High-end DAC audio amplifier
As a leading brand in the high-end headphone market, Focal completes its collection of headphones with high fidelity with a special electronic solution, the Ark, so you can experience your songs and emotions on a new level. Thanks to the digital-to-analog converter and the special pure Class A gain modes it combines, the Ark guarantees you exceptional sound quality when listening.
An all-in-one solution that combines a digital-to-analog converter and two pure class A gain modes for headphones (voltage, hybrid). The Ark is the ideal interface between the different digital sources and your HiFi headphones, allowing you to enjoy your music to the fullest while benefiting from the power of the converter to drive a HiFi home system. Specific settings for each high fidelity Focal headphone (Utopia, Stellia, Clear, Elegia and Elear) are also integrated to make the most of this ultimate combination.
Performance – High audio resolution
The two AK 4490 balanced premium digital-to-analog converters provide signal processing for PCM formats up to 384 kHz and DSD 256. The analog signal is then routed to two pure Class A amplification channels for a no-compromise solution. The original audio signal is thus fully respected in order to reproduce the slightest nuances of the recording.
Special settings for Focal headphones 1+1=1
Specific settings for each Focal headphone have been integrated into Ark. You can use your headphones with high fidelity (open or closed) with Arche and benefit from an electronic-acoustic combination that, thanks to the company’s own development, offers the sustainable possibility of updating Arche via USB stick. Here you will find the right amplification for your headphones and tonal preferences.
Function and design combined – Combining the pleasant with the useful
The Ark comes with a solid aluminum headphone stand that takes its inspiration from the Focal logo: Access to the headphones and their storage is thus simple and fast, aesthetic and space-saving.
- DAC and headphone amplifier
- 2 x 1W @ 1kHz at 32 Ω
- 10Hz to 100kHz
- < 0,001%
- > 116dB @ 32 Ω (Class A)
- 85 to 265 Vac / 47 – 63Hz
- 200 x 321 x 297mm
- Unbalanced analog RCA connectors
- Digital S/PDIF coaxial (RCA): Max. Sampling frequency 192kHz (AES3-compatible), Max. Resolution 24 bit
- Optical digital (TosLink) Max. Sampling frequency 192 kHz (AES3 compatible), resolution max. 24 bit
- Digital USB (USB-B): Standard USB: USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 – USB Audio Class
- Balanced analog 3-point XLR
- Unbalanced analog RCA
- Via USB port (USB-A)