Arcam are well respected in Hi-Fi circles and I am currently running their irDAC in my system. Bought with my own money I must add!
Over in Vegas they are taking the wrappers off of three rather nifty looking additions to their stable of products.
rSeries modular components
The new rPlay and rPhono joins the rHead, rBlink and irDAC-II under the ‘high performance accessories’ banner.
This supports high resolution audio (24bit/192kHz) from a wired network and enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming from the most popular music services including Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz, Pandora, Spotify and Tidal as well as thousands of internet stations.
Yes, something else with Alexa capabilities.
Beginning in early 2017, users will be able to use an Alexa-enabled device, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap and Amazon Fire TV, to play and control music on one or more DTS Play-Fi enabled devices in the home, regardless of brand.
As you may have already guessed, the rPhono is a phono amplifier.
Moving coil users benefit from precision impedance matching using high-quality trimmers instead of discrete steps. If moving magnets are more your thing, then you have a wide variety of capacitance options.
Precision components give excellent RIAA response and classleading performance figures, meaning the rPhono will delight all music-lovers.
High end home cinema
The AV860 promises a level of sound quality that is far above competing receivers. This AVR boasts to be equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music.
Arcam has included the very latest room correcting technology from Dirac Research. Dirac Live for Arcam gives the dealer the ability to tune the acoustic performance of the system to any room situation giving the listener the best possible experience in their own home.
Both video and audio stages are designed to embrace both current and upcoming technologies. HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 4K Ultra HD and 3D video capability are built in.
An internal tuner provides a fully integrated FM / DAB / DAB+ radio. Worldwide access to internet radio stations is provided through the network connection, which also interfaces to UPnP audio servers.
Arcam new releases prices
- rPlay – £399
- rPhono – £399
- AV860 – £4000
If you’re in Vegas, be sure to drop by the Venetian Rooms 30/210 and 30/212.
Failing that, these new additions will almost certainly be appearing at Sound and Vision next month – aka The Bristol Show.