ARCAM have added 3 new AVRs (AVR31, AVR21, AVR11) and one A/V Preamp Processor (AV41) for 2022. From the looks of it, ARCAM is including all of the capabilities you could possibly need for a home theater setup, except for a built-in popcorn popper! Here is a brief rundown of what they offer.
The core features common to all of the new units includes the following:
- Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D Surround Sound Support.
- HDMI-ARC/eARC compatible.
- 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through (no video upscaling or processing).
- HDR (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG) pass-through.
- IMAX Enhanced Support
- Analog and digital audio-only input/output connections included.
- WiFi/Ethernet, RS232, and IR control (remote control provided). Control 4, Crestron, Elan, RTI, and URC compatible.
- 2 ESS 9026PRO audiophile DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters) for optimal music listening quality.
- Apple Airplay2, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, and Chromecast Built-in for streaming audio.
- Bluetooth aptX®HD wireless connectivity and music playback.
- All the receivers and the AV processor include Dirac Live room correction software (microphone included). Dirac’s Live Bass Control software is available at extra cost.
The AVR31 is ARCAM’s flagship AVR for 2022 (so far). In addition to all of the above features, the ACR31 also provides seven powered channels (Class G amplification) that deliver 100 Watts per channel (all channels driven at 8 Ohms/1kHz/0.2 THD). The seven powered channels are supplemented by audio decoding for up to 16 channels when connected to additional external amps.
The AVR31 includes seven HDMI inputs and three outputs.
A step down from the AVR31, the AVR21 still offers seven 7 amplified channels, but this time using Class AB amplifiers that deliver 90 watts per channel (all channels driven at 8 Ohms/1kHz/0.2 THD). The AVR21 can also decode up to 16 channels of audio (external amplifiers required).
The AVR21 provides 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs.
The AVR11 occupies ARCAM’s entry-level AVR in this group. It provides 7 amplified channels (Class AB) that output 60 watts per channel (all channels driven at 8 Ohms/1kHz/0.2 THD) and can decode up to 12 channels (external amplifiers required).
There are 7 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs.
Arcam AV41 AV Preamp/Processor
The Arcam AV41 is an AV processor that has most of the features of the AVR31, including providing up to 16 channels of audio decoding. However, the difference is that the AV41 does not have built-in amplifiers. This means that in order to power speakers, you need to connect the AV41 to external power amplifiers. The AV41 provides both RCA and Balanced XLR outputs.
The AV41 provides 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs.
Pricing and Availability
The new Arcam A/V receivers and preamp should be available late spring 2022. The US prices are:
- AVR31 – $7,740 at AudioAdvice
- AVR21 – $5,071 at AudioAdvice
- AVR11 – $3,936 at AudioAdvice
- AV41 – $4,499 at AudioAdvice
Also, check out our previous report on the “lower-priced” ARCAM AVR5 (There is a catch!).
If you need to add external amplifiers, here is what ARCAM offers:
- PA720 (7 Channels) – $3,300 at AudioAdvice
- PA240 (2 Channels) – $2,750 at Crutchfield
- PA410 (4 channels) – $1,650 at Crutchfield
ARCAM products can be purchased through Authorized Dealers.
March 4, 2022 at 4:02 pm
Five thousand dollars for a receiver? I like Arcam but this is nuts.
March 4, 2022 at 4:38 pm
I have had my Denon AVR-X4300H for several years now and I STILL can not upgrade to having Auro 3D. And if I do not turn off the upgrade notice, every time I turn on my receiver it asks me if I want to upgrade to having Auro 3D, LOL!
I called Denon USA just now and asked them to get the U.S.A. the upgrade as we have been waiting for Y E A R S! 🙂
Hopefully Arcam already has it for American customers. I hear good things about Auro 3D, I just can not hear it for my self…Yet.
March 7, 2022 at 6:27 pm
At last! I reached someone at Denon USA and found out that my AVR needed to be reset to factory defaults and then…It finally accepted the upgrade to Auro 3D! The other folks there had told me incorrectly (and they were sincere in their efforts to help!) that Auro 3D was not available in the good ol’ US of A. But it’s twue, it’s twuuue! It is available!
It is different than stereo alone or any of the other surround variants and I like it fine. No one farced it upon me, I actually wanted it and was willing to pay for it. I will try it for film later on today.
Anyhoo, that is all for now. Listening to Real JAZZ right now, America’s Gift to the World. And no, not “gift” as in the German definition of the word, i.e., “poison” but gift as in the Magi sense of The Word. LOL! That’s for my Mom! Cashew Guilt is more powerful than even The Force. 😉