Arcam has used CES to publically unveil the new AV860 AV processor which serves as the new flagship of their AV lineup.
The AV860 takes the bulk of the processing from the AVR850 one-box AV Receiver but strips out the class G amplification. The speaker terminals are replaced by a complete complement of 7.1.4 XLR and RCA outputs for full Dolby Atmos and DTS:X configurations. DAB/FM, Spotify Connect and UPnP streaming are supported along with an extensive selection of HDMI 2.0a connections and a supporting selection of legacy inputs.
The most important feature specific to Arcam is the Dirac Live room processing software. Having tested this in some of the company's one-box products, it should ensure that the AV860 is able to deliver the ability to perfectly tune the output of the supporting amps and speakers. There is no immediate sign of a partnering multichannel amplifier for the AV860 with the existing A49 and A349 amps offering the ability to create 11 channels of power, although the AV860 will work with any suitably specified power amp. Pricing on the unit was not available when we visited the Arcam stand at the show but with production having started now, the unit will available very soon.
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