Arcam rBlink - A Revolutionary Bluetooth Streaming Micro-DAC (Hi-Fi+)

Personal audio streaming for almost every phone, tablet or laptop ever made

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Arcam rBlink - A Revolutionary Bluetooth Streaming Micro-DAC (Hi-Fi+)

Audio quality better than any existing Bluetooth Device

NEW from ARCAM of Cambridge UK, the rBlink 

High-Performance Bluetooth Streaming Micro-DAC

Just £160.00 UK / $249.00 USA

Overview

- a precision built micro-component designed to disappear in use

- stream music from any Bluetooth enabled phone, laptop or tablet

- unique new Bluetooth tech from CSR

- plus apt-X enabled

- high-end DAC and audio technology

- no wi-fi network needed use rBlink anywhere

- part of Arcam's extended rSeries of Digital Upgrades

Arcam are the first manufacturer to use the new-generation high-performance Bluetooth chipset from Cambridge UK neighbours CSR and have used the new technology and their own years of experience, to make a Streaming DAC that at last delivers seriously good Hi-Fi sound over Bluetooth. The rBlink totally restates the performance possible from Bluetooth and opens up Hi-Fi quality music streaming to millions of Android phone owners, iPhone/Pad/Pod users and even people with old Nokia and Motorola phones, not to mention most modern laptops and nearly all tablets.

The rBlink delivers

- 30db extra headroom over normal Bluetooth - a staggering improvement

- massively lower distortion that normal Bluetooth

- apt-X enabled for even higher audio quality with appropriate sources

- using audiophile digital techniques, the signal is re-clocked and de-jittered, then fed into a high-end DAC

- the unit is engineered as high-end Hi-Fi solution and not a standard audio that is normally the case

With the rBlink, Arcam are way ahead of the competition, others will follow but are unlikely to apply the audio engineering smarts that Arcam have. This is simply because most Bluetooth devices are built as audio, not Hi-Fi and most Bluetooth device makers are low-end audio or phone companies.

Incredibly simple to use

1. plug in power lead

2. plug stereo audio to hi-fi, av, dock, soundbar or any audio system

3. pair bluetooth with phone/tablet/computer

4. play music

The rBlink uses the latest CSR Blue Core 7 chipset which has much lower noise and distortion than before and Arcam have further improved performance by adding state-of-the-art jitter reduction, a fancy audiophile digital to analogue converter and high-end analogue stages based on their 35 years of experience.

Stream music from any device with Bluetooth

The rBlink Bluetooth DAC is intended for use with any music carrying Bluetooth device. Pair it with a smartphone, tablet or laptop and it will receive digital audio signals wirelessly and then output line-level analog audio through its stereo phono sockets. The rBlink supports apt-X, for optimum-quality streaming from compatible Bluetooth devices.

The rBlink

- is an Arcam audiophile micro-component with over 40 years of experience behind it

- uses audiophile-grade electronic components throughout

- has a compact & tough aluminium case with damped rubber base

- has one bluetooth streaming input

- has a stereo phono output to Hi-fi or AV system

- has a coaxial digital output to higher-end DAC or AV receiver

USAGE

- most of the world's 'Music Docks' are for iPhone or Apple Airplay

- most high-end streamers and AV receivers use Apple's Airplay

- millions of Android / Nokia / Win8 phone owners can't stream a note, or can only do so into cheap Bluetooth speakers

- now the whole world of Hi-Fi streaming is opened up to anyone with a Bluetooth Device

- no wi-fi network is needed

- on any device, battery life is longer using Bluetooth than when using Wi-fi / External dongles etc 

The quality hierarchy

- GOOD Standard Bluetooth SBC codec at 128 kbps from any device with Bluetooth audio - old Nokia etc

- BETTER Native AAC Streaming at 256 kbps from iDevices running iOS6 - iPad / Pod / Phone

- BEST Bluetooth apt-X at 380 kbps from Samsung, HTC phones, MacBooks and more

Using audiophile grade components and more than 40 years of analogue and 25 years of digital audio experience, Arcam have engineered the rBlink to be a simple, "plug and play" device. Simply connect either an analogue or coaxial cable from the rBlink to your Hi-Fi or AV system, then switch on, pair your phone and enjoy!

BASE SPECS

- bluetooth streaming input

- stereo phono output to Hi-fi or AV system

- coaxial digital output to higher-end DAC or AV receiver

- high-performance long range antennae

- Dimensions (wxdxh, mm): 75 x 100 x 26

- Weight: 350g

IN THE BOX

All analogue cables required, high-performance antennae and a compact global power supply

Arcam's New rSeries

The rBlink is fifth in a series of affordable Digital Micro Components for Mac/PC and iPhone/Smartphone use. All come from a high-end audio background and are serious performance components. 

MUSICAL above all.

We at Arcam don't build equipment to ream your ears out and impress on one quick listen.

Arcam kit is made to be musical and enjoyable over years and years of listening.

Many Hi-Fi and AV products are sharp and clear, very 'Hi-Fi' but they don't play music in an enjoyable fashion.

Arcam kit gets more involving and more musical the longer you listen.

Arcam of Cambridge pioneers of the modern Hi-Fi industry are one of the world’s most prestigious audio engineering companies, with over forty years of experience building both affordable and high-end HiFi and Home Cinema equipment. Arcam research and design their world-class products in Cambridge UK and are noted as a global authority on Digital Audio.

FULL TECH OVERVIEW

Bluetooth no longer need hang it's head in shame 

Personal audio streaming for almost every phone or tablet ever made

The first universal personal streamer

- connect the rBlink to any stereo / dock and very simply and cheaply join the streaming world

- most of the world's 'Music Docks' are for iPhone or Apple Airplay

- most high-end streamers and AV receivers use Apple's Airplay

- millions of Android owners can't stream a note, or can only do so into cheap Bluetooth speakers

- now the whole world of Hi-Fi streaming is opened up to anyone with a Bluetooth Device

- no wi-fi network is needed

- on devices like the iPhone, battery life is longer using Bluetooth than when using Wi-fi

Technical Background

Arcam are the first manufacturer to use the the latest CSR Blue Core 7 chipset, which has much lower noise and distortion than before, and of course Arcam have further improved performance by adding state-of-the-art jitter reduction, a fancy audiophile digital to analogue converter and high-end analogue stages based on their 35 years of experience.

The rBlink delivers

- 30db extra headroom over normal Bluetooth - a staggering improvement

- massively lower distortion that normal Bluetooth

- apt-X enabled for even higher audio quality with appropriate sources

- using audiophile digital techniques, the signal is re-clocked and de-jittered, then fed into a high-end DAC

- the unit is engineered as high-end Hi-Fi solution and not a standard audio that is normally the case

With the rBlink, Arcam are way ahead of the competition, others will follow but are unlikely to apply the audio engineering smarts that Arcam have. Most Bluetooth devices are built as audio, not Hi-Fi and most Bluetooth device makers are low-end audio or phone companies.

Technical Specifications

DAC: TI PCM5102

Frequency response: 10Hz — 20kHz, ±0.1dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: + Noise 0.002%

Signal-to-noise ratio (A –Weighted): 106dB (24-bit)

Line output level: 2.15Vrms

Supported CODECs: SBC, AAC, aptX®

Power requirements: 0.7W max

Dimensions (wxdxh, mm): 75 x 100 x 26

Weight: 350g

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