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Arcam announces Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers with Dirac EQ

Arcam throws its immersive audio hat in the ring

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 12, 2015


  • Arcam has just announced their first Dolby Atmos capable AVRs but that’s not the only trick they have up their sleeves.
    The AVR550 and AVR850 have high-end room correction capabilities, thanks to the inclusion of Dirac EQ and a healthy seven HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2 compliance. There are also three HDMI outputs – two for dual display and one for multiroom – and system integration is offered via RS232, IP and Infra-red. There is also support for Hi-Res (192kHz at 24-bit) audio over the network.

    Both models are set for a November 2015 release, with the AVR550 and AVR850 priced at £2,400 and £4,200, respectively. Both feature seven channels of amplification but there it the possibility to upgrade that to eleven using a power amp. The major headlining feature the flagship product has over its stablemate is the inclusion of Class G amplification.

    While the pair will both come Dolby Atmos-ready out-of-the-box, DTS:X compatibility will require a software update. It’s not entirely clear when that will come (or if it will be free) at this stage but work is already underway at Arcam.

    Dolby’s innovative approach to delivering sound that better connects viewers with the richness, detail and clarity of the on-screen experience is something we are excited to deliver to our customers,” says Arcam CEO Charlie Brennan.

    Oh, and we nearly forgot to mention the volume knob is making a welcome return to Arcam products with these new entrants.

    Sources: Facebook, Inside CI

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