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Cambridge Audio iD50

Premium iPod® docking station with remote

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by Ralph Graves
Cambridge Audio

High-performance sound from your iPod

Cambridge Audio understands sound. That's why their iD50 premium docking station is more than just an ordinary iPod dock. Sophisticated circuitry inside the iD50 ensures that clean, clear audio and video signals are delivered to your receiver and TV monitor.

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Getting the noise out of the way

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Cambridge Audio uses "quasi-differential noise canceling" to achieve superior sound from your docked player. What does that mean? The circuitry generates a noise-canceling signal that's 180° out of phase with electronic noise. When added to the incoming audio signal, the in-phase noise and out-of-phase noise cancel each other out, leaving only the pure music for you to enjoy. You can even disable the iPod charging feature from the included remote, to make sure it won't interfere with audio playback in any way.

Thoughtful design and easy navigation

The iD50 docking station features an audiophile-quality RCA stereo output with gold-plated terminals to ensure efficient signal transfer. It also includes both composite and S-video output, so you can play videos from your iPod on your TV. Plus, this dock also generates an on-screen menu, making navigation easy with the remote.


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Highlights:

  • compatible with most docking iPods
  • quasi-differential noise cancelling ensures optimal sound quality
  • RS-232 control cable connector for compatible Cambridge Audio components
  • RCA stereo output
  • composite and S-video output
  • displays a navigation menu on your TV
  • charges iPod while docked (defeatable)
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • warranty: 3 years
  • 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 6' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/UK/EU)
  • Remote control (RC-iD50)
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery
  • 40" Audio/Video cable (with composite video and stereo RCA connectors on each end)
  • Rubber base
  • 3 iPod dock adapter inserts
  • User's Manual

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Features

Overview: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod Docking Station enables you to play your iPod's or iPhone's stored music and video files through your home stereo system and connected television, while also charging the iPod/iPhone's battery.

Universal Add-on Dock: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod docking station is a universal add-on iPod dock which can connect to any home stereo system that features stereo RCA input and any television with either a composite or S-video input.

Quasi-Differential Noise Cancelling Technology: The Cambridge Audio iD50 utilizes Quasi-Differential Noise Cancelling Technology with audiophile quality buffered audio outputs for optimal sound quality.

iPod Dock Connector: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod docking station features an integrated iPod dock connector which allows you to connect your Apple iPod or iPhone. The iD50 supports audio playback, video output, on-screen display, remote control, and charging of your docked iPod/iPhone.

Note: The iD50 includes 3 iPod dock adapter inserts. If the included dock adapters do not fit your iPod/iPhone, use the docking adapter that came with your iPod/iPhone or purchase one through the Apple Online Store. "Airplane Mode" is recommended when docking the iPhone.

Audio Playback: The iD50 supports audio playback of your docked iPod/iPhone's music, podcast, and audiobook files when connected to your home stereo system.

Video Output: In addition to playing audio, the iD50 can output video from supported iPods/iPhones. Video playback from compatible iPod/iPhones is possible via the iD50'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.

On-Screen Display: The unit's video output also provides an on-screen display for your iPod/iPhone, allowing you to browse your iPod/iPhone's audio/video content much easier via the included remote control. When you use the device's on-screen display to navigate your iPod's or iPhone's audio/video content, the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen will be disabled. The on-screen menu offers the following navigation functions.

  • Music: Browse your iPod/iPhone's music by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, or Composer.
  • Video: Browse your iPod/iPhone's videos by Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, or Rentals.
  • Playback Modes: You can select Shuffle (Tracks/Albums) or Repeat (Track/All) modes.

Remote Control: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod dock includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of your connected iPod/iPhone. Using the IR remote control, you can navigate your iPod/iPhone's menu and select audio/video files by Playlist or Category. You can also select playback functions, such as Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, Skip (previous/next), and Shuffle/Repeat. You can also continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen to control playback.

Note: The remote operates off of a single CR2032 3V "coin-type" lithium battery (included).

Battery Charging: The Cambridge Audio iD50 charges your iPod or iPhone while connected. You can disable battery charging to improve overall sound quality.

Note: If your iPod/iPhone has no initial battery charge, then the unit will not recognize it and the on-screen display will read "Please remove iPod".

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod docking station is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 1/5/2012):

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 On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
4th 5.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
4 5.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display Y
4S 5.0.1 Y Composite
S-video
Y Y On-Screen Display On-Screen Display 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.

3.5mm Remote Terminal: For custom installation use, connect the iD50 to an external multi-room control system, using a  stereo minijack-to-RS232 D9 cable.

Power Requirements: The Cambridge Audio iD50 iPod dock operates off of standard household AC current (100-240V~50/60Hz) , using the supplied AC power adapter (7.5V DC, 1.25A). The iD50 also includes three interchangeable AC plugs (US/UK/EU).

 
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1 out of 5

Cambridge Audio iD50 function

Written By John S, Fountain Hills AZ on Monday, August 20, 2012
 
This unit was intalled by profesionals as part of a systems update. The remote only functions occasionally. Very slow to respond. The only relaiable way to play music on a new ipod is by using the ipod screen.
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4 out of 5

Cambridge Audio iD50

Written By Rooster, Chesapeake, VA on Friday, July 20, 2012
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Replacement for my (now defunct) Windows XP computer that crashed and burned after many faithful years of service as a music server for my home theater system. Does all that it promises to do.
Pros:
Good sound, remote control convenience, and priced right.
Cons:
Disappointed that the display is a rather mundane black and white menu on the screen of my 50-inch HDTV - would've rated it a five-star had it managed to display the ITunes menu(s) in color along with the album art.
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4 out of 5

cambridge audio iD50

Written By johnk, northern, nj on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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Works very well, great sound, at times the iTouch does not recognize it as a viable charging source and needs to be undocked and re-inserted
Pros:
Great sound, fits in with rest of the stereo equipment,
Cons:
charging at times suddenly stops as iTouch does not recognize the device - strange!
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4 out of 5

Cambridge iD50

Written By Mike D, STL on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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The first one I received did not work at all. Probably a bad power source since the LED in teh device never lit up. The Crutchfield advisors were very helpful however and shipped out a new unit before I even returned the defective unit. 2nd unit worked fine and sounds great.
Pros:
Very easy to use and good sound.
Cons:
QC issue, first unit I got was defective.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

iD50, Vehicle For Great Sound

Written By LarryB, Nashville, TN on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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When my CD player died, I looked for a way to incorporate my iPod with my older but of good quality, receiver and speakers. The iD50 does its part to give my system a great, rich sound; full but restrained and detail I'd not heard before.
Pros:
Does its part to deliver high quality sound.
Cons:
The print on the owners manual could be larger
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