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Black Digital Pre-Amplifier/DAC

  • Bluetooth is for more than just hands-free headsets! Play music wirelessly to this unit from almost any phone or tablet, and many laptops too.
  • USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.
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  • Digital in: 2 optical, 2 coax
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Bluetooth is for more than just hands-free headsets! Play music wirelessly to this unit from almost any phone or tablet, and many laptops too.
USB sockets allow you to do all sorts of things. Most commonly you can play media stored on a flash drive, but some units can record to one too or connect accessories like video-calling cameras.
Digital in: 2 optical, 2 coax

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RRP £499 SAVE £200

NOW £299

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Free loan machine (Subject to availability. Only if taken back to store)
Should you encounter a problem, just ask and you'll be provided with a unit to ensure you're not without music whilst your equipment is being fixed.

Like for like machine if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it. Naturally, models do change so, while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications.

Free routine service / Maintenance checks
have your unit serviced as often as you wish, free of charge, during the 6 year period. (Normally excluded from extended guarantees).

45 day cooling off period
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Already a class-leader, the Arcam irDAC II is now better than ever.

Improved connectivity, including Bluetooth

With twin optical and twin coaxial digital inputs, the irDAC has always been one of the best connected DACs (Digital to Analogue Convertors). With these four inputs alone, you can easily connect up a TV, CD player, games console and DVD. Now featuring Bluetooth, it's easy to stream music from your smartphone or tablet as well.

High resolution support including DSD128
For the highest quality sound use the asynchronous USB, connect your PC or Mac and enjoy file streaming right up to 384 kHz or DSD128 High Resolution file support.

Now with headphone and variable outputs
Other great new features with the irDAC II include a headphone socket and variable output. The headphone socket means you don't even have to have a hi-fi system to enjoy first-rate audio. Simply connect to your computer, plug in your headphones and you're in audio Nirvana. The variable output means you can also use the DAC as a digital pre-amp and plug it straight into a power amp or active speakers.

Better than ever sound quality
The most compelling reason for buying a separate DAC is enhanced sound quality, and it's here where the irDAC II really excels. The heart of the irDAC II now features the renowned ESS Sabre DAC. The same DAC that graces hi-fi and AV electronics costing thousands of pounds gives the irDAC II the same precise, incisive sound that doesn't miss an ounce of detail. Other features such as an ultra-low noise power supply and isolated digital and analogue signals further improve the sound to give class-leading realism.

With all the connectivity you could ever need, including Bluetooth and a headphone socket, the Arcam irDAC II is all the DAC you'll ever need.

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Connection Features
Coaxial Digital Input
Number of coaxial digital inputs? This is the electrical type that uses an RCA phono or BNC connection.
Optical Digital Input
Number of Optical Digital Inputs? This is the optical light type of input that uses a Toslink connection
USB Input
Does the DAC have a USB Input? This allows connection of a PC/Mac or other media device. Wireless connection possible if stated.
Headphone Socket
Does the DAC have a headphone output?
XLR Balanced Outputs
Balanced XLR outputs offer a professional grade connection with minimal interference
Optical Digital Output
Does it have an optical digital output? Optical digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Coaxial Digital Output
Does it have coaxial digital output? Coaxial digital output for digital recording or using with a digital amplifier
Networking Features
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
General Features
Size of unit (W x D x H) mm
194 x 124 x 44
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
ARCAM irDAC II is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent purchase Whilst no longer a technical tour de force as ESS has now released the Sabre 930 Pro dac, at the price offered I consider this an excellent purchase. The irDAC II is being in second system consisting of inputs from a Sky box, Sony TV & iMac driving active speakers via the variable outputs. Just one caveat , aptX hardware has to be present in both sender and the receiver to get the benefit , so iPhone users are left in the cold.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arcam irdac Great bit of kit I can recommend this and will to my customers
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didn't work with Apple Express I purchased the Arcam to work via the mini toslink output from the Apple Express to the optical input on the Arcam. Unfortunately their appears to be some incompatibility as a reliable signal could not be maintained. I therefore had to return the Arcam to Richer Sounds. As such I couldn't recommend this product for use with an Apple Express but it may be suitable for use with other sources. There were no issue regarding the return and the staff handled the situation very professionally so I would have no hesitation in using Richer Sounds in the future.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great unit - but Make no mistake, this looks and feels like a well made, quality product. Connected to my Blu-Ray player and Audiolab amplifier, the sound was excellent. It also includes a very good headphone amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity. But it did not work properly with my new Samsung UHD TV. Connected to the TV's optical port, the sound suffered frequent dropouts. These did not occur when the TV was connected to a different (much cheaper!) DAC or a soundbar, so I have to presume the Arcam was faulty. At the price it costs, I expected better and have returned it for a refund. As always, Richer Sounds were extremely helpful and attended to the issue without delay.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime Like most Arcam stuff, this has a lovely rich, full bodied and detailed sound. It draws instruments out as musical objects and not noise sources, and provides soundstage and layering to the instruments. Classical and acoustic music is sublime. Tried the Dacmagic 100 at the same time and this is leagues ahead. The DM provides clarity and detail, but doesn't render the full sound of music being created. Great service from Bristol an Bath guys as ever.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from incompatable I'm sure this is a fabulous product but just be aware that this product in incompatable with Naim Amplifiers. - All to do with different earthing systems apparently. Returned the item after a couple of visits to the shop. Not recommended for Naim Owners !!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds amazing I have the irdac 2 connected to cxa80' and bronze 6s I have to say the sound quality is superb, It definitely has the edge on my ca cxn. One thing I found out from arcam is the dac plays dsd 64 128. NATIVE. no down sample. the chip decodes . Pure and simple. Would have give it 10 stars, ha ran out of stars.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Answer to a prayer I run Threhold SA1's through Martin Logan Monolith electrostatics. The ability to connect and play digital High Def. music wirelessly through my system is an answer to a prayer. The results have been outstanding. My digital source is the superb Sony ZX-2 and now I can play my digital favourites wirelessly through the irDAC II connected to my pre-amp. Thanks Arcam...
Date published: 2017-01-14
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