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Discussion in 'Arcam Forum' started by hippiemark, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. hippiemark

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    i don't think anyone saw that coming.
  3. Slackadder

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    Guys,

    Other post in the forum talking about AVr500 was from late 2008.....

    He was right!

    Good news! :thumbsup:

    Anthony
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    Just done a quick Google and there are 3 results for " Arcam AVR 500 " - 2 of which are this thread and the original.
    All hail the power of of AVForums :clap:

    Wonder when the 400 & 450s will be coming ?

    This may definitely interest me more than the 600 as I currently only use my AVR350 as a processor and to drive 2 surround speakers and a sub and £3k plus was a bit much just for this to justify getting a 600.
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    Davie,

    I have the AVR300 so am in the same boat - hopefully the 500 will be the sweetspot of price and performance!!

    Anthony
  6. hippiemark

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    davie, i got the impression a few months ago that there will never be a 400 or any 4 numbered product. apparently something to do with 4 being an unlucky number? i don't understand why.

    i just hope that the avr 500 has pre outs, thats the one thing i kick myself for not getting a 3xx when i bought my 250. i'd love a power amp.
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    Never heard of 4 being unlucky :confused:. Learn something new every day :smashin:
    The 500 would have to have preouts for me as well as I run an A38 & P38 combo for stereo / fronts for AV. I would reckon that the 500 will still be pretty high ( ish ) end so should have preouts.
    My dealer is having a sniff around later to see if he can get an idea of retail price. If he gets anything I will post.
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    I'm betting 1900 plus based on the price of the 350.
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    in oriental societies, 4 means death and numerical 4 also!

    another double meaning word.
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  10. Davieboy00

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    Good to know - cheers.
  11. hippiemark

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    swan song product then, ha ha
  12. hippiemark

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    just found this




    Arcam has achieved a global reputation for producing state of the art home cinema electronics that excel in both movie and music reproduction. Arcam have developed numerous world-class products for the AV market having been involved in home cinema since the mid nineties.

    The AVR500 is based on Arcam’s all new high definition AV platform that was crafted in Cambridge, UK over three years of intensive research and development. The outstanding reception already given to the first two products using the platform, the AVR600 Receiver and AV888 Pre-Amp Processor, suggests that the AVR500 will also set new world standards for audio quality in its price range.

    The massive feature set provided by the bigger AVR600 is not required for every home cinema installation and so the AVR500 is able to preserve the core performance of the AVR600 by deleting some of the less used connectivity. Removing the network card for Internet Radio, streaming and IP control capability has reduced construction complexity and cost. In addition the number of legacy video and audio outputs and multi-room connections have also been reduced recognising the move in many systems to predominantly digital connectivity.

    The AVR500’s seven-channel amplifier is rated at 100 watts (all channels driven) but its massive power supply ensures that it can drive even highly demanding loudspeakers without strain. Being fully equipped for the high definition world the AVR500 decodes all the latest Dolby and DTS high definition audio standard with phenomenal precision.

    The AVR500 offers customers the highest level of Arcam performance and sound quality at a lower price by reducing the feature set and absolute power output. However, no compromise has been made in the essential ability of all Arcam AV electronics to produce a level of sound quality that will bring movies and music to life like no other manufacturer.

    The AVR500 designed and manufactured in the UK and is available in black and silver finish.

    • Ultra High Performance AV Pre-amp Processor
    • Ultra-clean audio signal path
    • 100w per channel ultra low distortion power amplifier
    • HDMI 1.3a dual output video switching
    • Video trans-coding from component to HDMI
    • High precision decoding for HD audio formats
    • Dolby Volume* gain processing
    • 2 zone outputs
    • Optional Ethernet/USB audio playback / Internet radio
    • FM/AM Radio tuner with 100 presets
    • Optional DAB Radio module (Market Dependant)
    • IR and full duplex RS232 control
    • Superlative audio & video performance

    on here


    Sound & Vision - The Manchester Show - Arcam unveil AVR500 HD AV Receiver


    what i don't get is this bit

    • Ultra High Performance AV Pre-amp Processor

    does that imply that it will have pre outs? i hope so, i may have to test the banks willingness to start lending again if this is true, now it just needs to be priced under 2k, i'd rather it were £1400, if i ask for the radio to be removed can i get it for less? and in black please
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    wow that one has come out of left field
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    Sounds interesting....

    Wonder if the software/firmware is as buggy/troublesome as the AVR 600??

    I would be interested in hearing it, though I was impressed by the 600 when I heard it at TLC.

    Currently too busy with my life to arrange a home demo this month as I am away on a course for two weeks...

    Adrian
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    it could even be less buggy :)!

    we see it from many manufacturers where some bugs are fixed in future new models with hardware differences/lessons learnt from earlier models :) :thumbsup:

    great news Arcam

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    I wonder if it will have pre-outs ....

    if it did - it would make a wonderfully (potentially) cheap processor ....

    if I was Arcam though I'd design it like the 280 and have no pre-outs otherwise it would compete against the 600 ?

    I suppose its a balancing act of trying to be class leader SQ wise for a given price point, without stepping on the toes of the 600. I wonder if this will be similar to the AVR300/AVR280/AVR350 line-up ? The 280 was released at a lower price than the 300 ? but was similar SQ wise - just no preouts - and a bit less power.
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    IF i was an avr600 owner i wouldnt consider it great news.... :( but yes, as a prospective purchaser its the news everyone's been waiting for :)
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    I wouldn't really feel disheartened if I was lucky enough to be a 600 owner

    I'd guess most of the current bugs are software ? and if thats the case they'll be working hard to fix them not only for the 600 but also their new product the 500 - assuming is uses the same DSP chip and "parts" of the 600 firmware - just with features removed.

    wonder what will be cut-out features wise (the product specs on Arcams website are understandably a bit vague) - butI'd guess ?

    multi-room
    EQ ?
    the high end upscaling video processing
    pre-outs

    anyone know the release date ? or approximate release date ?
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    I for one would be very interested in a AVR500 as a more realistic option price wise versuses the Japanise brands -

    I think this would be a wise move for Arcam and i am sure would sell loads at the right price point - !!!

    As for the he said - she said kerfuffle reminds me of another not so niche now brand begining with A who now dominant the download music market :devil:

    Killer marketing :D
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    do we know an ETA for this product ? like early next year ?
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    The Arcam site news item says that both the AVR500 and irDock are scheduled to ship in November, which probably means they will be in-store for purchase in the 4 weeks leading up to Xmas.
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    CD37 :) AVR500 :) Arcam Bluray.

    Mmmmm :smashin:

    Big bonus due at the end of January. Does anyone think I'll be able to put this together by then?

    :rolleyes:

    I really, really hope so.
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    I think there may be a chance :)

    You don't happen to work in bank, by any chance? :D
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    Who said the motor trade was a toughie at the moment ? ;)

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    although not totally clear due to res

    but compared to rear of AVR600- looks like the 7 channel phonos to the right are MCH in - and not pre-outs

    what a pity - so no cheap pre then :( and a few less inputs (not that most people use most of the inputs)

    so looks like it'll be similar to the difference between the AVR280/350 then ?
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    oh I missed the price part of the article

    OUCH

    seems over-priced to me
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    I didn't notice that. I noticed the lack of USB + Ethernet. I think you are right though, it looks like there are no pre-outs.
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    yup - if you look at a picutre of the rear of a AVR600 - the top 7 phonos in that area are labelled MCH - the 7 channel (or 8 ?) input - which happens to be in the same place ont he 500- and looks - although fuzzy like it says MCH too

    would make sense - the 280 didn't have pre-outs either

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