Recieved one of these today and I must say for what it costs and what it's supposed to do I am pretty happy. Looking forward to running it in and hearing it at its' best. I have Pioneer CDJ's and KRK monitors for when I want bass but obviously the Mrs won't allow any of that in the living room or kitchen. We use the RCube in a corner of the living room and it fills the room nicely. Definitely sounds better in the corner of the room. I found turning off the EQ Dance setting on my Ipod helped with distortion and playing at medium volume, it's not suited for bass heavy, high volumes but that's not the point of me personally owning it. I may purchase a stand and see whether that improves things.
I do have 2 issues, the rWave and rWand cost £100 extra - I'd like to see these included in the package and the power connection doesn't click firmly in place which is a bit rubbish!
Having owned the cube for 6 weeks I can see both sides. The cube is at its very best in a room corner, positioned as intended it sounds better than the Bose, it sounds like 2 speakers using the walls to great effect. Take it away from the corner ie in a centre of a room or outside and the sound becomes fairly poor and the Bose sounds way better, if mainly for indoor use I recommend the cube, just make sure you position it correctl
Simpson2486: have you flicked the bass switch on back of the rCube when you move it away from wall? Can make big difference; just remember to flick it off when you put it back in corner
I feel I must stand up for the rCube. I bought mine in November, after the price drop made it a no-brainer. Whilst it may be a bit bass light it can still turn a great sound. I always use mine from the internal battery and it follows me around the house and into the garden like an obedient pet. Turned up loud, whilst sat on the wooden floor of our conservatory, Roxy Music's Over You sounds superb. It's often said the best bit of kit is the one you use the most - that would be the rCube. I do find myself regularly cleaning finger prints off the rCube's shiny black case (Arcam even supply a square cleaning cloth), but then pet owners often spend time fussing over their little darlings.
i have to say that i was so so dissappointed by the arcam rcube. I wanted to love it so much, what is not to like with all the optional wireless extras.
Arcam is a great brand, beautifully british made, a lovely box, sumptuous mids and trebles...
Errrrrrrrrr but where oh where is the bass... any bass... what so ever
I was never expecting the Arcam to be a tenagers bass binge dream but its none existent, especially at low levels. Which is kind of the point of these things, to be dynamic and cater across volume ranges.
Even when driven hard and you have messed around clearing a corner of a room, its sound is so lite, bass guitar lines just dissappear so shallow its range, bass kicks fart even on the most well produced of dance music... Classical music sounds the best but again, the low end drama its notably missing.
I asked for a refund and preplaced it with the Bose Soundock Portable which whilst expensive, is shy on features/connectivity and is a touch bass happy, it aleast delivers a full and impresively balanced sound stage. I accept its no where near as refined as the Arcams mids and trebs in the fidelity steaks, but the Bose is hands down the better all round audio machine that's half the size and has similar if not better battery portability.
Its a great shame, the rcube could be brilliant...
I agree. I went today to audition the rcube and zeppelin air. I was fully intending to buy the rcube from what I'd read. My proper hi-fi is mostly arcam so I have experience of the brand.
I was very disappointed with the rcube, it lacked any life and while not tinny it sounded like it was coming out of a small box. I tried hard to like it, using the bass boost and placing it in a corner but there was none of the openness I'm used to.
The Zeppelin air stood out with a nice open sound and was an easy choice between the two.
The price difference didn't really matter to me but once you've bought the rwand and rwave the difference isn't much.
The zeppelin air has AirPlay out of the box.
My only concern with the zeppelin air was some people have noted problems with connectivity but the shop assistant said they had only found this with netgear routers and there is a known fix
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