Arcam MusicBoost is an iPhone 6 case with dedicated DAC, headphone amp, and internal battery

Arcam MusicBoost is an iPhone 6 case with dedicated DAC, headphone amp, and internal battery
British hi-fi audio and home video equipment maker Arcam introduced a new iPhone case it has been working on for a while. Aside from protecting your iPhone 6 or 6s, the Arcam MusicBoost case improves the headphone listening experience on both by incorporating a dedicated DAC and headphone amp, powered by an internal battery.

It charges through the Lighting connector at the bottom and is capacitious enough to make for a 120% battery increase, so the case is also a battery case in addition to a slip-on audio enhancer! However, some of that power does go towards powering the DAC and amplifier, which is better than sucking on the iPhone's electrons, after all!

Bypassing the handset's built-in audio chip, Arcam's equipment is able to deal more power to whatever headphones you're using, which means you can count on it to drive larger, studio-grade headphones. Of course, the audio being processed is coming straight from the iPhone, be it from iTunes or Spotify.

The case itself appears sturdy and understated, adding quite a bit of extra girth to the iPhone 6, which is probably unwelcome for anyone who finds bumper cases ever so not aesthetically pleasing.

With a costly price tag of $184 (£120), the Arcam MusicBoost Case probably won't be a hit seller, but then again, audiophile equipment is a niche type of product. But we can see how everyone who owns a high resistance pair of headphones for themselves could benefit from Arcam's case.

source: Pocket-Lint



1. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Maybe they could have made the case a little taller. And for the money, I'd just get a mophie. Better yet, just get one of those 10000 mAh power banks.

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Its worth.

3. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Wonder which dac they are useing? ARCAM makes nice home audio gear and this is a great concept a case battery that can act as a better dac and amp and price isn't too bad if the sound quality is worth it.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Thing is, the DAC in the iPhone is as good as any other properly designed DAC in theory, the amp may be worth it for those using the more heavy duty headphones though...

6. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Would have to hear these side by side. Content will pay a major role in compairing DAC's. Amp is a must for driving higher impediance headphones so they have a product for that market for sure. Hard to say if ARCAM is including a dac because it is better then the one in the iphone or just because it is better to do the d/a conversion and amplifactaion at the same time. Also not sure if the lightning connector can send a analogue output so may be the ARCAM needs to have a DAC. The fact they mention it is a DAC and amp makes me think it will have a supiror DAC. Apple uses a Cirius logic that is prioperity so not sure about its specs vs others on the market. Lots more to sound then the DAC thogh that is for sure. WIll be interesting to see this when it comes out.

5. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

But... Mono sound from the iDevice? Not worth it. *smh*

7. peter207

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2015

Strange comments here! Lat week I borrowed a test sample from a friend who works for Arcam. First of all the DAC and Headphone amp combo totally cream the sound from the iPhone alone, way superior. Not surprising as Phone audio is always compromised by low-power chip requirements and noise from rest of Phone circuitry. Sound is of course stereo. Unit is also as sleek or unsleek as a Mophie. Definitely not for everyone, but anyone into great headphone sound from their iPhone will love this device

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