Arcam rDock-uni with built-in DAC handles all iPhones and iPads

Wireless streaming may be all the rage right now, but there are still those who might prefer a wired dock connection between their iPhone or iPad and audio system.

Arcam's new rDock-uni is designed to work with latest-generation iDevices fitted with a Lighning connector, and also has a rear-mounted USB socket for connecting older 30-pin Apple devices. It's avalable now and costs £200.

There's a built-in Burr-Brown TI PCM1502 DAC (digital-to-analogue converter), which Arcam says "will allow music lovers to listen at a quality level that no other dock can achieve".

And if that's still not good enough for you, there's a digital output to send the audio signal to an even higher grade external DAC such as Arcam's £400 irDAC or £2200 FMJ D33.

The aluminium base of the rDock-uni provides a stable base for docked iPhones/iPads/iPods and will charge the portable device while it's playing. On the back of the unit are stereo analogue RCA outputs, a coaxial digital out and USB socket.

A small remote is included as standard, which controls the docked device. System integration means the rDock-uni can also be controlled via the remote that comes with Arcam's Solo neo and Solo mini music systems, as well as most Arcam AV amps and the T32 DAB tuner.

You'll be able to see the Arcam rDock-uni at this weekend's Bristol Sound & Vision Show.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.