Overview: The Arcam irDac is an external audiophile-grade DAC with
state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion technology. The irDac offers
supreme audio quality for your digital music collection. The irDac offers
coaxial, optical, and USB digital inputs; making it an ideal upgrade for your digital audio and
network audio sources; like your laptop/computer, Blu-ray player, CD player, or
High-Quality Construction: The Arcam irDac is housed in a slender,
precision-cast case. It features isolated digital and analog stages,
direct-coupled signal paths, and ultra-low noise/regulated power supplies to
ensure high-end performance and stunning accuracy.
High Resolution 24-bit/192kHz DAC: The Arcam irDac is
equipped with a Burr Brown 1796 DAC which supports up to 24-bit/192kHz
signals. The irDac will get the best sound out of your digital audio sources (such as your Blu-ray/DVD player, CD/SACD player, laptop/computer, or iPod/iPhone/iPad) which don't have an internal DAC of this reference quality.
Asynchronous USB Technology: The Arcam irDac is equipped
with a rear-panel, asynchronous USB (type-B) port to connect your Windows or Mac
laptop/computer. The irDac supports Windows PCs (XP/Vista/7) and Mac (OS X)
computers running music programs, such as iTunes or Windows Media Player. The
irDac employs Asynchronous USB technology which allows its precision clock to
drastically reduce the level of jitter and noise from USB music sources and
delivers a massive improvement in sound quality over the standard USB "adaptive"
system. The result is audiophile-grade sound, regardless of the digital audio
signal. You can switch between USB Class I and Class II modes, based on your
- Class I Mode: Supported sample rates include 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2,
and 96 kHz. Windows device driver is not required.
- Class II Mode: Supported sample rates include 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2,
96, and 192 kHz.
Windows device driver is required.
Apple Device Connection: The Arcam irDac is fitted with a
rear-panel USB (type-A) port which allows you to connect your Apple iPod,
iPhone, or iPad; using the dock-connector or lightning-connector cable that came
with your Apple device. You can now listen to music files stored on your Apple
device through your home stereo with high-quality sound. The irDac supports the
iPod nano (2nd/3rd/4th/5th/6th/7th gen), iPad classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch
(1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (2/3G/3GS/4/4S/5), iPad (1/2/3/4), and iPad
mini. You can even control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause and
Previous/Next Track) from the included IR remote. In addition, your Apple
device's battery will charge while connected the irDac's USB port.
Digital Inputs: The Arcam irDac is equipped with two coaxial
and two optical digital inputs on its rear-panel. CD players, DVD players,
Blu-ray players, and Game systems can be connected via coaxial or optical cable
to receive a dramatic increase in sound quality.
- Dual Optical Inputs: Supported sample rates include
44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz.
- Dual Coaxial Inputs: Supported sample rates included
44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and 192 kHz.
Note: If connecting to a television set's optical output,
please make sure that you are able to select PCM as the default optical out
audio format from your television's Audio menu. This DAC is not compatible
with multi-channel audio signals (such as Dolby Digital/DTs) and will not
work with televisions that do not output PCM.
Analog + Digital Outputs: The Arcam irDac is equipped with a rear-panel
stereo RCA output to connect your to your stereo amplifier or HiFi receiver. It
also features a digital output which bypasses the IrDac's internal DAC in order
to send the digital audio signal straight to your high-end digital AV receiver.
Remote Control: The Arcam irDac includes an IR remote for wireless
operation of the digital-to-analog converter. You can switch between digital
input sources (Coax 1/2, Optical 1/2, iPod/iPhone/iPad, or USB) from the remote
control. You can also control the volume of a connected Arcam amplifier or
receiver from the remote. In addition, the remote can be used to control basic
playback functions of your connected Apple device or the media software of
your Windows/Mac computer (must be compatible with USB HID protocol). Playback
controls included Play/Pause, Stop, and Skip forward/reverse.
Power Requirements: The Arcam irDac includes an external 12V
switching power supply (100-240V). The irDac also includes three interchangeable
AC plugs (US/UK/EU).