Arcam expands personal Hi-Fi range with zero distortion Class-A rHead headphone amp

posted on Thursday, 4th August 2016 by Steve May

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Arcam has expanded its personal hi-fi line-up with the rHead, a Class-A headphone amplifier. First shown at Munich’s High-End, it joins the irDAC-II and MusicBOOST.

Retailing for £399, the rHead has been designed by Arcam founder John Dawson to offer zero cross-over distortion and noise. There are 3.5mm and 6.25mm headphone outputs  Headphone output power is rated at 2W with a 16 Ohm load,  1.1W (32 Ohm load) and 0.13W (300? load).  It is, say the brand, able to drive even the most demanding of headphones.

The rHead measures 194 x 44 x 135mm (w/h/d) and weighs just 71kg. 

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Inside the die cast metal case, is an “extensively optimized” 2-layer fibreglass PCB and multiple low noise power supplies, with a fully direct coupled signal path from the volume control.

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The rHead borrows the ultra-linear resistive-ladder analogue volume control from the brand’s A49 amplifier, and supports both a phono socket and balanced XLR inputs. There’s also a vibration damped non-slip rubber base. 

For more news about Arcam’s Hi-Fi and AV range, visit our partner page here.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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