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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2008
I cannot believe how easy it was to hookup. A very heavy duty cable with a custom multi-pin plug goes into a custom socket on the bottom of my YSP-4000. Works fine. Listened to podcasts and watched video from a 5G iPod and an original iPhone. Charges while in the cradle. The YDS-11SL came out long after the YSP-4000, but it works great.

Don't expect great video on a big TV. The resolution of the iPod video is not very high -- very grainy on my 52 inch LCD (not Yamaha's fault..). My AppleTV works much much easier and has a much better picture.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2008
I ordered the YDS-11SL Dock for my iPhone since it said it supports the iPod Touch, gambling that I could view videos and slide shows. Sure enough, it worked and I got excellent quality on my 52" flat TV connected to my Yamaha HTR-6080 A/V receiver. When I first connected the iPhone, it said the connected device was not compatible. But I selected the iPod icon on the iPhone. I watched a video that I downloaded from iTunes into my iPhone, and also watched a slideshow of the photos downloaded from my computer to the iPhone. Very pleased with my purchase of this unit.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2009
I use this YDS11 w/ my Yahama 661 receiver and this works beautifully! W/ 3558 songs on my 80G Ipod video I can enjoy music till my heart is content! This works flawlessly!! I can't believe I've had my reciever now for a year and 80g Ipod for 2 years and hadn't used this. I can control my IPOD with the Yamaha remote and Yamaha receiver onscreen menu on my 56" LCD. BEAUTIFULL! Apparently, the difference between the YDS10 and YDS11, is that the YDS11 will play video from the IPOD so long as you have a Yamaha663 and later model receiver. My Yamaha661 receiver doesn't play video from my IPOD but I don't want to watch 640x480 sized Ipod movies on my TV anyway (I have Blue-ray for that.) If you're a music lover - BUY THIS - YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2008
I recently purchased an entry level Yamaha 5.1 receiver (model RX-V363). I have been very happy with the receiver and liked the idea of integrating an Ipod dock. However, after I received the dock and spending several hours trying to troubleshoot, I stumbled on an Amazon.com review for the RX-V363 that seemed to indicate I had wasted my time. Apparently, the YDS-11 menu and video capabilities are not compatible with the RX-V363 (the other reviewer learned this after the fact from a Yamaha tech).

The RX-V363 remote operates the Ipod (I have an 80GB classic) just fine, but it is of limited use since you have to be standing within two feet to read the Ipod display. The sound of the YDS-11 is fine. However, as the other reviewer noted, you might consider the Tekkeon Navdock instead of this unit as the Tekkeon has full video and menu capabilities. Essentially, if you have a RX-V-363, you are buying a $60 charger that allows you to hide the input in the back of your receiver and leave the video/aux input on the front of the receiver free for something else or simply to leave open without unsightly cords. Not a great use of $60 as far as I am concerned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2008
For $60, this is a little gem. Comes with 3 little plastic inserts that you'll use depending on the type of apple ipod you have. We have the small thin nano and it fits into the docking station just great. There is one plug that fits into the back of the receiver. What's really nice about the docking station is that you simply press 'dock' on the remote and then 'display' (as long as your tv is on) and the entire ipod menu will show up on your screen (provided your tv is connected to your receiver via hdmi). As for quality (please understand I am very serious about sound) is very good, but because it's ipod music (digital and compressed) it won't be quite as perfect as a cd. I'll use a cd over the ipod when I'm looking for the crystal clear, uncompressed tunes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2009
Bought this to try with my iphone 8gb 3g phone.

I get the message telling me its not made to work with my phone, but..

1) Charges fine
2) plays audio fine (played several songs)
3) plays video files fine (played back an Episode of Stargate SG1)

The video playback looks a little stretched on my 42 inch widescreen, but probably expected.

Only complaint would be the menuing options. While they all work like they are supposed to with my receiver. I am not sure why the basic video output of what you see on the Iphone is not being sent rather than a video output only when you play a video file.

OSD display works fine, but would rather the display screen of the Iphone or ipod be shown.

Remote control for my receiver is able to control the video and audio playback functions without any problems either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2009
Purchased as an iPod dock for the Yamaha RX-V863 Home Theater Receiver, the YDS-11SL allows you to dock and charge your iPod while playing music. However, both the manual for the receiver and the dock state the receiver's digital display can be used to move through the iPod's menus and select playlists, shuffle, and even program the iPod. This is not true at all. You use the receiver's remote to move through the iPod's menus but you must be close enough to the iPod to view its menus on its tiny screen (I have a Nano).

Though the product misses on what would be a very useful feature, it does efficiently dock the iPod to the receiver, allows continuous music playback, allows some control over the iPod with the receiver's remote, and, with some fiddling around, will display the current song title in receiver's digital display.

I carefully researched the YDS-11SL before buying. Yamaha's product information states it is supported by the RX-V863. Some product reviews were very positive, others described the same problem I encountered. GOOD LUCK getting any help from Yamaha. They don't return my e-mails (other than to say they received it).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2009
We recently purchased a Yamaha YDS-11SL Universal iPod Dock to pair with our Yamaha RX-V663BL A/V receiver. Like several other reviewers, I was pleased with how easy it is to connect and use -- it just works, and is a dramatic improvement in every way over the Monster Cable mini plug-to-RCA cable we'd been living with (and draining our iPod battery with) on our old Sony ES receiver.

The actual receiver-remote controls work well, and I was pleasantly surprised at the on-screen display, which makes operating the iPod from anywhere in the room simple. My only real complaint is the extremely chunky, low-resolution font that the dock generates, which looks like something off a four-bit IBM PC from the mid-80s. Minor aesthetic quibbles not withstanding, this is a great addition to our home theater system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2008
This is one of the best iPod Dock I have ever used. Works flawlessly!! The main selling point for me is it's on-screen display of playlist and as published this feature works great even with my 4G iPod. The on-screen display is monochrome and I wonder if this is due to my 4G iPod's monochrome display. Get it...you will love it.

Pros:
1. Great sound
2. Easy connectivity
3. On-Screen display
4. Fast scrolling through playlist (keep pressing the scroll button for a few seconds)
5. Works with my Universal Logitech remote
6. Has a setting to turn-off charging the iPod in stand-by mode (Receiver RX-V1800).

Cons:
1. Grayscale display on my HDTV (not sure if this is due to my iPod)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2008
I JUST PURCHASED THE YAMAHA YDS-11SL IPOD DOCK.IT IS EASY AS PIE TO SET UP AND EVEN EASIER TO USE WITH THE REMOTE CONTROL ON YOUR YAMAHA RECIEVER.SOUND IS GREAT AND NAVIGATING YOUR ONSCREEN MENU IS SO SIMPLE A CHILD CAN DO IT.WELL WORTH THE MONEY
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