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Arcam rHead Headphone Amp

Arcam rHead Headphone Amp

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Twice now I have bid to purchase this at the lowest drop price ($465 + $9 shipping, then $425 with free shipping), but both those drops were unsuccessful. Perhaps $399 with free shipping will garner enough buyers to make it happen. Considering this is $599 on Amazon, this is a pretty good deal. I would try again.
No gain control? Will it drive accurately a 18 ohm headphone as well as a 65 ohm one or a 300 ohm one? It is optimized with what headphone impedance?
How would this amp handle a hungry planar?
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nope, just the sound signature, output stays at (quite incredible) 6W. But it can change sound signature significantly. Many people say that Lyr is not that good, but just because they stayed with basic stock tubes. I have tried 4 other pairs (2x some soviet tubes from 60´s, Sylvania for 30$ a pair and EH 6922 Gold for 60$ a pair. Soviet ones were a bit too bassy, Sylvania too bright and EHs are perfect.
Mynny
Thanks again. Gotta empty the wallet.
Can it use at 240V voltage
220v EU compatible?
I'm on the fence here. Explain to me: why should I choose this over say, a schiit mjolnir 2 or jotunheim? The lack of a balanced 4pin xlr input is extremely disappointing. Where's the warranty information? Despite arcam's reputation and history, they're extremely overpriced imo.
Like chord, British made products are completely overpriced.
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Schiit is well regarded in the audiophile community. They're certainly not overhyped imo. Schiit offers plenty of choices/price points which makes their products accessible to the budget oriented consumer. That certainly doesn't make them "overhyped". Anecdotal experience should never be the deciding factor for others. Have you demo'd schiits endgame stack? It's a far cry from their entry level stuff, mate. Also, there's no such thing as "mid-fi" or "summit-fi". You've coined those terms from too much head-fi lol...
And for the record, I don't own any schiit products. My endgame is an oppo ha-1.
schiithead
I agree their products are good, just not great or best performance at their price points. I'be own some of them and had extensive audition on the rest. I want them to do well as I like their design and p ice but unfortunately their relatively low price is reflective of their performance. I've not heard their flagship products so i shall not comment on those.
Again I'm not saying they are bad, just definitely not the best in the class at they are at. If you could find time to try them first hand, you'll most likely share my findings.
on the topic of this arcam amp, I'm very curious about it. On paper, it looks like a better amp than jotinheim. It has class A topology while jotinheim is not. Ive always find class A products to sound significantly superior.
You are not going to get steep discounts from Arcam. They know they are the very best in the industry and the best never has to compete on price. I have this amp mounted under a shelf that hold my headphones and an interconnect to my DAP. Someday I might consider a standalone DAC but the current combo is the most brilliant I've ever had. If you have a pair of hard-to-drive large diaphragm cans or three or four of them, they will like thIs amp. I use HD600s for live acoustic or small combo studio acoustic and classical recordings. Basically anything recorded direct to 2-track master. Several nice closed back cans for bigger music and amplified live or studio recordings.
They all love the Arcam headphone amp. It grabs large drivers with a grip and control only big horsepower can manage, but with all that punch in reserve, Arcam still manages to get this thing to sound as delicate as one of those underpowered SET amps the Klipschorn guys use
Love it, love it, love it. Worth 4 bills and change all day long if you're a music lover.
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Look up Arcam and you will find they do things their way. They hew to sound principles of electrical engineering but they lay out their own topography on every design.
Don't believe me, go ask someone who repairs high end equipment.
PACoug
I don't know why you're so adamant at defending arcam. That really begs the question, why not just admit you're affiliated with them? Fact of the matter is, people on here think their prices are ridiculous when looking at other alternatives. The rHead says "designed in the UK". Alright, nice... What about where it was built? What about their warranty policy? There's a few reasons people aren't purchasing this.
1) Review sample size: there isn't a big enough sample.
2) Lots of plastic for a "premium product".
and finally, 3) Lack of inputs and low output power seems lackluster in comparison to the schiit jot.
People have a right to be skeptical, it's their money after all...
Arcam is great and the reviews of this have me tempted. But it looks like no preouts? I dont know if I can justify the $$$ without
if i did not already have the Grace, i would jump on this. Amp only (no DAC) but balanced, so that is very nice. this is a very nice amp and well worth the money. Don't try to compare it to your O2, this is a completely different league...
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No worries man, thanks for the reply. Your confusion mirrors mine: why have balanced inputs with two single ended outputs. I think maybe worth an email to ArCam - I'll report back :-)
thank you for the clarification!
This amp made innerfidelty's wall of fame. Surely that has to account for something.
Do I understand that this drop never was? Maybe the pricing was a bit stiff at first, and still a bit high after a price drop by Massdrop. I would have joined the drop at a better discount pricing, probably at 400$ or less...
Now featured at InnerFidelity Wall of Fame (plus there is review there as well): http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-headphone-amplifiers#dL6VfkXe78KdSq6P.97
(no connection with the site)
Reading some earlier comments, I just want to clarify to ARCAM's class 'A'. If they say class 'A' that is what it is. Class G qualifies the use of 'A' to 'AB' switching at higher power levels. This is found on their power amps and receivers. I have one which runs class 'A' to 35 Watts and class 'AB' to 125 Watts. The idea is to mitigate heat and wasted energy which would not be cost effective on a headphone amplifier. The build quality on my receiver is top notch however they tend to be more focused on sound vs. features. With that said i have it connected to B&W CM10's and whether its Vivaldi or Tool the music sounds as if it's been blessed by God.
Good news, all! After speaking with our vendor, we're able to offer a lower price for the rHead.
Pretty low output power for the price....
Knob looks a bit cheap, is this plastic?
No mention of input voltage. Is the power supply a universal type?
Personally, if I was going to spend this kind of money on an amp I'd expect fairly top-notch design and build quality as well as great sound. The fact that the power and input select switches are both on the back is poor design (I guess they expect owners to only connect one of the inputs at a time). And that they've used a cheap looking slider switch for the input select makes me wonder what other corners they've cut in order to save a few pennies on the manufacturing cost?
And finally I hope it looks better in real life than it does in the product photos here, because the case looks more like cheap plastic than 'stylish cast aluminum' to me.
My last remark was my personal opinion of what the case looks like in the product photos used in the drop. My post contains opinions, impressions and speculation based purely on the information provided in this drop, but no assumptions.
Is this amp worth the price difference with the Schiit Asgard (which is far less expensive and somewhat comparable, both are class A amp with discreet components, no ICs, without an integrated DAC). The Arcam has a better brand name and reputation, is more powerfull on paper, but is it worth the price difference? The Asgard at its regular price is about half the price of this drop...
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The arcam is a class A design amp... What's the difference between a "pure" class A design and a class A design? They're both the same, mate. With that said, the arcam doesn't get as hot as the asgard. Don't take my word for it though. This is something that you'll have to experience for yourself.
plusEV
Yes they are both class A amps, although I have read somewhere in a review that Arcam's design operates in class AB at higher levels. The design might be a little different. I said pure in the sense that most class AB amps have some limited capacity to drive in a class A mode when driven at lower levels. And you may be right that Arcam's design yields to lower operating temperature than Schiit's in its Class A designs. But it is very "normal" for class A designs to operate and to dissipate a lot of heat. Maybe Arcam's design dissipates heat in a better way or maybe Arcam's design of class A implementation is different than Schiit's. In any case, I find that Arcams are more expensive and while maybe being superior I find the price difference more important than the quality diffrence may justify. Importation costs and duty fees may explain part of the price difference. Quality in itself may explain the other part of the price difference, and the brand name / reputation of Arcam may also add a few $ in the final pricing. If Massdrop could chop another 100$ or so to the price I would probably fall in this drop... One last thing: why isn't this amp having an ajustable gain selector like most headphone amps to adjust to different kind of headphones with different impedance loads?
would be interesting to audition next to a schiit jotunheim. the jot seems like a better value.
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BTW Schiit themselves recommend using a USB hub or buying their wyrd as a fix in the troubleshooting section under DAC problems
WhiteKnite
Huh, I checked and you are correct, Schiit recommends using a hub with the kinds of problems you are experiencing. That's........just strange to me.
Now that I look into the problem, I also don't really understand why it's not affecting me as well o.0 It looks like it should be....
Not sure if it will help, but you can try installing ASUS AI Charger. Probably not, but worth a shot. http://event.asus.com/mb/2010/ai_charger/
The rebate is not that impressive, but I guess Arcam products are usually not discounted very often and very much.
Well this seems like a good price for an amp that was just released a few months ago (compared to many amps and amp/dacs offered by Massdrop that are two or three years old).
This amp is 299 pounds on amazon uk. Much better price for european shoppers.
Where is it made?
upec
"Designed in the UK" I estimate it is assembled in China
Beautiful piece of hardware!