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It is when the standard 21161 software doesn't have room eq in it... or supports two 21161N's! The ARCAM's are based around the Crystal solutions that are dedicated audio DSP's with code supplied by the chip manufacturer that exposes a control interface. ARCAM do the integration bit of configuring the DSP's via this interface, but if the software doesn't support a feature (like Room EQ) then it would be rather tricky for ARCAM to add it.
Most AV manufacturers are in the same position as it's quite expensive to do custom DSP development as you need specialist software staff and all the kit that goes with it. The only UK manufacturer that I know of that does it's own DSP software development is Meridian.
When we did the AV32DP and AV192R at TAG we went half way and had Analog Devices do the core decoders and licencable technologies. We then ported this to our twin DSP platform and then designed and coded the rest, hence giving us a fair bit of control of the feature set and algorithm quality in the product.
My smugness just increases further Steve If I remember correctly Arcam had a hell of a job adding PL2x never mind an entire EQ system. Imagine how Udo would have been torn to shreds on the Tag forum if he had said "to bad! we arnt bothering with a HDMI audio input, we are just gonna stick a HDMI video switcher on the back and call it the AV32R DP HD"
Makes me wonder if we'll ever see something akin to the DP or AV192 but at a bit less than Lexicon or Meridians prices, it would be nice to have something to recommend to people at more like Denon or Yamaha pricing but without all the useless Disco, SuperFandangoSurround etc, parametric RoomEQ has real value and works, pity Denon/Yahama/etc haven't figured out that so far their EQ is more akin to graphic than parametric.
Perhaps in another couple of years the market will have caught up with TMA?