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Arcam Rcube Portable iPod Dock Music System Black

by Arcam
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
Price: 229.00 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Wireless Music Streaming from iPods, iPhones
  • Mains or Battery powered (lasts up to 8 hours)
  • Remote Control or via touch sensitive top panel
  • Powerful 90 watt RMS total power output 2-way speaker design
  • Many accolades (What Hi-Fi April 2012 - 5 star)
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  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 cm ; 5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
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  • Item model number: rCube
  • ASIN: B0047ZGFYY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Product Description

From distinguished Cambridge-based hifi manufacturers ARCAM comes the rCube - a compact, uniquely styled portable speaker system with an incredible sonic performance. The Arcam rCube is perfect for iPod lovers thanks to its handy top-panel iPod/iPhone dock. With an awesome rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours (6 hours on maximum volume), now you can take your music with you around the house, down the garden or off to the park. With the 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input, you can attach any device such as MP3 players, laptops or games consoles. Plus, the composite video output allows you to send HD video (up to 720p) to your high definition TV and enjoy the high fidelity sound of the rCube - perfect for a bedroom or small flat, or anyone who wants amazing sound without all the equipment filing the room. Flip the lid on the iPod/iPhone dock to reveal a handy, discreet carry handle, and at 5kg, it's never been easier to take your music with you. Try taking it round to your friend's house for a barbecue to impress everyone who appreciates style and sound - let them connect their iPod, iPhone or MP3 player to get the party started. Thanks to the advanced Kleer technology, you can even pair up to 8 rCubes together and sync and control them all from any in the chain. All this versatility is impressive, but even more so is the sound - Arcam have managed to get this small cube to produce a huge, room-filling sound that's great for all genre of music - another impressive acheivement for an iPod dock. With 90 watt RMS total power output, a 2-way speaker design and components designed with audio quality in mind, the rCube delivers an astounding sound. A little box of magic from Arcam. Using separately available adaptors, the rCube also support wireless streaming and control from iPods (using the Arcam rWand adaptor) or computers (using the Arcam rWave USB adaptor).

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality but with qualifications 29 May 2011
When a product gleans as much praise as this iPod dock any slight tendency to knock it may be viewed with suspicion or dismissed outright. However, having had my rCube for almost a couple of months now I can offer you my opinions on what is so special about this product.

Arcam have produced excellent quality hi-fi products for a number of years but have only now decided to join the sea of products produced for the iPod. Without going into the minutiae of its technical abilities you can take it that not only is it beautifully and robustly built but above all performs supremely well sonically. But therein lies a small area of concern. With a trend in current mastering techniques to make music transients hit the maximum possible digital signal level of 0dBFS distortion can often be present in the source material and coping with this fact means masking the deficiencies or revealing them in all their glory. The rCube is so good at revealing detail that you may be shocked to hear distortion in sharp transients rearing their ugly head - not a fault of course of the rCube. Your only recourse is to rip your files using Apple Lossless format to at least minimise any further degradation and maybe to reduce the level of some troublesome clipped files first by at least -3dB before importing into iTunes.

Another factor I have found very important is the placement of the rCube. Although you are actively encouraged to place it near a corner you may well have to experiment with placement as this will affect the overall sound considerably - and in some instances will sound distinctly mediocre, and at nearly 500 mediocre should not enter the vocabulary. My first placement was on a sturdy wood cabinet 60cm from the corner of the room wall.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Update April 2014: The rWand+ and rWave wireless dongles have been discontinued for a few months by Arcam and now the rCube itself has just ceased production. The Kleer wireless dongles were the prime reason for buying this rCube system and the rCube itself sports the largely obsolete Apple 30pin connector, although you can use it with the latest Apple iPod Classic as is and possibly later iPod/iPhones via the Apple Lightning adaptor, plus there's the headphone out cable connection option. Apparently plans to introduce a Blue-tooth and Apple Air wireless version of the rCube were shelved as it was too expensive to produce. It does mean the rCube is on offer heavily discounted at the moment though, and it sounds as good as ever, so it's still well worth a look if you have your music stored on the current iPod Classic. As the rCube's 30pin dock is powered, I also use the rCube's dock to run a wireless Cabstone Bluetooth Audio Receiver and although it is no match whatsoever for the rWand & rWave's Kleer WiFi audio quality, it pairs up perfectly with our Blue-tooth Hudl and Nexus 7 tablets and is fine for tablet movie soundtracks and the like.

My main HiFi system is Arcam based, but that's rarely used as it's in with the main family TV and having my entire music collection on an iPod 160Gb Classic is easier than rummaging through piles of CDs. So I bought the rCube, after comparisons with the B&W Zeppelin. My first rCube landed with crippling WiFi fault [no remote working and 2 feet range on the rWand, might as well use a cable].
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rcube provides great sound and quality 24 Jun 2012
By Sam
After a lot of deliberation and searching I dived in and purchased the Rcube. I was looking for a quality wireless streaming product that I could take outside in the garden or move around the house but with great sound. I did consider the B&W Zeppelin Air but at approx 150 less the Rcube was more appealing. What made me think was that with iphones and an ipad in the house the best option was the air streaming from these devices without needing anything else which the B&W would have provided. However, like most people I know, a lot of my music is stored on my current laptop as the memory capacity is a lot larger than the ipad/iphones. We also have an ipod classic which is not compatible with air streaming. So, taking all this into account I bought the Rcube as with the Rwand+ & Rwave I can stream from any device just by plugging them in and have portability. I have not been dissappointed at all. Set up was fairly easy but once done away you go and the quality of sound is a real head turner which I suppose you would expect for the price you pay. You start to ask yourself where is that great sound coming from, surely not from that little black box over there..? yes it is and you will notice the difference. It fills the room with quality and can do that with ease as volume capacity is superb. Some have said that the Rcube comes into its own at high volume levels and that is perfectly true but I have found that at lower levels it still shows its class but each to their own. Controls are easy to use whether its on the cube itself or via the remote or from the device you are streaming from it just does what its meant to do with no fuss. So, all in all, I am very pleased with my Rcube, how you get such great sound out of it amazes me but thats what you pay your money for so other people can provide great products like this. If your thinking about it then get a listen first, I didnt, but have not been dissappointed at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant speaker
The sound is fantastic from such a small cube, but the attachment for your iPhone or iPod is a 39 pin, not the new Lightning one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Pugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Recomended
Had my rcube for about 16 months, a few weeks ago the touch control panel on the unit stopped working then the internal battery packed up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by booklearn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound
Really good sound for such a small box, with ipod connected sounds brill, only takes old apple connection not the iphone5, i use the arcam rwand so have portable music anywhere &... Read more
Published 5 months ago by a d whitton
4.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Sound Quality - Limited to Arcam's Own Wireless Connectivity
My r-cube is the black version. The finish is high gloss piano black which shows every finger print, but looks very classy when buffed with a soft cloth. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve H
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
this is, as expected better than the bose i have; i have had an arcam hi fi set for some years; which is supurb.

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Published 6 months ago by Carl Wild
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Amazing sound, although the battery life is somewhat disappointing. Also the remote did not work at first as the supplied battery was empty. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stefan Verschoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcam Rcube
Arcam is the best Portable ipod Dock by far,and its half the price of you know what? just read all the HI FI Mags 10/10 with most of them not quite HI FI, but for 200 quid!!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. G. C. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Arcam Cube Review
I wasn't surprised by the quality of the sound from this product as I knew it would be good from previous reviews. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dex
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I've had the rcube for nearly a year and bought it for a bargain 299quid. Excellent product that I heartily recommend for the money. Don't pay more though. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Deborah Hayward
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic piece of kit
I have had my rCube for 14 months now and I can honestly say its one of the best purchases I have ever made. Read more
Published 15 months ago by racey1979
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