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Arcam rSeries drDock

iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock with built-in DAC

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Overview

Our take on the Arcam rSeries drDock

Get the highest quality audio and video from your Apple portable with the Arcam rSeries drDock. This sturdy, aluminum-cased dock can accommodate your iPhone, iPod, or even iPad. When connected, the dock bypasses the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) inside your player, and feeds pure, unprocessed digital data to be its own built-in high-performance DACm, which provides more accurate, musical sound.

Arcam  rSeries drDock

Provides a sturdy base for an iPad.

A dock that really delivers

Get the highest quality audio and video from your Apple portable with the Arcam rSeries drDock. This sturdy, aluminum-cased dock can accommodate your iPhone, iPod, or even iPad. When connected, the dock bypasses the digital-to-analog converter (DAC) inside your player, and feeds pure, unprocessed digital data to be its own built-in high-performance DACm, which provides more accurate, musical sound.

Exceptional audio and video

The drDock 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 drDock's coaxial digital output and let your DAC do its thing. And if you want to enjoy video from your docked player, the drDock has an HDMI port so you can run uncompressed video to your HDTV for the highest quality image possible.

An important part of the Arcam ecosystem

The drDock comes with its own remote, so you can use it with just about any make of audio/video equipment. But it's also designed for use with Arcam's own line of impressive components. You can use the drDock with the Arcam Solo Mini compact stereo receiver, making it even more versatile. Or couple it with the Arcam Solo Neo Internet radio receiver. Both of these devices let you control the drDock through their own remotes.

Pass-through syncing

The drDock'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. Using the USB connection lets you conveniently sync your docked player.

While it may appear a bit pricey, I feel it is worth the price. Thanks to this docking station, I can enjoy music from an ipod, which I never could unless in a car.

Shawn, Princeton, NJ

What's in the Box:

  • iPod/iPhone/iPad dock
  • AC power supply (with attached 58" DC cord terminated by a USB type-B connector)
  • 3 AC adapter plugs (US/UK/EU)
  • Remote control (CR1)
  • CR2025 Lithium 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 48" USB cable (with a USB type-A connector on one end a a USB type-B connector on other end)
  • 48" Stereo RCA cable
  • 48" Control cable (with a RS232 connector on one end and a 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • Connections/Quickstart Guide
  • Thank You letter

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with docking iPods, iPhones, and iPads
  • built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) bypasses player's DAC for improved sound quality
  • HDMI video output for connecting to a TV
  • coaxial digital audio output for connecting to an external DAC
  • stereo RCA analog output
  • RS232 control input
  • sturdy cast aluminum case
  • USB port for power and syncing
  • AC power adapter
  • remote control
  • 4"W x 2-1/2"H x 4-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The Arcam drDock 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; as well as to your TV via HDMI. The drDock uses audiophile grade components and design techniques to deliver the best possible sound quality. An IR remote is included for wireless operation of your docked Apple device.

Aluminum Chassis: The Arcam drDock features high-quality cast aluminum construction for optimum RF shielding.

iPod Dock Connector: The Arcam drDock features an integrated top-panel iPod dock to connect your compatible iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The drDock supports audio playback, video output, remote control, syncing, and charging of your docked Apple device.

Analog & Digital Output: The drDock supports audio playback of your docked iPod/iPhone/iPad's stored music podcast, or audiobook files; as well as music apps when connected to a stereo or home theater receiver, via analog stereo RCA or digital coax (the dock's HDMI output does not support audio playback from audio only sources).

HDMI Output: In addition to playing audio, the drDock can output video from supported iPods, iPhones, and iPads. Video playback from a compatible Apple device is possible via the drDock's HDMI output. When a video-enabled iPod/iPhone/iPad is docked and playing, audio/video is routed to the dock's HDMI terminal and output to your connected television. The unit's HDMI output only supports audio/video output from a video file stored on your iPod/iPhone/iPad, or from select video apps (such as YouTube & Netflix). Output of metadata, menus, or various applications is not supported.

Note: Audio is not output from the HDMI terminal for audio only sources. You will need to connect either the dock's analog or digital audio output to your home stereo when listening to audio only sources.

Wireless Remote Control: The Arcam drDock comes with an IR remote control (CR1) for wireless operation of your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The remote can be used to navigate through menus and tracks on your docked Apple device and change its play mode (repeat/random). You can also continue to operate your iPod/iPhone/iPad from its clickwheel or touchscreen. The remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V "coin-type" lithium battery (included).

  • Menu Navigation: You can navigate through the menus of your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad to find your music by Playlist or Category (Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Composer, etc.).
  • Basic Playback: The IR remote provides Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, and Skip (previous/next) playback functions.
  • Play Modes: You can switch between Repeat (track, playlist/folder) and Random (playlist/folder) playback modes.
Note: The supplied remote can be used to control your iPod, iPhone, or iPad when the drDock is not connected to a supported Arcam product. If you are using the drDock with a supported Arcam product, use the Arcam system's remote instead (see Control Port below).

Control Port: The drDock features 3.5mm Control Port and includes a 48" minijack-to-RS232 cable to connect the Arcam Solo Mini Music system (776SOLMINI, sold separately) or the Arcam Solo Neo Stereo Receiver (776SOLONEO, sold separately). This allows your iPod/iPhone/iPad's track information to be displayed on these Arcam systems.

Battery Charging: The Arcam drDock charges your iPod, iPhone, iPad while connected through its external AC power supply.

Sync: The drDock is fitted with a USB (type-B) port and comes with a 48" USB cable which allows you to sync your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad with your PC or Mac. This USB connection can also be used to charge your iPod or iPhone (but not your iPad). You must unplug the dock's external AC power adapter and place the drDock in Sync mode (you will not be able to playback your iPod/iPhone/iPad while syncing is in progress).

iPod/iPhone/iPad Compatibility Chart: The Arcam drDock is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 7/4/2012):

iPod/iPhone/iPad Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone/iPad 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 N/A N N N N N N N
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
4th 1.0.4 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
5th 1.0.2 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Optional Optional Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
4th 5.1.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
3G 4.2.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
4 5.1.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
4S 5.1.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional Y
2 5.1.1 Y HDMI Y Y Optional Optional 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.

External AC Adapter: The Arcam drDock includes an external 5V switching power supply (100-240V). The drDock also includes three interchangeable AC plugs (US/UK/EU).

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 0.5A
  • Output: 5.0V - 2500mA

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Impressive build quality

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 7/5/2012 11:08:00 AM

To try out the drDock in the Crutchfield Labs, I made a very simple setup. I connected the drDock via RCA cables directly to a pair of AudioEngine A5+ bookshelf speakers. Then In docked my iPhone and fired up Pandora® Internet radio.

First, I was impressed by the build quality of the dock. It had a metal casing, and felt quite substantial. This was a rock-solid base that could easily support an iPad (as its designed to do).

Online music services don't have the best sound quality, but the DAC inside the drDock made the most of the signal it was getting. Of course, listening through a pair of high-performance speakers helped too, but I heard well-balanced, natural-sounding music with plenty of detail. Even at low volume levels, the sound remained clean and well-defined.

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Can't say for sure since i only own 30-pin devices. It't possible that it might work with a lightning adapter, but no guarantee [ VICTOR  Jan 18, 2014 ]
If by Lightning you mean Thunderbolt, then I don't think so. The connector is the wide one. I use the unit with iPhone 4s, iPad2 and an older iPod. Works great. No complaints so far. [ GUSTAVO  Jan 14, 2014 ]
The Arcam rSeries drDock is designed to work with the 30 pin arrangement. I use an iPod 4 with my Arcam. It works very well. You would need an adapter to use the Arcam with 10-pin arrangement of the iPhone 5 or iPod 5. Bill Van Den Brandt [ WILLIAM  Jan 14, 2014 ]
Yes if you pouches a 30 pin to lightning adapter or a 30 pin to lightening cable -- both of these are Apple accessories. (I prefer the cable.) I hope this is helpful. [ NICHOLAS J  Jan 13, 2014 ]
Works with Iphone 4s and older. Also Ipod classic. I think the new model is out for the newer style pins. hope this helps [ DAN  Jan 13, 2014 ]
I apologize I have not tried the device with a lightning pin device. However it works great with 30 pin. [ Eric  Jan 13, 2014 ]
No, it does not. I had to buy an adapter from Apple for it to work with our lightning pin phone. [ W K  Jan 13, 2014 ]
No. I will on,y work with the 30 pin. [ NICHOLAS V  Jan 13, 2014 ]
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