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
Summary: Full review here:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.