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Cambridge Audio ID100

Digital audio output iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock (Silver)

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Our take on the Cambridge Audio ID100

And remember: that improvement in sound quality doesn't just apply to your stored tunes. If you enjoy streaming audio on your iPhone or iPad from services such as PANDORA® Internet radio, Rhapsody, or LastFM, you'll hear a noticeable difference when you play them through your system's speakers.

Top-notch sound from your favorite Apple device

Want to get the best possible sound and images from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad? So does Cambridge Audio — that's why they built the iD100 dock. It bypasses your player's internal audio circuitry and relays the unprocessed digital signal to your receiver or external DAC (digital-to-analog converter). This kind of connection lets you get more detail and richer, fuller sound from your favorite music.

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Works for streaming audio sources, too

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And remember: that improvement in sound quality doesn't just apply to your stored tunes. If you enjoy streaming audio on your iPhone or iPad from services such as PANDORA® Internet radio, Rhapsody, or LastFM, you'll hear a noticeable difference when you play them through your system's speakers.

The iD100 has a variety of audio outputs so you can make the best connection to your system. In addition to coaxial and optical digital outputs, it also features an XLR balanced digital out so you can connect to compatible high-end audio gear.


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Video output that's up to your system's demands

The iD100 features a video minijack on its back panel, which can be used to feed either a composite or component video signal to your TV using the supplied adapter cable. Use composite for older TVs that are limited to this single-cable connection. Or, if your TV supports it, switch to the three-cable component video connection to enjoy photos and videos from your player with all the rich color and detail they contain. You can even make an S-video connection with compatible TVs using an optional mini-to-S-video adapter cable (not supplied).


DacMagic

Cambridge's DacMagic (sold separately) takes full advantage of the ID100's clean digital signals, for killer sound.

Add some magic for a match made in heaven

The ID100 dock pairs beautifully with Cambridge Audio's acclaimed DacMagic digital-to-analog converter (sold separately). This combo delivers pristine sound from your music collection. Use it to feed your favorite pair of powered speakers, and you've got the ultimate desktop system — just drop in your portable Apple device of choice. Or connect it to your A/V receiver in your home theater setup.

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What's in the Box:

  • Add-on iPod dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
  • 2 AC plugs (US/EU)
  • Remote control (RC-iD100)
  • CR2032 3V lithium battery
  • 58" Component video cable (with a male 3.5mm video connector on one end and male component video RCA connectors on other end)
  • 4 Rubber dock adapters
  • User's Manual

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with iPod classic®, iPod nano®, and iPod touch®
  • compatible with iPhone and iPad
  • bypasses docked player's DAC (digital-to-analog converter) to send digital signal to receiver or external DAC(digital-to-analog converter) for superior sound quality
  • coaxial and optical digital audio output
  • balanced XLR digital output
  • composite and component video output (composite/component video cable included)
  • high-speed USB port for syncing docked player with a computer
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 4-1/4"W x 1-3/4"H x 6-5/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock for iPod enables you to play your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's stored music and video files through your home stereo system (via digital connection) and connected television (via composite/component), while also charging the Apple device's battery. The Cambridge Audio iD100 bypasses your iPod, iPhone, or iPad's DAC and feeds a pure digital signal to your home AV receiver for a realistic, dynamic sound.

iPod Dock Connector: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock for iPod features an integrated Apple dock connector which allows you to connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The iD100 supports audio playback, video output, remote control, and charging of your docked Apple device.

Note: The iD100 includes 4 rubber dock adapters to accommodate your iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. Airplane mode is recommended for iPhone.

Digital Add-on Dock: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock for iPod is a universal add-on iPod dock which can connect to any home stereo system that features a digital (optical/coaxial/XLR) input. The iD100 will also connect to your television via composite or component video. The iD100 can also be fed to Cambridge Audio's external digital-to-analog converter (DacMagic Plus, sold separately) for even higher fidelity sound.

iPod DAC Bypass: Traditionally, iPod docks feature an analog audio output, usually via a RCA connection. The final sound quality of any iPod dock with analog connections, is ultimately limited to the internal DACs in the iPod, iPhone, or iPad. As these internal DACs are designed for portable use, they are not designed provide a high quality source in a Hi-Fi/AV system. The Cambridge Audio iD100 overcomes this sound quality barrier by totally bypassing the iPod, iPhone, or iPad's internal DACs, re-clocking the audio data, and providing a low jitter, high quality pure digital audio signal from the iPod, iPhone or iPad; which you can then send to your own dedicated Hi-Fi DAC or AV receiver which will have been optimized for analog conversion. This process squeezes the best possible sound quality out of your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Master Clock Circuit: The Cambridge Audio iD100's master clock circuit minimizes audio jitter and guarantees the highest quality digital music from your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.

Digital Audio Output: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock allows the digital output of any audio files your iPod, iPhone, or iPad supports; including lossless files for high-end sound quality. The Cambridge Audio iD100 will digitally output music files, podcasts, audiobooks, and apps stored on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The iD100 accesses the audio on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad digitally; providing a bit-perfect, low-jitter digital output via a coaxial, optical, or AES/EBU (XLR) digital connection.

  • S/PDIF Digital Outputs: The Cambridge Audio iD100 is fitted with both S/PDIF coaxial and toslink digital outputs to connect the iPod dock to your AV receiver.
  • AES/EBU XLR Outputs: The ID100's AES/EBU (XLR) balanced digital audio output allows connection to high-end home audio gear or professional audio equipment.

Video Output: In addition to playing audio, the Cambridge Audio iD100 can output video from supported iPods, iPhones, or iPads. Video playback is possible via the iD100's composite or component video output. When a video-enabled iPod, iPhone, or iPad is docked and playing; video is routed to the dock's composite/component video output and output to your connected television.

Note: The dock's video output does not provide an on-screen display.

PC Sync Interface: The Cambridge Audio iD100's USB (type-B) connection allows convenient and simple syncing of your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad to iTunes. This is not an audio input.

Remote Control: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock for iPod includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of your connected iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Using the IR remote control, you can navigate your Apple device'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 the clickwheel or touchscreen to control playback.

Note: The iD100's remote does not fully support the Apple iPad and does not allow you to browse audio/video files. The included remote will only support basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast-Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next) of the iPad.

IR Input: An IR input (3.5mm) is provided that allows IR remote control commands to be received by the iD100 from custom install systems.

Battery Charging: The Cambridge Audio iD100 charges your iPod, iPhone, or iPad while connected. You can disable battery charging to improve overall sound quality.  If your iPod, iPhone, or iPad 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 iD100 iPod docking station is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone model features (as of 10/23/2012):

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 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 Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
nano 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
3rd 1.1.3 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4th 6.0 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
5th* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.2 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
3G 3.1.3 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
3GS 4.2.1 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4 6.0 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
4S 6.0 Y Composite
Component
Y Y N N Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y
iPad 1st 5.1.1 Y Composite
Component
P Y N N Y
2nd 6.0 Y Composite
Component
P Y N N Y
3rd 6.0 Y Composite
Component
P Y N N Y

Note:

  • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable (sold separately) in order to make connection with the ID100's 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.

Power Requirements: The Cambridge Audio iD100 digital audiophile dock for iPod operates off of standard household AC current (100-240V~50/60Hz), using the supplied AC power adapter (12V DC, 2A). The iD100 also includes two interchangeable AC plugs (US//EU).

Note: The iD100 also features an environmentally friendly low power (<1w) standby circuit.

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