Arcam MusicBoost – combined DAC – Yes it can fit the iphone SE

Feels great in the hand and doesn’t add too much bulk to the iphone 6. Music noticeably enhanced, especially the bass which sounds rich and deep, whilst vocals come over as crisp and clear. To have the unit acting as a charger also is a real bonus. My only criticism is that it isn’t easy to remove the phone as the fit is so good.

Yes it can fit the iphone se. I bought this as dac for running my iphone se into my hifi. They said it wouldn’t fit – and it didn’t at first as the lightning plug wouldn’t insert far enough into the se to register as inserted. It’s for the iphone 6 which has a rounded case, the flat bottom of the se wouldn’t go to the bottom of the case. So i opened the unit up and modified the cradle by removing the curved part of the bottom of the case and re-assembled it. It works finethe increase in sound quality was immediate, obvious and substantial. An external iphone dac for £39 – stunning.

Great sound and no compatibility problems. Great sound and no compatibility problems, very useful battery pack. Far superior dynamics when plugged into headphones or hifi. Extra weight makes the phone more vulnerable and does not offer any protection, smashed my phone within a week so be careful. Here are the specifications for the Arcam MusicBoost – combined DAC:

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  • Recharge your iPhone with its internal rechargeable battery as it powers the amplifier and the DAC
  • Built-in amplifier to increase the audio output along with DAC
  • Plays all streaming apps from iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify, Tidal, Qobuz
  • Micro-USB on the bottom of MusicBoost to charge the internal battery
  • Power to drive the most demanding headphones at low or high impedance

This is a great product, music sounds much better with the dac. This is a great product, music sounds much better with the dac. You have to use some good headphones in order to feel the difference, i have tried the product with a pair of sennheiser ie80 and a pair of klipsch x11ipros:music is greatly improved with this device, music really comes to life, reproduction it’s much more detailed, highs, bass, sub bass and especially mid range has a great improvement. It can charge your phone fully and still has some juice leftgreat touch and feel. Good materialseasy to usecons:the product is amazing and well worth the price but:the cover doesn’t protect the top front part of the phone. Sometimes doesn’t recognise the headphones if it’s not with the music app open.

What a shame, this product had everything i was looking for- great improvement in sound quality, no added box with wires whilst travelling, attractive looks to enhance the iphone – all let down by the most obvious error in design. The hard, protective case only covers half the phone. Therefore giving only 50% protection if dropped, which just isn’t good enough. If the design changed to cover the whole phone if buy it immediately.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • WARNING: Does NOT fit iPhone 6S
  • Yes it can fit the iphone SE
  • At fifty-odd quid it’s a no-brainer

Great sound and no compatibility problems. Great sound and no compatibility problems, very useful battery pack. Far superior dynamics when plugged into headphones or hifi. Extra weight makes the phone more vulnerable and does not offer any protection, smashed my phone within a week so be careful.

I love it, shame about the inline controls on my headphone not working with it. Exceptional sound quality, you can still hear the nuances without it but you have to listen for them whereas with it they are presented to you, only reason for 4 stars is because my inline controls don’t work with it.

What a shame, this product had everything i was looking for- great improvement in sound quality, no added box with wires whilst travelling, attractive looks to enhance the iphone – all let down by the most obvious error in design. The hard, protective case only covers half the phone. Therefore giving only 50% protection if dropped, which just isn’t good enough. If the design changed to cover the whole phone if buy it immediately.

Almost a great product but falls short. . First the good as it is quite short. Audio quality is definitely better through the dac. The volume is no louder on my shure earbuds, beyer dynamic portable on ear or my sennheiser hd600s. However you can actually put it on full volume without it distorting or clipping much at all, certainly an improvement, it doesn’t sound like it is running out of steam any more, but if you normally listen with the avls turned off, do not expect any more volume. The case is a real struggle to get it off as there is no flex in it, i guess the idea is not to have to take it off, but you may well want to when you discover that the charging leds which are as bright as hids on a range rover in a dark room by your bedside when charging (surely the most common place and time to charge an iphone?) – even placed face down if you make the mistake of lifting your phone for a time check in the early hours it is like someone switching on a coastguard helicopter searchlight. Using a standard iphone charger (1amp) the cable charges the dacs battery when you plug the micro usb cable in not the iphone. If you turn the dac on so that its battery charges the iphone then the standard iphone charger doesn’t seem to give enough power to successfully charge the dac overnight. I left it charging for 8 hours while it was charging the iphone, the result was between half and three quarter charge on the dac (which was full when i turned it on) and full power on the iphone. With no charging cable and the dac not in use, or charging the phone, the iphone does appear to lose charge faster than with it not connected, not massively, but noticeably.

Sena ultraslim case for 6 plus fits. I think this thing is great. Like others that have commented, to have a dac/amp without extra wires is a revelation. I normally keep my iphone 6 in a sena ultraslim leather case when out and about and have found the same case for the 6 plus fits the phone and added musicboost perfectly and it adds almost no bulk at all.Just thought you might like to know.

Brilliant – enjoy your music collection again. Brilliant – enjoy your music collection again. Pair with good quality headphones and they just make the music come alive.

Yes it can fit the iphone se. I bought this as dac for running my iphone se into my hifi. They said it wouldn’t fit – and it didn’t at first as the lightning plug wouldn’t insert far enough into the se to register as inserted. It’s for the iphone 6 which has a rounded case, the flat bottom of the se wouldn’t go to the bottom of the case. So i opened the unit up and modified the cradle by removing the curved part of the bottom of the case and re-assembled it. It works finethe increase in sound quality was immediate, obvious and substantial. An external iphone dac for £39 – stunning.

Warning: does not fit iphone 6s. Despite the product title, this doesn’t fit the iphone 6s (confirmed by arcam), which is fractions of a millimetre bigger. Therefore, i’m stuck with a case that i cannot remove, it is stuck fast. My only hope is to hack it in two with a saw. Sounds fantastic, but do not purchase for a 6s. Also, another point off as it’s incompatible with inline iphone controls that feature on many headphones.

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  1. At fifty-odd quid it’s a no-brainer. At fifty-five quid it’s bonkers not to. Assuming you have a iphone6 (it apparently fits the 6+ but read other reviews). I’m using this dac to drive a pair of sennheisers that the iphone was struggling with. They’re doing a fantastic job. The sound is bold, aggressive and punchy. With more subtle tracks from london grammar it is obvious that they’re lucid and lyrical, and the dac is punching above its weight. Arcane know a thing or two about music and they’ve delivered here. It’s turned a big standard iphone into an audiophile weapon.
  2. This review is from : Arcam MusicBoost – combined DAC, Headphone Amp & Battery pack for iPhone 6

    At fifty-odd quid it’s a no-brainer. At fifty-five quid it’s bonkers not to. Assuming you have a iphone6 (it apparently fits the 6+ but read other reviews). I’m using this dac to drive a pair of sennheisers that the iphone was struggling with. They’re doing a fantastic job. The sound is bold, aggressive and punchy. With more subtle tracks from london grammar it is obvious that they’re lucid and lyrical, and the dac is punching above its weight. Arcane know a thing or two about music and they’ve delivered here. It’s turned a big standard iphone into an audiophile weapon.
  3. This review is from : Arcam MusicBoost – combined DAC, Headphone Amp & Battery pack for iPhone 6

    If you love music you’ll love this. I fell in love with my music all over again.
  4. This review is from : Arcam MusicBoost – combined DAC, Headphone Amp & Battery pack for iPhone 6

    A must buy for iphone 6/6s owners looking for the best from their headphones in a portable package. . This really is a little gem for anyone who uses their iphone (6/6s) with a decent pair of headphones. Improved battery life, significantly improved audio performance and a form factor that sits nicely in the hand it’s a bit of a no brainier. Anyone looking to improve audio from a mobile device has typically had to purchase a separate amp/dac which makes portability a little painful, so the fact that the musicboost also provides a sheath for the phone to sit it without adding too much bulk is a much more attractive solution. I’ve not had the chance to properly test battery life yet as i’ve only had the musicboost a week but safe to say it’s significant enough to warrant all day phone use with long listening sessions. Anyway, it was the audio upgrade i was more interested in. The iphone can be a little brittle at the top end and the musicboost smooths this out nicely, added to the fact that the built in amplifier gets more volume out of your headphones this is well received. The soundstage is more open and layered with detail lifted across the range. Listening to a range of music it’s clear the musicboost adds significantly to the iphones native audio performance, all in all the audio improvement warrants the price on its own, the extra battery life is just a bonus.
    1. A must buy for iphone 6/6s owners looking for the best from their headphones in a portable package. . This really is a little gem for anyone who uses their iphone (6/6s) with a decent pair of headphones. Improved battery life, significantly improved audio performance and a form factor that sits nicely in the hand it’s a bit of a no brainier. Anyone looking to improve audio from a mobile device has typically had to purchase a separate amp/dac which makes portability a little painful, so the fact that the musicboost also provides a sheath for the phone to sit it without adding too much bulk is a much more attractive solution. I’ve not had the chance to properly test battery life yet as i’ve only had the musicboost a week but safe to say it’s significant enough to warrant all day phone use with long listening sessions. Anyway, it was the audio upgrade i was more interested in. The iphone can be a little brittle at the top end and the musicboost smooths this out nicely, added to the fact that the built in amplifier gets more volume out of your headphones this is well received. The soundstage is more open and layered with detail lifted across the range. Listening to a range of music it’s clear the musicboost adds significantly to the iphones native audio performance, all in all the audio improvement warrants the price on its own, the extra battery life is just a bonus.