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Arcam Solo irDock

High-performance iPod®/iPhone® dock with remote

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  • Arcam Solo irDock

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  • Arcam Solo irDock

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Our take on the Arcam Solo irDock

by Ralph Graves
Arcam

A high performance dock for finely detailed music

Rest assured, this is no ordinary iPod/iPhone dock. Arcam brought 35 years of crafting fine audio equipment to the creation of their Solo irDock. This carefully designed dock ensures that the signal being passed from your player's pin connection is as accurate and noise-free as possible. You'll hear the difference in the detail and presence of your music — especially if you're playing it back through one of Arcam's excellent stereo receivers.

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Quality materials make the difference

The irDock features a cast aluminum casing. In addition to providing rock-solid stability, it also shields the dock's electronics from RF interference, ensuring that the audio signal remains as clean as possible. Arcam provides the irDock with a low-noise power supply to ward off potential radiated noise.

A charging on/off button sits on the front of the irDock. While the dock can automatically charge your player, there is an advantage to using your iPod's battery to power playback. It can further minimize electrical noise, which improves the signal just a little bit more. With a high-performance playback system, this can make an audible difference in the sound.


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An ideal partner for your Arcam components

The irDock uses standard line-level analog outputs, so you can enjoy great iPod sound with just about any home audio system. But couple the irDock with a Solo Mini or Solo Neo stereo receiver, and you've got a match made in audiophile heaven. The irDock not only sends pristine audio ignals to the receiver, but data as well through an included RS-232 cable. You'll see song title and artist appear on the your Arcam component's display. And you can conveniently control your docked player through your Arcam component's remote. (A compact remote is provided for use with other brands of audio gear.)


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Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods, including the 160GB iPod classic®, 6th generation iPod nano®, and 4th generation iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • cast aluminum casing
  • RCA stereo audio output
  • composite and S-video output
  • RS-232 cable included for use with select Arcam components
  • low-noise AC adapter
  • 4"W x 1-1/8"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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  • Add-on iPod dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/UK/EU)
  • CR1 remote control
  • CV2025 3V lithium battery
  • 47" Control cable (with a RS-232C connector on one end and a proprietary 6-pin connector on other end)
  • Connections/Quickstart Guide
  • Thank You/Online Product Registration card

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Features

Overview: The Arcam irDock is an external add-on iPod dock which can be connected to any stereo or home theater receiver with a stereo RCA input. The irDock uses audiophile grade components and design techniques to deliver the best possible sound quality. An IR remote is included for wireless operation of your docked iPod/iPhone.

Aluminum Chassis: The Arcam irDock is built from a high-quality cast aluminum enclosure for optimum RF shielding.

iPod Dock Connector: The Arcam irDock features an integrated top-panel iPod dock to connect your compatible iPod or iPhone. The irDock supports audio playback, video output, remote control, and charging of your docked iPod/iPhone.

Note: Use the docking adapter that came with your iPod/iPhone or purchase one through the Apple Store.

Audio Playback: The irDock supports audio playback of your docked iPod/iPhone's music, podcast, and audiobook files when connected to a stereo or home theater receiver.

Video Output: In addition to playing audio, the irDock can output video from supported iPods/iPhones. Video playback from compatible iPod/iPhones is possible via the irDock's composite or S-video outputs. When a video-enabled iPod/iPhone is docked and playing, video is routed to the unit's composite and S-video outputs on the rear-panel and output to your connected television. Your connected iPod/iPhone will only output video files and does not output metadata, menus, or applications.

Wireless Remote Control: The irDock comes with an IR remote control (CR1) for wireless operation of your docked iPod/iPhone. The remote can be used to navigate through menus and tracks on your docked iPod/iPhone and change the iPod/iPhone play mode (repeat/random). You can also continue to operate your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen.

  • Menu Navigation: You can navigate through the menus of your docked iPod/iPhone to find your music by Playlist or Category (Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, etc.).
  • Basic Playback: The rCube offers Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, and Skip (previous/next) playback functions.
  • Play Modes: You can switch between Repeat (track, playlist/folder) and Random (playlist/folder) playback modes.

Note: The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V "coin-type" lithium battery (included).

RS232 Port: The irDock is supplied with an RS232 connection cable so that your iPod/iPhone's track information can be displayed on the Arcam Solo Mini Music system (776SOLMINI, sold separately) or the Arcam Solo Neo Stereo Receiver (776SOLONEO, sold separately).

Battery Charging: The Arcam irDock charges your iPod or iPhone while connected. Charging can be disabled using the supplied remote control.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Arcam irDock is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of February 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
3rd 4.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
4th 4.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
3G 3.1.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
3GS 3.1.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y
4 4.0 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y Optional Optional Y

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 a newer software update is available.

Audio Outputs: The Arcam irDock is equipped with a set of rear-panel stereo RCA line-level outputs to output audio to your connected stereo or home theater receiver.

Power Requirements: The Arcam irDock includes an external 6V switching power supply (100-240V). The irDock also includes three interchangeable AC plugs (US/UK/EU).

 
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