rDac and rDac KW
are a very fast growing part of the hi-fi industry,
for good reason. This is Arcam's new toy, the
rDac. And let us tell you, this thing is incredible!
Price for performance is simply astonishing.
is a DAC? Basically, anything that
plays digital music has to convert that digital
code into an analog signal. This is the sole
purpose of the DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).
iPods, computers, CD players all have DACs.
However, much like speakers or any other A/V
gear, it is obvious there is a performance difference
between models. The same goes with DACs. The
DAC in your iPod (while may be alright for it's
size and price) will not provide the quality
or musical fidelity even close to a good external
makes the rDac special? The "best"
DACs use Asynchronus USB technology. This technology
is designed to significantly reduce jitter.
The Arcam rDAC is the latest, and among the
most reasonably priced DAC to do so. We believe
in the performance so much that we are now using
the rDac with an Apple Powerbook on our reference
system with McIntosh components and Wilson speakers.
The simple combination of iTunes (Apple Lossless
music files) and the rDac will out-perform CD
players that cost in the multiple-thousands
it gets better. Is your computer in a completely
different room than your stereo system? No problem.
The Arcam rDac-KW is available. The KW is the
same as the standard rDac with wireless capability.
We know what you're thinking: "Are you
REALLY promoting a wireless music stream?"
Yes. Because it works, very very well. The r-Wave
is a USB wireless transmitter that connects
to your USB input on your computer. The transmitter
sends the digital signal to the rDac within
a distance of 30 meters! This works because
the signal is still digital until it reaches
the rDac. The r-Dac KW does all of the difficult
decoding, and you are listening to flaw-free
music on your stereo system. Want to have the
same function and convenience with an iPod?
The r-Wand takes care of that. The r-Wand plugs
into the bottom of your iPod and transmits to
the rDac KW. The range is 10m, a bit shorter
to conserve the battery life of your iPod. However,
you can use the iPod as a remote and a source
at the same time! How cool.
r-Wand and r-Wave retail for $99.95 each. When
purchased in conjunction with an rDac KW, the
price of the r-Wand or r-Wave is reduced by
always ask the "audio shop guys" what
we have, what we want, what's in our dream system.
This is in all of our dream systems. With such
a reasonable price, it'll likely make it to
our actual systems, and hopefully yours as well.
Come in and see and hear for yourself.
courtesy of Arcam
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