Arcam rDock-uni

Lightning™ connector iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock with built-in DAC

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Our take on the Arcam rDock-uni

by Ralph Graves

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.

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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.


  • 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

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What's in the box?

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  • 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

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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. Its compatible with iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone (5S/5C/5), and iPad (4/mini/air).
  • 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. Its compatible with iPod Video (5th gen), iPod class (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4/4S), and iPad (1/2/3).

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 7.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
3 7.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
4 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
air 7.0.4 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 7.0.4 N Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5C 7.0.4 Y Y Y N Y Y N N Y
5S 7.0.4 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 7.0.4 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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Written By davids, Godfrey ,IL on Thursday, May 15, 2014
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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.
easy set up, good sound
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