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Sharp DK-A10 i-Elegance

AM/FM table radio with CD player and built-in iPod® dock (White)

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by Ralph Graves
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Enjoy music from your CD collection, your iPod, or the radio with the stylish Sharp DK-A10 i-Elegance audio system. The i-Elegance fits on a bookshelf or nightstand, and it features a slot-loading disc player, a built-in iPod dock and an AM/FM clock radio. Two full-range speakers deliver clean, spacious sound with side-firing subwoofers — highlighted with blue fluorescent light — providing full, solid bass.

The remote lets you adjust the volume from across the room, operate the disc player, and start, pause, and skip tracks on your docked iPod. A composite video output lets you connect the i-Elegance to your TV to view the videos and photos stored on your player.

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Highlights:

  • AM/FM clock radio with slot-loading disc player and built-in iPod dock
  • for all docking iPods, including video iPods, iPod photos, iPod nanos, and iPod minis
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 & WMA CDs
  • AM/FM tuner with 40 presets
  • backlit, 10-character blue fluorescent display
  • two 2-1/2" full-range speakers plus two 4" subwoofers
  • auxiliary input (stereo RCA)
  • headphone jack
  • composite video output
  • wake up to alarm tone, radio, or iPod
  • sleep timer for radio or iPod
  • remote control
  • AC adapter with 6-foot detachable cord
  • charges iPod while docked
  • 19-1/2"W x 7-3/16"H x 10-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Music system with CD for iPod
  • RRMCGA111AWSA wireless remote control with CR2025 3V battery installed
  • 8 iPod adapters
  • 6' Detachable AC power cord
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operation Manual
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features

Overview: The Sharp DK-A10 i-Elegance audio system features a slot load CD player, an integrated iPod dock, side firing subwoofers that illuminate, an AM/FM digital tuner and an alarm clock function with snooze, as well as an auxiliary input for connecting an additional external audio source.

Note: The Sharp DK-A10 i-Elegance audio system comes in either a glossy white or glossy back finish.

Speaker System: The i-Elegance CD player and music system for iPod features two 2.5-inch, 12-ohm front firing full range speakers along with two 4-inch, 8-ohm side firing subwoofers with blue illumination for high fidelity sound and deep low-end bass response. The front speakers are powered by a 2 watt x 2 channel full-range amplifier, while the subwoofers are powered by a 5 watt x 2 channel sub-amplifier. The system features a combined frequency response of 30Hz to 20kHz at 10% T.H.D. 

Equalizer: The i-Elegance CD player and music system for iPod features an electronic equalizer that customizes the sound based on the music genre. The electronic EQ has a 6-step mode that lets you set the perfect sound for any type of music. You can select between Flat, Rock, Classical, Pop, Vocal or Jazz.

Esound Mode: The Esound feature is a digital signal processing technology that improves the quality of compressed digital sound, minimizing deterioration. The Esound mode corrects sound deterioration that results from compression by enhancing the sound frequency spectrum as well as increasing the sound pressure.

Integrated iPod Dock: The i-Elegance CD player and music system for iPod is compatible with all generations of the Apple iPod incorporating a 30-pin connector. Included with the electronic docking system are 8 dock insert adaptors that guarantee a snug fit for your iPod. The i-Elegance docking system offers basic control, playback and charging of your iPod simultaneously. Whenever your iPod is connected to the docking system via the dock connecter, the iPod's battery will charge. The unit is compatible with the following iPods specifically.

  • iPod 1st generation nano: 2GB/4GB (software 1.0 or above)
  • iPod 2nd generation nano: 2GB/4GB/8GB (dock adapter comes with iPod nano)
  • iPod photo: 20GB/30GB/40GB/60GB (software 1.0 or above)
  • iPod mini: 4GB/6GB (software 1.2 or above)
  • 5th generation iPod: 30GB/60GB/80GB dock connector equipped click wheel model (software 1.0 or above)
  • 4th generation iPod: 20GB/40GB dock connector equipped click wheel model (software 3.0.2 or above)
  • 3rd generation iPod: 20GB/60GB dock connector equipped click wheel model (software 2.2 or above)

Note:  The DK-A10 must be plugged into an AC outlet and powered on for the unit to charge your iPod. Your iPod cannot be charged while the DK-A1 is in the stand-by mode.

Video Output: The unit features a rear panel composite video output so your iPod photo or 5th Generation iPod with photo and video can be viewed by connecting the DK-A10 to your TV or monitor.

Auxiliary Input: If you have an iPod that does not have a dock connector or another external audio source with an audio output, you can connect them to the DK-A10 via an optional audio cable through the unit's stereo RCA auxiliary input jacks.

Headphones: The iPod audio system and CD player features a rear panel 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening. Plugging in a set of headphones will mute the unit's internal speakers automatically.

CD Player: The DK-A10 features a single slot load CD mechanism that plays standard audio CDs in addition to CD-R/RW discs with MP3 and WMA files. Music data from CD-R/RW discs will appear on the i-Elegance display such as Song, Artist or Album name. The integrated CD player features Random, Repeat and Program playback as well as track search and fast forward and rewind functions. The CD player supports the following MP3 and WMA file formats and bitrates.

  • MP3: MPEG 1 Layer 3, MPEG 2 Layer 3, and VBR file formats, bitrate supported is 32-320 kbps
  • WMA: bitrate supported is 64-160 kbps

Digital AM/FM Tuner: The DK-A10 i-Elegance music system features a digital AM/FM tuner that lets you listen to your favorite radio stations. You can program up to 40 of your favorite AM and FM radio stations. The stations saved in memory can also be scanned automatically so you can easily search through your 40 preset stations.

Display: The unit features an 10-character digital fluorescent blue display for indicating source, station, clock, alarm and audio settings. The side-firing subwoofers also illuminate blue. You can control the unit's illumination by setting the subwoofers and display to illuminate bright or dim. You can also turn the subwoofer illumination completely off.

Alarm Clock: The DK-A10 i-Elegance features an alarm clock function that allows you to wake up to your favorite iPod selections, AM/FM radio station, CD or a buzzing alarm. The alarm will sound for approximately 30 minutes or until turned off. The unit also features a snooze function which allows you to temporarily stop the alarm for 5 minutes before it sounds again.

Sleep Mode: In addition to standard clock and alarm functions, you may also fall asleep to music and both your iPod and i-Elegance system will automatically shut down at a programmed time between 10 and 120 minutes.

Volume Auto Fade-In: If you turn off and on the main unit with the volume set to 27 or higher, the volume starts at 16 and fades in to the last set level. The unit has a maximum volume of 30.

Power Supply: The unit operates only off of AC power and comes supplied with a 6' detachable AC power cord. The system does not operate off of batteries.

Memory Backup: The backup function protects the memorized functions for a few days should there be a power failure or the AC power cord becomes disconnected.

Remote Control: In addition to the unit's main top mounted controls and for added convenience, the i-Elegance CD player and music system for iPod features a small, thin, compact IR remote that lets you control all the functions of your i-Elegance CD player and music system. In addition, the remote controls some of the features on your iPod as well - such a play, pause, track up/down, fast forward/reverse, repeat or shuffle.

Note: The main unit can control the same iPod functions as the remote. Your iPod will remain completely functional for advance operation.

 

 

 

 
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The Creme De La Creme Of Tabletop Stereos For Your Ipod

Written By Alexander, Balad AB LSA Anaconda, Iraq on Sunday, July 15, 2007
 
i am a soldier serving in operation iraqi freedom and i am here to tell you out here this system is both an audio masterpiece and a visual delight.first off the ambient blue light that comes out from the front and side unique and is perfect for setting a listening mood. the "meat and potatoes" of the system is an ipod sound upgrading add-on called "e-sound" which elevates the the sound quality substantially for low-bitrate mp3s stored on your ipod to pretty much cd quality. for those who dont know, ripping any audio track from cd to mp3 or other digital file basically kills much of the original sound quality, giving low-volume and thinner sounding music. what that means here is all the flimsy sound quality digital music you download from limewire and other free internet application will sound great at high volumes as sound quality is restored with deep accurate bass and clear highs. its also pretty light and portable and has an alarm clock, front loading MP3/WMA playing cd player,FM tuner, and aux out so you can watch your ipod videos thru your tv and hear the sound thru this system or take it anywhere with batteries. you could spend your money on a bose or JBL soundock for about the same price but you would not come close to getting all the value or the features this baby's got.
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