Arcam irDAC-II - £495 UK / USA $800
Asynchronous USB DAC - Digital Pre-Amp - Headphone Amp - Advanced Bluetooth Streamer
Blending ingredients from Arcam’s 2016 range and their intensive R&D programme, the best-selling desktop irDAC gets a major performance and function upgrade.
"The features on offer are astounding for the price. For just short of £500 ($798 USA), you’re getting a DAC able to support the highest resolutions, a top quality digital preamp, a bluetooth streamer and a magnificent headphone amplifier, all housed in a chassis no larger than a DVD box set."
For 2016 we’ve taken our hugely successful irDAC, updated it, improved it, added Bluetooth aptX streaming, an audiophile-grade headphone amp, direct/remote volume, input control and more. The irDAC-II offers a substantial jump in audio quality over its predecessor and adds exceptional usage flexibility, all at a a very sensible price.
- 6 Digital inputs 2 x Coax, 2 x Optical & Asynchronous USB, plus Bluetooth aptX Low Latency
- Full 24/192 and DSD128 support
- ESS ES9016 Sabre DAC
- Fixed & variable analogue output
- IR remote control handset
- High-end audiophile-grade circuitry
- High-quality headphone amplifier
- Stylish cast aluminium anti-vibration casework
VS CHORD MOJO - review from a Richer Sound customer June 2016
Whilst the mojo is very well built and made, is great for portability, not for a high end system! The irdac2 on the other hand, is the perfect partner for any high end home system, built like an absolute tank, with extremely incredible attention to the most important bit of all....sound quality!
Extremely dynamic, voices are open and clear, bass is punchy and tight, but not overwhelming. The overall presentation is smooth, refined with exceptional levels of transparency. The mojo is very good but I found vocals to be a little thin and electronic sounding. Top Marks Arcam! The IR DAC 2 is the winner for me. Hands down!
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