Arcam releases DTS:X firmware for AV receivers, cuts retail prices

posted on Wednesday, 30th November 2016 by Steve May

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Arcam has released a number of firmware updates, including the eagerly awaited DTS support for its latest generation of AV receivers. There has also been an update for its versatile MusicLife streaming and control app.

Arcam’s AVR 390, 550 and 850 (pictured above) all now benefit from DTS:X and DTS Neural surround, as part of their v4.06 firmware upgrade. Also included are improvements for DIRAC Live. DIRAC room correction (v4.06) now includes the code to allow compatible Arcam AVRs to apply Dirac Live on the height channels. This is said to make a substantial improvement to 3D audio installs.

The Arcam UDP411 Blu-ray player also boasts UPnP and video improvements. Its v082 firmware re-writes the UPnP section, thereby improving speed and NAS compatibility. The update is also said to include enhancements for video playback performance, both for 2D and 3D content.

The brand’s CDS27 CD/SACD/Streamer also claim from the same UPnP improvements with its v083 firmware. Arcam’s Solo systems are also in line for some firmware refinements, including consumer friendly Over The Air (OTA) Updates or via USB.

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The MusicLife 1.3.1 app delivers streaming services for Arcam Solo Systems and Disc Players, including TIDAL and Qobuz. Users also have Internet radio and Podcast support. Developed in-house, this a fast UPnP, Internet streaming and product control app also plays media from local servers to any Bluetooth device, enabling streaming to almost anything paired with an Arcam miniBlink or rBlink Bluetooth DAC.

                    Also read
                    Arcam UDP411 Blu-ray player review
                    Arcam MusicLife app adds Tidal, Qobuz

Arcam has also reduced the retail price of several key models in the run up to Christmas. The Solo One-Box Systems range are all seeing price drops. The Solo Music Stereo is now £1299 (reduced from £1599), the Solo Movie 2.1 becomes £1499 (was £1799) and the Solo Movie 5.1 drops to £1799 (from £2199)

Arcam has also confirmed that it is discontinuing the FMJ A19, due to component supply problems, and is adjusting pricing on its Class G.  The A29, a 75wpc Class G amp, now retails for  £849 (was £999), while the A39 125wpc Class G amp falls to £1249 (from £1599)

The CSDS27, a CD/SACD/Streamer, and the UDP411 Blu-ray player, remain at  £699 and £799 respectively.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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