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Arcam AVR390 / AVR550 / AVR850 including Dirac Live®

Ellisdj

Well-known Member
Hi Matt and Mr X thanks for the feedback in the thread, I really appreciate it and I am glad your really happy with what I have done for you and wasn't put off by some negative opinions made by people for completely irrelevant reasons :)

I don't want to jump in too much but all I will say is if your messing around with Dirac you haven't got it right. Once the calibration is done correctly and the sound of the speakers and subwoofers is balanced and integrated properly which is much harder than it sounds then the desire to mess with it goes and you can just get on and enjoy the content which is what its all about.

Thanks guys and all the best,
 

goatlips

Active Member
Hi Matt and Mr X thanks for the feedback in the thread, I really appreciate it and I am glad your really happy with what I have done for you and wasn't put off by some negative opinions made by people for completely irrelevant reasons :)

I don't want to jump in too much but all I will say is if your messing around with Dirac you haven't got it right. Once the calibration is done correctly and the sound of the speakers and subwoofers is balanced and integrated properly which is much harder than it sounds then the desire to mess with it goes and you can just get on and enjoy the content which is what its all about.

Thanks guys and all the best,
Can I be nosy and ask what it will cost for a set up? I fancy getting mine done when my AVR settles down.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
Hi, best to find me and email me directly - I am not a paid advertiser on here and dont want to break any rules - thanks for asking
To clarify the rules a business cannot be conducted on the open forum or by PM. Thanks for complying with those rules.
 

JEDIBLADE

Active Member
If I roll back to fw 4.41 do I have to re-run Dirac?
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
If I roll back to fw 4.41 do I have to re-run Dirac?
You have to do a factory reset, which will wipe all of your settings including Dirac. But once you re-instate your settings you can re-upload Dirac from your PC.
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Arcam: the premium brand that can only be purchased direct from authorised dealers, No online sales allowed as only an authorised dealer can provide installation & support.











Or buy online from Amazon! :D


Wonder is the courier driver is Dirac trained?
 

fatboy frank

Well-known Member
Arcam: the premium brand that can only be purchased direct from authorised dealers, No online sales allowed as only an authorised dealer can provide installation & support.











Or buy online from Amazon! :D


Wonder is the courier driver is Dirac trained?
I think it's been a number of years since Arcam dropped "Can only be purchased direct from authorised dealers"

This is what they have on their site now.
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dave1956a

Member
I think it's been a number of years since Arcam dropped "Can only be purchased direct from authorised dealers"

This is what they have on their site now.
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Yes that would be a dealer like the one I spoke to , told me the 390 did not do atmos !! when I pointed out the pre outs for it were on the set I was told no that is height outputs not the same as atmos. Then when I pointed out the user manual showed atmos support the dealer replied "thats a misprint in the manual" " it is also shown on the Arcam website"says I the reply to that was "well the site is wrong" he went on to try to sell an 850 saying that was the only atmos Arcam model, unbelivable
 

Jim Whitaker

Standard Member
So I bought an 850, plugged it in with 2 channel mp3 from a usb thumbdrive. Regardless that the input is not the best the SQ is really great. No question on detail of music and depth of soundstage. Now to the problem of setup and connections. I tried connecting to my htpc via bluetooth. I connected an external audioengine bluetooth receiver to the AV spdif input, but... no sound. The digital signal should be no different from that of Arcam's "rBLINK" adapter. Anyone else know how to make this work?
 

dave1956a

Member
Have you selected the SPDIF as the source on the input you are using?

Page E29 of the user manual

Audio Source – Selects the particular connection type
for each input. The default is HDMI; this setting must be
changed if another connection is used.
Select from the list the audio type you are using on this
source.
HDMI: the unit is forced to use the HDMI audio
input for this source.
Digital: the unit is forced to use the optical
( TOSLINK ) or coaxial ( S/PDIF ) digital audio input for
this source
Analogue: the unit is forced to use the analogue
audio input for this source.

CD Direct – Turns off the compressed audio detection
mute delay and should only be used for sources that will
only transmit PCM audio (e.g. a CD player).

Hope this helps
 

Jim Whitaker

Standard Member
Have you selected the SPDIF as the source on the input you are using?

Page E29 of the user manual

Audio Source – Selects the particular connection type
for each input. The default is HDMI; this setting must be
changed if another connection is used.
Select from the list the audio type you are using on this
source.
HDMI: the unit is forced to use the HDMI audio
input for this source.
Digital: the unit is forced to use the optical
( TOSLINK ) or coaxial ( S/PDIF ) digital audio input for
this source
Analogue: the unit is forced to use the analogue
audio input for this source.

CD Direct – Turns off the compressed audio detection
mute delay and should only be used for sources that will
only transmit PCM audio (e.g. a CD player).

Hope this helps
Yes it should help, but at the moment my remote isn't able to control the settings and the display/controls on the unit are impossible to navigate. Also, it won't go into standby mode, nor does the remote turn the unit on. I was warned but then the sound is really outstanding.
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
The Arcam remote does have an odd characteristic. You need to press the amp button, then the remote will control the amp.

If you press one of the inputs, the buttons then control the source device, until you press amp again.
 

Jim Whitaker

Standard Member
Have you selected the SPDIF as the source on the input you are using?

Page E29 of the user manual

Audio Source – Selects the particular connection type
for each input. The default is HDMI; this setting must be
changed if another connection is used.
Select from the list the audio type you are using on this
source.
HDMI: the unit is forced to use the HDMI audio
input for this source.
Digital: the unit is forced to use the optical
( TOSLINK ) or coaxial ( S/PDIF ) digital audio input for
this source
Analogue: the unit is forced to use the analogue
audio input for this source.

CD Direct – Turns off the compressed audio detection
mute delay and should only be used for sources that will
only transmit PCM audio (e.g. a CD player).

Hope this helps
Bingo. Thank you. Really must RTFM with this device. Now does the sub work with LCR?
 

Jim Whitaker

Standard Member
The Arcam remote does have an odd characteristic. You need to press the amp button, then the remote will control the amp.

If you press one of the inputs, the buttons then control the source device, until you press amp again.
"Odd" characterizes the entire setup/control. Didn't the guys know they need to write the manual themselves, rather than having their customers figure things out? But damn it sounds good. One more question then I'm closing down for the night: how to get out of menu?
 

Mr X

Distinguished Member
"Odd" characterizes the entire setup/control. Didn't the guys know they need to write the manual themselves, rather than having their customers figure things out? But damn it sounds good. One more question then I'm closing down for the night: how to get out of menu?
Going from memory here but I’m sure you just press menu again.
 

dave1956a

Member
"Odd" characterizes the entire setup/control. Didn't the guys know they need to write the manual themselves, rather than having their customers figure things out? But damn it sounds good. One more question then I'm closing down for the night: how to get out of menu?
To be fair Arcam do provide a very good printed manual, thats a full manual not a "quick set up guide" printed on a single sheet right inside the box. Written in english not a poor translation from another language.
 

Lrehcsa

Active Member
As the AVR850 is getting on a bit now does anyone know when it might be updated to a new model, last time I bought the AVR750 they released the 850 shortly afterwards and I don't want to make the same mistake buying an 850 to find out the 950 or whatever they will call it is released a few months later.
 

JoeSepi

Well-known Member
As the AVR850 is getting on a bit now does anyone know when it might be updated to a new model, last time I bought the AVR750 they released the 850 shortly afterwards and I don't want to make the same mistake buying an 850 to find out the 950 or whatever they will call it is released a few months later.
Already have:

 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
I think it's been a number of years since Arcam dropped "Can only be purchased direct from authorised dealers"

This is what they have on their site now.
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"Specialist Dealer" - Amazon? I'll give them a call later & see if I can arrange a demo... :)
Thanks Joe, AVR850 still looks like the current model on Arcams website?
The range name has changed to HDA. I can only assume the FMJs are still listed as current in order to not hurt the clearance of old stock too much. Which with the like of Amazon now involved I'm guessing are substantial.
 

Ultra2man

Well-known Member
"Odd" characterizes the entire setup/control. Didn't the guys know they need to write the manual themselves, rather than having their customers figure things out? But damn it sounds good. One more question then I'm closing down for the night: how to get out of menu?
I've posted this before , having to press the amp button is not unique to Arcam as I had a Pioneer reciever with exactly the same function where you had to keep presing the 'AMP' button.
To exit the menu just press menu button again.
 
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Cynar

Well-known Member
I've downloaded the latest version of Dirac (2.3) but get the following message when trying to install it on my iMAC.
Anyone else have the same problem?
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gscholefield

Active Member
Arcam confirmed today that there will be a "Final" update for the FMJ range but still no set date for release.
Gary
 

flax

Standard Member
I've downloaded the latest version of Dirac (2.3) but get the following message when trying to install it on my iMAC.
Anyone else have the same problem?
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You can try the following...
1) In system preferences/ security check off radio button for download Apps from App store only (versus Apple store and authorized developers)
2) Try to download Dirac.
3) You will get "This app was not downloaded from App store" plus a choice "open anyway" and some Agree dialog screens
4) Open anyway & agree and open the Dirac App
 

Cynar

Well-known Member
You can try the following...
1) In system preferences/ security check off radio button for download Apps from App store only (versus Apple store and authorized developers)
2) Try to download Dirac.
3) You will get "This app was not downloaded from App store" plus a choice "open anyway" and some Agree dialog screens
4) Open anyway & agree and open the Dirac App
Thank you, that worked a treat. Strange it’s never happened before. I’ve had the message at 3) on many occasions. Maybe the latest beta of MacOS has changed something.
 

Mr X

Distinguished Member
Having just acquired a clearance 850, I've also just managed to grab a P429 at a heavily discounted ex-demo price.

Not quite ready to rip open the ceiling yet to install in-ceiling Atmos but will do later this year and didn't want to risk not finding one nearer the time, so after a quick test will out it into storage.
Probably has made my decision to hold off any HDA range purchase for some considerable time now a bit easier and will stick with FMJ line as the combo has set me back £3400 and I'm happy with that.
 

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