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Acoustic Research AR M2 Portable High Res Music Player


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RRP: £899.00


An award winning portable high res music player with a built-in dynamic headphone amplifier, allowing you to properly drive IEMs or full size headphones without a separate amp.

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Condition: Brand new in original retail packaging

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Brand Acoustic Research
Product Award HiFi Choice Recommended

Tech Specs


- Battery: Built-in rechargable
- Type: Lithium Polymer 3.7v
- Power Source: USB, AC/DC (5V 2A)





- Headphones: 3.5mm Stereo Jack
- Line Out: 3.5mm Stereo Jack
- Connection: Micro USB Jack
- USB Drive: 2.0 Hi-speed capable
- Wireless: LAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4Ghz)



- Capacity: About 55GB
- Memory Expansion: MicroSD Card
- Supports: SD/SDHC/SDXC up to 128GB



- DAC: Burr-Brown PCM1794a 
- Playback time: Up to 9 hours
- Dimensions (HWD): 136.5 x 71.1 x 15mm
- Weight: 245g

Product Description

The revolutionary Acoustic Research AR-M2 portable music player is designed for the discerning audiophile with tactile playback control and a 5" OGS multi-touch HD screen to take your music listening experience to a whole new level.

High Res Audio Refined

Using the premium grade Burr-brown PCM1794A DAC, the finest high-slew rate internal headphone amplifier along with isolated digital and analogue stage, the ARM2 holds the ability to release the full potential of high-resolution music clips via high end headphone while eliminating the need for an external headphone amplifier.

Format Support

The portable music player features comprehensive support including dual high-precision crystal oscillators for different resolution media formats including WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, APE, DSD, and DXD. The built in flash memory has a capacity of 64GB and the unit offers flexible storage expansion through Micro SD and USB.

Pleasure to Use

Giving up to 9 hours of continuous high fidelity music playback thanks to the 4000mAH Li-Polymer battery, the Acoustic Research AR M2 is an all-in-one music player for a genuine audiophile music experience on the go.

With an elegant copper/aluminium chassis, the ARM2 is WiFi enabled for streaming and updates and also provides the ability to load android music apps and streaming via Spotify and other similar services.

Matching Case

We also sell the matching Acoustic Research CCM2 Folio style case to protect your player.  

Press Reviews

  • 'When it comes to sonic quality...the AR-M2 does a terrific job in terms of sheer clarity and headroom, and without a doubt it’s at its most revealing with DSD tracks. Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor (Allegro) for example, sounds simply superb with sumptuously textured cellos that sound so sublime they hypnotise and beguile you. The violins too, are expertly presented with real verve and sparkle...Switch to rock music and you may have to alter the EQ setting from the range of presets. I find the kettle drum in Peter Gabriel’s Red Rain (24/48) over extended and in need of tempering. You can’t argue with the detail, though, especially in the higher frequencies. Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved (a 24/96 download from Linn) is an inspired blend of percussion, guitar and mesmerising vocals that the AR-M2 presents adeptly. You just need to find the right EQ for the bass, which can be incredibly meaty' (Hi-Fi Choice magazine)

  • ' terms of performance, it has undoubtedly got the tools to extract every last bit of sonic goodness out of your hi-res music collection...Capable of top-notch sound from all formats...a class act' (Hi-Fi Choice magazine)

  • 'The M2 has wi-fi and a web browser, so you can surf the internet while listening to music. In the absence of the Play Store you can download and install APK files from streaming services like Spotify onto the M2. Otherwise, transferring files from your laptop is a simple case of drag-and-drop.' (What Hi-Fi magazine June 2015)

  • 'FOR Superb weight to sound; stylish build; extensive file compatibility; that volume dial...
    VERDICT Expensive, but sounds fantastic - the best high-res player we've heard so far' (What Hi-Fi magazine June 2015)

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