Arcam airdac in the Test

The Arcam wants to be not only a compact, good-sounding D/A converter airDAC. With AirPlay, he wants to open up also wireless sources.

The Arcam an external D/A converter, which leaked via a coaxial or an opto input, transferred to the analogue digital music, and emits them via high level line output to a pre-amp or integrated amplifier is airDAC. Thanks to AirPlay can the Arcam also appropriately equipped (mobile) devices on the HiFi stream music.

What but then still the network input? To configure, you can learn in the eight languages written quick start introduction; However, there is not a comprehensive instruction. The airDAC makes with a so-called Web-interface, so that all settings via Internet browser can be distinguished. It is just stupid that the address specified in the quick start guide does not work – with the error message “Server disconnected” in the browser. Perhaps a reset helps. So, we follow the guidelines of the Quick Start Guide: device turn off and turn on again with the reset button and wait ten seconds. Then hopefully, release the reset button – the error message still comes. And what do we do now?

At the AVM FRITZ! Box, there is the possibility to show the footbridge in the home network devices in the browser. This is the Salvation: the Arcam airDAC is listed here, and indeed, with one click, its Web interface appears. Under a different IP address, itself. As well, that the AVM FRITZ! Box offers such a service.

But so right smart Web interface does not: like switches you to, for example, between optical and coaxial input? After some browsing to find the solution at the end of the Quick Start Guide: the Arcam airDAC has an automatic input selection and depending on the active source on the corresponding input with priority order AirPlay coaxial optical switches.

As befits a decent test, he wants to be carried with current firmware. There’s even a firmware-update button in the airDAC Web interface: Unfortunately no automatic search is carried out, as we are now used to. Instead, there comes the question of where the appropriate firmware update file on the computer is stored. In other words: check on the Arcam website is translated at least fairly decent. Each track is missing but firmware updates.

For even the reference to the free iOS app Songbook can be found on the Arcam website. To make that right, a few interesting screenshots for the booklet. But it’s not going: first of all it says on the iTunes store “article in the American iTunes store only available”. There, the message “Currently not available.” but then Why is necessary because even a UPnP-compatible iOS app when it comes with AirPlay but anyway? Oh: AirPlay is limited to 24-bit/48-kHz playback.

But still three things remain unresolved, which are highlighted in the promotional flyer for the Arcam airDAC. Since the option would be “stands for “Access Point”. first And how does it work? In AP mode enabled, you need neither computer nor network router that the Arcam is then even one. In other words: he receives the music directly via Wi-FI from a Smartphone or tablet, and it converts the analog outputs on the amplifier – like air play for all. Actually quite simple, just this operation manual for less IT inflicted should be at least partially described. AP-mode”, which stands for “Access Point”. And how does it work? In AP mode enabled, you need neither computer nor network router that the Arcam is then even one. In other words: he receives the music directly via Wi-FI from a Smartphone or tablet, and it converts the analog outputs on the amplifier – like air play for all. Actually quite simple, just this operation manual for less IT inflicted should be at least partially described.

The same applies to the playback via UPnP network. No word in the manual what you need or how to proceed to the Arcam airDAC be defined renderer. In our UPnP Twonky server the Arcam as renderer didn’t show up anyway.

Confusion reigns at the maximum processed sampling rates: while the flyers in the intro speaks kHz resolution of 24-bit/192-, the technical data later specify a maximum of 96 kilohertz sampling rate. The function test proved however: he can convert 192 kilohertz.

So might the Arcam airDAC indeed a fine device. Its hardware offers the best requirements anyway: he has a stable, low-jitter PLL circuit that pulses the good D/A converter chip PCM 5102 (which could handle even 384 kHz) – a great team with the Wolfson WM 8804.

Lively, airy sound

In the listening test, the Arcam struck it very well: compared to the AMI very estimated in this class music DDH-1 was the airDAC a little free, while the AMI as a whole played a track full pressure and with slightly more impact.

Very nicely managed the DAC air also playback via AirPlay: it was quite amazing how airy even AACkomprimierte music from an iPhone can sound.

All in all meets the Arcam airDAC so its audiophile standards. However abundant, the joy of him is troubled by the short held manual which only gives the bare and down savvy users of completely leaves little network.

 

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