Arcam have recently expanded their class leading 'R' series of products and the rPlay is a welcome new addition to the family. The rPlay is intended for those who want to add one or more points of network / internet audio around the home. It is capable of doing this in high quality and across your network. This currently includes music streamed from subscribed services such as Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer, iHeart Radio, Pandora, Napster, Amazon Prime, Internet Radio or even from a NAS or UPnP server on the same network. Arcam has thoughtfully incorporated DTS PlayFi as well as Apple AirPlay and UPnP, which allow a host of options up to 24/96 resolution as well as multi room options with other Play-Fi devices via the DTS Play-Fi App.
The Arcam rPlay is a compact device housed in a die-cast aluminium case and the rPlay offers a WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) wireless link or a standard RJ45 Ethernet socket as a way to hop on your network. We would personally recommend wired Ethernet if possible. The Arcam rPlay utilises an App for music and source selection as well as multi room groupings if you have other Play-Fi compatible equipment - or indeed multiple rPlay units on the same network. With a fixed level analog output for existing audio systems, there's also a variable analog output allowing connection to a simple set of active loudspeakers and a simple volume up/down is physically on the top of the unit for quick in-room volume adjustment.
All in all this is an affordable and flexible product that could also be used as a basis to built a Hi-Res multi-zone audio system throughout your home or just for glorious quality streaming to any amplifier or AV Receiver with a spare input.
Quote from What Hi-Fi :
"Streaming via Tidal, Qobuz Amazon Music, the impressive quality and stability of the streams will encourage you to keep your subscription going.
Whether wading through the melodic rock ambience of The American Dollar or firing up for Pearl Jam’s grunge-turned-classic-rock jamming, the rPlay renders each track wholesale. It devours the textures of the former, and keeps Vedder’s vocal clear above the intense guitar lines in the latter. The detail on offer is excellent at this price."
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