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.
Key Features of the airDAC
- Add Airplay & UPnP to any system
- SPDIF and optical digital inputs
- 24 bit / 192 kHz resolution
- Class leading line-level output
- SPDIF output
- High-end audio circuitry
- Stylish cast aluminium case
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