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UK hi-fi specialist Arcam has come up with an iPod dock that has a novel way of maximising the diminutive player's sound quality - it doesn't charge the battery unless it really has to.

'Madness,' I hear you cry. But there's method too. Arcam claimed its research showed a dip in sound quality while the iPod's battery is being charged. Essentially, noise from the mains leaks through and diminishes the audio experience.

Arcam's solution: its rDock doesn't charge the iPod's battery be default. The iPod runs on its batteries until it gets low on juice and the charge mode kicks in.

Arcam rDock

The rDock has s-video and composite-video outputs on the back so it can be hooked up to a TV. The dock's designed to operate with Arcam's Solo CD player-amplifier combo and can be controlled using the Solo remote control. However, it'll connect to any hi-fi thanks to a pair of buffered RCA jacks, preventing sound distortion when the iPod's off and your hi-fi's playing from another source.

The rDock retails for £130.

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