Arche is a unique audiophile solution designed by Focal in partnership with Micromega - Le Son de France. Combining digital analogue conversion and two Class A amplifiers, Arche is a versatile all-in-one solution aimed specifically at headphone users.
Two separate amplifiers are built in which can be switched on the fly at the user’s discretion: Voltage (a pure current amplifier with lower impedance) and Hybrid (an integrated amplifier with higher impedance, featuring similar characteristics to a power amp).
Arche’s two balanced DAC chips can process formats in PCM format, 384kHz, as well as DSD 256 providing a versatile array of different playback options.
Designed to integrate seamlessly with the Focal high-end headphone range, Arche also features a dedicated profile for each Focal headphone model to ensure the best possible listening experience for users of Elegia, Stellia, Elear, Clear and Utopia.
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Focal Arche is an all-in-one soloution for headphones.
Manufactured in France, Arche is a unique electronic solution which combines a digital-analogue converter as well as two pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones. Ideal to sit between the digital sources and your audiophile headphones, Arche is the perfect solution to fully enjoy your headphones, whilst benefiting from the performance delivered by the converter to drive high-fidelity loudspeakers!
So Arche is an all-in-one solution, which also offers presets for every set of Focal High-Fidelity headphones (Utopia, Stellia, Clear, Elegia et Elear) to make sure you get the absolute best from this ultimate combination: owners of Focal headphones can therefore be sure they are enjoying a combination of electronics and acoustics that is carefully thought out and specially developed from the very outset. Arche will be updated by using a USB stick.
The two premium AK4490 balanced digital-analog converters can process formats in PCM format up to 384kHz, as well as DSD 256. The analog signal is then routed towards 2 pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones (voltage, hybrid) for an uncompromising solution. The original audio signal is totally respected, so as to reproduce the tiniest details of the recording.
Upon entry of the digital signal, Arche offers a resolutely audiophile design through its uncompromising dual mono construction, from signal processing to amplification. And thanks to the presets integrated, every user of Focal headphones gets amplification to suit their product and their favourite tonal balance.
Arche comes with a solid aluminium headphones mount inspired by the brand’s logo: accessing and storing the headphones is therefore quick and easy, as well as looking incredible and saving on space!
|Max. power||2 x 1W @ 1kHz under 32 Ω|
|Frequency response||10Hz to 100kHz|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||< 0,001%|
|Signal-to-noise ratio||> 116dB @ 32 Ω (Class A)|
|Power supply||85 to 265 Vac / 47 – 63Hz|
|Dimensions (H x L x D)||321 x 200 x 297mm|
|Weight||10.25 lbs (4.65kg)|
|Audio inputs|| Unbalanced analogue RCA
Digital S/PDIF coaxial (RCA)
Optical digital (TosLink)
Digital USB (USB-B)
|Audio outputs|| Balanced analogue 3-point XLR
Unbalanced analogue RCA
|Firmware update||via USB port (USB-A)|
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