Arcam rPAC Personal Audio Converter USB DAC/Headphone Amp
|Price:||$215.32 + $6.00 shipping|
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works well, sounds amazing but there are some tricks to get the best sound. I have found it plays best on usb3 ports because it uses a seperate controller and has more power and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael E Richardson
Nice, solid piece of equipment that does what it does well -- sounds GREAT.Published 15 months ago by NEPTUNE
Using my mouse to go back or forward on webpages (I use a multi-button mouse on my Mac) causes the rPAC to cease putting sound through, or worse, scramble the sound before falling... Read morePublished 19 months ago by David Langford
I just purchased this DAC: Fed from my macbook pro into a vintage solid-state Mcintosh preamp and amp, and through vintage DCM Time Window 1 loudspeakers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Westeagle
Most of my music listening comes from high-quality music broadcast stations on vTuner Radio or BBC3 over the Internet though my computer. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by 214BobD
The rPAC is simple to use and delivers hi fidelity sound from computers. It sounds substantially better than my laptop's internal sound card.Published on December 18, 2012 by A. Fleischman
The Arcam Rpac is a very fine dac, easily offering sound 3x its cost.
Its plug and play simplicity is just more icing on the cake. Read more