TIDAL Arkas is a new high-end streamer from Germany

The German company TIDAL Audio has released a new model of digital transport and streamer Arkas, designed for use in high-end systems.

The streamer has a linear stabilized power supply, which uses reliably shielded power transformers and filter capacitors with a capacity of 200,000 microfarads. The decoupling of the input signal is carried out by special transformers wound with a silver wire.


A digital signal can be fed through a USB or Ethernet port, and outputs to an external DAC are represented by optical, two coaxial (RCA and BNC) and balanced AES/EBU terminals. There is also a proprietary TIDAL-Link output to work with the TIDAL Camira model. Several precision clock generators are responsible for signal synchronization, the model supports all major Hi-Res audio formats up to DSD256 and PCM 32/384. The weight of the apparatus is 12 kilograms.

The TIDAL Arkas digital streamer went on sale for $29,000.

TIDAL Arkas Specifications

  • TIDAL Arkas: LAN/USB input digital music streamer with oversized linear power supply and SPDIF/USB/TIDAL-LINK output
  • regulated active linear voltage power supply for ripple free voltage and current stabilization
  • silver conductor EMI transformers
  • magnetically shielded oversized power transformers, more than 200.000µF buffer capacity
  • music data streaming input: LAN ethernet (1000BASE-T), USB storage/hardddisk (single partition FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, EXT2/3)
  • output SPDIF: AES/EUB, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC, Toslink Optical. PCM 44,1-192KHz, 16-24bit. DSD (DoP, DSD over PCM) 2.8MHz, 1bit.
  • output USB: up to DSD256 (native/DoP), PCM 44,1-384KHz, 16-32bit
  • output TIDAL-LINK: proprietary music data protocol output directly to TIDAL Camira DMC
  • multi clock system for utmost precision in timing
  • MQA decoding, DSD over PCM support for AES/EUB, Coaxial RCA, Coaxial BNC, Toslink Optical
  • UPnP AV protocol with audio streaming extension, gapless playback
  • supported formats: DSF (DSD), DFF (DSD), DoP (DSD), FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF, MQA, MP3, AAC (M4A)
  • native support for Tidal, Qobuz, MQA, AirPlay, TuneIn internet radio, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect
  • Dimensions: 44cm x 13cm x 39cm / 17.3″ x 5.1″ x 15.3″ (width x height x length)
  • Weight: 27 lbs. / 12 kg