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Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Lossless Digital Audio Player with Headphone Amplifier & DAC

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  • Portable music player fully dedicated for high-resolution audio

  • Comprehensive high-resolution music format support

  • Audiophile-oriented flagship class Burr-Brown DAC chip

  • Class-A headphone amplifier able to drive high-end headphones

  • Up to 9 hours of continuous audiophile-grade music playback

Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Lossless Digital Audio Player with Headphone Amplifier & DAC

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Acoustic Research AR-M2

Take music listening to higher levels with the revolutionary Acoustic Research M2 digital audio player. Fully dedicated for high-resolution audio the M2 is able to play FLAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, Monkey's Audio, DSD and DXD contents. Armed with built-in headphone amp, high-performance DAC and a multitude of advanced the M2 is the all-in-one product you need for a genuine portable high-resolution music experience.

This is the best high-res player we’ve heard so far

What HiFi? Sound & Vision

Through the flagship grade Burr-Brown PCM1794A DAC and best-in-class high slew rate headphone amplifier, it is capable to unleash the full potential of your high-resolution music clips through high-end headphones. Equipped with further reference grade elements the AR M2 powers even the most demanding headphones with clarity, power and stamina.

Equipped with 64GB built-in memory and flexible storage supporting micro SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. AR M2 also offers USB OTG media playback support, USB OTG Thumb Drive and USB Hard-disk capability enabling virtually unlimited expansion.

Up to 9 hours of continuous audiophile-grade high-resolution music playback on a single charge. Also able to play while charging via USB or mains power source making listening with the Acoustic Research M2 DAP a never ending pleasure.

Discover sonic perfection.


Acoustic Research M2 DAP

 

Audiophile Experience
Unleashing the full potential of high-performance headphones with built-in Class-A headphone amplifier and audiophile-oriented DAC chip the M2 DAP brings music listening to a whole new level. Designed to be more powerful than many portable headphone amplifiers AR M2 is the choice for listening with high-end headphones on the go.

Comprehensive Support
Able to cater for any high-resolution music format available, AR M2 offers media support for WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, APE, DSD, DXD and more.

Android Bypass
Android offers a good control OS but the audio framework causes serious damage to sound quality. To get around this AR developed a dedicated Hi-Res Lossless path for the M2 DAP, totally bypassing the Android OS.

Virtually Limitless Expansion
Equipped with 64GB built-in memory and flexible storage supporting micro SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. AR M2 also offers USB OTG media playback support, USB OTG Thumb Drive and USB Hard-disk capability enabling virtually unlimited expansion.

Everlasting Design
With a high-performance quad core processor capable of being upgraded to handle new formats, strong metal construction and virtually unlimited memory expansion, the M2 is built for a long-life.

Extended Playback
Up to 9 hours of continuous audiophile-grade high-resolution music playback on a single charge. Also able to play while charging via USB or mains power source making listening with the M2 DAP a never ending pleasure.

 

Acoustic Research M2 DAP

 

REVIEWS

 

What HiFi? Sound & Vision Evaluates AR M2 Digital Music Player - Excellent

What HiFi? Sound & Vision

“If you're looking for a premium portable high-res player, then the M2 deserves a listen.”


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Power

  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery 3.7V
  • USB power (from a computer via supplied USB connector cable)
  • AC/DC power (5V/2A)

Hardware

  • Dimensions: 136.5 x 71.1 x 15 mm (H/W/D)
  • Weight: 245g
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • 3.5mm stereo line-out
  • Micro USB connection
  • Wireless connectivity: Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)

USB Drive

  • Capacity: About 55GB usable (some memory space has been reserved for operating system, applications and system recovery)
  • Connection: USB 2.0, High-speed capable
  • Memory expansion: /microSD card slot (supports micro SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards up to 128GB)
 

Acoustic Research M2 DAP

 

FEATURES

  • Comprehensive high-resolution media support (WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, APE, DSD, and DXD)
  • Audiophile-oriented flagship class Burr-Brown PCM1794A DAC
  • Class-A headphone amplifier able to drive high-end headphones
  • Future-proof high-performance quad core processor
  • 64GB built-in memory plus flexible storage expansion through Micro SDXC
  • Up to 9 hours of continuous audiophile-grade high-resolution music playback

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Acoustic Research M2 DAP
  • USB connector cable
  • AC/DC power adaptor with interchangeable plugs
  • Quick start guide
BrandAcoustic Research
Product TypePortable Audio Player
ColourBlack
Feature KeywordNo
Recommended UseHi-Fi, Portable audio system
Manufacturer Warranty1 Year
Included AccessoriesUSB connector cable AC/DC power adaptor with interchangeable plugs Quick start guide
Part NumberAR-M2
GTIN4897050510834

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  • From Andy Smith at 28/07/2015 17:42
    • Hi,
      Does this DAP currently support gapless playback?
      Thanks,
      Andy.
    • Hi Andy,

      The AR-M2 does not currently support gapless playback; this may be addressed with future firmware updates.
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