Arcam irDAC

Arcam irDAC

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Arcam irDAC

Arcam was readmitted into the DAC market a few years ago, when they released their high quality digital audio converter, the rDAC. The stand-alone concept for a DAC was not a new idea for Arcam, as they were actually the first company to release a cost-effective, outboard DAC almost 25 years ago. Building upon the success of the rDAC, and utilising feedback from rDAC owners, the engineers at Arcam have formed the 'irDAC', which is an enhanced design that dramatically increases the performance bar and is elegantly simple to manipulate and use.

The irDAC gets it's name from the infra-red features of the remote control, and is essentially based upon the same sonic ideas and concepts as the D33 DAC. The irDAC is filled with contemporary and cutting-edge technology that brings its high-quality performance to a vast range of sources. It's phenomenal sound quality offers nothing but sheer music enjoyment for all music lovers. 

Arcam engineers learned a number of things while developing the class-leading FMJ D33 DAC. Things like isolation of digital and analogue stages, as well as ultra-low noise power supplies and direct coupled signal paths make a huge difference to the final sound. The irDAC makes use of the prestigious Burr Brown 1796 DAC and 8 separately regulated power supplies. This ensures the best possible performance, and enables the irDAC to become unmatched when put against other DACs in the same price range. Reducing jitter has always been Arcam's biggest goal, and the circuits developed for the D33, and in turn, reused within the irDAC create a signal that's almost entirely jitter free.

The irDAC has been designed to be the heart of a digital sound system, and can be connected to integrate an array of different types of digital sources and connections, including an asynchronous USB and direct iPod/iPhone connection, which takes the digital signal straight from your apple device to achieve the best possible sound quality. Each of the inputs can be controlled from the irDACs infra-red remote control handset. The remote can also control PC's, MAC's and Apple devices bia the HID (human interface device) controller.



DAC Technology  TI PCM1796 
Inputs  USB, SPDIF, optical, iPod 
 Frequency Response 10Hz - 20kHz 
 Total Harmonic Distortion (+ Noise) 0.002% 
 Signal-to-noise ratio (A –Weighted) 112dB (24-bi) 
 Line Level Output 2.2Vrms 
Supported sample rates  44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz 
 Supported bit depths  16-bit, 24-bit
 Power Requirements 7W Maximum 
 Dimensions in mm (Width x Height x Depth) 190 x 120 x 44 
 "Made For" Apple Certification Pod touch (5th generation),
iPod touch (4th generation)
iPhone 5,
iPhone 4S,
iPhone 4,
iPad (4th generation),
iPad Mini,
iPad (3rd generation),
iPad 2 

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Please remember that postage and packing is completely free for orders over £50*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.

Deliveries usually take 1-3 working days. The majority of orders are sent via our couriers'; Interlink Express on a next-day-delivery service. Smaller, low value or light-weight items are normally posted using Royal Mail Recorded or Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Once your product has been dispatched, you will be notified via email and sent a unique consignment number, you can use this number at to check the status of your delivery. If you have provided a mobile telephone number, Interlink's Predict service will notify you by text (and email) of a one-hour delivery window. If the window they suggest is inconvenient, you can change the date of delivery to a later one via text or email.

*We ship free of charge to mainland UK addresses, excluding the Scottish Highlands or 'Out-Of-Reach' Scottish locations. Please consult the post-codes below to see if your location falls within this category. If you are still unsure, please contact us on 01432 354921. We also ship to Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Scilly Isles, Scottish Isles and Scottish Highlands, however delivery to these locations will incur a charge and can only be sent via a 2-day service.

Shipping CostsMainland UK (Next-Day)Offshore/Out-of-reach (2-day)Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Scottish Islands, Scilly IslandsRepublic of Ireland (2-day)
Under £50 Orders £7.50 £12.50 £15.00
Over £50 Orders FREE £19.99 £29.99
Surcharge Orders £50.00 £69.99 £79.99
Saturday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Sunday Delivery £12.99 N/A N/A
Saturday by 12 Delivery £35 N/A N/A


Post codes exempt from the free delivery service include:

Scottish Highlands Post Codes: AB30-38, AB41-42, AB44-56, FK17-99, G83, IV1-28, IV30-39, IV52-54, IV63, KW1-14, PA21-33, PA34-40, PH15-26, PH31-41, PH49-50
Islands Post Codes: HS1-9, IV40-51, IV55-56, KA27-28, KW15-17, PA20, PA41-49, PA60-78, PH42-44, ZE1-3
Northern Ireland: All BT postcodes
Channel Islands Post Codes: JE, GY
Scilly Isles Post Codes: TR21, TR22, TR23, TR24, TR25

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