We're all playing more music from computers - stored on their hard drives or streamed from online services such as Spotify – but Macs and PCs simply aren't optimised for audio enjoyment.
The rPAC is a pocket-sized solution. It features hi-fi-grade hardware and software engineering, specifically designed to enhance your laptop or desktop listening. From low-bitrate internet radio to better-than-CD-quality downloads, you'll hear more of the music you love.
And it's not just about music: the rPAC can boost all your computer entertainment, from gaming and movies to catch-up TV services, such as BBC iPlayer and Sky Go.
Simply connect the rPAC to your computer (Windows XP, 7 or Mac OSX - please note Linux is not supported by the rPAC) using the supplied USB cable, then either on to an audio system via a standard RCA lead (also included), or out to headphones. Lovers of the latter are well served by the rPAC, which features a high-quality headphone amp, complete with volume controls.
It's that simple. No batteries or mains needed. We even give you a carry case to help you on your way to better audio, anywhere.
Using a digital to analogue converter (DAC) normally found in very high end HiFi components and Arcam’s world-class audio circuitry, the rPAC takes audio files stored on a MAC or PC and delivers converts them into beautiful music with stunning clarity and precision. Its USB power system means no “wall wart” PSU is needed and the choice of line level output or headphones socket allows you to share the musical enjoyment with friends or keep it all to yourself!
The rPAC will sit discreetly beside any desktop or laptop computer and is constructed using a durable, precision cast aluminum case. Designed for music lovers everywhere it is ideal for the home, office or on the road.
- DAC - TI PCM5102
- Input - USB (Asynchronus)
- 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
- Headphone output power - 138mW
- Headphone signal-to-noise ratio - 98dB
- Power requirements - 2.5W max
- Dimensions (wxdxh, mm) 100 x 62 x 25
- Weight 300g
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.