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Arcam rHead Headphone Amplifier

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We can't believe Arcam have done it for the price - a Class A headphone amplifier with a quality to detail and design usually found in models costing twice if not three times as much. A fine match for a variety of open and closed back headphones.

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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Arcam
Product Award HiFi Choice Recommended, HiFi Choice 5 Star

Tech Specs

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
Weight: 0.7Kg

Product Description

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 Tradition

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.

Purest Sound

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

Press Reviews

  • 'Arcam’s new rHead is designed to get the best from a serious pair of headphones, and David Price is suitably impressed.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)

  • 'Arcam’s first full-size headphone amplifier is singularly focused on sound. Features take a back seat, because it doesn’t have anything superfluous to the mission such as a DAC, USB or network connectivity.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)

  • 'It’s highly neutral sounding and doesn’t interfere with the signal it has to work with, nor does it show any fear of the headphones it is asked to drive. Strong, fast, detailed and dynamic, the rHead makes you want to keep on listening through to the early hours.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)

  • 'I keep coming back to its innate transient speed, which is all the more apparent through headphones with ultra-light transducers. This makes music a thrilling listen, yet it never displays so much as a hint of harshness.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)

  • 'An excellent all-rounder... It has every practical feature you need and is in a neat, unassuming yet effective package. Sonically the very model of transparency, it is musically satisfying and doesn’t shy from driving difficult headphones. What’s not to like?' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)

Customer Reviews

  • Steve

    6 Jul 2016

    I 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.
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