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USB DAC/headphone amplifier
Item # 776RPAC | MFR # rPac
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Our take on the Arcam rPac by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Give your computer's sound a serious boost
From stored music downloads to Internet radio, movie streaming, and video games, our computers are a fantastic source of entertainment. Unfortunately, most Macs and PCs simply aren't optimized for high-performance audio, which means if you're connecting one directly to your stereo or headphones, you're probably settling for sound quality that's just so-so.
The Arcam rPAC provides a pocket-sized solution to hum-drum computer sound. This tiny, outboard digital-to-analog converter plugs into one of your PC's USB ports, bypassing the computer's built-in audio circuitry and replacing it with true hi-fi-grade hardware. By processing music files outside your computer's noisy electrical environment, you'll instantly hear far more detail in the music you love coming through on your headphones, powered speakers, or sound system. And it's not just about music. The rPAC can boost the sound of all your computer-based audio sources, including game and movie soundtracks.
Enjoy high-res audio, too
Along with all the sonic benefits the rPAC provides for your compressed and CD-quality music files, it also decodes high-resolution data streams with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution, so you can enjoy better-than-CD audio quality. If you download high-res music files from HDtracks and other audiophile sources, this DAC will ensure that you hear them in all their glory.
What's in the Box:
- USB DAC/Headphone Amp
- 43" USB type-A to USB type-B cable
- 43" Stereo RCA audio cable
- Cloth pouch
- Connections/Quick Start Guide
- "Thank You" letter
- TI PCM5102 digital-to-analog converter for high-fidelity stereo sound
- built-in high-quality headphone amplifier with volume control
- compact design for portability
- powered by USB connection no need for external power supply
- 1 USB (Type B) input for connection to a computer
- 1 pair of RCA audio outputs
- minijack (3.5mm) headphone output
- supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, and 96kHz
- input bit depth: 16-bits, 24-bits
- built-in USB driver no downloads required
- frequency response: 10 to 20kHz (±0.1 dB)
- THD: 0.002%
- line-out signal to noise ratio: 106 dB (24-bit)
- headphone signal-to-noise ratio: 98 dB
- headphone output power: 138mW
- line-level output: 2.15Vrms
- 2-3/4"W x 1-1/16"H x 5-1/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The Arcam rPAC is an external audiophile-grade USB DAC/Headphone Amp with state-of-the-art digital-to-analog conversion technology. The rPAC offers supreme audio quality for the most demanding music lover. Housed in a high-quality cast aluminum case, the rPAC offers an ideal upgrade for music stored or streamed on your computer. Offering a USB (type-B) digital input with a stereo audio RCA output and 3.5mm headphone output, the rPAC lets you listen to audio from your computer on your home stereo system or a set of headphones.
16/24-Bit DAC: The Arcam rPAC 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, and 96 kHz.
USB Input (Asynchronous): The Arcam rPAC features a USB (type-B) port and includes a 43" USB (type-B) to USB (type-A) cable to connect to your computer: The rPAC utilizes a Asynchronous USB clocking technology for optimum audio signal transfer from your computer to your home audio system or headphones.
Note: The Arcam rPAC is compatible with Windows XP, 7, or Mac OSX.
Headphone Amp w/ 3.5mm Headphone Output: In addition to housing an 16/24-bit DAC, the Arcam rPAC features a built-in headphone amplifier with a 3.5mm headphone jack to connect a set of headphones, as well as an up/down volume control. The built-in headphone amp has an output power of 138mW and signal-to-noise ratio of 98dB.
Analog Audio Outputs: The Arcam rPAC is fitted with a stereo RCA output to connect your to your stereo amplifier or HiFi receiver.
Power Requirements: The Arcam rPAC is powered by your computer's USB port; no AC wall outlet needed.
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