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Arcam SonLink

Digital-to-analog converter for the Sonos® CONNECT music player

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by Dave Bar
Arcam

An elegant audiophile addition to your Sonos Connect

The Arcam SonLink is an attractive and simple-to-use audio upgrade for your Sonos CONNECT music player. This high-fidelity digital-to-analog converter simply plugs into your Sonos player's coaxial digital output and stacks neatly underneath. The Arcam's audiophile-grade processor bypasses your CONNECT player's built-in DAC for even greater levels of realism and detail from your favorite music sources. The SonLink's custom-built housing perfectly matches the CONNECT player's lines for a clean, uncluttered look.

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Highlights:

  • TI PCM5102 digital-to-analog converter for high-fidelity stereo sound
  • designed exclusively for stacking with the Sonos Connect music player (formerly called the ZonePlayer 90)
  • plugs into the Sonos player's coaxial digital audio output
  • 1 pair RCA analog audio outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 106 dB
  • frequency response: 10-20,000 Hz (± 0.1 dB)
  • AC power adapter included
  • 5-3/8"W x 1-7/16"H x 6-11/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • External SPDIF DAC (w/ hardwired 4" coaxial digital audio cable)
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plugs (US/UK/EU)
  • 43" Stereo RCA audio cable
  • Connections/Quick Start Guide
  • "Thank You" letter

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Overview: The Arcam SonLink external audiophile-grade SPDIF DAC is an ideal audio upgrade for your Sonos Connect Zone Player (ZP90). The Arcam SonLink bypass the DAC in your Sonos Connect Zone Player (ZP90) and uses state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion technology in order to produce supreme audio quality. The SonLink's chassis is designed so you can stack your Sonos Connect Zone Player (ZP) right on top of it.

16/24-Bit DAC: The Arcam SonLink employs a Texas Instrument PCM5102 16/24-bit digital-to-analog converter with a frequency response of 10Hz-20kHz (+/-0.1dB), a total-harmonic-distortion of 0.002%, and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 106dB.

Supported Sample Rates: Supported sample rates include 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and 192 kHz. This DAC is compatible with PCM audio signals only.

Coaxial Digital Audio Input: The Arcam SonLink features a male coaxial (RCA) digital audio connector attached to the unit's rear-chassis by a hardwired 4" cable to connect your Sonos Connect Zone Player (ZP90).

Analog Audio Outputs: The Arcam SonLink is equipped with a stereo RCA output to connect your to your stereo amplifier or HiFi receiver.

Power Requirements: The Arcam SonLink includes an external 6V switching power supply (100-240V). The SonLink also includes three interchangeable AC plugs (US/UK/EU).

 
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arcam sonlink

Written By beeper, springfield,ohio on Monday, February 10, 2014
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easy set up,works great
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4 out of 5

graceful solution for a sonos dac

Written By bradbort, Somerville, MA on Monday, June 24, 2013
 
This DAC smooths out the Sonos presentation. I guess what folks would say is "more musical," although the built in Sonos connect DAC is not bad. Why use this one instead of any other DAC on the market. Its not just the cosmetics, although it is clearly made for the connect. For me, its that you don't have to worry about turning it on and off. Basically, once its attached, you keep using your connect just like you always would. The DAC sleeps when not in use, and turns on when the connect does.
Pros:
Relatively inexpensive for a DAC, cosmetics, ease of use.
Cons:
Not a night and day improvement. Don't upgrade a DAC unless you've already made sure your speakers and electronics merit it.
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2 questions already asked

Supported Sample Rates: Supported sample rates include 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, and 192 kHz. This DAC is compatible with PCM audio signals only. Does this mean that I can source a 192/24 FLAC file from my server and it will now play through SONOS? Sure suggests that this is what it means? Thanks [ Nick B  Aug 03, 2014 ]
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  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Greg Staff  Aug 04, 2014 ]
I am still not sure what this product does. Sonos does not play hi res files. Will this play those files from my hard drive via Sonos? [ Branon  Jan 31, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks! Thats a disappointment. [ Branon   Feb 10, 2014 ]
  • Sadly, it doesn't. You get a message on the Sonos app something like "unable to play. this track wasn't encoded correctly". The product is an external DAC and makes your audio sound a little better. I can tell a bit of a difference. I guess if you were to use the Sonlink with some other setup it would work but the Sonos doesn't support 24 bit audio (hi res files). [ Lance   Jan 31, 2014 ]

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