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Arcam Ir Dac

by Arcam

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  • The irDAC from Arcam is a digital to analogue converter designed to sit in the centre of your system and deliver audiophile output quality for a host of different types of digital sources and connections including asynchronous USB and a direct iPod input that that takes the digital signal direct from an Apple device to optimise the sound quality.
  • The unit designed to deliver low noise and distortion to all incorporated inputs, and with the use of 8 separately regulated power supplies, an immensely clean signal ensures the best possible audio output quality.
  • The irDAC, finished in a stylish black cast aluminium case, delivers an almost jitter-free signal, greatly optimising the sound quality.


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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
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  • Item model number: Arcam rDock | iPod & iPhone Dock
  • ASIN: B00DQSRLFA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 July 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,059 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The irDAC from Arcam is a digital to analogue converter designed to sit in the centre of your system and deliver audiophile output quality for a host of different types of digital sources and connections including asynchronous USB and a direct iPod input that that takes the digital signal direct from an Apple device to optimise the sound quality. The unit designed to deliver low noise and distortion to all incorporated inputs, and with the use of 8 separately regulated power supplies, an immensely clean signal ensures the best possible audio output quality. The irDAC, finished in a stylish black cast aluminium case, delivers an almost jitter-free signal, greatly optimising the sound quality. Connections INPUTS: Class I & II USB connection (via type-A socket) USB connection (via type-B socket) 2 x Coaxial digital (via RCA/phono) 2 x Optical digital (via toslink) OUTPUT: Stereo line out (analogue, via 2 RCA/phono) Digital out (via RCA/phono) Extra All of the inputs can be controlled through an IR remote that will also control PC, MACs and iPod/iPhone/iPad via the HID(Human interface device) control Finish Black cast aluminium Functions Features direct iPod input that takes the digital signal direct from an Apple device to optimise the sound quality W x H x D (mm) 160 x 40 x 100 Weight (kg) 0.7

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J KOUROPALATIS on 29 July 2013
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I have been trying various DACs in my system over the past 6 months and this one is a keeper.

My hi fi system:
Source: Sonos Connect (FLAC)
Amplifier: Arcam FMJ A19
Speakers: Monitor Audio RX1
Cables: Chord Odyssey II

After trying (long demos at home) a number of DACs (from the cheap to the very expensive), I have finally concluded that the irDAC 'fits' the above hi fi and offers very good value for money. This does not mean that the irDAC is the best DAC but in the context of the above system and in my living room, it sounds great. To be slightly more specific, the irDAC sounds very neutral and balanced to my ears.

I actually compared the irDAC (long testing over a weekend) against the NAIM DAC V1 which is almost 3 times as expensive. I used the V1 as DAC only feeding my Arcam A19. I also tried swapping the amp with a NAIM NAP100 power amp (more about that later). After really careful listening (volume levels matched, feeding the A19), I found it really hard to differentiate between the V1 and the irDAC. It took very long and careful listening sessions in order to hear differences. I did find them but I might also attribute them to psychological factors and perceptions (i.e. differences in my head only). Not sure. In any case, I felt that the NAIM had a slightly (only slightly) more pronounced beat / rhythm. This is of course one of the NAIM 'strengths'. I could hear the beat (mid and upper bass) more with the V1. I can describe this beat as displaying a clear start - stop character. Great for electronic music, great for techno, great for rock. It was not causing any problem with Jazz or other types of music. The irDAC in comparison offers a beat rhythm that is clear but not start-stop as in the NAIM sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Light-Man on 24 Feb 2014
I recently tested the new IRDAC from Arcam at £400 RRP, as I was curious because of all the hype and good reviews but I am disappointed to say that I much prefer my new Musical Fidelity V-90 at £200, because it has a much more open sound stage with a tighter bass and a more lucid and open mid-range and detailed top end.

I think an audition is definitely required before you buy this or perhaps buy on Amazon and you can return it if you don't like it. In my opinion the V-90 Dac is in a different class compared to the IR-Dac, or perhaps is it just me?

Overall I think the IR-Dac has a very analogue, 2 dimensional type sound that is more likely to please vinyl fans, but for me, it is just too dull and a step backwards in this digital age.

I could not wait to hand it back to the dealer. Perhaps I did not run it in long enough (about 50 hours before my patience ran out) but it was long enough to know the sound was not to my liking.

In comparison the V-90 out of the box has a nice sound, after about 6 hours of use it has a good sound and after 50 hours of use it has a very good sound indeed. The IR-dac has a remote but the V-90 does not, no big deal to me, it is all about the sound.

Please note: that I do not have any grudge against Arcam as I have until fairly recently used the Arcam Delta black box 2 for many years (one of the original multi-bit Dacs ) but I wanted a USB Dac for computer use and the new IR-Dac release was delayed at the time, so I opted for the V-90.

I have tried to give an honest, unbiased, comparative review, free from any influence of price expectation, Hi-Fi Magazines-review-hype and large Marketing budgets!
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there would of course be a need to invent it. Thankfully Arcam have done the hard bit, so all you need do is buy one. I am taking for granted that if you are reading the reviews then you have the gear to plug into it! My system consists of Cyrus 6 SE cyrus 6 XP and Dali Zensor 5s with Chord Co Epic Twin sp cable and Cadenza interconnects. Well back to the Ir Dac. When I plugged this in the system sounded exactly as it did before, only better! Every CD I have put on since has shone that bit brighter. I could go on and on about this and that but it is all down to taste. All I would say is that if you have a good system and want to improve it get one of these and of course some decent leads as the system needs all the parts to sing together. what else can one say, oh build quality is beautiful and it is BRITISH as well! If you're not sure have a stiff drink then order it. (Please drink responsably!) BUY ONE
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By chessh on 12 May 2014
I was looking for an upgrade to my current set-up that would provide more detail and soundstage whilst not being clinical or too bright. I tried the QDAC at a local shop but it had too much of an "in your face" aggressive sound for me...when I switched over to the irDAC I immediately sensed a warmer and more refined sound that was detailed and engaging. I listen mostly on headphones so purchased a pair of Grado SR80i at the same time. Using my existing Cambridge Audio 640c CD player as a transport only, I am sending the digital output to the irDAC and on through a Creek OBH11 headphone amp into the Grado SR80i headphones. I'm sure that within 12 months I'll be getting a bout of Hi-Fi acquisition syndrome and wanting to upgrade again but for now I am more than happy! Can a DAC upgrade make a difference? In my experience, absolutely!!
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