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Arcam rPAC
8.8 out of 10

Arcam rPAC

Great Deal: $179.99

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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: Hey head fiers! The rPAC is a great bit of kit! I got to compare this to Fiio e17 and the Arcam was just this little bit better than Fiio in every regard. It was just more musical - sound was more full, punchier and more detailed.
  • Pros: Great sound for the price
  • Cons: Treble could have had a little more sparkle for my taste
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: Full review here: http://www.pandatechreview.com/arcam-rpac-review/ http://www.head-fi.org/t/624610/new-arcam-rpac-review Snipet here: Sound Quality: Headphone out: The sound of the Arcam rPAC as a whole is quite mellow. It doesn’t stand out overly, but nor is it just like flat soda and lifeless.
  • Pros: Versatile
  • Cons: Below average headphone sound
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: I just wrote this for my blog so I thought I would post it here too. A&R Cambridge Ltd. (or Arcam to the rest of us) are well established in the field of hifi audio, but it could be said that the rPAC represents a departure from their usual products.
  • Pros: Smooth but pretty neutral, great detail/soundstage, Amazing build, neat
  • Cons: Nothing for this price!!
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Using it (temporarily) as an amp for my K702s and Hifiman RE-262s and as a DAC for my HT and stereo system, I am very impressed. The amp section, a huge upgrade from the headphone amp in my Pioneer Elite VSX-52, has given the AKG's famed anemic bass a well...
  • Pros: Drives AKG K702s fairly well, small, portable (USB bus powered), great SQ, well priced
  • Cons: Amp section not able to drive HD650s very well, but what did I expect-it's tiny and bus powered, so pretty damn good, considering
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: Hey guys, I have seen this little box recently and it intrigued me a lot. It has an impressive build quality. It has a very thick aluminum case and it feels like a tank can get over it and wouldn’t hurt it. Ok…Now I am curios..would it hurt it? Why am I thinking of this?
  • Pros: Excellent build quality, Good amplification and DAC with good instrument separation, wide soundstage, articulated & detailed sound, excellent PRAT.etc
  • Cons: no battery, can’t be used just as amp (only as dac) , has only volume buttons with no screen or menu
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: I spent a few hours with this unit today, and tried it with about 8 pairs of headphones. My setup was Macbook Pro -> Audirvana Plus v2 player -> rPAC The unit is very simple - no display or indicators, just plug and play. Feels nice in the hand too, small but solid.
  • Pros: Very clean and pleasant sound. Small size with nice build quality.
  • Cons: Underpowered for some headphones. Crashes occasionally.
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
23 September 2012
  • Summary: Being a Brit you might think I would be biased in favor of the Arcam rPAC but I am sad to say this DAC has let me down big time. The overwhelming choice of headphone DACs out there puts the Arcam in a difficult position.
  • Pros: Build quality, aesthetic. Warm sound
  • Cons: Lacks detail. Very flat sounding compared with others in this price bracket
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Expert Review

AVHub
22 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Britain’s Arcam is a bold company. Its origins and its bread-and-butter were in midrange stereo hi-fi components, and in particular a long line of award-winning amplifiers. Then, as the digital revolution took hold, the company showed a remarkable drive to stay ahead of the game.
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Overall 8
8.0

Arcam rPAC

What Hi-Fi?
14 May 2012
  • Conclusion: More desirable alternatives exist but the rPac is still a small, inexpensive upgrade for computer-based music collectionst
  • Pros: Simple design, headphone amp as well as DAC, sounds spacious, detailed and refined
  • Cons: Presentation is a touch too smooth, Newer options offer greater subtlety and depth
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Overall 9
9.0

Arcam rPAC

Trusted Reviews
26 April 2012
  • Summary: A superb DAC and headphone amp for your computer, with asynchronous USB.
  • Pros: Exceptional computer audio enhancement, Outputs to both heaphones & AV systems, Independent, powerful 138mW headphone amplification, Asynchronous USB removes virtually all jitter, RF Supression eliminates background noise
  • Cons: Cannot be used on the move
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