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Onkyo iPod dock now available

imageOnkyo has announced that its DS-A1 Remote Interactive Dock for the iPod is now available in stores and online. The company said the $99 accessory can be found at retailers such as Circuit City, Fry’s Electronics, Crutchfield, J&R Music World, 6th Avenue Electronics, PC Mall, B&H Photo and Abt.

Originally announced in February, DS-A1 dock links an iPod with the Onkyo’s receivers and audio-video systems using the company’s proprietary RI (“Remote Interactive”) connection. In addition to letting you listen to music on your iPod, it also charges an iPod and has an S-video output so color iPods can display photos on a TV using the dock.

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I purchased this about a month ago at Circuit City in Union Square.  It didn’t even have a full printed label, I’m guessing it was their first or they put it out too soon.  Eitherway, if you want a good deal on one, go to the Union Square Manhattan Circuit City because its probably discounted as open box since I returned it a couple of days ago.  I found that unless you have the newest Onkyo high end receivers its not that useful.  It nice to have the integration and remote control function, but this thing is way too expensive for that.  On the other hand, it does power up your Onkyo when you want to use it and its great for use with the alarm feature.  But the real functionality comes with the newest and highest end Onkyo receivers because it can display the track names on the display.  You can’t select play lists through mine so I all you could do is simple forward and reverse and skip and move back a track.  I hope you guys test it out, but I don’t recommend it.

Posted by Ski on August 4, 2005 at 9:37 AM (CDT)


Hey Ski,

What model onkyo do you have.  My 10 year old onkyo just died and I purchased a 503.  I was wondering if the 503 will print the titles.

Posted by Jeff on December 12, 2005 at 10:17 PM (CST)


Have just finished my first weekend using Onkyo’s DS-A1 dock with my 4GB nano.  What a great piece of technology! 

Setup was a snap, and I can use the tape deck controls on the remote to play, stop, advance or go back on the iPod.  The Onkyo mini receiver I have (MC35 TECH) does not display the name of the track or artist off of the iPod, but that’s really not a big deal.  Its more than outweighed by only having to have one remote.  If you have an Onkyo receiver, I’d consider this a very solid option for docking your iPod to your stereo.

One note:  the DS-A1 didn’t come with a nano adapter (It came with adapters for mini and various other iPods from 3G onward—I suspect the dock was designed before nano was released)  But if you register your DS-A1 on Onkyo’s website, they’ll ship you the Nano adapter for free.

Posted by Pete on February 13, 2006 at 2:30 PM (CST)


Hey Pete,

I can’t get any S-Video out using a nano. I’ve tried 2 different DS-A1’s. Can you get S-Video with your nano?

Posted by Glenn on January 12, 2007 at 10:03 PM (CST)

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