Arcam MusicBOOST – iPhone 6 digital audio and battery upgrade
You may recall me reporting from the launch of the Arcam MusicBOOST – well, it has just gone official!
MusicBOOST is a portable headphone amplifier with a high-precision DAC and powerful battery pack for the Apple iPhone 6, all in one sleek protective sleeve case weighing just 100 gms.
This is an ideal Travel Product, able to be easily swapped in/out depending on usage and totally ends battery anxiety when your boarding pass is on the phone.
Most iPhone owners are quite happy with the sound from their fruity Phone, but the sound quality of all mobiles is compromised by build budget, battery life requirements, space constraints and interference from the radio and digital components of the phone.
The MusicBOOST cuts through the noise (literally) by extracting pure digital audio from the iPhone Lightning Port, feeding it via a high-performable Texas Instruments DAC and then amplifying it with a powerful Arcam headphone amplifier.
Arcam have done a good job and use a fully licensed Apple Lightning Audio Module to extract the pure sound from the iPhone
You can appreciate the remarkable improvement in sound quality, even with basic White EarPods and a Spotify stream. When you plug in serious £30 – £100 in-earphones the benefits are huge and if you like big over-the-head-phones, the MusicBOOST will give them a kick that no phone can match.
Totally transparent to the source. If an app can play audio, the MusicBOOST will upgrade it. The performance boost is there for Music App, Spotify, Tidal, SoundCloud YouTube, Movie Soundtracks, FLAC Player and much more.
The combined Digital Audio Converter (DAC) powerful headphone amplifier and battery pack utilises an advanced Lithium Polymer battery that doubles iPhone battery life and drives the music system for up to 120 Hours Music Replay with the iPhone in Airplane mode.
The MusicBOOST upgrades all iPhone audio from Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz etc and can play FLAC, WAV music files etc via 3rd Party iOS Apps such as FLAC Player.
Charlie Brennan, Arcam MD, says:
With the MusicBOOST, we’ve applied our serious audio engineering talents to the iPhone. The improved sound will make you want to listen to more and more music, so even better that it also doubles iPhone battery life.”
UK Price £120 inc VAT – On sale now but iPhone 6 Plus owners will have to look for another solution as there are currently no plans by Arcam to make a super-sized version.
Music Boost key features at a glance:
'Made For iPhone' officially licensed accessory
Digital Audio via in-built Apple Lightning Audio Module
High-precision PCM1502 internal DAC
Dedicated internal headphone amplifier
Internal Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery, powers Amp and DAC
Recharges iPhone for double the battery life
Up-to 120 Hours Music Replay with phone in Airplane mode
Four LED charge indicators
Power and Battery Check buttons
Micro USB charging with lead supplied
Phone Priority Charging - the phone is charged to 100%,
then MB charges its own battery.
Soft touch sleeve case protects iPhone
A massive audio upgrade for iPhone headphone users
Arcam quality DAC & Amplifier markedly improve sound quality
Power to drive headphones large and small
Upgrades all iPhone audio from iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify,
Tidal, Qobuz etc
Play FLAC, WAV files etc using 3rd party apps such as VOX, Flac Player+
Music Boost specs:
Headphone Impedance / Output Power
16 Ohm 44 + 44mW
32 Ohm 22 + 22mW
64 Ohm 11.5 + 11.5mW
300 Ohm 2.5 + 2.5mW
Battery - 2800 mAH Lithium Ion
WxHxD 69 x 153 x 14mm.