Arcam rPlay DAC puts Alexa in your high-end hi-fi

Well, audiophiles need Amazon’s voice assistant too
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20 February 2017

Alexa’s certainly getting around these days. The latest product able to boast of compatibility with Amazon’s voice recognition technology is the Arcam rPlay (priced at £399), a wireless DAC aimed squarely at demanding audiophiles. Plug the rPlay into your existing hi-fi and it’ll happily stream audio from a variety of sources: NAS drives, computers and a bunch of online streaming services including Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music – and it’ll even handle Hi-Res music losslessly. The Alexa integration comes courtesy of DTS Play-Fi, and means instead of seeking out that beloved playlist using your phone’s screen, you can simply ask the rPlay to find it for you – or perform any number of other tasks. 2017 is shaping up to be the year where it proves almost impossible to keep Alexa out of your home.

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