Arcam’s Impressive New HDA and 16-Channel AV Processor Pricing Announced
Arcam has further expanded its HDA range with three new power amps, and a comprehensively equipped AV processor.
Arcam's AVR10 ($4,995), AVR20 ($7,495) and AVR30 ($11,995) sport the recognisable styling of the brand's HDA range.
The AVR10 features an impressive 12-channel surround solution with all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced. The AVR10 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence and also boasts full Dirac Live DSP room correction, as well as all the latest codecs from Dolby Atmos, DTS:X 7.1.4 and IMAX Enhanced.
Further features include 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0b with HDCP2.2 capability, Bluetooth connectivity and seven HDMI inputs.
Next up is the AVR20 which steps up to an impressive 16-channel surround solution and features all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced, and DTS:X 9.1.6 decoding, plus Dirac Live for room correction.
Finally, the AVR30 employs Class G amplification and offers a16-channel surround solution with all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and IMAX Enhanced.
As well as showcasing the latest codecs from Dolby, DTS, and IMAX Enhanced, all of the new models enable GoogleCast streaming, work with Arcam's free MusicLife and Control apps, and use audiophile-level DACs.
New Arcam PA Power Amps
The HDA range also gets a trio of new Power Amplifiers, the PA240 ($4,995), PA410 ($2,995) and PA720 ($5,995).
The PA410 is a Class AB design delivering four channels of power, rating at 70W each, and featuring high-quality, high-performance components such as a toroidal-based power supply, an acoustically damped chassis, and paralleled transistor output stages.
Additionally, the PA240 and PA720 adopt Class G amplification. The PA240 is a two-channel machine, enabling 2 x 380W Class G amplification or 1 x 790W Class G bridged mode. Whereas the PA720 rocks seven channels of Class G power, available as 7 x 140W.
Both the PA240 and PA720 come equipped with balanced XLR inputs, and all of the new power amps enable ethernet and RS232 control. Bringing Arcam's power amplifier family bang up to date, the new threesome promises some serious muscle, complete with Class G amplifier technology.
New AV processor
Last, but no means least, is Arcam's new AV40 16-channel AV processor that is expected to sell locally for $8,995 RRP.
The AV40 wears its skills on its sleeve (well, fascia), from Dolby Atmos to DTS:X to IMAX Enhanced to Dirac Live.
However, it's definitely business around the back with a rear panel sporting 16 pro-grade XLR outputs, 16 single-ended RCA outputs; seven HDMI inputs; three HDMI outputs; 4K (UHD) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2; and ethernet, RS232 and IR control.
Furthermore, it is also Bluetooth-equipped, integrates an FM/DAB/DAB+ tuner, and employs the ESS 9026PRO audiophile DAC.
Luxury Audio Sales Director, Scott Campbell, told StereoNET:
This exciting announcement marks ARCAM's first new AV models in four years. We have always been about quality, not quantity and users should expect these machines to work beautifully and sound sensational for many years to come. A particular highlight for me is the effortless levels of power achieved with our implementation of Class G technology, while the Class AB models continue to offer stunning value for money. As for the new processor, the way it makes its extensive features so accessible is a testament to our design team's 'must, must be user-friendly' mantra.
The new models are expected to ship late this year and should be available in January 2020.
For more information, visit Arcam.