Arcam MusicBoost S review

Forget death and taxes, the two things you can be certain of are the need for better quality music and your Apple iPhone’s battery depleting quicker than a jug of Pimm’s at Wimbledon.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone made a device that addressed both at the same time?

Arcam has done just that. The MusicBoost S is a portable headphone amplifier, DAC and battery pack that fits your iPhone like a glove – for the reasonable price of £99 (it’s had a price cut from £120).

It is designed specifically for the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, but considering there are of course tens of millions of those smartphones in use, it’s not as niche as you might think.


The original MusicBoost was designed with only the iPhone 6 in mind, and while Arcam claimed it would also fit the 6S, it was a struggle to free it from the case. The fit was far too tight, even with the iPhone 6.

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