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Arcam rPAC Personal Audio Converter USB DAC/Headphone Amp

by Arcam
11 customer reviews

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  • Durable, precision cast aluminum case
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Product Specifications

Brand NameArcam

Product Description

The rPAC is a USB powered DAC and headphone amplifier designed to dramatically improve the performance of PC and MAC computers. Simple to connect, easy to transport and delightful to use the rPAC is the most effective sonic upgrade for your computer you could possibly imagine.Plug in your headphones and you'll experience a level of sonic clarity far removed from the grainy, lifeless noise your computer usually serves up. Simply put the rPAC plays music.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches ; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007NXM3K2
  • Item model number: rPAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 12, 2012

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tin Tan on December 24, 2012
There are a slough of USB DACs now, the fiercely-marketed Audioquest Dragonfly being the latest darling of the headset set. For the same price, what will the Arcam rPac do for you? British audio gear is generally design around the "rhythm and pace" philosophy, which basically means getting at the expressive elements of a recording and getting your feet tapping, rather than the "big", bowl you over sound and deep bass American and Japanese gear is generally slanted towards. My first encounter with an Arcam product was back in the '90's when I was auditioning CD players, and the Arcam gave what I would characterize as a thrilling presentation that really held my attention. The little rPac brought me right back to that moment, and at 1/3 of the '90's price of a full-fledged CD player. Digital playback has come a long way since then, and the rPac is no doubt a more advanced DAC than that player contained, and you're getting a decent headphone amp in the bargain. In fact, hooked up to my stereo, the rPac/Macbook Pro is a viable alternative to my $1,800 Rega Jupiter CD player (and the Rega can't play high resolution files). Regardless of which computer DAC you choose, do audition music playback software online, some are free and all have a free trial period. You will hear a difference, and an improvement in most cases, over your computer's player (such as iTunes). I settled on Fidelia (Mac only). I also found that a $20 Belkin USB connector was an improvement over the stock rPac cable. (Not necessarily endorsing Belkin, it was just an experiment without investing in an audiophile brand wire.) When plugged in, the rPac will shake hands willingly with your Mac or PC. I like the independent volume control/mute buttons on the rPac, which give a much finer degree of volume control than the computer's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rave on March 21, 2013
I am not some self-proclaimed audiophile but I know what I want when it comes to sound. So here is my not so technical review of the Arcam rPac.

First, let me tell you what to expect from a device like this. It most likely won't turn your world upside down and there isn't going to be huge difference in audio quality at first listen. It actually takes your ears a while to get used to the sound. But once you have listened to it for about a week or so and you move back to original source, you appreciate what this little device is capable of. Everything is tighter. Less boomy bass, less sibilance and overall more balanced sound (from what I got from my desktop sound card). But like I said, it may not be noticeable on day one. One thing that is very noticeable (compared to others) is stereo separation. It separates very well the L&R channels and this makes the instrument separation very apparent too.

At first, I did like the DAC but didn't think it was worth $250 (price for new). But overtime, I think it is worth this price and I don't think there are DAC/Amp combinations out there in this price range that do the job as well. I have used the Audioengine D1 and Fiio E11 amp in the past and they don't compare to rPac very well. They are also cheaper compared to rPAC. Fiio E11 is just an amp so it doesn't really alter the sound in any way. The D1 does but I didn't find it to be much of an improvement over my sound card. I noticed some difference in the bass (more kick) but overall sound wasn't much improved. The rPAC is in a different league. It definitely improves the sound compared to my sound card. I was debating between rPAC, dragonfly and CEntrance dacport.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock VINE VOICE on November 21, 2013
I have a Windows 7 64 bit laptop which I use to play FLAC music files, and connected this Arcam rPAC USB/Headphone DAC, PSB M4U 1 Headphones, and a Denon stereo receiver.

I buy most of my high end gear from Crutchfield because they offer comparable prices and free lifetime tech support, which does come in handy sometimes. I decided on this Arcam because it is highly rated, has so many nice features and the specs say that it is compatible with Windows XP, 7, or Mac OSX. I was looking for something offering both headphone output & stereo RCA output to connect to a receiver because I often want to use either option, and this Arcam DAC nicely and easily handles both.

This DAC is small but the metal case is sturdy and well built. It has a USB (type-B) digital input for connecting to a computer (PC or Mac), stereo audio RCA output, and 3.5mm headphone output. It is easy to move between speaker or headphone output because it simultaneously outputs to both. It is powered by the USB connection so there is no need for an external power supply. Since this laptop is only used at home, I always plug it into an AC outlet when in use to ensure that all devices get maximum power.

This DAC comes with a 43" USB cable and a 43" RCA stereo cable, but I opted to use better gold plated cables instead. I simply connected the DAC to the laptop and installation was easy and automatic in Windows 7, with no problems. Windows automatically set the Arcam rPAC as the default for sound output. Another nice feature of this DAC is the up/down volume control so volume adjustments for headphones are easy to do.

This is an excellent audiophile grade DAC and headphone amplifier that I can recommend to anyone who wants to listen to music on a PC or Mac.
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