- Built with a driverless DAC compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux and the PS4.
- High output headphone amplifier with 1 watt of power at 32 ohms.
- Built-in bass boost DSP (Digital Sound Processor).
- Handmade and individually tested in our US-based facility.
- Digital Volume Control
- Smart Sensing RCA Output Jacks
- Optical (Toslink) Input for use with Xbox
- 100-240v 50-60hz power supply US Type Plug
- 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: 24/192, 24/96, 24/48, 24/44.1, 16/192, 16/96, 16/48, 16/44.1
- Compatible with ASIO4ALL
- Uses the Pcm5242 DAC
- 4.25” W x 3.25” L x 1.25” H
- Weight: 8.5 oz.
- 100-240v 50-60hz US style plug. (Use US to local plug adapter if needed)
- 5v DC, 2A with 6.5ft (2 Meter) long cable
I have already used a Grace SDAC and O2 Amp before, paired with Sennheiser HD6XX's, but made the swap to the ARC to have a more compact and hopefully same quality (or better) all-in-one solution with a microphone jack. From audio quality perspective, the ARC is very good, at least on par with the SDAC+O2 combo I had before. But I can sense a bit more weight on the bass than with the SDAC, but without compromising too much on other areas. I'd say it's a bit more on the "fun" side to listen to, especially electronic music and while gaming. Personally I don't really need the additional Bass DSP mode, as the bass is quite present without it. When it's enabled it feels a bit fuzzy and oversaturated in the low end, somewhat "out of place". And it takes about 5+ seconds to actually switch the mode (during which no sound at all plays). That's a tad bit annoying, but I am not using it much so not really a problem. The second small gripe I have is that the ARC cannot output to both Headphone + Powered Monitors at the same time. There is also no convenient switch, you'll have to unplug the Headphones and after again some 5 seconds, it will switch output to the Monitors (L+R RCA output on the back). I have now preserved my old SDAC, hooked up to the powered monitors, but will use the ARC as my daily Headphone driver. All in all, can recommend over nearly any integrated PC soundcard for music and gaming, the price is fair, and the microphone support is quite handy.
I bought the Arc a little worried that I wouldn't be able to discern a difference between it and my computer's sound card. After setting it up, though, it has totally and utterly blown me away. Music sounds so much more crisp and full. I've been looking for a high end audio solution for a very long time now, and the Arc is by far the best audio purchase I have ever made. It drives my Sennheiser HD58X Jubilees and Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's perfectly. It's like I'm hearing my music for the first time again. I really cannot recommend the Arc enough. It will redefine your listening experience.
Before I purchased the Arc I got the Sennheiser MX1000 mostly because I have used and love Sennheiser headphones for years. When I got the MX1000 I was very disappointed with the amplification level. It didn't really seem to amplify the sound at all. I don't know about you, but when I buy an amp. I expect to have some POWER! So I decided to return the MX1000 and ordered an ARC. I just wanted to let everyone know how blown away I am. The ARC has so much more power. It is exactly what I was looking for. Music is so clear it feels like you are in the studio. In games, I can turn up the sound to hear those sneaky campers small movements. Setup is so easy, just plug it in and select your main devices in your voice chat programs. I am just all around amazed with this product. Well done!!!
This thing is legit. People were saying my voice was coming in very robot-like in voice comms & on my stream and after getting this thing it fixed that issue. Crystal clear sound! Love it!
I use my PC for a mix of audio listening, gaming, and occasional recording. Trying to find a sound output solution has been challenging. I've tried almost everything. Default motherboard output has too much noise in the output. "Gamer"-oriented sound output has more processing on the speakers and mic than I want, and come with driver complexity and compatibility issues for my setup. On the studio equipment side, it was difficult to find something that allowed me to put my headset mic and cans into the same unit and have a handy hardware volume control for the cans within easy reach. Mayflower ARC finally solved my use case. The headphone sound output is amplified and extremely clean. The headset mic input is clean. There are no driver issues to get tripped up on. There is a handy hardware volume control. I use the unit at 24bit, 96000hz for some things and 24bit, 48000hz for games, with one USB 3.0 interface. It works for me, very pleased.
Recently made the move from the tiny Fiio EK10 to the ARC. I wish I had done so sooner! After getting some more than capable headphones the ARC was my missing link. Both the sound quality and perceivable separation blew me away. I can't put into words how happy I am with this new soundstage I have the pleasure of listening to. THe sound is neutral and oh so crisp and clear. The DSP function adds buckets to the low end. This is certainly not meant to be used with music and only with games. Artillery now sounds truly terrifying. The DSP function works up to the bitrate of 96k when using the optical input, beyond that Windows throws a tantrum. To negate this I use the optical input for 192k and swap to USB input when gaming. The switch at the rear is very handy for this. Most times Windows does pick up on the change, if not it's just a mouse click away to swap them over. The unit is a nice sturdy chunk of metal. The volume knob is substantial and well finished. It's a very smart looking device that look right at home on a desc. The indicating LEDs do not flood the room with light, a welcome change from the previously blinding light the EK10 produced. To top it off their customer service is on point. Within minutes of emailing they had responded to my issue and the problem was solved. Overall: Perfect for gaming and listening to high quality audio files. A neutral sound. Great build quality and customer service.
There are times when it stops working completely and I need to reset the device to restore audio (never had this issue with my previous Mayflower AMP/DAC), aside from that it works great, although I do wish I could just leave my headphones plugged in and shut the power off to switch to speakers like I used to be able to with my ODAC.
It's been almost two weeks since I have the Mayflower ARC, and let me tell you, it is pure awesomeness. The sound that it produces is amazingly rich and details that is almost beyond description; you have to listen to it for yourself. I paired it with a Sennheiser HD 600 for my Jazz music and a Sennheiser Game One which basically is a HD 598 with a mic. for my gaming and socialization needs. Before the ARC I had Astro mixamp, Steelseries GameDAC,etc., always looking for that great sound that my ears have wanting for 3 decades, now that search is over, I found it and I'm in love.
Bought the ARC to replace audioengine D1 and straight away the sound from headphones was better. The unit is well designed and sturdy, sound is excellent and does what it is supposed to do! Just buy one and move on with your gaming life.
I'm using the ARC with a Sennheiser PC 37x for gaming. The sound quality is much better than my onboard card. Not that it was bad, but the moment I plugged in the ARC, there was a significant improvement. The sound is very clear and can help while gaming. The ARC has one big bonus, Mic Input. The Sennheiser has a very nice mic and now my co-players can even hear me better (not that this is always a good thing :-) For music consumption I use an audio-technica ATH-M50x, even fully cranked up, no distortion whatsoever. Not that you can listen for very long before you're deaf :-) Tried the DSP, but it's a little to bass heavy for my taste (listen mostly to hard rock and metal). Overall a great product.