dARTS 535 Series Digital Theater Review & Comments

big boss

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Great review!! Is it possible to add 4 ceiling speakers for Atmos?
 

gigglebug

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Great review!! Is it possible to add 4 ceiling speakers for Atmos?
I should just point out that if you wanted to run a Dolby Atmos system you could, dARTS offer the option to buy a second DP4000-IA amplifier with matching in-ceiling speakers.

Above is quoted directly from the review.

I see that the Acurus ACT 4 is mentioned in the review as well. That with 10K's worth of speakers would be a hell of a comparison test!
 

Mister_Tad

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So is this AVF now? Only reviewing AV gear that I won't be able to justify at least until my 5yo daughter becomes self-sufficient.

I mean, not that I don't love AV pron as much as the next guy...

EDIT: That was supposed to be more tongue-in-cheek than it sounds, keep 'em coming. I prefer reviews outside my price bracket because at least with them there's no limited danger of me getting any bright ideas ;)
 
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Evinger

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Great Review as always. This stuff is waaay outside my price range, but always great to see what is available when money is no object, & if it is really worth it.
 

Nativebon

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Derek S-H

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I could pay off my mortgage with £24,000.

I guess what you don't see or hear, you'll never miss. I'm happy enough with my "budget" HC system.
 

Coulson

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Isn't my Onkyo HTiB the same thing? Everything is made by Onkyo, they're all the same colour, black, and my Onkyo has a bigger LED screen. So why should I pay 23,500 pounds more?

This is my way of saying ditto to all the above...
 
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mb3195

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Great review, another piece of real top end equipment!!

Biggest issue for replacing existing installs will be the specific wiring used won’t it? Even if I could ever stretch to something like this, the wiring would make it a non starter for me.
 

SonOfSJ

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@Mister_Tad I like your post #6, especially the screen save! Yes like you and others, I'll never be able to afford the three recent items you have highlighted that Mr Withers has reviewed lately. Mind you, I doubt if Mr Withers himself could afford to buy these three items! But like others, I also like to read about these lottery-win items. And I won't be getting any bright ideas either! :)

PS You need to change "pron" to "porn".
 

xar

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Isn't my Onkyo HTiB the same thing? Everything is made by Onkyo, they're all the same colour, black, and my Onkyo has a bigger LED screen. So why should I pay 23,500 pounds more?
This one goes to 11.
 

Seriously Ltd

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Great review!! Is it possible to add 4 ceiling speakers for Atmos?
Yes it is big boss. These don’t have to be from dARTS and can be run with an AV receiver.
 

Seriously Ltd

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This really is a truly stunning system. We have spent a lot of time with the dARTS and are very excited to be installing a 7.1 dARTS system for a fellow AVF member.
 

MikeTheBike2010

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Interesting review, although I’d never be able to buy such kit it is interesting to read it is the best thing you have ever heard in your room!
 

Mister_Tad

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Sounds like an amazing thing... but fan noise????

At 24 grand...
I don't see how it's an issue, this has custom install all over it. Surely the overwhelming majority of these in the wild are going to be racked up in a cupboard, making cooling capacity more important, and fan noise less important.

Even in my room, positively low end in comparison, the kit isn't sitting out in free air - Am I wrong in thinking that a majority of purpose built rooms of any level would be the same?
 

Seriously Ltd

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The dARTS system will as Steve mentioned be typically installed by a CI firm like ourselves. The majority of the equipment will be located within a rack inside a cupboard or separate room rather than sitting on a shelf in the listening room.

The amp is also an advanced DSP unit with lots of processing inbuilt so not a traditional power amplifier.
 

the_dude2

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Great review Steve.

I havent set mine up properly yet, its all in a tempoary home and havent run Audyssey, but wow it sounds good out of the box!
 

danny daniell

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Sounds cheap for what it is, if it really is that good then the likes of Meridian, Lyngdorf etc should be quaking in their boots!
 

Paul7777x

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I don't see how it's an issue, this has custom install all over it. Surely the overwhelming majority of these in the wild are going to be racked up in a cupboard, making cooling capacity more important, and fan noise less important.

Even in my room, positively low end in comparison, the kit isn't sitting out in free air - Am I wrong in thinking that a majority of purpose built rooms of any level would be the same?
I’d imagine so. At this price they are very likely to be locked away.

But I’m not a fan of fan noise or the need for it.

Not that it matters, I’ll not be able to afford one naturally.

I find fan noise very obvious in many low level passages, in say, Baroque and classical music.

And not every film I watch is a bang a minute ball breaker. It’s also the reason I’m not yet able to buy a projector.

I had simply imagined that by now we’d have some silent heat removal abilities.

I’ve been technologically spoiled by reading the likes of Arthur Clarke and Isaac Asimov as a kid.

I need the future last month.
 

the_dude2

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Wow, nice upgrade Andy. Enjoy :thumbsup:

Are you running a projector setup with it?
Thanks Drew. You'll have to come for a listen when it's all done. It sounds amazing!

Not sure about a projector, it's quite the dilemma at the moment. Maximum throw distance will be slighty under 3m if I go for a more discrete installation and try and hide it in the alcove by the chimney breast (will need a reasonable amount of lens shift to the right), or have it sticking out into the room and use a reverse zoom lens due to the throw distance of about 2.5m that'll give me.

But I don't like the idea of it protruding into the room that much as I''m trying to retain some resemblance to a lounge.

So seems like a 75" TV might be the most straightforward option
 

Seriously Ltd

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Sounds cheap for what it is, if it really is that good then the likes of Meridian, Lyngdorf etc should be quaking in their boots!
The dARTS system has a different approach to many and is an alternative to consider. We choose the systems that we supply and install very carefully and the dARTS is one that we’ve added to our portfolio.

The Steinway Lyngdorf systems are a completely different animal.
 

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