Arcam rPlay Music Streamer Gets 5 Stars

UK-based What HiFi? magazine takes a crack at the new Arcam rPlay music streamer and finds it musical, stable and easy to use.

 Arcam of Cambridge UK "Performance Is All" Arcam rPlay - Audiophile-grade streaming DAC with DTS Play-fi / Airplay / UPnP and more. High-performance music streaming and room to room capabilties. www.arcam.co.uk

Adding streaming to your HiFi hasn't been easier than this. Great sounding and easy to use, the new Arcam rPlay gives you access to many different music streaming services, like TIDAL and Spotify, all made possible by DTS PlayFi. Arcam provides the guts for superb sound, including a 4-four layer circuit board and independent power supplies, so that you can enjoy resolutions up 24/192. Conveniently, you can join together up to 8 zones simultaneously, for the ultimate party mode. Hookup with ethernet or WiFi and enjoy instant access, via setup with WPS or AirPlay. Control it all with the slick DTS PlayFi app, available as a free download for iOS, Android, and Windows. $599 US retail price. Find an Arcam retailer near you.

Keep reading for excerpts from the What HiFi? review.

In typical Arcam fashion, careful consideration has been taken with the internal architecture of the box itself to reduce noise and distortion; the four-layer circuit board reduces interference between components, and the use of multiple low-noise power supplies aims to deliver the cleanest signal to the output stage.

Connecting an rPlay to an amplifier or external DAC can happen either by its line-level outputs (one fixed, and one variable which uses the same volume control as the company’s A49 flagship amplifier), or its single coaxial output.
 Arcam of Cambridge UK "Performance Is All" Arcam rPlay - Audiophile-grade streaming DAC with DTS Play-fi / Airplay / UPnP and more. High-performance music streaming and room to room capabilties. www.arcam.co.uk
Streaming via Tidal, Qobuz Amazon Music, the impressive quality and stability of the streams will encourage you to keep your subscription going.

Whether wading through the melodic rock ambience of The American Dollar or firing up for Pearl Jam’s grunge-turned-classic-rock jamming, the rPlay renders each track wholesale. It devours the textures of the former, and keeps Vedder’s vocal clear above the intense guitar lines in the latter. The detail on offer is excellent at this price.
Arcam has long been providing useful and affordable add-ons for easily expanding your system’s functionality – remember the Bluetooth-gifting miniBlink? – and the rPlay is the latest (and perhaps greatest) aid yet.

It presents a compact, easy to use and solid-performing opportunity to anyone who wants to reach past the physical format confines of their traditional system without spending a fortune.