Cambridge, UK based Arcam has unveiled rDock-uni — An UN-Wireless Digital Lightning audiophile docking station for iPhone/Pad/Pod, that allows making fixed connection to any form of Hi-Fi, Home Cinema or Audio system. Featuring the Lightning connector for all current iDevices and USB for older ones, just Dock & Play owned music, or stream Spotify, Qobuz, RDio, Deezer, Tune-in Radio and others. The company his is not just a plain docking station, it is a fully fledged DAC and an audiophile component in it’s own right.
Based on British Hi-Fi pioneer Arcam’s years of experience in designing Digital and Analog audio, the rDock-uni features audiophile-grade circuitry throughout and allows music lovers to listen at a quality level wireless docks can’t achieve. Users can choose the high-quality internal DAC, or send a digital signal directly to an external audiophile DAC. The results will surprise and delight all who listen.
Arcam’s MD Charlie Brennan commented “Amidst all the fuss about wireless connectivity (including ours the simplest and best solutions can often be ignored. The ‘UN-Wireless’ rDock is The best way to get killer sound from an iPhone/Pod/Pad.”
No-one gets left behind:
THE NEW: Direct Lightning Dock – iPhone 5 / 5s / 5c & iPad Mini / rMini / 4 / Air
THE OLD: 30 pin iDevices via USB connection – for all older iPhones/Pod & Pads
* Class-leading sound quality whatever the device, format or coding rate
* Digital audio connectivity from ‘iDevice’ to internal DAC to analogue stereo out
* Digital audio SPDIF connectivity from ‘iDevice’ to high-end external DACs
* Apple Certified “Made For” Lightning connectors on a multi-angle swivel base
* Full IR remote control of docked device (handset included)
* Control integration with Arcam’s Solo neo, Solo Mini and Arcam AV Amps
* Stylish and robust cast aluminium case, provides stable support for Pads/Phones and Pods
* Charges connected device
The rDock extracts pure digital audio from the iDevice and processes the music via an audiophile DAC, the Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502 and a Arcam’s de-jittering circuitry, giving a huge improvement in sound quality over the ‘i’ standard audio out. The analogue stereo out goes straight to any form of audio system, or to improve the sound even further, the pure digital signal can be fed to a higher grade DAC such as Arcam’s $700 irDAC or $3200 FMJ D33.
No Wi-fi or Bluetooth required: No need to worry about wireless problems or phone battery life, just drop the device onto the dock and touch play or use the remote control supplied. The device is charged while playing.
No connector problems: For perfect connections every time and future-proofing through iOS updates, Arcam only use genuine Apple Certified “Made For” Lightning connectors with the correct authentificatiion chip. The rDock-uni also allows users to connect any older 30-pin iDevice to the dock via a rear-mounted USB connector.
Thanks to a new shape and robust aluminium construction, the rDock-uni is able to accommodate iPad Mini models, iPad Air, iPad 4, as well as iPods and iPhones.
Genuine Apple Certified Lightning Connector / Multi-angle Lightning swivel base: Non-certified copy connectors can cause problems and without the correct suthentification chip cannot be guaranteed to work. Arcam’s flexible multi-angle swivel Lightning connector base, allows all sizes of device to dock easily and reduces strain and wear on the connector and device.
Stand-alone Remote Control – Optional Arcam System integration: The rDock-uni comes with its own IR remote handset but can also be controlled by the Arcam Solo neo and Solo mini music systems plus most Arcam AV amps and the T32 DAB Tuner via their handsets too.
Everything supplied: Built in a solid cast aluminium case and supplied with a full complement of connection cables and accessories, the rDock-uni can be ready to play music in minutes.
The rDock-uni will charge all connected iDevices.
In The Box:
All analogue cables required and a compact global power supply
* DAC Burr-Brown/TI PCM1502
* Audi* Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz, 0 -0.2dB
* Total Harmonic Distortion Noise: 0.002%
* Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): 106dB (24-bit)
* Maximum output level: 2.15V RMS
* General Power requirements: 5V DC, 3A
* Dimensions: W100 x H65 x D72mm (80mm inc connectors)
* Weight: 400g
rDock-uni sells for $299 USD and is available fro the Arcam website.