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Yamaha YDS-12

iPod®/iPhone® dock for select Yamaha receivers

15 Reviews | 1 question - 3 answers

Item # 022YDS12

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The YDS-12 dock lets you enjoy music from your iPod or iPhone with superior Yamaha sound quality. The dock connects to your compatible Yamaha audio/video receiver with a single control cable, allowing you to operate your player with the receiver's remote. View your photos and videos on a TV and browse your iPod's menu on-screen for easier navigation.

This is a great product and it works just as it says. It is plug and play. It makes it very easy and convenient having all of my music at my fingertips.


What's in the Box:

  • Yamaha iPod dock
  • 3 iPod adapter inserts
  • 6.5' Dock cable (proprietary plugs on each end)
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • for all docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic, 3rd generation iPod touch, and 5th generation iPod nano
  • compatible with iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS
  • works with select Yamaha receivers
  • on-screen menu
  • video output through control cable
  • allows iPod control with Yamaha remotes
  • charges most iPods while docked
  • control cable included
  • 3-9/16"W x 1-5/16"H x 3-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Product Overview: The YDS-12 iPod dock provides an interface between select iPod and iPhone models with a dock connector and select Yamaha audio-video components and systems. Yamaha components with a universal dock jack are compatible. In most cases, once an iPod is docked in the YDS-12, you can control it using the Yamaha unit's wireless remote control. The iPod's battery is charged when docked. The dock allows you to listen to music through the receiver and view digital photos and video stored on select iPods on your TV (via composite video); text information is also displayed on your TV (via composite video).

Yamaha Component Compatibility: The YDS-12 is compatible with Yamaha receivers having the universal dock jack.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility: This add-on dock is 'Made for iPod' and 'Works with iPhone compliant' and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when used with a compatible Yamaha AV receiver (as of 9/26/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
  • The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5/5C/5S will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or Lightning to 30-pin cable (both, sold separately) in order to dock with this system.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

On-Screen Display Remote Control Operation: The YDS-12 offers on-screen display to operate your iPod using the remote control included with your Yamaha receiver. On-screen display information and audio/video signals from your docked iPod are transferred to your compatible Yamaha receiver through the included dock cable, and then to your television via the receiver's monitor output.

Connectors: The YDS-12 Dock has the following connections:

  • Top of Unit: iPod dock connector
  • Back of Unit: Dock cradle terminal

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Q & A

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1 question already asked

My Yamaha receiver book says I can also use the ipod dock for a Bluetooth wireless audio receiver. Because of that I would expect it to be all digital. [ WILLIAM  Feb 12, 2014 ]
I don't know if the output of the iphone or ipad into the YDS-12 is analog or digital. My best guess would be digital, with the conversion happening in the amp. [ STEVE  Feb 12, 2014 ]
Digital [ DENNIS T  Feb 12, 2014 ]