**Huge price drop - awesome amp at this price in CAD.
Great with planar and high impedance headphones. Bit of a no-brainer at under $500.
Pair with an LCD2, Focal Clear/Elear, Hifiman Sundara / Ananda r Mr Speakers Aeon for an awesome combo.
Arcam rHead is solid state headphone amp, with plenty of power to drive almost any headphone and more importantly, a rich, fluid musicality that is fun to listen with. The volume control is great - it is a ladder based control, smooth with no steps, so that there are a minimum number of parts in the signal path. It is trickled down from Arcam's high end A49 integrated amp. rHead is a class A design that is well cooled - it never gets hot, just a steady warmth. This is very nicely built and should be a solid long term purchase.
The case is a smooth, matte finished aluminum case with no seams and a thick rubber slab of a foot, to prevent it moving during use. 1.1 watt at 32 ohm
2016 Innerfidelty.com Wall of Fame: Arcam's first dedicated headphone product is a clear winner, and sets a very high bar for others to follow—just like their A60 integrated did all those years ago.