The rDAC will also present an excellent and well-judged soundstage, well in proportion to the recording being listened to. W x H44 x Dmm Weight: Against Some system-matching is required to avoid the bass becoming bothersome. Connection itself is fast and effective and our sample unit connected quickly and simply to a variety of PCs and Macs during the test period. Arcam returns to DAC’s with a diminutive but well implemented design with the added benefit of wireless Getting rid of all those computer cables can make wireless hi-fi seem like the next essential, especially if your life revolves around the laptop in your bag rather than a tower under the desk. The transmission will handle everything up to lossless files and will open up another way of extracting audio from a computer, as well as making a great deal of sense if the rDAC is already connected into a particular computer via the USB input and you wish to use another computer ‘on the fly’.
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Back in the realms of conventional hi-fithe rDAC faces stiff competition from the large selection of very accomplished performers over more conventional digital connections, which means that it deserves a place on a slightly longer shortlist, but wrcam certainly deserves a place nonetheless.
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The market’s not short of little DACs ready to bring your digital music collection to life. Elsewhere, Wolfson’s WM forms the core of the conversion circuitry. Arcam rdsc been here before, but never with such mainstream appeal and never at such an aggressive price.
Arcam rDAC (£) – Outboard DACs
It’s outstanding sound quality will deliver sheer musical enjoyment for all music lovers. The rDAC also proves worthy in a hi-fi system. The ever-increasing prevalence of music stored on computer hard-drives has brought the dedicated DAC digital-to-analogue converter out from the shadowy margins of hi-fi tweakery and blinking into the sunshine of the mainstream.
This was followed and further improved upon with the irDAC. Moreover, the bass had room to move, allowing space to act as a melodic foundation. Against Can lack pace and attack Only a single optical and coaxial input.
Arcam rDAC (£375)
Just as importantly, the wait has also been worthwhile. Timing is assured; it handles the most martial tempos with ease, and snaps through transients with alacrity. To make the most of your investment in one of our systems, we’d advise you to talk to one of our specialist dealers. The chassis is all-metal and feels solid and well constructed.
Utilizing dCS technology, it transforms USB-sourced data into a quality signal, providing computer users with a whole new sonic perspective. Such an arrangement eliminates the need of worrying about single-box downsides like electrical cross contamination and other associated distortions. The rDAC comes from a long line of the very finest converters.
The only question you need to ask is: It is able to achieve excellent results with computer audio and the lack of fuss or hassle — making it work with a variety of computers — bodes well for widespread compatibility.
The stand-alone DAC concept was not new to the Arcam team as they were the first company to ever launch an affordable outboard DAC back in Great multi-taskers, DACs can enhance your audio-visual experience as well. While some of the most effective designs we’ve recently heard have been from less-than household names, here it’s the turn of established British brand, Arcam to debut an affordable DAC.
In addition, a DAC can also plug into your computer, allowing you to take your PC as a serious digital source—possibly for the very first time.
Indeed, its performance is free from even the slightest sense of digital sheen or artefacts, which is a huge boost to long-term listening.
To make the most of your investment in one of our systems, we’d advise you to talk to one of our specialist dealers. The RSS feed provided is for personal, non-commercial use only. Areas like isolation of the digital and analogue stages, ultralow noise power supplies and a direct coupled signal path make a big difference.
If you are not reading this content in your news aggregator, RSS reader, or direct, then the site you are looking at may be guilty of copyright infringement. Subscribe Now 13 issues delivered to your door. A rubberized, non-slip neoprene plate forms the chassis floor and acts as a deadening facility, reducing microphony. Read the Computer Audiophile magazine review. In addition, acoustic guitar solos had a real metallic edge and vocals served as a reminder that the human voice is made up of multiple parts and tones.
Boasting improved signal-to-noise measurements and detail changes to filtering, the WM gives the rDAC some very strong credentials. Sonically, the rDAC is a strong proposition.
Arcam returns to DAC’s with a diminutive but well implemented design with the added benefit of wireless Getting rid of all those computer cables can make wireless hi-fi seem like the next essential, especially if your life revolves around the laptop in your bag rather than a tower under the desk.