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Arcam rPAC Personal Audio Converter USB DAC/Headphone Amp

4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Personal Audio Converter that will transform your computer-based music - at home, at work, or on the move.
  • The rPAC is a pocket-sized solution. It features hi-fi-grade hardware and software engineering, specifically designed to enhance your laptop or desktop listening.
  • And it's not just about music: the rPAC can boost all your computer entertainment, from gaming and movies.
  • Simply connect the rPAC to your computer (Windows XP, 7 or Mac OSX - please note Linux is not supported by the rPAC) using the supplied USB cable, then either on to an audio system via a standard RCA lead (also included), or out to headphones.
  • It's that simple. No batteries or mains needed. We even give you a carry case to help you on your way to better audio, anywhere.
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Meet the award-winning Arcam rPAC, the Personal Audio Converter that will transform your computer-based music - at home, at work, or on the move. We're all playing more music from computers - stored on their hard drives or streamed from online services such as Spotify - but Macs and PCs simply aren't optimised for audio enjoyment. The rPAC is a pocket-sized solution. It features hi-fi-grade hardware and software engineering, specifically designed to enhance your laptop or desktop listening. From low-bitrate internet radio to better-than-CD-quality downloads, you'll hear more of the music you love. And it's not just about music: the rPAC can boost all your computer entertainment, from gaming and movies to catch-up TV services, such as BBC iPlayer and Sky Go. Simply connect the rPAC to your computer (Windows XP, 7 or Mac OSX - please note Linux is not supported by the rPAC) using the supplied USB cable, then either on to an audio system via a standard RCA lead (also included), or out to headphones. Lovers of the latter are well served by the rPAC, which features a high-quality headphone amp, complete with volume controls. It's that simple. No batteries or mains needed. We even give you a carry case to help you on your way to better audio, anywhere. Using a digital to analogue converter (DAC) normally found in very high end HiFi components and Arcam's world-class audio circuitry, the rPAC takes audio files stored on a MAC or PC and delivers converts them into beautiful music with stunning clarity and precision. Its USB power system means no "wall wart" PSU is needed and the choice of line level output or headphones socket allows you to share the musical enjoyment with friends or keep it all to yourself! The rPAC will sit discreetly beside any desktop or laptop computer and is constructed using a durable, precision cast aluminum case. Designed for music lovers everywhere it is ideal for the home, office or on the road.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 10.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Arcam
ASIN B007NXM3K2
Item model number rPAC
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4.0 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #199 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Headphone Accessories > Amps
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com April 12, 2012

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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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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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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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