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Arcam rCube

Portable powered speaker system for iPod® and iPhone® with wireless capability (White)

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by Ralph Graves
Arcam

Easy to use, a pleasure to hear

Sure, Arcam rCube looks like a simple cube. But this iPod dock is much more than just compact powered speaker system. The rCube combines three important elements: portability, outstanding audio, and wireless convenience.

Arcam rCube


Arcam rCube

Good to go, on the go

This compact 8" cube has an integrated handle for easy portability. Its built-in rechargeable battery that can provide up to eight hours of non-stop operation, so you can keep the music going throughout the day (or night). Plug in its AC power adapter, and you can do so indefinitely.


Great sound from a small box

The rCube has two soft-domed tweeters in the front, and two side-firing 4-1/2" drivers. This configuration throws out a spacious 270° soundfield, filling your room with music. The two high-performance woofers reproduce mid-range and low tones with clarity, while the precision tweeters give you clean, accurate highs. With the system's full 90 watts of power driving them, these speakers deliver the goods, making the rCube a welcome party guest. And the speakers are equally responsive at lower volume levels, too — great for more intimate listening.


Arcam rCube

Easy wireless networking

With the rCube you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of wireless connectivity. Plug an optional rWand wireless transmitter into your iPod, iPad, or iPhone, and you can stream high-quality music from your player to the rCube. Quickly navigate through your player's library in the palm of your hand and hear your musical choices play through the rCube.

Tap into your digital library

With an optional rWave USB wireless dongle, you can stream music from your computer to your rCube. Want to create a multi-room audio system quickly? Both the rWave and rWand can stream music to up to four rCubes simultaneously. Or plug an rWave into an rCube's USB port and stream to four other rCubes throughout your house — up to 160 feet away.


Other audio and video options

The rCube also has video output, so you can look at stored pictures and video from your player on your TV. The composite video output lets you connect the rCube to just about any TV, new or old. Dock your iPhone or iPod, and you have a compact audio/video system.

Or plug an rWand into an iPad® for an ultra-compact system — watch the movie on your iPad while you enjoy the soundtrack through the rCube with breath-taking realism and presence.

An auxiliary input lets you connect a portable device to the rCube through its headphone jack.



"This little cube-shaped speaker produced such big sound in our sonically challenging training room, some of us thought we were listening to a separate receiver and speakers."

— Jim R., Crutchfield Web Editor and A/V Writer

From the review The Arcam rCube — portable and powerful

"Hidden behind the featureless wraparound cloth are two speakers in the front panel, and one each in the adjoining side panels, angled forward. This results in a fairly wide soundfield. Here's a good illustration of just how wide the field sounded. I stood close to the rCube and spread out my arms. On some of the tracks I played, instruments seemed to be situated beyond my fingertips."

— Ralph, Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • compatible with:
    • docking iPods including 6th generation iPod classic®, 5th generation iPod nano®, 3rd generation iPod touch®
    • iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
    • the iPad with optional Arcam rWand (not included)
  • two front-facing soft-dome tweeters and two side-firing 4-1/2" woofers create an enveloping 270° soundfield
  • 90 watts total system power
  • integrated carry handle
  • auxiliary stereo minijack input for other portable players
  • optional rWand iPod dongle (not included) allows you to:
    • wirelessly stream music from your iPod, iPhone, iPad
    • watch video on your iPad and stream the audio to your rCube
  • optional rWave USB dongle (not included) allows you to:
    • wirelessly stream music from your computer to your rCube
    • wirelessly stream music from your rCube to up to four additional rCubes
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • composite video output
  • automatically charges docked player
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of continuous operation
  • AC power adapter
  • remote
  • 7-7/8"W x 7-7/8"H x 7-7/8"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • iPod speaker system (White)
  • Power supply (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Instruction Booklet (Eng/Fre/Ger/Dut)
  • Thank You/Online Product Registration Card

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Audio Features
iPod Dock/Aux Input
Wireless Streaming
Remote Control
Power Requirements

Overview: The Arcam rCube is a portable, compact high-fidelity iPod speaker system with wireless audio streaming capabilities. The rCube is designed to be small in size, but big in sound. The Arcam rCube features an integrated iPod dock to connect your iPod or iPhone for audio/video playback. Using optional wireless transmitters (sold separately), the rCube can wirelessly receive music from your computer or iPod/iPhone, enabling you to bring music to any room in your home. The rCube is also very intuitive and easy to use. It features touch sensitive top-panel controls and includes an IR wireless remote control. The rCube can operate off of standard household current or its integrated rechargeable lithium battery. A built-in carry handle offers greater portability.

Audio Features

Compact Design: The Arcam rCube features a compact, "cube-like" design. Yet, its still powerful enough for a party, but also engineered to deliver exceptional clarity at low volume.

4-Layer PCB: The rCub uses a 4-layer PCB (printed circuit board) to ensure optimum layout for low noise operation and are housed in a cast metal enclosure to control EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) emissions.

Sealed Enclosure: The rCube features a sealed and braced enclosure. The rCube's damped enclosure is constructed from aluminum, 1/2" MDF, and a triple-layer composite to prevent vibration and resonance.

90-Watt Amplifier: The rCube employs a built-in 90-watt amplifier (20-20,000Hz @ 0.5 THD) which is divided between two tweeters and two woofers for room filling sound.

  • Dual Tweeters: 10-watts x 2-channels (in 6-ohm, @ 1kHz, w/ 0.1% THD)
  • Dual Woofers: 35-watts x 2-channels (in 4-ohm, @ 100Hz-3.7kHz, w/ 0.1% THD)

Dual Two-Way Speaker Design: The Arcam rCube utilizes a dual two-way speaker design to create a spacious sound from the small iPod speaker system. The rCube features two 1" aluminum dome tweeters and two 4" midbass drivers.

  • Dual 1" Dome Tweeters: The rCube features two side-mounted 1" dome aluminum tweeters which are angled 5-degrees forward. This creates an enveloping 270-degree sound field.
  • Dual 4" Midbass Drivers: The rCube's two 4.0" midbass drivers are in a back-to-back force-cancelling configuration to maximize bass output and minimize internal vibration.

Bass Button: The rCube employs a sophisticated bass enhancement function that is designed to compensate for the reduction in bass output that occurs when the rCube is not placed near a wall or corner. The natural acoustics near room walls reinforce the bass output of the rCube (in this case you will not need to use the Bass enhancement function).

Placement: The rCube sound great almost anywhere. Side-mounted, front-angled drivers allow the rCube to produce high-quality sound over 270-degrees. The rCube is designed to sound best when placed in the corner of a room. In this position, the side-firing drivers reflect sound off walls to produce a more spacious sound.

Note: The side-firing drivers work best when they are not obstructed. Do not put the rCube in a confined space. For example: Do not place the rCube on a bookshelf with books on either side as this will block the sound.

Integral Carry Handle: The rCube is designed to be easy to carry around the house. A simple flap (dust-cover) on top of the rCube opens to reveal a sturdy carry handle for transporting your rCube. The hidden handle under the dust cover comfortably fits your hand, so you can carry the rCube from room to room.

Note: Make sure to remove the power supply and your iPod/iPhone before carrying the rCube.

iPod Dock/Aux Input

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

Audio Playback: The rCube supports audio playback of your iPod/iPhone's music, podcast, and audiobook files.

Music Navigation: The Arcam rCube's supplied wireless IR remote control lets you navigate your iPod/iPhone's menus, control basic playback functions, and switch play modes. 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: These functions are only available for docked iPods and iPhones. They are not available when and iPod/iPhone is connected wirelessly.

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

Note: Composite and component video cables not supplied. For a component video connection a proprietary accessory cable is required (sold separately from Arcam).

Battery Charging: The dock connector on top of the rCube charges your iPod or iPhone while connected. Charging can be disabled using the supplied remote control. The rCube can charge your iPod/iPhone when operating with AC power or Battery power. iPod/iPhone charging is not available in Standby mode.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Arcam rCube 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 N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y Composite Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
6th 1.0 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N Y Y
3rd 4.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4th 4.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
3G 3.1.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
3GS 3.1.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4 4.0 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N 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.

Auxiliary Input: The rCube is equipped with a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input for connecting an CD player or portable MP3 player.

Upgradeable: The rCube has a USB (type-A) port on the rear-panel for future upgrades via a USB thumbdrive. This allows additional features to be added and allows compatibility with yet to be released iPods and iPhones. Visit www.arcam.co.uk for the latest firmware.

Note: The rear-panel USB port is only for future upgrades. It does not play music files nor does it interface with computers.

Wireless Streaming

Kleer Technology: The Arcam rCube features proprietary Kleer Technology lossless streaming. This allows wireless audio streaming between rCubes, your iPod/iPhone/iPad, and your computer. Optional wireless transmitters are required (sold separately). Kleer lossless technology offers full-bandwidth "CD-quality" music streaming with no drop outs.

iPod Streaming: The Arcam rWand wireless Apple-compatible transmitter (776RWAND, sold separately) lets you wirelessly stream music from Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the Arcam rCube. The rWand wireless Apple-compatible transmitter simply plugs into your iPod's, iPhone's, or iPad's dock connector. Once connection is made, you can wirelessly stream music from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the Arcam rCube.

Note: You cannot stream video or still images to the rCube from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Computer Streaming: The Arcam rWave wireless USB transmitter (776RWAVE, sold separately) lets you send music wirelessly from your computer (PC or Mac) to the rCube. The rWave wireless USB transmitter simply plugs into a free USB (type-A) port on your computer. Your computer will then recognize the transmitter as a sound device. Once this connection is made, you can wirelessly send music stored on your PC or Mac computer to the Arcam rCube.

Note: You cannot stream video or still images to the rCube from your computer.

Multiple Cube Steaming: Music can be streamed to up to four rCubes simultaneously from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad using the Arcam wireless Apple-compatible transmitter (rWand, sold separately); or from your PC/MAC computer using the Arcam wireless USB transmitter (rWave, sold separately).

Cube-to-Cube Streaming: Any rCube can wirelessly stream music to another rCube in the same vicinity, sharing music simultaneously with other rooms in a house. An rCube can share music with up to 8 other rCubes or rDacs (77RDAC), or 8 pairs of Kleer headphones. This allows one docked iPod/iPhone or auxiliary source to be transmitted to any room in your home.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The rCube comes complete with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the iPod speaker system and your docked iPod/iPhone. The remote contains buttons like those found on the top-panel of this unit, such as Power, Source, and Volume. In addition, the remote can also be used to navigate through menus and tracks on your docked iPod/iPhone and change the iPod/iPhone play mode (repeat/random).

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

Power Requirements

7 Separate Power Supplies: There are a total of seven separate power supplies feeding the digital and analog sections of the rCube to avoid inter-modulation and reduce noise.

Power Requirements: The Arcam rCube can be powered using standard household AC current or from its integrated rechargeable battery.

  • AC Power: The rCube can operate with standard household AC current (110-120V) using the supplied external AC power supply and detachable AC power cord.
  • Battery Power: Offering true portability, the rCube is fitted with a heavy-duty Lithium-Ion battery delivering approximately four hours of continuous playback with typical use. The unit's front-panel power LED will glow purple to indicate the rCube is operating on battery power.

Charging The Battery: Simply plug the rCube into an AC outlet to recharge the battery. The rCube automatically charges the battery and has built-in charge methods to make the battery last as long possible. The rCube's top-panel button LEDs indicate the level of charge remaining.

  • 4 Illuminated LEDs indicate 100%
  • 3 Illuminated LEDs indicate 75%
  • 2 Illuminated LEDs indicate 50%
  • 1 Illuminated LEDs indicate 25%
 
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By bennt, Pennsylvania on Thursday, April 12, 2012
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Awesome product. Bought as a gift for my wife and she couldn't be happier. Outstanding sound quality for it's size.
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5 out of 5

Expensive, But the Best I Have Heard

Written By Boondock, Arizona on Wednesday, January 04, 2012
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The rCube sounds phenomenal. I have been looking for a good portable and wireless speaker for a long time. I used the Bose SoundDock for the last 2 years and really liked it. However, I got sick of having to dock my iPhone into it every time I wanted to listen to music, so I started to look around at all the speakers that met my criteria: the Logitech Wireless Boombox, Bose SoundLink, and the Arcam rCube

The SoundDock was too muddy, the Logitech too bright and not enough low end, and the SoundLink was just underwhelming...the rCube is head and shoulders the best sounding in all aspects. The music is powerful, the lows, mids, and highs are all clear and sound amazing. There is plenty of bass for me (maybe the one reviewer did not have the rCube in a corner or didn't have the Bass Boost button depressed?) and the bass is responsive and clear, not muddy at all. Not only does the rCube sound great, but it seems to be built extremely well and has a great design to it (the covered iPod dock to prevent dust build up, the stand, and the integrated handle). It just looks really great, I like the fact that the metal housing around the speakers is covered with soft black speaker fabric. It makes it look really classy. Also, when it is unplugged there is no degradation of sound or power/volume.

This is hands down the best iPod/iPhone speaker system I have heard.
Pros:
Impressive Sound, Well Built, Well Designed, Portability, SOUND!
Cons:
Glossy finish gets smudged easily, expensive accessories ($100 for rWand and rWave seems excessive)
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4 out of 5

Nice speaker

Written By Andre, Marietta, GA on Sunday, November 13, 2011
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I's not perfect, but certainly better than the other ipod speakers. Middle and upper frequency very clear. Rechargeable and long battery life up to 7 hours. Small size. Cube form.Lower frequency is weak. Requires additional dongle for wireless.
Pros:
Middle and upper frequency very clear. Rechargeable and long battery life up to 7 hours. Small size. Cube form.
Cons:
Lower frequency is weak. Requires additional dongle for wireless.
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5 out of 5

rCube

Written By Eric, Painted Post, NY on Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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This is a fantastic new product. I am very happy. The wireless capability is a real plus. It has great, room filling sound. Great value for the price.
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5 out of 5

A Masterpiece of Engineering...

Written By Wayne, St. Charles on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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The Arcam rCube offers incredible sound in a small package. The audio produced by this device is crisp, clear, and surprisingly dimensional for its size. It is definitely on par with the B&W Zeppelin when it comes to sound quality. I have owned both and I can honestly say that I prefer the rCube for its size, shape, and wireless capabilities. The Zeppelin may produce a bit more bass, but the rCube provides clean lows which blend perfectly with the cube's mid and high ranges. The wireless capabilities of the rCube are clever and well thought out. The Arcam rCube is expensive, but you get a well engineered piece of audio equipment for the money. The cube is solid and well built. The rechargeable battery makes this device practical for use anywhere around house. The remote is clean and simple to use; it controls the audio functions of my iPhone4 when docked. The rCube works with the phone's iPod function as well as music providers like Napster and Rhapsody (if subscribed for the phone). Highly recommended.
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