Arcam unveils rPhono and rPlay

Following on from our review of Arcam's classy rHead headphone amplifer (HFC 420), the company has added to the rSeries with the rPlay and rPhono.

The rPlay adds network audio streaming services and internet radio to any system that it's partnered with. Using DTS PlayFi, Apple Airplay and UPnP-enabled music sources, it's compatible with Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Pandora, along with many more, thanks to regular updates.

DTS Play-Fi supports hi-reso audio (24/192) from a wired network and enables lossless multi-room wireless audio streaming from the most popular music services and internet radio stations. 
Arcam tells us that the rPlay uses the finest quality parts, in a layout optimised for low noise and minimum distortion. The four-layer PCB design maximises the quality of the ground plane in order to further reduce interference between components. As well as a fixed line level analogue output, the rPlay also features a variable analogue output which uses the same expensive volume control as the A49 flagship amplifier. 

Designed specifically to upgrade any built-in phono stage or to add a turntable input to an existing amplifier, the rPhono is the latest addition to Arcam’s extensive Black Box rSeries. Moving-coil users will benefit from precision impedance matching using high-quality trimmers instead of discrete steps, while moving-magnet users have a wide variety of capacitance options to choose from. An optionally selectable low frequency “rumble” filter is claimed to eliminate the effects of warping or pressing irregularities, which can be present on some vinyl. 

Both products will be publically launched at  the Bristol Show and are expected to cost £399 each. You can find out more about the rPlay here and the rPhono here.

Arcam rPlay Specs


TI PCM5102 

Frequency response 

10Hz — 20kHz 

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 


Signal-to-noise ratio (A –Weighted) 


Maximum output level 


Power requirements (max) 

12V DC, 2.0A 

Dimensions (WxHxD) 

194 x 44 x 124mm 

Net weight 


EAN/UPC code 

5 060133 602613

rPhono Specs

Frequency response Rumble filter OFF  - 20Hz-50kHz ± 0.2dB -3dB at 7Hz 

Rumble filter ON - 45Hz-50kHz ± 0.2dB -3dB at 20Hz, -13dB at 10Hz 

Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise (at 1kHz, 5V Out) 

MC input, 30dB gain 0.005% 

MM input, 30dB gain 0.0015% 

System gain 

MC input 60, 70, 80 or 82dB 

MM input 30, 40, 50 or 52dB 

Input impedance 

MC input 50 - 550Ω + 1nF 

MM input 47kΩ + 120, 220, 340 or 440pF 

Equivalent input noise (A-weighted, 40dB MM gain) 

MC input 0.06μV RMS 

MM input 0.5μV RMS 

Output level 

Nominal 0.5V RMS 

Maximum 6V RMS 

Dimensions (WxHxD) 194 x 44 x 124mm 

Net weight 1.1kg