For 3 years the irDAC was regarded by many as one of the best and most affordable DACs available, anywhere. It won industry accolades all over the world including two consecutive WHAT Hi-Fi awards in 2013 and 2014. When looking to replace this world class DAC, the design brief the ARCAM engineering team had was not only to add a number of handy user features, but also raise the performance bar yet again without impacting largely on the consumer’s pocket. This is a task the engineering team have completed successfully……..and how!
The new irDAC-II continues the story adding Bluetooth (apt-X) connectivity as well as a headphone output and DSD128 support. The irDAC-II comes packed with cutting edge technology and features that will benefit the most demanding user. Internally we use the outstanding ESS Sabre DAC to obtain performance that we believe will be unmatched, anywhere in this price category. Jitter reduction is an obsession within our engineering team and they have applied their experience in the irDAC-II to produce a signal that is almost jitter free. The attention to detail shown throughout the product is extraordinary even using the headphone output stage from the flagship A49 amplifier which is easily capable of driving the most demanding headphones. Both fixed and variable line outputs are also available, allowing for ultimate system building flexibility (see attached flier for further information).
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