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.