Arcam’s New AV Receivers & AV Preamp

Let us tell you this: Acram has plans! It will be launching three new receivers (AVR11, AVR21, AVR31) and an AV amplifier (AV41) as early as April. Needless to say, we're all pretty excited about this. Let's take a first look at the models.

No one is going to argue that the models of the 0 series (i.e. AVR10, AVR20, AVR30, and AV40) aren’t just extremely powerful. But isn’t it time for the next generation? Visually, they’re quite similar. Technically? Not so much.

The most important things at a glance:

The precision of conversion from digital to analog signal is always to the highest standard at Arcam, thanks to the high-quality DAC. As well, the multichannel models all support 8K and HDCD 2.3. They are Dolby Vision capable and also HDR10 as well as HDR10+. There is a decoder for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, and IMAX Enhanced. You may be familiar with these features from Acram’s previous generation. Of course, you do not have to do without Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, WLAN, and Bluetooth including aptX HD. And no complaints about the support for Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Roon.

Another highlight is the Dirac Live support, present in all four models. This includes a microphone for calibration as well as a remote control. (Learn more about Dirac in our blog post, though there have been many innovations and updates since this posted its associated video). Dirac Live Bass Control is also possible with the four new Arcam models. As the name suggests, this allows you to maximize control over the sound of the system’s bass.

A look at the differences:

You’ll find seven channels of Class AB amplification on both the AVR11 and AVR21 models. The former has two HDMI outputs (three on the AVR21). The AVR21 also has an option for setting up a second listening zone. The AV41 AV processor gives you XLR terminals for all 16 channels.

With the AVR31, you can look forward to Class G amplification with seven power settings. (Similar to its predecessor, the AVR30. Incidentally, we’re offering it at a reduced price alongside with our HDMI 2.1 update). We would also like to point out the power supply, with two functionalities: If the model receives a dynamic signal that exceeds capacity, the second power supply is switched on, which is to say, only when it is actually needed. However, this switching is not audible. Thus, there is so much power available that the signal can be optimally reproduced.

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