The airDAC is the latest addition to the rSeries and allows you to network any audio system to an Apple Airplay® enabled music source. The airDAC is the only audiophile quality Airplay enabled device in the market and also features a secondary digital audio input. It has a SPDIF output that can be connected to a reference quality DAC like the Arcam FMJ D33.
The Arcam rSeries products are all about getting the best sound from any digital device. These products can be used with any audio system and are a brilliant way to bringing 21st century tech into your home.
The airDAC benefits from Arcam's more than twenty years of digital audio expertise and use the finest quality parts in a layout that is optimised for low noise and distortion. A dejittering design that Arcam have used in many of the reference class FMJ products is applied to all inputs. The four-layer PCB allows our designers to maximise the quality of the ground plane in order to further reduce interference between components. The use of multiple low noise separately regulated power supplies ensures that we get the cleanest signal to the audiophile quality output stage.
The airDAC's WiFi is compatible with 802.11 b/g/n but it also hosts a wired Ethernet (RJ45) connector for the most reliable results from your network. It comes in an elegant cast aluminium enclosure that reduces microphony effects and has a non-slip rubber base.
Once a very hit and miss affair, UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) is now reliable and easy for non-experts to install and use, so we have added it to our range of streaming options.
Also, the cost of data storage has fallen massively in recent years and the reliability of these mass-storage devices has improved greatly allowing music lovers to access and navigate their often large music collections with surprising speed and convenience.
Our latest iPhone/iPad app - Songbook - is a UPnP music player that can be downloaded FREE from the Apple App Store and used with your airDAC. Android users can use a number of UPnP music players such as PlugPlayer and Bubble.
UPnP offers the possibility of playing lossless files up to 24bit / 96kHz in resolution (currently AirPlay is restricted to playing Apple Lossless files up to 16bit / 48kHz). These can be streamed via UPnP to the airDAC from your computer, NAS drive or Music Server.
In addition you can use AirPlay with iDevices running iOS7, to send music to your Hi-Fi system from Internet radio services like vTuner and TuneIn Radio, as well as music streaming services like Spotify and Qobuz.
The airDAC is one of the simplest ways to enjoy your favourite music from your UPnP device, iPhone®/iPad® or computer running iTunes® and brings Arcam quality sound to a whole new generation of music lovers.
- DAC: TI PCM5102
- Inputs: Airplay / UPnP, SPDIF (Coax), Toslink Optical
- Frequency response: 10Hz — 20kHz, ±0.1dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.002%
- Signal-to-noise ratio (A –Weighted): 106dB (24-bit)
- Line output level: 2.15Vrms
- Supported sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
- Bit depth: 16-bit, 24-bit
- Power requirements: 7W max
- Dimensions (wxdxh, mm): 190 x 120 x 44
- Weight: 1.1kg
What can I plug into my DAC?
DAC's will usually have a number of inputs. Coaxial and Toslink Optical are the most common, while USB is still also very common.
The Optical and Coaxial connections can have a CD player, network streamer, television, dvd/blu-ray disc player, game console, and some computers.
The USB input can handle pretty much any kind of computer, or a phone with the appropriate adapter (OTG for android, Camera Connect Kit for iOS devices).
What is a DAC?
Every digital device with an analog output has a Digital to Analog Converter of some kind. In the case of phones, televisions, and computers, they are usually stuck on as an afterthought, or just to do the job of creating analog sound to be amplified and played through speakers.
Having a standalone DAC is a worthwhile investment in any modern Hi-Fi system, essentially all the circuitry involved in creating that signal you can hear from the 1's and 0's is housed in its own box, with usually a much better design than what you would find in your television or computer.
A DAC can be useful to connect digital devices to an analog amplifier if the amplifier doesn't have digital inputs. Or if you are after a cleaner, more refined sound.
Things to listen for in higher quality DAC's are separation of sounds (how well you can hear a single voice or instrument in the mix of all the others), "textures" of sounds (raspyness of a bow being drawn across the strings of a double bass), or the clarity of echo's and quiet noises among loud instruments.