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Testseek.com have collected 9 expert reviews of the Arcam irDAC and the average rating is 93%. Scroll down and see all reviews for Arcam irDAC.
 
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The editors liked

  • The irDAC offers exceptional sound quality at its price point and arguably above
  • This $700 DAC uses trickledown design elements from Arcam's reference line
  • The irDAC is not overly picky in terms of the resolution of the source material. It sounded great
  • PCworthy USB DAC
  • IOSworthy rear USB input
  • Coaxial
  • Optical inputs

The editors didn't like

  • The irDAC lacks networking and streaming capability like some other DACs out there today
  • The DAC lacks balanced XLR outputs for those running such systems
  • While not a dealbreaker
  • It's nice to have a display showing the resolution of the track you're pl
  • No headphone amp

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  Published: 2015-03-18, Author: Mark Fleischmann , review by: soundandvision.com

  • PCworthy USB DAC, iOSworthy rear USB input, Coaxial, optical inputs
  • No headphone amp
  • About the size of a thick paperback, the Arcam irDAC is a USB DAC that will make your audio files—from lossless to lossy—sound great....

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  Published: 2015-01-03, Author: Dave Thomas , review by: stereotimes.com

  • Abstract:  Arcam irDACI respond strongly to analog and rarely spend money on high resolution downloads these days, preferring instead to put my cash into tangible musical product. After spending a good part of the year bringing a 50 year old rim drive idler turntabl...

 
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  Published: 2014-12-24, Author: Sean Killebrew , review by: hometheaterreview.com

  • The irDAC offers exceptional sound quality at its price point and arguably above, This $700 DAC uses trickledown design elements from Arcam's reference line, The irDAC is not overly picky in terms of the resolution of the source material. It sounded great
  • The irDAC lacks networking and streaming capability like some other DACs out there today, The DAC lacks balanced XLR outputs for those running such systems, While not a dealbreaker, it's nice to have a display showing the resolution of the track you're pl
  • In terms of performance, this unit is likely everything you'd want in a DAC under $1,000. It will breathe life into your music collection. While network streaming isn't possible, it's not exactly a reach to have a friend connect their phone to the dedicat...

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  Published: 2014-11-27, Author: Jay Garrett , review by: gadgetynews.com

  • Revellutions RC Police Car reviewReal James Bond inspired laser watch in action - videoDACs, or Digital Analogue Convertors, are really coming in to their own now with more-and-more audiophiles and music lovers acknowledging that their digital libraries c...

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  Published: 2014-06-02, Author: Kat Orphanides , review by: expertreviews.co.uk

  • Excellent sound quality, and we like the remote control, but great-sounding cheaper devices exist...

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  Published: 2014-02-20, Author: Ed Selley , review by: homecinemachoice.com

  • Abstract:  Having left the DAC market alone for the best part of twenty years, Arcam is making up for lost time with an increasingly extensive range. The latest arrival is the irDAC that replaces the earlier iDAC. While it looks similar, the irDAC boasts more inputs...

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  Published: 2014-01-17, Author: Ed Selley , review by: avforums.com

  • Excellent sound quality, Useful set of connections, Well built and handsome design
  • Slight lack of bass weight, No preamp or headphone functionality, Sounds a little ruthless with low bitrates
  • At a time when most companies are offering us DACs that are digital to analog convertors with something else in the mix - preamps, headphone amps, streamers etc, the irDAC is a model of simplicity. The Arcam is ‘just' a DAC but where it matters, it is a f...

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  Published: 2013-10-17, review by: whathifi.com

  • Tremendous sense of timing, A full-bodied, precise and punchy sound, Loads of detail, Wide selection of inputs, Excellent build quality
  • Cheap-feeling remote control
  • Some products are impressive from the moment they're powered up. The irDAC is one of those – the way it sucks you in and encourages to keep listening is a rare talent and one you can't afford to ignore. Former current class favourites such as the Music...

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  Published: 2013-11-08, review by: dgl.ru

  • Выдающаяся ритмичность; полнокровный, энергичный и точный звук; высокая детальность; большой выбор входов; качество изготовления
  • Дешевый на вид пульт ДУ
  • Исключительно талантливый ЦАП с невероятно музыкальным звучанием...

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