Focal Arche DAC & Headphone Amplifier


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Manufactured in France, Arche is a unique electronic solution which combines a digital-analog converter as well as two pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones. Ideal to sit between the digital sources and your audiophile headphones, Arche is the perfect solution to fully enjoy your headphones, whilst benefiting from the performance delivered by the converter to drive high-fidelity loudspeakers!

So Arche is an all-in-one solution, which also offers presets for every set of Focal High-Fidelity headphones (Utopia, Stellia, Clear, Elegia et Elear) to make sure you get the absolute best from this ultimate combination: owners of Focal headphones can therefore be sure they are enjoying a combination of electronics and acoustics that is carefully thought out and specially developed from the very outset. Arche will be updated by using a USB stick.



    The two premium AK4490 balanced digital-analog converters can process formats in PCM format up to 384kHz, as well as DSD 256. The analog signal is then routed towards 2 pure class A amplification modes designed especially for headphones (voltage, hybrid) for an uncompromising solution. The original audio signal is totally respected, so as to reproduce the tiniest details of the recording.

    Upon entry of the digital signal, Arche offers a resolutely audiophile design through its uncompromising dual mono construction, from signal processing to amplification. And thanks to the presets integrated, every user of Focal headphones gets amplification to suit their product and their favourite tonal balance.

    Arche comes with a solid aluminium headphones mount inspired by the brand’s logo: accessing and storing the headphones is therefore quick and easy, as well as looking incredible and saving on space!

  • Type: DAC and headphones amplifier
    Max. power: 2 x 1W @ 1kHz under 32 Ω
    Frequency response: 10Hz to 100kHz
    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): < 0,001%
    Signal-to-noise ratio: > 116dB @ 32 Ω (Class A)
    Power supply: 85 to 265 Vac / 47 – 63Hz
    Dimensions (H x L x D): 321 x 200 x 297mm
    Weight: 10.25 lbs (4.65kg)
    Audio inputs: Balanced analog RCA
    Digital S/PDIF coaxial (RCA):
    Max. sampling frequency 192kHz (AES3-compatible)
    Max. resolution 24-bit
    Optical digital (TosLink) Max. sampling frequency 192kHz (AES3-compatible)
    Max. resolution 24-bit
    Digital USB (USB-B): standard USB: USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 – USB audio class
    Audio outputs Balanced analog 3-point XLR
    Unbalanced analog RCA
    Firmware update via USB port (USB-A)