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ARCAM and 'DIRAC Live' bringing realism to movies and music

ARCAM and 'DIRAC Live' bringing realism to movies and music

Offering a level of sound quality that is recognised as being far above competing receivers, the AVR390, AVR550 & AVR850 are audiophile products by any measure. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, they deliver stunning realism with everything from heavy- weight blockbusters to your favourite concert video.

Laden with all the inputs and features that you could want, these new products from ARCAM deliver a new level of performance due to the marriage between ARCAM amplifier design and DIRAC Live room correction technology.

Dirac Live - What's all the fuss about?

This fabulous piece of software works in conjunction with the audio response of your loudspeakers and the room. When setting up, all the usual considerations have to be taken into account, especially loudspeaker placement. Once this is done, the installer/user moves to the setup programme.

The first steps into the sound field

Firstly the signal to noise ratio needs to be set within the room. Too quiet and the dynamics are 'squashed', too loud and the dynamic range is reduced. The level is set to -24dB. This is just right to maximise on dynamics and dynamic range. Each channel is set to this level by using the test tones that we are all familiar with in home cinema. At that's where the similarities stop!

ARCAM and 'DIRAC Live' bringing realism to movies and music

The measurements.

It is measured using a very sensitive specialist microphone and a series of signal sweeps. The microphone is positioned in 9 spots around the main seating area. This is to give the extended sound field for the listener/s rather that the usual 'Hot Spot'.

ARCAM and 'DIRAC Live' bringing realism to movies and music

Manipulating the sound.

Once the signal sweeps have been done the programme works out the frequency response of the system within the room. The most important part of these graphs is the spikes which are areas of resonance and the 'killers' of performance. These are the areas that need manipulation and with a little intuition and skill, will yield significant results.

ARCAM and 'DIRAC Live' bringing realism to movies and music

What makes DIRAC Live so very different, is that it can be manipulated by the experienced Installer/User to maintain the presentational characteristics of the loudspeaker, whilst gaining extra clarity and dynamics whose end result is a fantastic 3 dimension soundstage with pin-point object placement within this sound field.

Together with Arcam’s legendary amplifier technology, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X The new ARCAM AVR's deliver a captivating sound that place and movies and audio with pin point precision anywhere in the room to bring entertainment alive.

And there's still more!

Both video and audio stages are designed to embrace both current and upcoming technologies. HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 4K “Ultra HD” and 3D video capability are built in.

An internal tuner provides a fully integrated FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets) radio solution. Worldwide access to internet radio stations is provided through the network connection, which also interfaces to UPnP audio servers. The USB port supports memory devices.

Control is possible via Ethernet, enabling it to be fully integrated with whole house control systems, or via the iOS MusicLife UPnP/control app. RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR control are also included.

The AVR390, AVR550 & AVR850 are designed in the UK.

Dolby Atmos & DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding
4K (UHD) HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2
7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible
Dirac Live ® for Arcam room correction
Spotify ® Connect enabled
Cirrus CS42528 audiophile DAC
Class G power amplification
Ethernet, RS232 and IR control
Free MusicLife iOS UPnP and control app

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