Arcam AV receiver rocks CEDIA award-winning media room

posted on Saturday, 15th November 2014 by David Slater

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At the heart of one of this year’s CEDIA Award winning installs is one of Arcam’s best-selling home cinema receivers, the legendary  seven-channel AVR600. The predecessor to Arcam’s current flagship, the AVR750, the AVR600 is a powerhouse performer that was hailed by many upon its launch as one of the finest sounding home cinema receivers ever made. “We always look to specify products that provide exceptional performance” explained Philharmonic AV boss Phil Turner. “Arcam delivers exactly that, which is why they’re normally the first item in our quotes”.

Winning the Best Media Room Over £15,000 category in this year’s awards, Kent-based installation company had little doubt it was installing something special. The project involved transforming a former dining area within a Victorian property into a modern media space, a room where the entire family could enjoy TV, films and music. Going into the job, system performance was one of the top priorities for the customer. 

The home entertainment sources in the room comprises a Sky_+ HD set top box and Blu-ray player. The receiver is deployed in 5.1 configuration with Artcoustic 120-36 SL speakers (left and right channel) either side of an 8000 series 65” Samsung screen, an Artcoustic bespoke C-2 SL centre speaker, two Modular SL speakers and a Panel Sub SL Duo. Multi-room audio comes courtesy of Sonos. The kit is operated through a Control 4 system. To help integrators, the receiver ships with an auto speaker setup calibration microphone. However speaker calibration can also be done manually via the sensible onscreen menus if preferred. The AVR600 is ideal for media room duties, offering network playback from uPnP enabled devices, as well as Internet radio. Media compatibility is standard, with FLAC, MP3, WAV, AAC and WMA all playing from both USB and across a network on a NAS.

“We're delighted for Philharmonic’s success at this year’s CEDIA Awards,” said Arcam managing director Charlie Brennan. “It’s great to see our technology at the heart of an award-winning installation. We’ve always said that it’s important for installers to create an authentic, immersive experience for their customers and we’re thrilled that Philharmonic’s project was adjudged to do just that in one of the toughest of the CEDIA Awards categories.”

The AVR600’s 2014 replacement is the highly regarded AV750. This model is joined by the AVR380 and AVR450. It’s a seven channel design offering 100W per channel, with 4K source pass through. The stablemate AVR450 (pictured below) is a 5.1 design featuring 5 x 90W, with the  AVR380 rated at 5x 75W. All three can be integrated within whole house control systems through RS232 or IP. They also sport 12v triggers.

Arcam boasts the AVR750 isn’t just the finest home cinema receiver it’s ever made, it’s also the best sounding stereo amplifier too. It’s certainly a versatile unit, boasting seven HDMI inputs and two outputs, both of which are ARC (Audio Return Channel) compatible. There’s also a trio of component inputs, four legacy phono AV inputs, plus a Zone 2 analogue output. Digital audio options include two optical and four coaxial. There’s also a 7.1 bank of preamp outputs. For more on Arcam’s current AV receiver range, visit our partner page here.

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A bit about Arcam...

The enjoyment of movies is dependent on an immersive experience from both picture and sound. Expertise in both fields is a prerequisite for any serious home cinema manufacturer and Arcam is one of the very few high-end Hi-Fi manufacturers that truly has both.

From the very beginning more than ten years ago, Arcam's research and development programme delivered products designed for high performance from the ground up. This approach has given the company unmatched experience in the home cinema arena and its current products reflect this in their performance levels in both pictures and sound.


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David Slater

David Slater started his writing career with SVI writing a popular column, he has also guested on publications like Home Cinema Choice and
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