Overview: The Onkyo DS-A4 Remote Interactive (RI) Dock for
iPod/iPhone provides an interface between an Apple iPod or iPhone and Onkyo
audio/video components and systems which feature an RI remote connector. Once an
iPod/iPhone is docked in the DS-A4, you can control basic functions, such as volume control, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo system's RI-compatible
wireless remote control. The dock also allows you to view digital photos, video, and
the on-screen display so you can navigate the iPod/iPhone's menu. In addition, the dock
charges the iPod/iPhone's battery.
System Compatibility: Nearly all Onkyo receivers, home
theater systems, and audio systems are compatible with the DS-A4 through their
RI (Remote Interactive) port. Because the DS-A4 includes a dedicated remote
control and has standard RCA audio/video outputs, it is actually compatible with
any A/V system with those inputs.
iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The DS-A4 is designed for
use with select iPod/iPhone models having a Dock Connector. The DS-A4 features
an adaptor wheel that turns to adjust for the depth of your particular iPod.
This add-on dock is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following
iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/24/2013):
| 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* || 1.02 PC || 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* || 6.1.3 || 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 |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 2 || 7.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 3 || 7.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| 4 || 7.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
| mini || 7.0 || N || N || N || N || N || N || N |
- *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5/5C/5S
will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable (sold
separately) in order to make connection with the integrated dock.
- 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.
iPod Audio Playback: The DS-A4 supports audio playback of
music, podcasts, and audiobooks stored on your iPod/iPhone through your
connected Onkyo AV receiver.
iPod Photo and Video Playback: By connecting a compatible
iPod/iPhone model to the DS-A4, you can view movies, music videos, TV shows, and
video podcasts on a connected television. Component or composite video
connectivity ensures a stable, high-quality video signal output.
- Component Video Output (480p/576p): The DS-A4 supports 480p and 576p from its
component video output when using the iPod classic (3rd/4th/5th gen),
iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone
- Component Video Output (480i/576i): The DS-A4 supports 480i and 576i
output from the iPod touch (1st gen) and iPhone (2G/3G), using the DS-A4's
component video output.
- Composite Video Output (480i): The DS-A4 supports 480i out via its
composite video output from the iPod video (5th gen).
Note: A component video and composite AV cable is
supplied. The album cover art which displays on the iPod/iPhone screen
cannot be made to display on the TV.
On Screen Display (OSD): The Onkyo DS-A4 features an
on-screen display (OSD) mode that enables you to browse your iPod/iPhone's music
(playlist/artist/album/song/genre/composer) and video (movie/music video/TV
show/Video Podcast/Rental) by category on your connected television
for easy navigation and selection. In OSD mode, you can browse your iPod/iPhone
using the keys on the dedicated remote controller. You can choose from four page
modes (Small, Medium, Large and Page) that let you move through your
iPod/iPhone's music library in progressively larger steps. The OSD also displays
information about the track being played such as playback status, shuffle mode,
playback time and total time.
IR Wireless Remote Control: The Onkyo DS-A4 comes with its
own wireless IR remote controller to control all basic playback functions of the
unit and your iPod/iPhone. With its simple layout and easy operability, this
palm-fitting remote controller is particularly handy for navigating and
selecting your music through the unit's OSD. The remote controller also brings
one-touch control for random playback of songs or albums; a resume function that
will return to the track being played when the iPod is stopped or removed from
the Dock; and a repeat function for one track or all. The remote controller can
also be used to set its own ID (an option when you have multiple remote
controllers as part of your system) or to select NTSC or PAL for video playback.
Remote Interactive (RI): Remote Interactive (RI) is an
exclusive Onkyo control system that allows RI-compatible Onkyo audio components
to be controlled with a single remote controller. In addition, all components
can be turned on or off together, and the amplifier will automatically turn on
and select the appropriate input source when playback is started on a source
component. You can control your iPod/iPhone using the Tape or HDD/Dock input
source and remote control mode. You must first switch the RI mode switch on the
back of the dock to the input source/remote control mode you plan to use.
Onkyo's RI system allows you to use your amp's remote controller to control the
basic functions of your iPod/iPhone, such as Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Fast
Rewind, Next Song, Previous Song, etc. Depending upon the model of your amp and
generation of iPod/iPhone, you may also be able to use some of the following
advanced functions through Onkyo's RI system:
- System On/Off: When you turn your amp on or off, the RI
dock and your iPod/iPhone will turn on or off accordingly.
- Auto Power On: If you press Play on the remote control
while the amp is in Standby, your amp will automatically turn on and select
your iPod as the input source, then, the iPod/iPhone will begin playback.
- iPod Alarm Clock: Use your iPod/iPhone's Alarm Clock
function to automatically turn on your iPod/iPhone and amp at a specified
time, the amp's input source will automatically be set to the input to which
your iPod is connected.
- Direct Change: If you start iPod/iPhone playback using
the remote control while listening to another input source, your amp will
automatically select the iPod/iPhone as the input source.
- Timer Play: You can use your amp's Timer function to
turn on your amp and iPod/iPhone and start playback at a specified time.
- Advanced Playback Functions: Shuffle, Repeat,
Backlight, Playlist/Album mode, Next/Previous Playlist, Next/Previous Album.
Note: To use these functions, your iPod/iPhone must be
in the RI dock, and the RI dock must be connected to your amp with both an
RI cable and an audio cable. An RI (3.5mm) cable is supplied.
Charging: The Onkyo DS-A4 will charge your iPod/iPhone's battery
Screen Saver: You can set the time at which the screen saver
is activated to any on of the following four options: 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10
minutes, or Off. When the screen saver activates, the onscreen display on your
TV disappears. Press any button on the remote controller to cancel the screen
savers and resume the onscreen display.