Arcam AVR850 User Review

  • Lesmor
    Some glaring omissions lets it down
    Review of Arcam AVR850 AV Receiver by Lesmor, Mar 28, 2016.
    The manual does not reflect how to properly set up this AVR
    The Arcam AVR850 as a Dolby Atmos receiver is limited, due to the following

    Stand alone it is a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos receiver when Atmos discs are mastered with a 7ch bed.
    It only supports a universal crossover in the setup menu which on a flagship is unforgivable.
    Although it has two Sub woofer outputs there is only a common single distance setting
    It doesn't support FH/RH which is a valid Dolby configuration.

    The review suggests ceiling speakers will eventually be calibrated by Dirac with a firmware update, this is debatable and down to a third party to provide.
    If it does happen then it would give Arcam a USP compared to the competition.

    I had originally posted a damning review based on the information provided in the manual which was incorrect and confusing and for the most part should be ignored
    Proper set up is achieved by trial and error
    After discussion with my dealer most of these were addressed so thanks.

    For transparency I bought this AVR in preparation for receiving a new speaker system which has yet to arrive so as yet I cannot comment on sound quality.

    This item was purchased for £4200 from themovierooms in 2016. The reviewer still owns this product.


    • Dirac
    • Solid build
    • Minimalistic design putting resources into what is important the sound quality


    • Universal crossover
    • A poor user manual resulting in confusion in its configuration
    • Does not support FH RH which is a valid Dolby configuration
    • As a stand alone Dolby Atmos AVR it can only support 5.1.2
    • A single distance setting for Duel sub woofers

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    Value For Money



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