Bought this for an office system then ended up buying an Arcam receiver instead. Removed it once for inspection.
Can't believe how heavy this little guy is. Nice unit for $800.00, even better for the asking price. I'll cover PayPal fees.
Squeeze the musical detail from your digital collection
The Arcam irDAC-II sports a minimalist design, but there's a lot going on inside to make your digital music sound its best. Simply connect the irDAC-II in between your audio source's digital output and your receiver, amp, or powered speakers to instantly hear your music with new-found detail and clarity. Or, if you're a headphone person like I am, connect your 'phones directly to the front-panel 3.5mm minijack.
You'll enjoy clean sound with potent bass. Arcam included the same high-performance headphone amp that they use in their top-shelf integrated amps.
Enhanced performance from your computer, phone, and more
The irDAC can accept digital music files from your PC via USB — bypassing your computer's built-in sound card for a far more exciting listening experience. You'll enjoy subtle, nuanced sound previously obscured by the noisy electronic environment inside your PC.
You also get two coaxial and two optical inputs for hooking up additional digital audio sources such as CD or DVD players, network music streamers, HDTVs, or set-top boxes. The included wireless remote makes for easy switching between all of your sources.
Built-in Bluetooth for even more freedom
Want to quickly hear music or another sound from your phone? Not a problem. The irDAC-II also features built-in Bluetooth, so you can play pretty much any audio wirelessly. Arcam included aptX, an advanced form of Bluetooth audio coding for improved sound quality with devices that support this technology.
Under the hood
Arcam is ready for your high-res music collection. It features a built-in, high-end ESS Sabre DAC that supports audio signals up to 32-bit/384kHz resolution.
Arcam's asynchronous USB input allows the DAC to control the timing clock signal instead of your computer, reducing jitter to the lowest levels possible for smoother, more detailed sound. The irDAC also boasts eight separately regulated power supplies, digital and analog stage isolation, and direct-coupled signal paths to deliver outstanding sonic performance.
high-performance ESS Sabre DAC (ES9016K2M)
asynchronous USB technology for reduced timing jitter and better sound from a computer
high-res audio playback, including PCM-based files up to 32-bit/384Hz and DSD128
eight separately regulated power supplies for dynamic, low-distortion performance
built-in Bluetooth® for wirelessly streaming music from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
aptX® and AAC decoding for high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
built-in high-performance headphone amplifier
frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
total harmonic distortion: 0.0007%
Signal-to-noise ratio: 117dB (24 bit)
2 coaxial digital
2 optical digital (Toslink)
If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This DAC is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.
1 USB Type-B for connection to a computer
2 pairs of RCA stereo outputs (fixed and variable)
1 front-panel 3.5mm mini headphone output
compatible with headphones with 16-600 ohms impedance
input selection and volume control buttons on top panel
7-5/8"W x 1-3/4"H x 4-15/16"D
weight: 2.4 lbs.
warranty: 2 years
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MFR # ARC-IRDAC-II