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AVR300 details

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by lmccauley, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. lmccauley

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    Just a quick post to tell you about the AVR300 engineering sample I saw at The Event II.

    It is 7.1 (if using it in 5.1 mode, then spare channels can be used to bi-amp fronts, or to drive a second zone) and supports DD EX, DTS24/96, DPL IIx. DSP chipset is Crystal CS49400. It has video upconversion from composite or s-video to component. 3 component inputs (which can carry European RGBS video when combined with composite inputs and inputs for w/s switching - using a special SCART cable).

    What else? 8-channel input (& pre-outs). 100Wpc with all 7 channels driven. It weighs a fair bit (don't know the numbers, but I carried it from the car-park to PJ Hifi and was glad that it wasn't too much further). Audio delay up to 200 ms.

    It's due out sometime in the first quarter/half of next year with a price tag around the £1300/$2000 mark, and I think I may see about getting a home demo to compare it with my Alpha 10 + DAVE.

    Cheers,
    Liam
     
  2. robocop

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    The specs sound very interesting.
    I may look at one of these to possibly replace my Denon A11SR.
     
  3. Matt Horne

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    Nice :)
     
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    I realise I'm pushing my luck in asking this, but is John Dawson able to reveal whether the AVR300 will be in the same ballpark as the A85/A90 in terms of its absolute sound quality, especially in pure stereo mode. I have just taken delivery of Arcam's new DV78, which I will use to send a digital bitstream for decoding by the amp.

    While I appreciate this is a subjective question to ask, it is a likely combination of source components that must have been put through its paces by Arcam's backroom boys, and whatever John feels able to reveal would help me decide whether the 3-4 month wait for the AVR300 will be worth it for me....

    Will.
     
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    Good question. I use an A85 with a Marantz SR4200. If the AVR300 is not as good in stereo as the A85, I'd get it to replace the SR4200. Of course, if the difference is marginal, I'd get rid of both the A85 and 4200, that should go a long way in financing the AVR300 :)
     
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    Very intersting. Chuck in a MCACC type thing and iLink (or what ever its nom du jour is) and I'll be first in the queue.
     

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