Please note: models shipped after 2/25/20 have updated firmware that allows volume control with the front knob to the RCA jacks for more convenience. Power LED has been changed from white to purple. If you have a model shipped before this please contact us to get a firmware update.
The ARC Mk2 is an overhaul over the very successful first iteration of the ARC. Nothing is perfect the first time around so we've taken all of your feedback and suggestions and put it all into what we think is the ideal package. Microphone quality and clarity has been significantly improved over the Mk1, adding a more natural tone to your voice and increasing amplification to drive any headset microphone or modmic available. You'll no longer need to unplug headphones to switch between outputs on the ARC, now a convenient switch has been installed on the front to making swapping easy. An analog input port has been added so you can use your favorite phone, MP3 or analog source into the ARC.
Our favorite new feature is the option to be powered via USB, making it extremely portable and cutting down on wire mess in a desktop setup. (In the vast majorities the ARC Mk2 will perform the same both with and without a power supply plugged in, but we've kept the DC port just in case extra power is needed). The same great high end performance is carried over from the MK1 giving you 1 watt of power to drive any headphone on the market regardless of impedance.
ARC Mk2 Features:
- Driverless DAC compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and PS4
- High output headphone amplifier with 1 watt of power
- Built-in bass boost DSP (Digital Sound Processor)
- Handmade and individually tested in our US-based facility.
- Digital Volume Control (Including RCA output)
- Switchable Output
- Increased Microphone Quality and Amplification
- Portable via USB Power
- Analog 3.5mm Input
- 4.25” W x 3.25” L x 1.25” H
- Weight: 8.5 oz.
- Built in Guilford, CT & Assembled in Amsterdam, NY
- Includes 6FT USB Cable. Power supply optional, but not needed for majority of setups.
- Frequency Response: +/-0.05 dB (20Hz-20kHz)
- THD 1 Khz 150 Ohms: 0.0026%
- IMD CCIF 15 Ohms: 0.0007%
- IMD SMPTE: 0.001%
- Noise 24/96 (A Weighted): -109 dBu
- Max Output (32 Ohms) : 1W (THD+N < 0.003%)
- Max Output (150 Ohms): 365 mW (THD+N < 0.003%)
- Max Output (600 Ohms): 92 mW (THD+N < 0.003%)
- Output Impedance: 0.096 ohms
- Crosstalk (150 ohms) : -65 dB
- Channel Balance (50% volume): 0.2 dB
- Dynamic Range (A-Weighted): > 120 dB
- Linearity Error: -90 dBFS 24/96 -0.1 dB
- USB Jitter Components: 11025Hz -112dB
- RCA Line out: 1V RMS
- USB: 24/96, 24/48 - Driverless
- Optical: 24/96, 24/48, 24/44.1, 16/192, 16/96, 16/48, 16/44.1
- Compatible with ASIO4ALL
- Uses the Pcm5242 DAC
|ARC MK1||ARC MK2|
|Improved microphone sound quality and tone||✔|
|Switchable output between RCA’s and 3.5mm headphone||✔|
|Rear 3.5mm jack that acts as both an analog input and mic output||✔|
|Can run without a power supply||✔|
|High quality sound signature and headphone output||✔||✔|
|Made & assembled in the USA||✔||✔|
I’ve wanted to upgrade my audio setup for quite sometime now and dives head first into DAC’s and AMP’s reviews and learn how they work. Time after time I was recommended to Mayflowers Arc MK2. I kept reading and then finally one day I pulled the trigger and I got to say. My mind was BLOWN after the first day of using this DAC/AMP. My gaming sound quality shot through the roof and was hearing things in games I’ve never heard before and don’t get me started on the DSP switch! I only use DSP when listening to music and movies but what a difference it is especially on the low ends. Makes my eyes wobble sometimes! Truly remarkable piece of equipment y’all built! A little pricey, but you get so much for what you pay for. Amazing sound quality and in such a compact form too which is also remarkable in and around itself. 10/10 I would recommend this to anybody! Great work!
Works with my ps2 and ps3 over optical on just the usb power and I can finally hook my speakers and headphones to them. The dac part sounds awesome on my pc and ps4 (dac doesnt work with the ps2/3) and dps is great too when you want some bass.
worth every penny and made in the U S of A. whats not to like
I like everything about the Mk2. The build quality is top notch, knobs, buttons etc feel solid. The design is sleek and aesthetically pleasing. If you're in the market for a DAC/Amp and have a budget in this range, I highly recommend it. Sure it may be pricier than other solutions, but I'm happy to support local businesses, products made in the US and great customer support. A ten-year Warranty is unheard of. Not to mention, the sound is incredible. Brought my music and headphones to another level. Highly recommended.
Great quality, very nice item overall. I paired this device with the FXSound program and my audio has never been better.
Im using it with Sennheiser HD800S under Linux and i dont have any complaints whatsoever. Will buy another for my other PC running Windows.
The ARC Mk2 drives my Sennheiser HD 6XXs and Antlion mod mic 5 well. It provides better noticeably better volume than a very nice motherboard and somewhat better sounding audio than a gaming amp dac combo like the GSX 1000 especially in music. The simpliciy and portability of the unit is convienient for laptop use and keeping you wires clean and minimal. The ARC is pricey for what is but is a great option if you are wiling to pay for quality amp that really help with wire management.
Works great in Linux, plenty of power to drive HE-500 headphones, mic quality is great, love it!
If i'm being the honest the sound quality between the Mk1 and Mk2 is nearly indentical. What makes the Mk2 so much better for me was the improved Mic input and the ability to connect it through USB without needing a external power source. These simple improvements alone are very helpful given my setup. It's the perfect device for someone who games and just likes to listen to good sounding music. Also on a side note their Customer Service was top notch in reguards to my Mk1.
The ARC Mk2 is an excellent, easy to use and great addition to my PC gaming set-up. The ARK Mk2 delivers clear, comfortably and insightful sound as I game, listen to music or catch-up on the latest news. An audio investment that only grants buyer-glee and I highly recommend Mayflower's ARC Mk2.