Arcam rHead Headphone Amp

Arcam rHead

Headphone Amp

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For the purest sound from your headphones, the Arcam rHead delivers a Class-A performance.

Highest quality Class-A sound

Expensive and difficult to design to a high standard, the Arcam rHead uses a true linear, Class-A amplifier design. Like the best Class-A design, it gives the rHead a wonderfully pure sound that's free from harshness. Using multiple, ultra-low noise power supplies and a directly couple signal path, the rHead also boasts astonishingly low levels of distortion and background noise, meaning that every subtle nuance of music can clearly be heard.

Drives all headphones
With its strong current output, the rHead effortlessly drives even the toughest headphones, making the most of their full dynamic range. With both 3.5mm and 6.35mm outputs, sound-degrading convertor sockets are unnecessary.

Precision volume control
Derived from the £4000 flagship A49 amp, the volume control uses a resistive ladder device for the most precise and accurate volume on both left and right channels.

Comprehensive protection system
To protect the rHead and your headphones, a comprehensive protection system is fitted. Unlike cruder protection systems, the rHead's system doesn't in anyway interfere with the sound quality.

Balanced inputs
You can connect the rHead up to your source by standard RCA phonos or professional grade, balanced XLR inputs. XLR inputs offer the highest grade of analogue sound connectivity.

Treat your prized headphones to the match they deserve, treat them to the Arcam rHead.

Click here for link to our blog review

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Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
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We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

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For the purest sound from your headphones, the Arcam rHead delivers a Class-A performance.

Highest quality Class-A sound

Expensive and difficult to design to a high standard, the Arcam rHead uses a true linear, Class-A amplifier design. Like the best Class-A design, it gives the rHead a wonderfully pure sound that's free from harshness. Using multiple, ultra-low noise power supplies and a directly couple signal path, the rHead also boasts astonishingly low levels of distortion and background noise, meaning that every subtle nuance of music can clearly be heard.

Drives all headphones
With its strong current output, the rHead effortlessly drives even the toughest headphones, making the most of their full dynamic range. With both 3.5mm and 6.35mm outputs, sound-degrading convertor sockets are unnecessary.

Precision volume control
Derived from the £4000 flagship A49 amp, the volume control uses a resistive ladder device for the most precise and accurate volume on both left and right channels.

Comprehensive protection system
To protect the rHead and your headphones, a comprehensive protection system is fitted. Unlike cruder protection systems, the rHead's system doesn't in anyway interfere with the sound quality.

Balanced inputs
You can connect the rHead up to your source by standard RCA phonos or professional grade, balanced XLR inputs. XLR inputs offer the highest grade of analogue sound connectivity.

Treat your prized headphones to the match they deserve, treat them to the Arcam rHead.

Click here for link to our blog review
Analogue RCA Inputs 1 RCA and 1 XLR
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 194 x 135 x 44
Weight (KG) 0.71
Brand Arcam
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the price, amazing I listen through headphones a lot. Until I bought this, I'd been listening through the headphone out from an A/V amp. Sounded OK until I bought this Arcam, then I realised how much better a dedicated amp could sound. The sound is spacious, organised, proper bass and very detailed with greater extension. Love it, recommend it to anyone who is looking for this type of product.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for classical music. I bought a new set of hi-fi separates at the start of 2017 including this amp (NOT from Richer Sounds), and Shure SRH1540 headphones. -- The sound was way better than my expectations, and included a deep, wide sound-stage in which I could hear tones, "textures", and silences between the instruments (and in "the foreground") for the first time, even the quieter original sounds, -- over about 12 months however there has been a noticeable deterioration -- loss of sound quality and detail. - - I have done two things to my amp that made it a "suspect". First I had an accident where the headphone cable got caught on furniture and "yanked" the jack-plug 45 degrees to the amp (but I reinserted it at the correct 90 degrees using a bit of "determination"). -- Secondly, I have left the amp switched on for VERY long periods of time -- my reasoning was that I'd get a better sound from a warm unit, and that as the switch is at the back, and it's only 12 volts going into it, - and that there is a built-in overheat warning light ( - but it's never come on) - I thought it would do no harm !! -- - Because the amp is now available at half the original price, I have bought a new one from Richer Sounds, and yes, the sound is wonderful again, - I would say restoring 75% of the loss of sound quality. -- I must try to make the effort to write to Arcam to see if they would like to study my first one (for R+D). --- The volume control is wonderful, allowing tiny adjustments to be made to very good effect. -- The loudest treble sounds of orchestral strings (en-masse) are a bit too harsh (etc) for me, BUT I get the same effect at a live concert !! -- Listening to POP, I'm getting mixed results ( - including VERY good !) from CDs of varying quality (manufacturing and recording quality, I think) and from my Marantz CD6006 player (original version) - sometimes the vocals seem unreasonably "recessed or submerged", but I have reason to think that this effect partly originates with the CD player. -- I don't think this amp is for heavy-metal fans, but I LOVE it !!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and clear sound Updating my system: headphone HD700 (150 ohms); DAC DACMAGIC PLUS. I connected the DAC and this amplifier by XLR. In this case, I can not tell the difference between RCA and XLR. ADVANTAGES: 1. Silence: No background noise heard at maximum volume, 2. Powerful: More Dynamic when listening symphony or ACG music, 3. Good industry design: Compact, perfect volume control smooth like silk. DISADVANTAGES: 1. No RCA or XLR output; 2. Interfering noise: When your phone gets closer than 40cm, you will hear the noise. Generally, it has a good sound quality especially considering the price.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear as a Bell Writing this review three weeks after purchasing the ARCAM rHead this amp does require some burn in time, first impressions were to return it. The treble sounded exaggerated as if played back through a badly adjusted equaliser. This settled down fairly quickly with playback back very much in line with the on line published reviews, smooth without exaggeration to any frequency, maintaining timing with no detectable distortion. Clear as a bell ! The above is based on listening through AKG550 headphones which are neutral, although not the best to take full advantage of this amp, I suppose. Recommend that you contact Richer Sounds for more info. I have found them very helpful though the years in providing unbiased knowledgeable advice and willing to accommodate demos.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Amp First off when I took this unit out of the box, I was surprised how solid and heavy it is. The casing is obviously made of a thick heavy steel and the base doesn't have feet but is a full rubber bottom. The sound is actually not the improvement I was expecting. In that I thought it would make all my headphones sound better, not the case. It's more complicated than that. Most of my headphones are £100 or less and the Sennheiser HD518 isn't I feel a good match for it. Drum sounds are too fatiguing and vocals can sometimes be in your face. So another headphone is necessary, probably a much more expensive set.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, not great. Headphone output from a new cd player really not thumped by this Arcam headphone amp, and it really should be.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Built like a Tank; Goes like a Ferrari! Makes any headphones perform well. Can drive two sets at the same time without any change in performance such is its capability. Driven off the tape output of my Naim preamp, I need to get a pair of Shure 1540 to reach valhalla! Oh, and I only listen to vynyl for serious listening, much of it 40 years old!
Date published: 2017-02-18
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Arcam Headphone Amp is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 7.
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6 Year Supercare £16.85

Add our Supercare to your basket when you check out. We'll cover your items for 6 years and give you your money back if unused.

6 YEAR SUPERCARE COSTS JUST £9.99 ON ALL ITEMS UNDER £100, OR 10% OF PURCHASE PRICE ON ANYTHING OVER £100.

We think you’ll agree that our Supercare guarantee offers fantastic value. What’s more, if you don’t use our it in the 6 year period, we’ll refund the cost of it. You really can’t say fairer than that!
Plus, if we can’t fix a fault, we will give you a like-for-like replacement.
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Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge