Focal Arche: Anyone compared to other options in its price range?
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Hello,

Have you heard the Focal Arche and compared to other similarly priced headphone amps?

Any good? What are your thoughts or impressions?

I would be using it to driving either/both:
- Focal Clear
- Sennheiser HD650

Does it have enough juice for the HD650?

Thanks!
 
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I think it's hard to find people who tried it. I only know one person who tried it and he didn't recommend it in it's pricerange. I know he heard a lot of amps and knows what he says. So no first hand experience but better than nothing.
 
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Another guy here who has no experience with it :D

Was interested though and took a look at the spec sheet. I would say it does not have particularly noteworthy anything, especially not for the price. If the power is linear (often it is not) then it will be marginal for the 650s. From my experience with the 600s, they need a lot more power than the facts would suggest to sound their best, and they scale incredibly. They sound lifeless without enough amp even though they can get loud enough or even too loud.

The Arche connectivity looks good and the weight of the unit is encouraging. It has analog input which can be very nice.

What other dacamps are you considering?
 
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Thanks for the inputs guys. Appreciate the feedback, though in my experience the devil is in the details and spec sheets do not tell the whole story. There really is no substitute for 1st hand listening experience.

I'm also considering a Feliks Elise, though would need to put a DAC in front of it
 
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I hate to do it, but check out the thread over on headphones.com forum :wink:
 
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I have the arche I use it to run a set of Stella's and a set of LCD X. It's pricey but the amp is versatile and it also includes a DAC. You can run a separate DAC if you want to. But overall its a great quality class A amp.
 
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