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A dock for audiophiles

Get the highest quality audio from your Apple portable with the Arcam rSeries rDock-uni. The dock's Lightning connector is compatible with the latest generation iPhone, iPad, iPad mini® and iPod touch®. When connected, the dock bypasses the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) inside your player, and feeds pure, unprocessed digital data to its own built-in high-performance DAC, which provides more accurate, musical sound.

Arcam rDock-uni Lightning connector dock Compatible with Lightning connector iPhone or iPad (shown).

Exceptional audio

The rDock-uni has a pair of RCA analog stereo outputs, so you can plug it into your home theater receiver or desktop speaker system and enjoy great sound. Does your system already have an outstanding DAC of its own? Then use the rDock-uni 's coaxial digital output to send the signal straight to your outboard DAC.

An important part of the Arcam ecosystem

The rDock-uni comes with its own remote, which lets you play, pause and skip tracks from your connected Apple portable. You can use the rDock-uni with the Arcam Solo Mini compact stereo receiver, making it even more versatile. Or couple it with the Arcam SonLink DAC for Sonos®. Both of these devices let you control the rDock-uni through their own remotes.

Pass-through syncing

The rDock-uni's power adapter has a USB plug, so you can either connect it to a wall outlet, or connect it to your computer via a USB port. This also lets you sync your docked player.

A USB port in the dock lets you connect older 30-pin Apple portables to the rDock-uni. Just use your portable's charging cable. You'll be able to recharge your older iPod, iPhone, or iPad through the port.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with Lightning connector iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and iPod nano
  • built-in Burr-Brown DAC (digital-to-analog converter) bypasses player's DAC for improved sound quality
  • coaxial digital audio output for connecting to an external DAC
  • stereo RCA analog output
  • USB charging port for older 30-pin Apple portables
  • AC power adapter
  • remote control
  • 4"W x 2-1/2"H x 3-15/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Arcam rDock-uni Reviews

Average Customer Review:

5 Reviews

Not disappointed!

Written by: Robert from Phelan, CA on January 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Arcam rDock-uni is a great addition to my music system. It gives makes a big difference in the music that comes from my iPod with its built in DAC. Easy to set up and to use. Crutchfield notified me when it was back in stock and I had plugged in within a week. Great service! The Arcam rDock-uni gives me another source to enjoy great sounding music. I recommend it without hesitation.

Pros: Easy set up and use. Remote is handy as it controls the volume on my Arcam Amplifier as well.

Cons: None

Problem with digital out

Written by: Anonymous from Massachusetts on January 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

When using the analog outs it works just fine and sounds great. I had problems when I went digital out to my receiver. I tried 3 different inputs that definitely work fine and the music would frequently cut out. I tried 2 different units both with the same issue. This is obviously unacceptable and is why I'm giving it 3 stars instead of 5.



Crutchfield response on January 6, 2015 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Arcam r-dock uni

Written by: Miguel from Alexandria VA on December 24, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to set up. I-phone 5 Connected to a NAD pre-amp produced better sound than using a RCA connector from headphone outlet. Great sound while streaming through a Bose wave radio. Construction feels solid.

Pros: Easy set up and USB connection allows for I-Pod Classic to charge while playing.

Cons: Requires removal of I-Phone 5 protection case for a tight connection with lightning connector.

iPod player for NAD receiver

Written by: Rebecca from Birmingham, Al on December 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed a device to attach to my existing 20 year old NAD receiver and whole house speaker system that would play my iTunes music. Didn't want to abandon my wonderful NAD stereo system and Crutchfield directed me to the perfect product! It's called an ARCAM rDock-uni. I LOVE it and didn't even know it existed. Knowledgeable staff!!!

Pros: Ease of use, ease of installation and function

Cons: Lightning connector only. Older 30 pin devices need an adapter.

Very Pleased

Written by: davids from Godfrey ,IL on May 15, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The tech rep was helpful in the selection of the item. Installation was a breeze, I had the dock hooked and playing music in half an hour! Sound is good and everyone in the house is happy that we can stream music of our choosing.

Pros: easy set up, good sound


Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • iPod/iPhone/iPad dock
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 4' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/EU/UK)
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • 4' Stereo RCA cable
  • 4' Digital coax cable
  • Connections/Quick Start Guide
  • Thank You letter

Product Research


Digital Dock for Apple Devices: The Arcam rDock-uni is an external add-on dock for iPod, iPhone, and iPad which can be connected to your home stereo system via analog stereo RCA or digital coax. The rDock-uni supports audio playback, remote control, and charging of your docked Apple device. It features a Lightning dock and USB port to connect your Apple devices.

  • Lightning Connector Dock: The Arcam rDock-uni features a top-panel Lightning dock to connect newer Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices with a Lightning connector.
  • USB Port: For older 30-pin connector iPods, iPhones, and iPads; the rDock-uni is fitted with a rear-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply use the cable that came with your Apple device to connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to the rDock-uni's USB port.

IR Remote: The Arcam rDock-uni comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of your connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad. While the remote has several additional buttons, in our tests only the Play/Pause and Previous/Next Track commands were functional. You can continue to operate your iPod/iPhone/iPad from its clickwheel or touchscreen. The remote is powered by a single CR2025 3V coin-type lithium battery (included).

Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Arcam rDock-uni is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 12/17/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Lightning Dock USB Port Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPad 1 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
2 8.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3 8.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4/air 8.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 8.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3GS 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4 7.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4S 8.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5/5C/5S 8.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
6/6+ 8.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 6.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 8.1 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
6th 1.2 PC N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.02 PC Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 N Y Y N 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 wait until a newer software update is available.

Analog + Digital Output: The rDock-uni supports audio playback of your docked iPod/iPhone/iPad's stored music files and music apps when connected to a stereo or home theater receiver, via analog stereo RCA or digital coax. The rDock-uni uses audiophile grade components and design techniques to deliver the best possible sound quality. The digital coax output lets you connect an external DAC (such as the Arcam irDAC, sold separately) between the rDock-uni and your home stereo system for even better sound quality.

External AC Power Adapter + Battery Charging: The Arcam rDock-uni includes an external 5V switching power supply (100-240V). The rDock-uni also includes three interchangeable AC plugs (US/UK/EU). The Arcam rDock-uni charges your iPod, iPhone, iPad while connected through its external AC power supply.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 0.5A
  • Output: 5.0V - 3A

Aluminum Chassis: The Arcam rDock-uni features high-quality cast aluminum construction for optimum RF shielding.

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Customer Q&A

3 questions already asked

I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Arcam rDock is made specifically for Apple products. It has the Lightning connector for newer iPod/iPhones and it has a USB port that works for older iPods/iPhones. However this USB port will not work for a laptop or computer unfortunately. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 22, 2015 ]  Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Unfortunately Arcam does not list their sampling rates for this product. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Feb 16, 2015 ]  Staff
Brian, I was hoping to do the same- I'm not sure why it won't play. It will play my 30 pin ITouch. [ Janice  Jan 10, 2015 ]
Yes. Via the USB port in the back. [ Eric  Jan 10, 2015 ]
Brian, Yes, you can connect the your IPOD Classic using the USB port in the back of the r dock. Also, the rdock remote control can be used with the IPOD classic to select tracks as well as albums or artists. [ Miguel  Jan 10, 2015 ]
Yes. The back has a usb connector. Plug in the old 30 pin usb apple connector and you're all set. [ Tinos  Jan 10, 2015 ]