The new irDAC-II continues the story adding Bluetooth connectivity, headphone output and DSD128 support. The irDAC-II comes packed with cutting edge technology and features that will benefit the most demanding users.
We have gained a lot of knowledge in DACs. Areas like isolation of the digital and analogue stages, ultralow noise power supplies and a direct-coupled signal path make a big difference.
We use the outstanding ESS Saber DAC to obtain performance that we believe will be unmatched in this price category. Jitter reduction is an obsession within our engineering team. They have applied their experience in the irDAC-II to produce a signal that is almost jitter free. The headphone output stage has become the most demanding of the A49 amplifiers. Both fixed and variable line outputs are also available, allowing for ultimate system building flexibility.
The irDAC-II is designed to be used in a digital system. This includes asynchronous USB and Bluetooth. All of the inputs can be controlled via the HID (Human Interface Device) control.
The rDAC marked Arcam's return to the audio DA converter market several years ago after we were the first company to make 1989 an external DAC. Based on the enormous success of the rDAC and the great feedback from enthusiastic users, our goal was to significantly improve design, performance and ease of use in a new model.
The irDAC, where the "IR" stands for the infrared remote control, owes much to the development work on the reference model FMJ D33 DAC.
We were able to equip the irDAC with state-of-the-art technology and a few special features that convince even the most demanding users. Significant improvements were achieved by isolating the digital and analog sections, the ultra-low noise power supply and a continuous coupled signal path. In addition, we use both the excellent Burr Brown 1796 DAC and eight separately regulated power supplies to guarantee unbeatable performance in this price segment. The jitter reduction is the hobby of our development team, who gained a lot of experience in this area of technology by working on the D33 and used it in the construction of the irDAC. Thus, we can output an almost jitter-free signal.
Supported sample rates:
- USB: 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz, 384kHz
- Optical: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
- Coaxial: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
- Bluetooth: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX: LL
- Bit Depth: 16: bit, 24: bit
- Headphone: 30Ω: 600Ω, 3.5mm plug
- Power requirements: 18W max
- Dimensions: W194 x H44 x D124mm
- Weight: 1.1kg
- EAN / UPC code: 5 060133 602545
- DAC: ESS ES9016K2M
- Input: USB, SPDIF, optical, Bluetooth
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/- 0.1dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: 0.0007%
- Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted): 117dB (24 bit)
- Maximum output level: 2.1V RMS