Arcam teases £395 rHead amp at High End show

It made its first appearance in Munich last week and we managed to get a couple of scoop shots from the High End show.

The simple black aluminium casework has a volume control on the right, and 3.5mm and 6.3mm headphone jacks on the left.

Arcam says the Class A design "delivers no crossover distortion for the purest sound".

On the back you'll find a pair of RCA line inputs, a pair of balanced XLR inputs and a power switch. That's your lot.

Internally, Arcam says there's an "extensively optimised" circuitboard layout, a direct coupled signal path and ultra low-noise power supplies.

The resistive-ladder volume control control, taken from Arcam's flagship £4000 A49 amplifier, helps eliminate volume tracking errors.

Headphone output power is 2W into a 16 Ohm load, 1W into 32 Ohms and 0.13W into 300 Ohms.

The Arcam rHead measures 4.4 x 19.4 x 13.5cm (HWD), weighs 0.7Kg and will go on sale in the UK from July.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.