The Onkyo DS-A2x dock gives you a convenient way to connect your iPod to Onkyo components and systems, as well as other brands of audio/video gear. An included audio/video cable connects the dock to your receiver to transmit music, photos and videos from your player. The DS-A2x even generates an on-screen menu from compatible iPods for convenient navigation on your TV.

The DS-A2x connects to the proprietary RI ("Remote Interactive") connection found on most Onkyo receivers currently available, allowing you to control your iPod using your Onkyo remote. It also comes with its own remote for use with other types of audio/video gear.

Product Highlights:

  • plays audio from select iPods (see "Hands-on Research")
  • plays video from older docking iPods (no video playback from iPod classic®, iPod nano®, iPod touch®, or iPhone®)
  • RI input allows iPod control with Onkyo remotes
  • audio/video cable
    • analog audio output (stereo RCA)
    • composite video output
  • RI cable included
  • remote control
  • automatically charges most iPods while docked (will not charge iPhone 3G, second generation iPod touch, or curved screen iPod nano)
  • AC adapter
  • 4-7/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 5-1/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Another Automatic Input Switching Victim

Written By Gerry, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, June 11, 2009

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I generally like the new Onkyo DS-A2x iPod dock that I purchased to use with my new Onkyo TX-NR906 A/V Receiver. However, like some of the other reviewers, I was disappointed with the on-screen display (OSD) graphics. More seriously, I too experienced the problem of having my receiver automatically switch to the Game/TV input when I played the iPod. Nevertheless, I was able to come up with a moderately satisfactory work-around. The Onkyo instructions say to use the Aux1 or the Tape input for the dock, and to cycle the Aux1 or Tape button to "Dock" in order to get the receiver remote to control the dock. However, I found that by skipping this latter instruction, I could avoid the automatic receiver jump from the Aux1 to the Game/TV input. Accordingly, I left the input set to "Aux1" rather than cycling it to "Dock." This apparently disables the "Auto Power On Function" and "Direct Change Function," but those functions only work if the OSD is turned off. Because I use the OSD to control the iPod with my remote, for me the trade off is worth it. Other than this, I am happy with the DS-A2x iPod dock.

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Written By Mike, Timonium, Maryland on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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I echo many of the same comments. OSD is terrible considering the advanced equipment involved in the setup. Also, it seems very cumbersome navigating the ITouch while in the cradle. I expected the same menus that Apple provides to work through playlist, etc easily. It also seems that videos do not pass through, but i haven't investigated this thoroughly.

Touch 2nd Gen Charges!

Written By Lweel8, Belleville, ON on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Well colour me surprised. The 2nd gen iPod Touch actually charges in this thing - even though every piece of documentation says it won't. That's the good news. The bad news is that the OSD and the navigation are pretty poor. I was just about shocked to see the 1980's on-screen fonts and menus but I was even more baffled when the remote control didn't function the same way as the iPod click wheel. Pressing play on the remote does not initiate a playlist or the song you've selected but instead resumes play from wherever you happened to be. It took me a few tries to learn that you needed to hit the "select" button. Strange. Oh well, the Logitech Harmony took care of that for me.

Onkyo DS-A2x

Written By bob, atascadero ca on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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moderately disappointed! partly my fault though. The volume on the remote only works an onkyo amp. I had a DENON amp.(my bad) There is no on off on the remote. ( The ipod has to be manually turned off) The DLO unit I have does all that. I kept my old dock and put the new one in a room that we don't entertain in. If you don't mind converting a mini plug to RCA connectors on your stereo, the DLO unit is by far a better product.

Seemed ok.....

Written By Howard, L.A. California on Monday, February 09, 2009

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I had the same problem as the gentlemen that upgraded his onkyo recievier to a 806. For some reason when attemplting to play back anything on any of my 4 ipods it switches back from aux1(dock) to game. The exact same problem as the last person that tried to hook up an onkyo dock to a onkyo reciever. Maybe i should have purchased an authentic apple product. The osd display is a joke. Display output looks like a computer from the late 1980's. After spending almost 10k for my tv and surround sound system, I was very let down by my ipod dock. I currently have 4 hdmi's in so i cant use another slot for the dock. So for now its just a pretty accesory that doesnt really work.

iPod Dock Review

Written By Mark, The Woodlands, TX on Sunday, February 08, 2009

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Simple to install. Works per my expectations. Given how advanced we are with graphics, the OSD is disappointing.

Works as promised and easy to install

Written By Luigi, Erie, PA on Friday, January 30, 2009

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The title says it all. The dock works as it should and is easy to install. Although the on screen display works as it should it does not display album cover art or any graphics. The font is a normal computer font, but you can change the color of the OSD. Overall I'm very pleased with the dock.

Onkyo DS-A2x

Written By Mike, Toano, VA on Monday, January 26, 2009

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This dock is awesome! I can get rid of my old cd player on my home stereo. It was simple to hook up and works great. It also charges the ipod. This thing is awesome! Oh yeh, I already said that.

Good but not great

Written By Pete, Denver, CO on Sunday, January 25, 2009

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We bought the iPod dock in December and have used it several times. The dock works well and the sound through the speakers is better than our portable iPod player. The only drawback is that the dock is not that easy to set up and we weren't able to play video from an iPod Classic.

Setup was a problem

Written By Anonymous, Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, January 23, 2009

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I purchased the Onkyo Ipod dock for my Onkyo 706 receiver. The dock worked fine with 706 until I replaced the 706 with an Onkyo 876 receiver. Everytime I pressed play, the dock jumped the receiver to the Game/TV input even though the dock was hooked up to the Aux 1 input as recommended in the instructions. After spending two days with Onkyo support and trying various things which included resetting both the receiver and dock to factory settings, the support representative was at a loss as to why this was happening. He advised that I return the dock to Crutchfield. Crutchfield was great about returning the item. Crutchfield sent me a replacement even before I had sent the old dock back. When I hooked the new dock to the 876, the same problem occurred. I decided to just hook up the dock to the Game/TV input and live with this arrangement even though the instructions for the dock and receiver indicate that the dock should be hooked up to either the Aux 1 or Tape inputs. Now that the Game/TV input is taken, I don't know if I will have a problem later if I try to add a game system.

Review of iPod dock

Written By David, NYC on Monday, December 08, 2008

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Everything with this unit is great except for the OSD. The OSD function itself is great and exactly what I was expecting. The problem, however, is the sterile look of the OSD (i.e., font, lack of graphics, no album art, no sidebars). I'm not sure why Onkyo did not invest the extra few dollars for some sort of graphic option or allow me to have a picture stored on my iPod as the background.

Excellent Sound

Written By Anonymous, RayS from Canovanas, PR on Wednesday, November 05, 2008

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Purchased this iPod dock for usage with Onkyo Receiver TX-SR705.
Pro - Quality of Sound is Excellent, easy to connect and user friendly menu.
Con - Sometimes, it is difficult to handle the remote control when trying to change songs.
Overall - I got what I wanted. Excellent...

Also, delivery was quick considering that shipment was made to Puerto Rico.


Written By Bryan, Beaumont, TX on Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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It's a nice companion to my Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver, being that it provides access to my collection of Ipod tunes. However, the gadget needs improvement. In a high-tech world where we're accustomed to crisp graphics, this thing seems antiquated with an on-screen display reminiscent of an early 1980's Atari game. Also, the remote isn't very responsive. There's an annoying delay in reaction, so it becomes a source of frustration when trying to select a song, artist, or album on your Ipod.

As advertised

Written By THOMAS, Portland, OR on Friday, October 17, 2008

This unit integrates nicely with my Onkyo surround sound system. The included remote is small and cheap. At high volumes, the downside of over-compression become more apparent. A great and convenient way to easily access and enjoy your entire music library. But, for the best sound, play the original music source.

Works as advertised

Written By Colin, Houston, TX on Sunday, October 05, 2008

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I paired the DS-A2x up with my Onkyo TX-SR806 and had the thing up and running perfecting in less than 10 minutes using the receivers remote. Sound is great and the on-screen text display for controlling the iPod works well. I am currently using a Gen3 iPod and don't have video but assume that will be even better with respect to the onscreen display. If you're looking for a great way to hook-up your iPod to your receiver...this is it.

It's OK

Written By Brian, Centerville, OH on Sunday, September 21, 2008

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I don't like the idea of having to have your TV on to access the Ipod. My new $4000 TV shouldn't be the only way to change songs.

Great product!

Written By Mark, Denver, CO on Saturday, September 06, 2008

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This is truly a great product in my opinion. I use it in conjunction with my Onkyo surround sound system and it really makes the music sound awesome! When playing my ipod classic from the Onkyo DS-A2x, it fills my room with clear surround sound. The music coming out of my system never sounded better. (Before I was using a mixing-board to play the ipod through my receiver or playing songs from my computer, but this is definitely a step up in sound quality.) The remote is interactive and you can control the ipod with the remote. I like the ability to use the TV screen if you wish to control the music, although I normally just use the ipod's controls so I don't have to have my TV on all the time. But I imagine if you're having a party or something it'd be nice to see the songs up on the screen. I'm guessing this product would work well even if you don't have an Onkyo brand receiver, although I can verify that if you do have an Onkyo receiver it'll really enhance your music-listening experience. I'm glad I bought this product and expect many years of good use.

Onkyo ipod doc

Written By Justin, Portland, OR on Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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I've got mixed feeling on this ipod doc. It is remote controlled and I really like that. However, you have to use your tv screen as the ipod screen to change songs. Once the ipod is plugged into the stand the only way to use it is through your tv. you can't just hit the buttons on the face of the ipod to change songs. I have a 46" tv, and I really don't want to leave it on for hours just to listen to music. I also don't like the idea of turning the tv on and off every time I want to change a song on my ipod. It would be nice if you could use it both through the tv, and the more conventional way of just hitting the buttons on the face.

another use for iPod

Written By neo38t, Liberty Twp., Ohio on Tuesday, August 05, 2008

one of the locations for a set of speakers was outside, attached to the pergola, over the deck. usually we had CD's randomized to entertain..but lacked consistant music we liked. Then came iPod by Onkyo. the receiver is Onkyo as well... so the remote that comes with the iPod controls volume as well. Load up your fav tunes and let it rip. Great digital sound, pure entertainment... and most of all... no jumping up to change the music. It charges the Nano (iPod of our choice), as it rests in the holder. Very easy to install... up and running within 5 minutes. well worth the price.

Onkyo DS-A2x

Written By Bankole, Bloomfield, NJ on Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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This is an outstanding product. I hosted a large party on the 4th of July and I used this Gem to connect my ipod to my sound system. The connections are simple and easy to complete. I highly recommend this product.

A great addition to my sound system

Written By Howard, New York, NY on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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The dock is terrific. It is easy to use and was easy to set up. The sound it
great. The only drawback, which is my fault becasue I don't have my TV set
up through my sound system, is that my playlist won't display on my TV.
Otherwise, I couldn't be happier. I am also now able to clear out my CD
colllection and have lots more space.

almost perfect

Written By alan, Bayside N.Y. on Wednesday, May 28, 2008

this lil gadget does all it says it can especially recommended if you own an onkyo r1 amp/receiver although it works with pretty much ne amp/receiver you'll get to control it with your existing amps control great sounding easy to use and the o.s.d. on screen nav menu is great only draw back for me is if you wanna watch ne videos on ur tv thru this thing you have to switch settings back n forth between the osd or the ipod screen besides that its great i have it hooked to my home theaters onkyo tx sr 705 n i luv it so far

Easy and Versatile

Written By clh, Raleigh, NC on Monday, May 26, 2008

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A perfect match to my new Onkyo TX8522. Set up was easy and I like the
option of using either remote as well as the video features. If you want to
easily integrate your music onto a single format, and have an Onkyo
receiver, this is the way to go. I bought this receiver and the DS-A2X for
this reason and I could not be more satisfied.

buy it it's awsome

Written By Rex, Balto, MD on Monday, May 19, 2008

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I have the nano and it works fine. I am not looking for video only music.
This product rocks. I use the onkyo receiver to power Polk atrium 55 for a
perfect little system.

buy this if you ownn and IPod and ONKYO receiver!

Written By joN, chesapeake VA on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ok, this thing is so great I bought another IPOD so I could use the video
function! I have a 3rd gen NANO so the video function didnt work, but I love
the dock and my ONKYO SR605 receiver so much I bought a 5th Generation
Ipod VIdeo! Sound is awesome thru my receiver and my Polk Audio home
theatre speakers. On screen display is great, for parties, or just hangin out
at the house, absolutely love this product!

Beware.... Make sure you read what Ipods work for Video with this, my
NANO didn't but even without the video part the audio that this generates
is great, CDs are now in the attic and my entire music library is easily
searched and played from anywaher in my family room and kitchen area!
Awesome product!.


Written By Justin, Fayette, MO on Sunday, March 02, 2008

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This thing is great. Worked from the second I plugged it in. In fact, as soon as I put my iPod on the stand and pushed a button, the receiver kicked on automatically and turned to the proper outlet. And the sound is great.
My only suggestions is for this to use a digital connector (either optical or coaxial) instead of the left and right analog. But the sound is still excellent and convenient to have all my iPod music at the tough of a finger.
I give it only four stars because my receiver won't allow me to hook it up properly to view iPod stuff on the TV screen. If and when I get the equipment for that, I'll probably make it a five-star review.

Awesome Product

Written By Scooterbuster, Bridgewater, NJ on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hooked this liitle sleek puppy up to my Polk i Sonic, and WOW what a combo. The remote is great and works just like the control on the iPod. The device has beautiful lines with looks and funtionality being top shelf. An award winning product.

Onkyo DS-A2x

Written By BRIAN, Germantown, MD on Thursday, January 31, 2008

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Works just as advertised. I had no problem setting it up, and it sounds great.

Excellent product

Written By Walter, Florida on Thursday, January 24, 2008

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I'm very satisfied with this product. It improves the sound quality of my Ipod and keeps it charged.


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What's in the box?

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  • DS-A2X Remote Interactive (RI) Dock for iPod
  • RC-670E wireless remote control
  • CR2025 lithium battery (installed)
  • 5.5' RI cable (with 3.5mm mono miniplug on each end)
  • 5.5' A/V patch cable (with stereo male RCA and composite video plugs on each end)
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (DC output: 5.0V/1.0A)
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Product Registration/Warranty card

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Product Overview: The DS-A2X Remote Interactive (RI) Dock for iPod provides an interface between an iPod digital media player and Onkyo audio-video components and systems. Once an iPod is docked in the DS-A2X, you can control basic functions such as volume control, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo system's RI-compatible wireless remote control. The dock also charges the iPod's battery. The dock allows you to view digital photos, video, and the on screen display so you can navigate the iPod's menu.

iPod Compatibility: The DS-A2X is designed for use with iPod models having a Dock Connector. The DS-A2X features an adaptor wheel that turns to adjust for the depth of your particular iPod. The DS-A2X currently supports the following iPod models:

  • 5th Generation iPod video (audio and video)
  • iPod photo (audio and video)
  • 4th Generation iPod (audio only)
  • 1st/2nd/3rd/4th Generation iPod nano (audio only)
  • iPod mini (audio only)
  • iPod classic (audio only)
  • 1st/2nd Generation iPod touch (audio only)
  • iPhone/iPhone 3G (audio only)

Note: The DS-A2X is not compatible with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPods, the 5th generation iPod nano, or the iPhone 3GS. The DS-A2X will not charge the 2nd or 3rd generation iPod touch, iPod nano 4th generation, or the iPhone 3G.

System Compatibility: Nearly all Onkyo receivers, home theater systems, and audio systems are compatible with the DS-A2X through their RI (Remote Interactive) port. Because the DS-A2X includes a remote control and has standard RCA audio and video outputs, it is actually compatible with any A/V system with those inputs.

On Screen Display (OSD): The DS-A2X comes with an on-screen display (OSD) mode that enables you to view track lists (artists, albums, songs, genres, composers) on your connected display for easy navigation and selection. In OSD mode, you can browse your iPod using the keys on the dedicated remote controller. You can choose from four page modes (Small, Medium, Large and Page) that let you move through your iPod's music library in progressively larger steps. The OSD also displays information about the track being played such as playback status, shuffle mode, playback time and total time. You can also choose the background color of the OSD and set the time at which the screen saver is activated. The background color for the menu can be set to Black, Magenta, or two shades each of red, green, or blue. You can specify the time after which the screen saver engages; 1, 5, or 10 minutes. When the screen saver engages the menu disappears and the screen goes blank. The screen saver can also be turned off.

IR Wireless Remote Control: The DS-A2X comes with its own wireless IR remote controller to control all basic playback functions of the unit and your iPod. With its simple layout and easy operability, this palm-fitting remote controller is particularly handy for navigating and selecting your music through the unit's OSD. The remote controller also brings one-touch control for random playback of songs or albums; a resume function that will return to the track being played when the iPod is stopped or removed from the Dock; and a repeat function for one track or all. The remote controller can also be used to set its own ID (an option when you have multiple remote controllers as part of your system) or to select NTSC or PAL for video playback.

Remote Interactive (RI): Remote Interactive (RI) is an exclusive Onkyo control system that allows RI-compatible Onkyo audio components to be controlled with a single remote controller. In addition, all components can be turned on or off together, and the amplifier will automatically turn on and select the appropriate input source when playback is started on a source component. You can control your iPod using the Tape, MD, CDR, or HDD/Dock input source and remote control mode. You must first switch the RI mode switch on the bottom of the dock to the input source/remote control mode you plan to use. Onkyo's RI system allows you to use your amp's remote controller to control the basic functions of your iPod, such as Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Fast Rewind, Next Song, Previous Song, etc. Depending upon the model of your amp and generation of iPod, you may also be able to use some of the following advanced functions through Onkyo's RI system:

  • System On/Off: when you turn your amp on or off, the RI dock and your iPod will turn on or off accordingly
  • Auto Power On: if you press Play on the remote control while the amp is in Standby, your amp will automatically turn on and select your iPod as the input source, then, the iPod will begin playback
  • iPod Alarm Clock: use your iPod's Alarm Clock function to automatically turn on your iPod and amp at a specified time, the amp's input source will automatically be set to the input to which your iPod is connected
  • Direct Change: if you start iPod playback using the remote control while listening to another input source, your amp will automatically select the iPod as the input source
  • Timer Play: you can use your amp's Timer function to turn on your amp and iPod and start playback at a specified time
  • Advanced Playback Functions: Shuffle, Repeat, Backlight, Playlist/Album mode, Next/Previous Playlist, Next/Previous Album
  • Dimmer Link: when you use your amp's Dimmer function to change its display's brightness, the brightness of the RI Dock's Power indicator will change as well

Note on Functions: In most cases, to use these functions, your iPod must be in the RI dock, and the RI dock must be connected to your amp with both an RI cable and an audio cable.

iPod Photo and Video Playback: When the DS-A2X is used with an iPod photo or 5th Generation iPod, you can enjoy iPod photos and slideshows with music through your Onkyo audio-video system. Also, the DS-A2X can pass full motion video from 5th Generation iPods. For photo and/or video playback, you must connect the dock's video jack to an input on your Onkyo receiver or TV. The DS-A2X will not only send photos and video to a TV or monitor, it will also send the menu text display information such as artist, title, or playlists.

Connectors: The DS-A2X Remote Interactive Dock has the following connections:

  • Top of Unit: iPod dock connector
  • Back of Unit:
    • RI: 3.5mm (1/8") mini jack for supplied RI cable (mono mini)
    • Video Out: Composite video jack
    • Audio Out: Left and right RCA jacks for supplied RCA audio patch cable
    • DC In (5V/1A): Round DC power connector for supplied AC adapter

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