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

Well, audiophiles need Amazon’s voice assistant too

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.