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Arcam rWand

Wireless dongle for iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®

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Item #: 776RWAND
 

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by Ralph Graves
Arcam

What's the most convenient way to play music from your iPod or iPhone through your Arcam rCube or rDac KW? Why, wirelessly of course! The rWand dongle plugs into your player's dock connector, and lets you stream music wirelessly to your Arcam device.

Thanks to Kleer® wireless technology, the rWand delivers a high-quality audio signal with plenty of detail. Although the dongle has a transmission range of up to 30 feet, it uses very little power so you don't have worry about draining your iPod's battery. And you can stream to up to four devices simultaneously.

From the review The Arcam rCube -- portable and powerful
"In my opinion, the big story about the rCube is the rWand. I could keep my player next to me, and listen through the rCube. All of my iPod's controls worked, of course, including volume, which raised the volume of the rCube. And because I had my player with me, I always knew what track was playing — and I could quickly pick out a new one."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • for use with Arcam rCube and rDac KW
  • Kleer® wireless transmitter for high quality audio signal
  • compatible with the iPad and most docking iPods, including the 6th generation iPod classic, 6th generation iPod nano, and 4th generation iPod touch
  • compatible with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4
  • transmitter connects to iPod's dock connector
  • iPod supplies power to dongle
  • range: up to 30 feet
  • warranty: 60 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Wireless iPod transmitter (for rCube & rDac)

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Features

Overview: The Arcam rWand wireless Apple-compatible transmitter lets you wirelessly stream music from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad to the Arcam rCube (776RCUBEB, sold separately) or rDac-KW (776RDACKW, sold separately. 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 or rDac-KW.

Kleer Technology: The Arcam rWand supports proprietary Kleer Technology lossless streaming. This allows wireless audio streaming between your computer and the Arcam rCube or rDac-KW. Kleer lossless technology offers full-bandwidth "CD-quality" music streaming with no drop outs.

Note: You can stream to up to four Arcam rCubes and/or wireless rDacs.

Operating Range: The Arcam rWand has a wireless range of approximately 33-feet (10m).

Note: The battery level on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect operating range.

Dock Connector: The rWand uses the Apple 30-pin connector to connect to your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Audio Playback: The rWand supports wireless audio playback of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad from Arcam's rCube or wireless rDac.

Note: The rWand does not support wireless transmission of video, still-images, metadata, or control functions.

Apple Compatibility Chart: The Arcam rWand is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model features when paired with the Arcam rCube or wireless rDac (as of February 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video 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 N N Y N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N N N
120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N N N
160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N N N
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N N Y N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N N N
4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N N N
5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N N N
6th 1.0 PC Y N N Y N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N N N
2nd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y N
3rd 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N N
4th 4.2.1 Y N N Y N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y N N Y N N N
3G 3.1.2 Y N N Y N N N
3GS 3.1.2 Y N N Y N N N
4 4.0 Y N N Y N N N
iPad All N/A Y N N Y N N N

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.

Power Requirements: The rWand is small and lightweight with ultra-low power consumption, so as not to drain the battery in your connected Apple device.

 
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3 out of 5

Great item, except for a few things.

Written By Agent86, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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I bought the Arcam rWand together with the rDac. The music from my iPod sounded great, but I had a couple of issues with the rWand. First, the connection to the iPod is not all that secure because the rWand doesn't have the little tabs needed to hold it in place. Not a big deal for me. However, what was a big deal is that you cannot change the volume with the rWand. The review on this site states that one of the best features is being able to walk around with your rWand equipped iPod and that you can raise and/or lower the vloume. But it's not true. I called tech support and they confirmed it with the manufacturer that indeed, the unit does NOT adjust the volume. Also the rWand drains the iPod of power very quickly. I was only able to get roughly 3 hours of use from a fully charged iPod classic. Normally I get 7 hours (+) from my Ipod when connected with a cable. For these reasons, I returned the rWand & rDac.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Can't adjust the vloume. Quick battery drain of the iPod. Connection isn't very secure.
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4 out of 5

rWand+

Written By MarkF786, Marlton, NJ on Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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One thing worth mentioning is that this is actually the newer rWand+, not the older rWand as pictured. Before purchasing it, I called up Crutchfield and asked which one it was; they told me they thought it was the old one. I'm glad they were wrong. Crutchfield should update the product info and picture.

I've only had it a day but it's worked with my iPhone 4 and iPad 3. Sometimes the connection does momentary drop between it and my rCube but I'm not sure which device is at fault. I'll need to do more testing.
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