Auro-3D Update Comes to Arcam’s New AV Receivers and Processor Range
Arcam's new range of comprehensively equipped AV Receivers and AV processor is now available and comes with a free Auro-3D update.
Arcam's AVR10 ($4,995), AVR20 ($7,495) and AVR30 ($11,995) sport the recognisable styling of the brand's HDA range.
The AVR10 features an impressive 12-channel surround solution with all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced. The AVR10 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence and also boasts full Dirac Live DSP room correction, as well as all the latest codecs from Dolby Atmos, DTS:X 7.1.4 and IMAX Enhanced.
Further features include 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0b with HDCP2.2 capability, Bluetooth connectivity and seven HDMI inputs.
Next up is the AVR20 which steps up to an impressive 16-channel surround solution and features all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced, and DTS:X 9.1.6 decoding, plus Dirac Live for room correction.
Finally, the AVR30 employs Class G amplification and offers a16-channel surround solution with all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced.
As well as showcasing the latest codecs from Dolby, DTS, and IMAX Enhanced, all of the new models enable GoogleCast streaming, work with Arcam's free MusicLife and Control apps, and use audiophile-level DACs.
Arcam AV40 AV Processor
Last, but no means least, is Arcam's new AV40 16-channel AV processor selling for $8,995 RRP.
The AV40 wears its skills on its sleeve (well, fascia), from Dolby Atmos to DTS:X to IMAX Enhanced to Dirac Live.
However, it's definitely business around the back with a rear panel sporting 16 pro-grade XLR outputs, 16 single-ended RCA outputs; seven HDMI inputs; three HDMI outputs; 4K (UHD) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2; and ethernet, RS232 and IR control.
Furthermore, it is also Bluetooth-equipped, integrates an FM/DAB/DAB+ tuner, and employs the ESS 9026PRO audiophile DAC.
Luxury Audio Sales Director, Scott Campbell, told StereoNET:
This exciting announcement marks ARCAM's first new AV models in four years. We have always been about quality, not quantity and users should expect these machines to work beautifully and sound sensational for many years to come. A particular highlight for me is the effortless levels of power achieved with our implementation of Class G technology, while the Class AB models continue to offer stunning value for money. As for the new processor, the way it makes its extensive features so accessible is a testament to our design team's 'must, must be user-friendly' mantra.
The Cambridge-based audio firm has announced that its AVR10, AVR20, AVR30 receivers along with the AV40 AV processor will now be equipped with Auro-3D, an immersive – and fully backwards compatible – technology and format that creates a full, three-dimensional space around the listener, said Arcam today.
The magic of Auro-3D technology is found in its introduction of, and use of, the crucial third and final dimension – the height layer. Utilising recommended speaker configurations that range from Auro 9.1 to Auro 13.1, the updated Arcam models promise to send you into the virtual world of their selected content, regardless of the original format.
The Arcam design team has implemented Auro-3D, combining the Auro-Codec decoder and Auro-Matic up-mixer, into the company's latest AVRs. We are told that this enables an immersive audio experience that accurately reproduces 3D audio for a superior effect. Owners of the upgraded Arcam AVRs just need to add a Blu-ray player, and an Auro-3D configured speaker array.
Auro-3D capable speaker formations do not require ceiling speakers, meaning there's no need to lug out the toolbox. Simply mount speakers above the existing surround layer to enable the necessary vertical stereo field. Here, the Auro-3D-equipped ARCAM models add a 'height layer' directly above the speakers at 30 degrees.
Auro-3D content is already available on Blu-ray discs, and the catalogue continues to grow. Crucially, though, Auro-3D technology also works with 'non-Auro' content. From April 20th, Auro-3D will be available as a firmware update for the ARCAM AVR10, AVR20, AVR30, and AV40.
Stock is now available, however extremely limited due to production and shipping delays due to COVID-19. Check with your local dealer for availability.
For more information, or to find your nearest dealer visit Arcam.
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