Conclusion: At a time when most companies are offering us DACs that are digital to analog convertors with something else in the mix - preamps, headphone amps, streamers etc, the irDAC is a model of simplicity. The Arcam is ‘just’ a DAC but where it matters, it is a fantastic example of the breed. Arcam has built you a DAC with a useful number of inputs and a genuinely handy remote control.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, Useful set of connections, Well built and handsome design
Cons: Slight lack of bass weight, No preamp or headphone functionality, Sounds a little ruthless with low bitrates