Arcam are set to launch a whole raft of new AVR’s on us and a new processor in the next few weeks. The new models are as follows: AVR10 (£2299), AVR20 (£2999), AVR30 (£4999) AV40 Processor (£3749)
All will incorporate the new updated Dirac Live 2 room optimisation technology and support Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced. Main features include 4K (UHD) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP2.2 ability, Bluetooth connectivity and seven HDMI inputs.
The major update from last years models other than a facia change would appear to be 12-16channel delivery for 3D audio. The entry level 12-channel, 60W AVR10 looks like it is going to be a replacement for the current AVR390, although the 390 should remain in the range for the foreseeable future while stock lasts.
It starts getting interesting when you bump up to the 16-channel Arcam AVR20. This uses Class A/B amplification and is rated at 90W per channel. Step up to the top of the range AVR30 and you will get the fantastic Class G amplification previously used in the AVR850 to deliver 100W per channel. Last years AVR850 was the best integrated short of the Focal Astral 16 so it will be very interesting to see how the new unit performs.
Completing the range will be the new AV40 Processor which is very competitively priced. It employs the ESS 9026PRO audiophile DAC. Add into that 16 pro-grade XLR outputs, 16 single-ended RCA outputs, seven HDMI inputs, three HDMI outputs, 4K (UHD). Interestingly Arcam have decided not to eek out the old models while we wait for the next HDMI change, and also no mention of any kind of flexibility with upgrade boards like their peers Emotiva, Denon & Marantz
We will also see three new power amps: the stereo PA240 (£1999), four-channel PA410 1299) and (finally I hear you cry) a seven-channel PA720 (£2499).
As always we will look favorably on pre-orders and trade ins to enable upgrades to these units while offering flexible payment terms.