I purchased a HDMI 1.4 version AVR600 in early November. The outside of the box stated “Software version 3.10 Updated 11/4/2013”. Checking Menu/Info confirms this.
This is a pretty complex piece, at least to me. On initial setup I had picture but no sound. A reset to factory defaults and rerunning set up cured this.
Getting HDMI to output to two displays simultaneously proved difficult but I did finally get that resolved.
I am extremely pleased /thrilled with the sound. No pops, HDMI handshake or other issues save one. My guess is the current firmware actually has a mute routine written into the code, as the sound does mute briefly when changing inputs or even when adjusting one of the mode parameters. (Adjusting the treble for instance)
I did purchase the rControl app for iPad and iPhone along with the ethernet-to-RS232 converter. This app works very well and has a cool feel to it.
Thus far the unit is proving quite reliable.
The “Net” input is with its internet radio is a neat feature and the ability to browse and select favorites (at this site http://www.arcamradio.co.uk/setupapp/arc/asp/AuthLogin/SignIn.asp
) from among 27,000 stations helps to improve the somewhat clunky feel of this interface.
Home network streaming is an important feature for me as I have ripped most of my CD collection to my home PC in WMA Lossless format. The Arcam plays this file type perfectly.
My one issue is even though Arcam clearly states it will play FLAC, mine does not. My unit recognizes the album, artist, file type, "flac" and then the screen shows “File Format Error” and does not play.
Interestingly my Oppo BDP-93 will not play WMA Lossless, but does play streamed FLAC files. So, I can play both file types, but with some inconvenience.
I have been downloading several 24/96 hi rez FLAC files from HD Tracks lately. They sound great but I have to play them through the Oppo, whereas my ripped CD’s need to be streamed through the Arcam. Obviously I would like one unit to play both WMA Lossless and FLAC
May I ask anyone with a HDMI 1.4 AVR600 either with software version 3.1 or earlier to attempt playing a FLAC file and let me know what happens?
I have corresponded with the very cordial Tom McGhee, Arcam's U.S. tech Rep, but at this point do not have a resolution.
My guess/hope is this is a software issue and not related to the HDMI 1.4 board and hope at some point a software update will resolve the issue. If someone with a HDMI 1.4 Arcam board can play FLAC with a different software version, then it is likely software. If they can play FLAC with the same 3.1 software, I probably have a hardware problem.
I will appreciate any reply.
Thanks,Edited by JDEATON - 12/22/13 at 7:00am