screen on the iPod continue to function while it's docked, so you do not have to use the receiver remote if you do not want to, and you do not need to have your tv on to see song information.

Because I have all of my CDs loaded on my iPod (in the Apple Lossless format), this dock allows for a simple solution to have all of my music easily accessed without fumbling with CDs or using a gigantic multi-CD changer.

My only complaint (and this is likely a limitation of my receiver rather than the dock) is that the video out is displayed to my tv using the same plain block text as my receiver's menu (white text on black background).
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exceptional

Written By Reed, Dallas TX on Thursday, September 04, 2008
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The Yamaha YDS-11SL is the perfect accessory for your Yamaha Receiver with the optional IPod jact output.
I am just glad that I looked into this aspect of Yamaha's offerings before purchasing my second Yamaha receiver. The first did not have this capabilty.
It is easy to use with on screen or 'not' control with the Yamaha remote. Even the wife can handle this part of our sound system, and in fact we leave it running most of the time.
Way to go Yahama..
You keep coming up with reasons for me to continue to buy from you.
Thanks,
Listening in Dallas TX..
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

La mejor combinación.

Written By jgalar, Guaynabo, PR on Thursday, August 07, 2008
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La mejor combinación si tienes un yamaha receiver y un ipod touch, classic y nano. Trabaja perfecto con el video de mi itouch, la calidad es bastante nitida y la convierte a 720 o 1080P llenando toda la pantalla y los videos de "you tube" tambien se pueden ver en tu pantalla no con la misma calidad, obviamente. Tambien tienes las funciones para controlar el ipod en el control remoto sea audio o video.
37 out of 64 people found this helpful
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