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. The DAC and amp together gives a soft and not as pronounced but more mixed in low frequency bass hits.
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 needed boost (I don't EQ) and has improved my Blu-Ray audio experience as 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: 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. It's true that they've made DACs before, but not combined with headphone amplifiers, not USB powered portables and not this reasonably priced.
Data is transferred to an asynchronous USB for the Texas Instruments PCM5102...
Pros: Smooth but pretty neutral, great detail/soundstage, Amazing build, neat
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. Arcam has a good reputation in mainstream HiFi and is obviously trying to carve a niche into the headphone world also, but this attempt falls way short of the competition IMHO.
I compared this with a FIIO E17, NuForce uDAC2 and Audioquest Dragonfly.
Pros: Build quality, aesthetic. Warm sound
Cons: Lacks detail. Very flat sounding compared with others in this price bracket
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?
Because of this crazy video:
Hmm…All i need now is a tank… Does anybody knows a guy…with a tank?
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: 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. Can't really comment on soundstage coz the headphones i used were closed back ones and not very good for imaging! And since i own the Arcam's rDac a standalone dac i compared the rPAC's analog output ability!
Pros: Great sound for the price
Cons: Treble could have had a little more sparkle for my taste