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

Audiobarn
Audio Sanctuary
AudioVisual Online
Basically Sound
Hifonix
HiFi Lounge
HiFi Sound
Home Media Limited
KJ West One
Oxford Audio
SSP (inc VAT) £ 2,499.00
Code FOC-ARCHE
EAN 3544052725094