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Arcam Black Box 500

Digital to Analogue Converter (1994)

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Arcam Black Box 500


The Arcam Delta Black Box 500 is a sophisticated Digital Audio Control Centre or DACC. It accepts inputs from up to seven digital sources and includes two record outputs suitable for digital recorders or remotely sited outboard DACs.

The Delta 500 incorporates an Arcam designed, state of the art, Bitstream digital to analogue converter (DAC) to provide top quality sound from any digital source (e.g. CD, Laserdisc, CD-R, DAT, DCC, MD, DAB, DBS etc).

The sound from CD may be further enhanced by partnering the Delta 500 with a Sync Lock equipped Arcam Delta 250 or 170.3 transport.

This proprietary Sync Lock technique minimises digital jitter (the distortion causing timing errors present in all digital signals) and won Arcam a coveted Design and Engineering Award at the 1994 International Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.

For convenience and ease of use the Delta Black Box 500 is supplied with Arcam's CR25 Handi Remote infra-red remote control handset. This controls input selection and muting, plus audio output level over a 99dB range. It also provides basic remote functions for most Arcam CD players/transports and amplifiers.


Digital converter: 1-bit bitstream

Digital Inputs: Coaxial, AES/EBU, Optical

Sampling Frequency: 20 bit, 32, 44.1, 48kHz

Frequency response: 10Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic range: 108dB

Signal to Noise Ratio: 110dB

Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%

Line output: 2.3V

Dimensions: 430 x 295 x 95mm

Weight: 4.5kg

Accessories: CR25 remote control

Year: 1994



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