Summary: I chose this item over the Mass Fidelity Relay because of Arcam's reputation for great sound, and the Arcam doesn't disappoint in that area. I had a few minor issue, though, that caused me to remove a star from the rating. The biggest issue was the difficulty I had getting the rBlink to go into pair mode. When I paired it with my iPad, I had the press the pairing button several times for it to go into pairing mode. Not a big deal.
A little expensive, but certainly worth it for a good system
Older not Wiser, Amazon
23 March 2014
Summary: First: I bought my unit through Crutchfield.com, not Amazon. Just an FYI, but if you're going to have to pay list price anyway buy this from an over-the-top customer support organization. But definitely buy it! I'll start with the bottom line: if you've really invested money in your stereo system and speakers, how could go cheap on getting the music from your device to the amplifier? It sort of defeats the purpose, no?
Summary: I am a bit of a stereophile - have spent good money on quality gear to enjoy the classical music that is my passion. We have had season tickets to the National Symphony Orchestra for over twenty-five years. I guess that dates me! We have the best seats and there is nothing to compare with a live performance. I have resisted hooking into internet music world since I read that the music quality is not that great.
Summary: Installs in an instant, works flawlessly. The sound, streaming from my MacBook Air, is much better than expected - pretty close to CD quality. The rBlink is compact but very solid, and I appreciate that all cables, including both RCA and optical cables, are supplied, together with multiple AC plugs. Crutchfield service was, as always, perfect - easy to order, delivery sooner than expected, and well packaged.
Pros: It just works.
Cons: None, really, although it might have been nice if all connections were on the same side of the unit. With connections on opposite sides, there's no way to hide the cables.
Summary: Granted this is my first DAC so I don't have any other direct comparisons. Up to this point I was running my laptop and iPod directly into my receiver via the headphone jack. My system is modest being just a Denon receiver and set of Paradigm tower speakers. I wanted a wireless DAC and Arcam rBlink being Bluetooth sold me. I didn't imagine it would make that big of a difference to the sound quality. It was incredible!
Summary: This is a very nicely made and conceived little device that [puts the priority on sound quality. Streaming off the iPhone sounds much better than in the car, and below a certain level is indistinguishable from a cd source. The fact that it's wireless is very convenient. In the home, it basically means you can control all your cloud music off your iPhone, whether it's stored on the phone or not. Also great for Pandora, and Tune in Radio.
Pros: A great way to add bluetooth to an existing receiver, extending its life and adding the convenience of streaming anything from your library.
Cons: You can only pair one device at a time. It would be great if you could pair multiples, and simply have the device choose from the most recent one.
Summary: Let me start by saying I have been an audiophile for many years, and it has taken me a long time to assemble my perfect system. The total cost of my final pairing ran roughly $16,000.00 (CDN), so its not really a system that was held back due to budget constraints. When I was at my local speaker shop testing out the new PMC Twenty series, they had mentioned that they just got in a little unit from Arcam that had exceeded everyones expectations.