The compact, sleek and solid rCube from Arcam is already an award winner and it’s easy to see why. With a clean and detailed sound, it brings wonderful clarity and focus to just about any musical genre. Under test, the rCube brought new life and revealed new detail in tracks we were all too familiar with.

An rWand dongle lets users stream music wirelessly from an iPhone, iPod or iPad, while the rWave USB dongle does the same for Mac and PC users. Any rCube can wirelessly stream songs to another rCube, so you can potentially stream music around the house.

Arcam recommends you place the dock in the corner of a room but really the rCube sounds fine anywhere, including outdoors, thanks to a lithium-ion rechargeable battery for added portability.

OUR VERDICT

The design is intuitive, and the controls simple enough for any hi-fi novice to get the most out of their money.