Question Arcam AVR550 as a processor/pre

kevshed

Active Member
Hi folks , my av9 died and I'm now ready to upgrade. I was going to go for a used AV888, but looking at prices there are some good deals on the AVR550 around .... I'll be using my P7 as amplification, so am curious what folks think about using the 550 just a pre ?

It seems a lot more up to date than the 888, just wonder if the quality of the processing stages cuts it ...

Thoughts ?

Thx
 

camelot1971

Well-known Member
The 390/550/850 all have the same pre-stage. It makes a lot of sense as it's vastly more up to date than the 888. If I were you, I'd look for a 390.
 

kevshed

Active Member
The 390/550/850 all have the same pre-stage. It makes a lot of sense as it's vastly more up to date than the 888. If I were you, I'd look for a 390.

Hmm had not considered the 390, thx will take a look
 

kevshed

Active Member
interesting - i didn't realise that these were only variants at the amplification stage. Given Dirac i think will help me immensly, i think this is the way to go. thanks !
 

kevshed

Active Member
Any thoughts on the power supply being different between the 390 and 550? I suspect this would effect the amp stage more than the processing right ?
 

camelot1971

Well-known Member
I don't know - a question for Arcam perhaps.
 

kevshed

Active Member
Do they still watch the forum ? If so, what say ye :)
 

camelot1971

Well-known Member
You would be better off giving them a call or sending an email - the contact details are on the Arcam website.
 

kevshed

Active Member
You would be better off giving them a call or sending an email - the contact details are on the Arcam website.

Clearly:) - did some reading looks like the power supply is really related to the class G output, so prob not bearing ... got my hunt on :)
 

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