Arcam FMJ AVR750 AV receiver tuned for movies and music

posted on Wednesday, 17th July 2013 by Steve May

home cinema  Hi-fi  Arcam 


Arcam says its latest AV receiver is not just the best performing home theatre amplifier it's ever made, but also the best sounding stereo amp it's produced too. That's quite a claim, given the calibre of kit the Cambridge-based audio specialist has produced in the past.

What's more, the new FMJ AVR750 been designed with the demanding custom installer firmly in mind. "We thought it was time to re-engage with the custom install market," Arcam managing director Charlie Brennan told Inside CI. "We think we've missed a trick in selling performance. What we've seen in the home theatre AVR market over the past few years is a race to the bottom, with brands putting more and more spec into their boxes as they go down in price." But the true cost has been performance, he says. Brennan describes the AVR750 as the natural successor to the AVR600, "which we firmly believe has been the finest sounding home cinema receiver in the world."

Arcam's MD insists that there are clear opportunities for specialist retailers to sell the benefits of high performance AV and multi-zone systems. "We've all heard bad multi-room audio. We have to fight back against that, we have to tell consumers they can have it all…"

Preview demonstrations of the new high-end AVR certainly prove impressive. Not only using physical media as a source, but also Bluetooth content streamed via the brand's remarkable rBlink Bluetooth DAC. Arcam promises that the power plant driving the new 7.1 channel AVR is equally at home with multi-channel movie soundtracks as stereo concert footage. "We're one of the only specialist brands that make an AVR that sounds great with music as well as AV," says Brennan. It can also take difficult speaker loads in its stride, he adds.

The FMJ AVR750, which has a retail price of £4,000, offers a full suite of control options for integrators, including IP control, RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR. In addition to a second zone analogue output, it also sports a 7.1 pre-amp output. In two channel mode, rated power output is pegged at 120W per channel into 8 Ohms, dropping to 100W when all channels are driven. Connectivity is extensive. There are seven HDMIs, three component and four legacy AV; audio inputs include four digital coaxial inputs and two optical inputs. The AVR also boasts 4K upscaling and pass-through, and has an integrated FM/DAB receiver and Internet radio.

Inside CI can also reveal that this September Arcam is also planning to unveil a pre-power combo based on the FMJ AVR750. The new two-piece will make its bow at the upcoming CEDIA Expo in Denver.

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Also read:
Audiophile Bluetooth streaming from Arcam rBlink
Arcam FMJ A19 amplifier looks back to go forward

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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