The YDS-12 dock lets you enjoy music from your iPod or iPhone with superior Yamaha sound quality. The dock connects to your compatible Yamaha audio/video receiver with a single control cable, allowing you to operate your player with the receiver's remote. View your photos and videos on a TV and browse your iPod's menu on-screen for easier navigation.

Product Highlights:

  • for all docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic, 3rd generation iPod touch, and 5th generation iPod nano
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS
  • works with select Yamaha receivers
  • on-screen menu
  • video output through control cable
  • allows iPod control with Yamaha remotes
  • charges most iPods while docked
  • control cable included
  • 3-9/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Yamaha iPod dock
  • 3 iPod adapter inserts
  • 6.5' Dock cable (proprietary plugs on each end)
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information

Product Research


Product Overview: The YDS-12 iPod dock provides an interface between select iPod and iPhone models with a dock connector and select Yamaha audio-video components and systems. Yamaha components with a universal dock jack are compatible. In most cases, once an iPod is docked in the YDS-12, 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 listen to music through the receiver and view digital photos and video stored on select iPods on your TV (via composite video); text information is also displayed on your TV (via composite video).

Yamaha Component Compatibility: The YDS-12 is compatible with Yamaha receivers having the universal dock jack.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility: This add-on dock is 'Made for iPod' and 'Works with iPhone compliant' and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when used with a compatible Yamaha AV receiver (as of 9/26/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
  • The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5/5C/5S will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or Lightning to 30-pin cable (both, sold separately) in order to dock with this system.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

On-Screen Display Remote Control Operation: The YDS-12 offers on-screen display to operate your iPod using the remote control included with your Yamaha receiver. 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 the receiver's monitor output.

Connectors: The YDS-12 Dock has the following connections:

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

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Written By RDS683, LINCOLNTON, NC on Friday, February 07, 2014

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This is a great product and it works just as it says. It is plug and play. It makes it very easy and convenient having all of my music at my fingertips.

Pros: Easy to set up, just plug and play. Very convenient.

YDS 12

Written By Dean, Onalaska, WI on Friday, January 24, 2014

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Works great

Pros: Plug and play

Effortless-my favorite!

Written By Madison, Storrs CT on Monday, December 30, 2013

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I followed the directions hooked up the dock and it worked! No problems -no issues. Thanks to the support at Crutchfield I got the correct one for my receiver and also purchased the adapter for the iphone 5 which I will be needing soon. Cord is long enough. Using with Spotify.

Pros: Easy, bottom of the adapter adheres well to entertainment center so it doesn't move easily in case someone brushes by it.

Great product

Written By Russell M., Tucson on Monday, December 02, 2013

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I specifically bought the yamaha rs -500 reciever earlier this year so I could pair it later on with this dock player for my iphone! Pandora iTunes all sound great with the polk rti 3's speakers all bought through Crutchfield! Thanks great system!

Pros: Great player

Cons: None


Written By HENRY B., VALLEJO;CA. on Saturday, November 09, 2013

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Cons: NONE

Yamaha YDS-12

Written By Anonymous, Montgomery Al on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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Easy and smooth use works easy and perfect with the Yamaha receiver good docking station

Cons: Wish this can be used with the ipad


Written By KeithL, Ben Lomond,Ca on Friday, April 19, 2013

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The product gets three stars based on price. From a functional point of view it works properly and easily. I tried with my old IPOD and no go with this device and my new amp. I tried with my 4S and it works fantastic. Charges and plays music etc. I tried with Pandora and purchased an album to try out the player capability. Newer IPODs would work fine. I think it may be more to do with the Amp than the adapter as I can play my IPOD with my TV sound system using a similar [same?] adapter.

Pros: Easy to connect, cable is long enough to have the unit sit separately from the amp it is connected to.

Cons: kind of expensive for a couple of connectors, a cable and plastic. I suspect most of the cost is in the special connector used at the end of the cable. No reason it could not have been designed with Rj45 or similar and cut the price way down.

Yamaha YDS-12

Written By Bryan, Wyoming on Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Great addition to my Yamaha R-S500 receiver.

Pros: Versatile dock for various IPod/IPhone devices.

Cons: Might be nice to have a simple data cable for connecting IPhone while it is in a protective case. The dock does not accommodate any more than the bare device.

Yamaha YDS-12 iPOD stand

Written By Tom, Damascus, MD on Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Works beautifully matching my iPOD with the amp.

Yamaha YDS-12

Written By KevinG, Bethesda, MD on Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Works great with my system and classic iPod


Written By stvnqn, Jacksboro, TN on Friday, August 03, 2012

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The YDS12 works good and sounds great, but it says it will work with i-pod and i-phone and it comes 3 inserts for the i-pod but I can not find a insert for the i-phone so the only thing that holds the i-phone in the dock is the plug.

Pros: sounds great

Cons: i-phone is not secure in the dock

a must have if you like your IPod

Written By DonD, Tampa, FL on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

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I love my music and have it stored on my IPod, while the receiver has a USB connector that works with the IPod this is much better.

Pros: works well,

Cons: took some getting use to as I have a bose system that I use my IPod on, using the remote isn't as easy as it is with the Bose system

YDS-12 dock NICE!

Written By Jim W, Middletown, De on Monday, November 07, 2011

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Dealing with Crutchfield is always a satisfying experience, I've bought several items through them in the past and i've always got the correct items quickly. When you e-mail them about a product they are quick to reply. Stuff comes packed very well protecting items in shipment.

Pros: I bought this dock to replace the YDS-10 that came with my RX-V2700 receiver. The new dock not only allowes the music to play but sends video and pictures from my wifes iphone 4s and my ipod touch 3rd gen to the tv, yds-10 was not capable

Cons: The only thing that is not only limited to yamahas dock is that when using the apple products with the docks is that you can potentially damage the connectors by removing the plastic adapter for fitment. ex my wifes iphone wont fit dock when ipod touch plastic adapter is installed. i had to replace my touch because the connector got fault just wish there was a back support to limit the wiggle that could damage the connector.

Yamaha I pod Dock

Written By deano, Norwich ct on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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This was purchased to replace the previous model which died after a little over a year. I just received it so I can not vouch for how long this model will last.

A must have if you own an iPod and Yamaha Receiver

Written By David Yu, Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Yamaha YDS-12 is absolutely amazing. Its better than any dock (which are
discontinued) or component/composite cable offered by Apple.

The YDS-12 plays music and videos, but does not show pictures. The album art is
shown when playing music. YDS allows you to control your ipod with your factory
remote and the OSD is similar to what you see on your ipod. Which all Apple
products do not offer! The YDS will also allow your Yamaha receiver to
up-convert your video via hdmi (if your unit supports it). its not quite HD
quality but better than anything that apple offers at the moment.

To my understanding, Apple has no plans to make an official hdmi cable that
supports preexisting ipods, itouch/phone or iPads for at least 5 more years or
just saving this feature for the Newer, Better and Faster..... ipod/phone/pad
25th Gen! haha!!

This will allow you to view you media through an hdmi, but DOES NOT offer
(Video)True HD or (Audio)Dolby True HD or DTS-MA.

If you don't want to wait or want to try it out, you can actually get this at
your local Best Buy (if in stock/$99), and if you decide you like the YDS-12,
return it to Best Buy and order it from Crutchfield, so you can get your reward
points !! ;)

The Yamaha YDS-12 will complement your Yamaha receiver quite nicely!
Buy this product with confidence!!!