Arcam irDAC High Performance SPDIF/Optical/USB/ipod Digital to Analog Converter

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Arcam re-entered the audio DAC market with the introduction of the rDAC a few years ago. This concept was not new to Arcam as we were the first company to launch an outboard DAC way back in 1989. Building on the rDAC’s success and incorporating feedback from enthusiastic rDAC owners it was clear that our engineering team could produce an enhanced design that would raise the performance bar and improve ease of use by a significant margin over the rDAC. 

The irDAC, so called because it now has infra-red remote control,owes much to the work that was done on the reference D33 DAC. The irDAC comes packed with cutting edge technology and features that will benefit the most demanding user. We have gained a lot of knowledge developing the class leading FMJ D33. Areas like isolation of the digital and analogue stages, ultra-low noise power supplies and a direct coupled signal path make a big difference. We use the outstanding Burr Brown 1796 DAC as well as 8 separately regulated power supplies to ensure class leading performance that we believe will be unmatched in this price category. Jitter reduction is an obsession within our engineering team. They have learnt a huge amount about this technology from the D33 and have applied this experience in the irDAC to produce a signal that is almost jitter free. 

The irDAC is designed to be the heart of a digital system and can be connected to a host of different types of digital sources and connections. This includes asynchronous USB and a direct iPod input that that takes the digital signal direct from an Apple device to optimise the sound quality. All of the inputs can be controlled through an IR remote that will also control PC, MACs and iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® via the HID(Human interface device) control . 


Technical Specifications 


TI PCM1796 


USB, SPDIF, Optical, iPod 

Frequency response 

10Hz — 20kHz, ±0.1dB 

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 


Signal-to-noise ratio (A –Weighted) 

112dB (24-bit) 

Line output level 


Supported sample rates 

44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz 

Bit depth 

16-bit, 24-bit 

Power requirements 

7W max 

Dimensions (wxdxh, mm) 

160 x 100 x 40 


5 lbs


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