Arcam ST60 streamer: built-in DAC, Roon ready status and MQA support
Arcam has expanded the HDA range with the ST60 “clean” streamer. The novelty will work with Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Cast and Roon. This is not the first streamer in the line – similar functionality has already been received by the Arcam SA30 integrated amplifier released earlier. The Arcam MusicLife application is provided to control the new product. Some of the streamer’s functions are also available from the standard infrared remote control. In addition, the front panel has a stand by button and three playback control buttons, complemented by a rotary encoder. In addition to the RJ45 network connector, the ST60 also has a Wi-Fi module.
The player is also controlled via RS232 or IP-protocol. Thus, the novelty can be integrated into various control systems – including Control4 and Crestron.
The Arcam ST60 includes a 32-bit DAC ESS9038K2M Saber ESS Technology. In addition to PCM (up to 32 bit / 192 kHz), the streamer also understands MQA. The novelty is ready to work as a conventional DAC. For this, there are two optical and two coaxial S / PDIF connectors, supplemented by a USB 2.0 port.
The ST60 is ready to output both analog (two unbalanced RCA and two balanced XLR) and digital (optical and coaxial S / PDIF) formats.
The Arcam ST60 is priced at £1,200 in the UK and is expected to be on sale before the end of the year.