Arcam MusicBOOST iPhone DAC | Tone Audio

Tone Audio's Ron Johnson claims the Arcam MusicBOOST is the ultimate iPhone accessory. Take a look to find out why.

Love Music? Love the iPhone? Want to love iPhone music more? The Arcam MusicBOOST is the answer to all of your relationship questions. This innovative iPhone case from the home audio connoisseurs of Cambridge UK features a powerful built in headphone amp and hires DAC. The combination is a potent boost to the sound quality of your iPhone. Plus it boosts your battery life by 120%, too! Just $189. Apple authorized, compatible with iPhone 6/6S. Find a Retailer near you to experience Arcam.

Arcam MusicBOOST iphone dac headphone amp
Arcam MusicBOOST iphone dac headphone amp

Excerpts from the review:

How Arcam squeezes all that capability into a case that adds only ¾” to the length of the phone, ¼” to the thickness, and virtually no width change, is a much appreciated engineering mystery making the MusicBOOST a marvelous, and minimally obtrusive accessory weighing in at only 100 grams. And just like their home hifi and home theater components, they do it at a very reasonable price.

While Apple Lossless encoding of music stored on the phone offers better resolution than the compressed 256 kb/sec option, both formats benefit from sonic improvement with the Arcam in place. Streaming Tidal’s CD-quality music proves even more revelatory; exposing a bigger gap between the iPhone and the MusicBOOST, now offering a relaxed smoothness that the naked iPhone can’t.

At about $200, the Arcam is a small investment, and the functionality packed into it provides lot of value. If one attempted to purchase a high quality case, battery boost, DAC and headphone amp separately as iPhone add-ons, all those individual elements would certainly exceed the Arcam’s price.

After my experience testing the Arcam MusicBOOST, it appears my iPhone 6 has found its new long-term travel partner

The sound quality is a major step up, especially considering the cost factor. Enough so that we happily award the Arcam MusicBOOST an Exceptional Value Award for 2016.

Read the full review.