|Warranty length||2 Years|
Freq response: 10Hz - 20kHz
THD + Noise: 0.001% @2V, 32Ω load
SNR (A-weight): 109dB @2V, 32Ω load
Input levels: 0-4V (RCA), 0-8V (XLR)
Output: 2.0W, 16Ω/1.1W, 32Ω/0.13W, 300Ω
Impedance 16Ω - 600Ω, 3.5/6.35mm plug
Output impedance <0.5Ω
Power requires: 12V DC, 1.5A
Dimensions (WHD) 194 x 44 x 135mm
Arcam rHead is a class A headphone amplifier, initially launched at the Munich Hi-End Audio Show and more than capable of driving the most demanding of headphones.
Arcam has always been known for producing class-leading integrated amplifiers, all of which featured excellent headphone stages. The rHead continues that tradition moving into the highly specialised area of discrete analogue headphone amplification in a small, solidly and beautifully built unit designed to complement the audio system of any headphone lover.
The rHead is a true linear class A design, resulting in absolutely no crossover distortion for the purest sound. Extensive care has been taken to optimise the layout and areas like multiple ultra-low noise power supplies and a fully direct coupled signal path make a big difference.
Also, the volume control is an ultra-linear analogue resistive ladder device, as used in the flagship A49, which eliminates tracking errors which can be found in normal potentiometer-based volume controls.
Comprehensive protection systems prevent damage to the rHead while not interfering in any way with the ultimate reproduction of the sound - the rHead sounds amazingly natural and completely engaging and reveals the true character of any music that is played through it.
Both RCA and XLR inputs (switchable) are available, as well as both 3.5 and 6.35mm sockets, allowing for ultimate headphone listening flexibility.
- Audiophile class A headphone amplifier
- 3.5 and 6.35mm headphones supported
- RCA & XLR inputs supported
- Ultra-linear analogue volume control
- High-end audio circuitry
- Comprehensive protection systems
- Stylish cast aluminium casework
6 Jul 2016I took delivery of mine yesterday and connected it up to my IPOD / Cambridge ID100 digital dock / Dacmagic via the XLR outputs. Great sound which is improving by the hour through my Hifiman HE400i headphones. Better even than my MDAC with the same source,which is quite something. Much more volume capability too. Im hearing new details in the music which is smooth and unfatiguing. Very highly recommended,and great service from Mike at Audio Affair. I can see no reason to pay more for a dedicated headphone amp without venturing well into the realms of the esoteric and unaffordable.