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Arcam co-founder John Dawson is the man responsible for creating the company's latest product, a Class A headphone amp.

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.

MORE: Munich High End show 2016 highlights


Groocrew's picture

Balanced amps

Besides the Sony Pha-3 is there anything else with a dual 3.5mm headphone socket? It has to be one that works with a Walkman ZX2.

jjbomber's picture


Could you use an 1 to 2 adapter?

Groocrew's picture

balance amp and cables

I have a Pha-3 and balanced headphones cables made by moon audio. I just would like to upgrade to a better headphone amp for my ZX2 and Sony Z7 headphones.

manicm's picture

Yawn, suddenly the Cyrus One

Yawn, suddenly the Cyrus One seems mighty good value. Or wait for a new Solo Mini (I won't hold my breath).