Arcam announces new AVR range and AV processor for 2022

For what we are about to receive...

by Ian Collen
SRP: £5,799.00

Arcam has announced a new range of home cinema solutions for its 2022 collection, with three new AVRs and a high-performance processor due to arrive by the end of June.

The new AV receivers are the AVR11, AVR21 and AVR31, joined by the AV41 processor in what Arcam is describing as its 'most comprehensively equipped AV machines to date, enabling users to fully experience the latest audio-visual technologies whilst revelling in the thrilling musicality for which Arcam designs are renowned'. The company’s history and merits are hard to argue against so it will be very interesting to see how these new products compare with its existing models, when they launch in Q2 2022 (so between April and June).

Arcam AVR31
The Arcam AVR31, priced at £5,799 and due to launch in Q2 2022.

The specifications certainly give reason for optimism, with all models ready to support [email protected], along with the likes of Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, DTS:X, HDR10+, HDMI 2.1 and HDCP2.3. You can also add Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth with aptX HD, Google Chromecast, MQA, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and Roon to its impressive list of features.

They also come with dual ESS9026PRO audiophile DACs, plus ESS reference voltage regulators to help bolster the audio performance. By implementing Dirac Live’s advanced room correction software to its calibration mic, Arcam says these new models will deliver 'a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity and voice intelligibility'. Building on the collaboration, they also come ready to deliver Dirac Live Bass Control, plus Dirac Live Bass Management to help automatically maximise low-frequency performance.

Arcam AVR31
A look at the back of the Arcam AV41 processor, which is priced at £4,499.

Introducing the Arcam AVR11, AVR21, AVR31 and AV41

Coming it at Arcam's more typical higher-level end of the market, as opposed to the more affordable AVR5, it announced last year, the AVR11 and AVR21 each power seven channels with a Class AB power amplification (at 85W and 110W respectively). The AVR11 features native 12-channel decoding, with the AVR21 upping that count to 16 and adding a third HDMI output to the mix for an optional Zone 2 set-up. Upping things another notch, the AVR31 boasts Class G amplification across its seven channels to make it “a potent yet efficient flagship AVR that uses additional power only when needed,” making it a good prospect to replace Arcam’s previous flagship AV receiver, the AVR30.

Rounding off the collection, the AV41 builds upon last year AV40 model, and backs up everything that its new AVR siblings can deliver, with XLR balanced outputs for all of its 16 channels. Geared for music and movie lovers alike, Arcam says it makes for a perfect pairing with its power amplifiers, the PA720, PA240 and PA410.

Arcam AVR31
The Arcam AV21 will be priced at £3,799 upon launch.

Speaking on the announcement, Jim Garrett, senior director of product planning and strategy for Arcam said, “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 compatibility and the latest immersive audio decoding, and you have a real value that is unmatched in the market.”

Of course, we’ll have to wait until that Q2 window to find out just how good that value really is, with the AVR11 set to retail for £2,799 (€3,199), the AVR21 at £3,799 (€4,599) and the AVR31 at £5,799 (€6,899), with the AV41 processor priced at £4,499 (€5,399). We’ll update you with a more specific launch date (or dates) when they’re announced. In the meantime, you can get all the latest product information and a detailed set of specs on these models, along with the rest of the Arcam range, on the company website.

SOURCE: Arcam (via press release)
IMAGES: Arcam

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