Cambridge maker, ARCAM has announced three new AVRs and a high-performance processor.
ARCAM has released details of four new home cinema models: the AVR11, the AVR21, the AVR31, and the AV41. The company says that this launch heralds the arrival of the Cambridge maker’s most comprehensively equipped AV machines to date, enabling users to fully experience the latest audio-visual technologies whilst revelling in the thrilling musicality for which ARCAM designs are renowned.
All models embrace 8K@60fps; AURO-3D; Dolby Atmos; Dolby Vision; DTS:X; HDMI 2.1 with HDCP2.3; and HDR10+. The four also support Apple Airplay2; Bluetooth with aptX HD; Google Chromecast; MQA; Spotify Connect; Roon and TIDAL Connect. When it comes to digital-to-analogue conversion, the ARCAM design team gives each machine dual ESS9026PRO audiophile DACs, together with ESS reference voltage regulators. These machines are as capable with audio as they are with visual, says ARCAM.
Even when equipped with the latest connectivity, the room will always impact a system’s sound quality. To solve this universal dilemma, ARCAM includes a room calibration mic and arms the quartet with Dirac Live room correction software. Working in harmony with Dirac Live, the new ARCAM models have been created to deliver a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity, and voice intelligibility. Fully tuneable to any preference. ARCAM also readies its machines for Dirac Live Bass Control. Building on Dirac Live, Dirac Live Bass Management automatically maximise low-frequency performance from all your loudspeakers.
The AVR11 and AVR21 each power seven channels of Class AB power amplification, charting at 7 x 85 watts (all channels driven) and 7 x 110 watts (all channels driven), respectively. The pair’s AV decrypting powers are extensive, with the AVR11 featuring native 12-channel decoding and its elder sibling adding a further four channels. The AVR21 also adds an HDMI output to the AVR11’s pair, opening up the option of a Zone 2 set-up.
The ARCAM design team equips the AVR31 with seven channels of Class G amplification. Class G implements multiple power supplies like a hybrid car engine rather than just a single supply. Suppose a dynamic signal is received that goes beyond the capability of this first power supply. In that case, the secondary supply is gradually brought in up to full rated power output as required. ARCAM says the result is a potent yet efficient flagship AVR that uses additional power only when needed.
The ARCAM AV41 is a high-performance AV processor that enables high-quality home theatre experiences. The significant collection of logos on its fascia gives a sense of its many talents – everything the AVRs support, this processor supports – and its rear panel provides XLR balanced outputs for all 16 channels to deliver the highest quality analogue connection to power amplifiers. Designed, like all ARCAM AV equipment, for music and movies, the AV41 perfectly pairs with its power amplifier stablemates, the PA720, PA240, and PA410.
“The audio and video performance of the new AVR range is simply spectacular,” says Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Planning and Strategy, HARMAN Luxury Audio. “Combine that thrilling performance with a best-in-class feature set including fully-uncompressed 8K HDMI video capability and the latest immersive audio decoding, and you have a real value that is unmatched in the market.”
GBP / euro prices (RRP) and on-sale dates:
• ARCAM AVR11: £2,799 / €3,199 / on-sale Q2 2022
• ARCAM AVR21: £3,799 / €4,599 / on-sale Q2 2022
• ARCAM AVR31: £5,799 / €6,899 / on-sale Q2 2022
• ARCAM AV41: £4,499 / €5,399 / on-sale Q2 2022