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Arcam unveils first Dolby Atmos receivers with Dirac Live at CEDIA Expo 2015

Arcam has unveiled its first Dolby Atmos AV receivers at CEDIA Expo 2015. The new AVR550 and AVR850 models feature seven HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP2.2, as well as high-end room correcting technology from Dirac Research. The pair feature three HDMI outs, two for dual display use and a third for multiroom. System control is offered through IR, RS232, IP and Arcam's own iOS MusicLife app. The duo also mark the return of the volume knob to Arcam’s AVR design.

Both receivers are 7.1 designs - the headline AVR850 offers Class G amplification. Arcam has told Inside CI that it is also working on a four channel power amp for those users looking to install a 7.1.4 Atmos configuration. The receivers are also DTS:X ready - and will be firmware upgradable as and when the software becomes available.

In the meantime, the focus is very much on Dolby Atmos “Dolby’s innovative approach to delivering sound that better connects viewers with the richness, detail and clarity of the on screen experience is something we are excited to deliver to our customers”, says Arcam CEO Charlie Brennan. “The ability to now deliver moving audio that fills the room with breathtaking detail and control is a ground-breaking achievement in the home theatre environment. In addition, Dirac Live for Arcam will provide users with world class precision room equalisation with amazingly transparent results.”
The AVR550 and AV850 will retail for £2,400 and £4,200 respectively, and will ship in November.


http://www.chromapure.co.uk/files/AVR550_850%20Flier%20051015_C%281%29.pdf

Class G amplification

- http://www.arcam.co.uk/ugc/tor/a49/...he_ultimate_amplifier_technology_150714_A.pdf

- http://www.updatemydynaco.com/HistoricDocuments/ClassG.pdf

They also use class G amplification on this really neat speaker http://www.focal.com/usa/en/sm6/538-trio6-be.html
 

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The 850 oozes quality and streamline design (industrial modern simple classic hierarchy) all over. :cool: //// Hits the sweet spot...'G' class.
 

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Very intriguing to see Dirac finally in a receiver
Other receiver's manufacturers are closely watching the deep interest that it is creating, and will follow the financial revenues that they can deduct from that. ...Adding up to their own financial gains for the real benefit of their customers. Smart customers will vote with their wallets where it counts, in the sound. ...For our movies and music @ home.

Smart move from Arcam.
 

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I for one am very interested in the 550. That piece and Anthem's MRX720 are in top running for me for my next receiver. The main things affecting my choice will be price and room correction technology. So I suppose the question I would need to answer is which RC is the better one? They're both highly regarded of course. And then, if Dirac seems to be better, is it really $900 better?
 

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No news on a Preamp with Dirac?
 

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I don't think Arcam will offer a prepro. This is according to a frien that attended CEDIA and Arcam's private meetings.

Now Audio Control will have the MAESTRO M9 built on a similar OEM platform.

Probably late December 2015 or a tick later in January 2016.
 

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I don't think Arcam will offer a prepro. This is according to a frien that attended CEDIA and Arcam's private meetings.

Now Audio Control will have the MAESTRO M9 built on a similar OEM platform.

Probably late December 2015 or a tick later in January 2016.
 

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Do the two both have full Dirac? Any other DSP limitations in the $3400 one vs the $6k one?


$2600 will buy a lot of fine separate amplifier!
 

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The other alternative, AC, is working with Dirac to expand the channels beyond 7.

Not sure if that will trickle down to the Arcam's.

It depends if it is the OEM or AC I suppose.
 

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The other alternative, AC, is working with Dirac to expand the channels beyond 7.

Not sure if that will trickle down to the Arcam's.

It depends if it is the OEM or AC I suppose.
 

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The other alternative, AC, is working with Dirac to expand the channels beyond 7.

Not sure if that will trickle down to the Arcam's.

It depends if it is the OEM or AC I suppose.
Who is AC?
 

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The other alternative, AC, is working with Dirac to expand the channels beyond 7.

Not sure if that will trickle down to the Arcam's.

It depends if it is the OEM or AC I suppose.
Are you saying that the Arcam units will not have Dirac on all channels, and only the Audio Control units will?
 

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Those two new Arcam receivers are 7.1-channel receivers (5.1.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X) with Dirac Live (7.1).
? channels EQued by Dirac Live...in the AVR850 and in the AVR550?

http://audioxpress.com/article/Arcam-Introduces-new-AVR-s-with-Dolby-Atmos-and-DIRAC-Live.html

If you want a 7.1.2 (or 5.1.4) Atmos/DTS:X setup equalized with Dirac Live you need another stereo amp, and more Dirac Live?
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This is the Arcam SR250 stereo receiver with Dirac Live.

Arcam SR250 BackWeb.jpg
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And if you want a 9.1.2 (or 7.1.4) Atmos/DTS:X setup all equalized with Dirac Live you need two additional stereo amps (Arcam is also working on a
4-channel amp), and more Dirac Live?

So, it's going to be quite expensive to have a full Dolby Atmos/DTS:X 7.1.4 Arcam setup with all twelve channels equalized by Dirac Live.
That is unless more than eight channels are EQued with Dirac Live, for people who want that full 7.1.4 Atmos setup. You would think so though.


P.S. My opinion, based on my own deduction from various readings over @ other forums from the UK.
Arcam @ this point in time is letting us all speculate because their press release is missing vital info (about Dirac Live; how many channels).
 

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Those two new Arcam receivers are 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X receivers with Dirac Live (7.1).
They are 7.1-channel receivers with 8 channels EQued by Dirac Live...the AVR850 and AVR550.

http://audioxpress.com/article/Arcam-Introduces-new-AVR-s-with-Dolby-Atmos-and-DIRAC-Live.html

If you want a 7.1.2 (or 5.1.4) Atmos/DTS:X setup equalized with Dirac Live you need another Arcam receiver, the SR250 stereo receiver, with Dirac Live for two channels.
Can you cite where the article you posted says any of that? Direct quotations, please.
 
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