Arcam DAC
Forthcoming DAC will have optical, coaxial and USB connectivity

One of the great things about the Bristol Show is coming across something unexpected. Chatting to Arcam founder John Dawson, we discovered the company is in the process of developing a new standalone DAC.

What you see here is a hand-made prototype, although it gives a clear indication of what the production version will look like.

It has USB, optical and coaxial digital connections, and a mains on/off switch on the back. The little silver button on the top allows you to toggle between the different inputs.

Dawson says Arcam has spent a lot of time and effort improving the performance of the USB connection.

The unit is expected to go on sale this summer for around £299.

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Also on display on the Arcam stand here at the show is the Solo Neo wireless music streaming system, expected to sell for around £1400, and the £2500 AVR500 multichannel receiver, the younger brother to the AVR600.

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