Arcam’s New Movie Stars: AVR11, AVR21, AVR31 and AV41
Arcam premiers its AVR11, AVR21 and AVR31 alongside the AV41 high-performance processor.
Arcam's AVR11, AVR21, AVR31, and the AV41 are pitched as the Cambridge-based company's most comprehensively equipped AV machines to date.
Bragging rights are backed up by 8K @ 60fps support as well as AURO-3D, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, DTS:X. You will also find HDMI 2.1 with HDCP2.3 and HDR10+.
Additionally, the processor and trio of AVRs also sport wireless connectivity via Bluetooth with aptX HD, Google Chromecast, Apple Airplay2, and support, Spotify Connect, and TIDAL Connect. Finally, they are Roon Ready and MQA compatible.
Crunching the numbers on each model is a pair of ESS9026PRO audiophile DACs, together with ESS reference voltage regulators. Arcam states that this makes them as capable with audio as with visual.
The AVR11 and AVR21 each power seven channels of Class AB amplification, claiming 7 x 85 watts (all channels driven) and 7 x 110 watts (all channels driven), respectively, with the AVR11 featuring native 12-channel decoding. Meanwhile, the AVR21 adds a further four channels alongside an extra HDMI output to the AVR11's pair.
The Arcam AVR31 gets seven channels of Class G amplification dishing out 16 Channels of Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and AURO-3D decoding. Here you are offered seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, including Zone 2, eARC compatible.
The ARCAM AV41 AV processor supports everything the AVRs do, while its rear panel provides XLR balanced outputs promising 16 channels of high-quality analogue connection to power amplifiers.
Fear not if your room is not a perfect environment as each new model comes supplied with a room calibration mic and Dirac Live, the world's most advanced room correction software. This should ensure a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity, and voice intelligibility. Moreover, this is fully tuneable to your preference, thanks to Dirac Live Bass Control. Building on Dirac Live, Dirac Live Bass Management automatically maximise low-frequency performance from all your loudspeakers.
Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Planning and Strategy, HARMAN Luxury Audio, told StereoNET:
The audio and video performance of the new AVR range is simply spectacular. 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.
All four of Arcam's new movie stars will be on sale in spring 2022, with the ARCAM AVR11 priced at £2,799/ €3,199, and ARCAM AVR21 priced £3,799/ €4,599. The ARCAM AVR31 will sell at £5,799/ €6,899, while the ARCAM AV41 will be ticketed at £4,499/ €5,399.
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