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.

Main Features

  • 100% dual mono design
  • Digital-analog converter compatible with high-resolution formats (384kHz - DSD 256)
  • 2 integrated amplifiers (voltage/hybrid): choose the amplifier type best suited to your headphones
  • Pure class A 2-channel amplifier 16 - 600 Ohms
  • Presets for every Focal headphone model: get the best from Focal’s combination of electronics and acoustics
  • 768kHz, 32bit AK4490 DAC chips
  • Dual mono audiophile construction from digital input to output
  • 2 headphone inputs: 4-point XLR (balanced), 1/4” (6.35mm) jack (unbalanced)
  • Also works as standalone DAC for home Hi-Fi systems
  • Ships with branded Focal headphone stand included
  • 3 digital inputs and 1 unbalanced analog input: audio sources are always connected and available
  • 1x balanced output and 1x unbalanced output: use as a digital-analog converter combined with an external amplifier

Performance

Max power:
2 x 1W @ 1kHz under 32 Ω
Frequency response:
10Hz to 100kHz
THD:
< 0.001%
Signal-to-noise:
> 116dB @ 32 Ω (Class A)

Power

Power supply:
85 to 265 Vac / 47 – 63Hz

Physical Properties

Dimensions:
321 x 200 x 297mm (HxLxD)
Weight:
4.65kg

I/O

Inputs:
Unbalanced analog RCA, Digital S/PDIF coaxial (RCA), Optical digital (TosLink), Digital USB
Outputs:
Balanced analog 3-point XLR, Unbalanced analog RCA

Authorised Retail Partners

Basically Sound
SSP (inc VAT) £ 2,499.00
Code FOC-ARCHE
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