Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amp

$2,490.00

Arche is a unique audiophile solution. It combines a digital-analog converter with two pure class A amplification modes (voltage, hybrid), designed especially for headphones. Arche also offers presets for every set of Focal headphones to make sure you get the absolute best from this ultimate combination. Its dual mono ultra-high performance construction makes it possible to separate management of the left and right channels, from the powering stage. The two balanced digital-analog converters can process formats in PCM format, 384kHz, as well as DSD 256. The analog signal is then routed towards 2 pure class A amplification channels for an uncompromising solution. The original audio signal is thereby totally respected, so as to reproduce the tiniest details of the recording.

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Description

AN ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR HEADPHONES

Manufactured in France, Arche is a unique electronic solution which combines a digital-analog converter as well as two pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones. Ideal to sit between the digital sources and your audiophile headphones, Arche is the perfect solution to fully enjoy your headphones, whilst benefiting from the performance delivered by the converter to drive high-fidelity loudspeakers!

So Arche is an all-in-one solution, which also offers presets for every set of Focal High-Fidelity headphones (Utopia, Stellia, Clear, Elegia and Elear) to make sure you get the absolute best from this ultimate combination: owners of Focal headphones can therefore be sure they are enjoying a combination of electronics and acoustics that is carefully thought out and specially developed from the very outset. Arche will be updated by using a USB stick.

POWER AND PRECISION

The two premium AK4490 balanced digital-analog converters can process formats in PCM format up to 384kHz, as well as DSD 256. The analog signal is then routed towards 2 pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones (voltage, hybrid) for an uncompromising solution. The original audio signal is totally respected, so as to reproduce the tiniest details of the recording.

CHOOSE YOUR AMPLIFICATION

Upon entry of the digital signal, Arche offers a resolutely audiophile design through its uncompromising dual mono construction, from signal processing to amplification. And thanks to the presets integrated, every user of Focal headphones gets amplification to suit their product and their favourite tonal balance.

USE AND DESIGN

Arche comes with a solid aluminium headphones mount inspired by the brand’s logo: accessing and storing the headphones is therefore quick and easy, as well as looking incredible and saving on space!

Specifications
D/A Converter

Dual AK4490 (768kHz – 32bits)

Headphone Outputs

Balanced 4 point XLR & Unbalanced 1/4″ jack

Headphone Impedance Capability

16Ohms – 32Ohms

Digital Inputs S/PDIF Coaxial (192kHz – AES3-Compatible) Max Resolution 24-bit, Optical (TosLink)  (192kHz – AES3-Compatible) Max Resolution 24-bit, USB (USB-B)
Analog Inputs

Unbalanced RCA

Audio Outputs

Balanced 3-point XLR, Unbalanced RCA

Max Power

2 x 1W @ 1kHz under 32Ohms

Weight

10.25 lbs. (4.65kg)

Dimensions w/Stand

321mm x 200mm x 297mm

Dimensions w/o Stand

60mm x 200mm x 297mm

MSRP $2,490.00