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Focal Arche Headphone DAC/Amplifier Unveiled

Focal has unveiled its first ever headphone DAC/amp, the Arche.

Read more about it by clicking here: https://www.avsforum.com/focal-arche-dacamp-unveiled/

Update... now shipping!

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the Arche has finally been released: mine is out for delivery today

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the Arche has finally been released: mine is out for delivery today
I sense that you are a fan of Focal headphones...
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So, there are different presets for amping their line of headphones. Meanwhile, other manufacturers that actually reside within this universe can get their own headphones sounding equally optimal across a wide range of other companies' amps.
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Focal Arche Headphone amp first look

this is a beautiful, heavy headphone amp/DAC with presets for Focal headphones: I set mine to Stellia

-Arche comes with a metal stand for the headphones: it mounts deep into the heat sink and is secured at the bottom by set screws: a plastic tool is included to align the bracket during installation: detailed instructions are lacking and securing the stand is no easy task
- Arche comes with metal feet on the bottom and 4 cheap silicone pads with no apparent way to attach or install them: I set mine on 4 Vibrapods until I figure this out
-Arche sounds excellent to me: the curve for the specific headphone makes the Stellia's sound better than with other high end headphone amps I have tried: in fact best sound I have heard from them so far
-Arche is a class A amp: it runs quite warm and there is a caution not to place anything on top (except for the stand/headphones)

above are my personal impressions only: I bought the unit with my own monies and am not connected to Focal (but am a big fan and also have Focal Electra Be speakers)

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Thanks for sharing your impressions. I am also interested in the Stellia and the Arche combo. Could you share what amps you compared the Arche to and how it differs?

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Thanks for sharing your impressions. I am also interested in the Stellia and the Arche combo. Could you share what amps you compared the Arche to and how it differs?

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I used them with the Sennheiser HDVA 600 and Monolith Desktop Amplifier(with THX and Dirac)

Hard for me to describe the difference: the Focal amp seems to be cleaner/less fatiguing sound: if you have Focal headphones, the Arche is worth a try in my opinion

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Thanks. Will try to find a place to audition the combo.
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