Arcam irDAC II DAC with Bluetooth

The irDAC II is a thorough re-working of the great sounding irDAC. This time it has 6 inputs including Bluetooth Apt X and borrows technology from its full size Hi-Fi cousins. Word has it that the engineers at Arcam are rather proud of this one!

The new irDAC II incorporates a new headphone amplifier stage, new bluetooth aptX input for wireless capability along with a new internal architecture for an overall enhanced performance.

It also the uses the advanced ESS ES9016 Sabre DAC and cheekily borrows the same headphone output stage as the flagship A49 amplifier meaning it is capable of driving even the most demanding of headphones. The attention to detail lavished on the engineering of this product pays off with further reductions in digital jitter largely due to isolating the D to A stages, ultra-low noise power supplies and a direct coupled signal path.

To connect, there is an asynchronous USB port, two SPDIF and two optical ports. The USB input supports sample rates up to 384kHz, coaxial supports up to 192kHz and the optical is up to 96kHz. Wireless streaming is also available via Bluetooth and the supplied IR remote can control all these inputs.

The DAC fully supports high resolution 24-bit/192kHz and DSD128 audio file format and is fitted inside a fresh new case design constructed from cast-aluminium that also offers anti-vibration properties to complete the package.


Freq Response: 20Hz-20kHz, +/-0.1dB
THD + Noise: 0.0007%
SNR (A-weighted): 117dB (24-bit)
Max output level: 2.1V RMS

Supported Sample Rates

USB: 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/384kHz
Optical: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Coaxial: 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192kHz
Bit Depth: 16-bit, 24-bit

Connection Inputs:

USB, SPDIF, optical, Bluetooth Bluetooth: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX-LL
Headphone: 30Ω - 600Ω, 3.5mm plug 

General Power requirements: 18W max

Dimensions (WHD): 194 x 44 x 124mm

Weight: 1.1kg

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