While other high-end brands of the tradition remain faithful, as sound to trigger feature fans, Arcam seems determined to become the upscale comfort nobility of equipment Cinderella:
- Arcam AVR-600
- Data sheet
The AVR-600 scale analog video into any HDMI formats, operated thanks to “Auto priority” equal to two displays with each optimal resolution and allows separate tuning inputs around for brightness, sharpness, and various filters. The point of honor, that affects the video processor if necessary, for a scaling technically bad set-top-box, also on the five HDMI inputs.
Audio-inputs and outputs which would put Rolls-Royce with ‘sufficient’, delicious in the form of a USB and a network interface provides the 600 in addition to a number of conventional. The latter is used for the data eyes about from a NAS hard disk or PC – the 600 contains a fully fledged, comfortably controllable via OSD network player that understands even the lossless FLAC format and can replace a conventional player.
For the considerable extra weight of the Arcam to the primary, but is not the equipment responsible, but the decision of the UK-based developer for a conventional amplifier together with classic power supply.
So, a big toroidal transformer, which compensates for its compact diameter enormous height and for approximately a kilo Volt Amperes continuous load should be good finds in the AVR-600. To increase the efficiency of the seven-channel power amplifier, it supplies their transistors with two different supply voltages varying depending on performance needs Flash (and measure how sound unnoticed). Arcam combines this concept called “Class G” with low-distortion class A operation at full idle current up to about 20 Watts; further increase in sound waves at waiver on surround-back boxes – by bi-Amping of the front channels.
The Arcam turned out to be in the stereo pass but without the bi-amp-doping as one of the best-sounding surround-sound amplifier, the author has ever heard. Actually intended as pure function test for the integrated network player, developed the hearing session on the AUDIO-listening room-NAS (a NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo) to a sound journey through a wide variety of styles, which hardly more versatile and exciting with can make even noble CD amp suits.
Fed by a top CD player as a stereo amplifier, the Arcam played remarkably transparent, without ever even remotely analytical or even thin to work. That is not a contradiction, because the AVR-600 not generated the necessary space between individual sound elements by their reduction, but he enlarged the entire image. So you could for example, Alela Diane “pirate’s Gospel” from the eponymous CD precisely focused before – in this listening passage naturally inactive – Center speaker sing while opened a next, authentic space for the rhythmic clapping musicians around them.
The surround sound test began with Dolby Digital and DTS, so data-reduced multiple channel formats. Here, there was no place for tasteful reflection: the Yamaha relatively clearly distanced the Arcam offering the better mix of natural warmth and richness of detail. The newcomer, however, offered an amazing fine detail at manageable levels, but not as consistently maintained over the entire dynamic range this like the Yamaha.
Similar properties showed the receiver with the new HD formats, the actual Supreme discipline: at the same level as the Yamaha the Arcam delivered here a kind of an alternative with a stronger focus on the musical structure. Who tonal somewhat dry, but also very informative, musically expressive character reminds the AVR-600 to the larger integrated amplifier of brand – what is safe is no coincidence.
Technical data and test results
|Genus (REC / GM / input.)||Receiver|
|Dimensions||43.5 x 18.5 x 43.5 cm|
|Power amplifiers, number||7|
|Decoder for HD formats|
|Remote control||Remote control|
|Lip sync||No /.|
|Bands / channels||0 / 0|
|Video standards converter||-> HDMI 1080 p|
|Switched network jacks||0|
|Autom. Calibration||with Equalization|
|Digital inputs RCA / front||3 / 0|
|Optical digital inputs / front||4 / 0|
|Digital inputs HDMI / front||5 / 0|
|HDMI version number|
|Digital output HDMI||2|
|Digital RCA outputs||1|
|Optical digital outputs||1|
|USB ports front / rear||0 / 0|
|Multi channel input|
|Headphone Jack||Headphone Jack|
|True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm||110.0 W / 182.0 W|
|Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm||110.0 W / 184.0 W|
|RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm||97.0 W / 152,0 W|
|Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm||145,0 W / 95.0 W|
|RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm||152,0 W|
|Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm||128.0 W / 90.0 W|
|HiFi output power 4 ohm||0 W|
|effective pulse power front 4 ohm||0 W|
|effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms||0 W / 0 W|
|maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2||0 V / 0 V|
|maximum output voltage Z3||0 V|
|Number of appropriate channels||0|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm||88 W / 132 W|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp||90 W / 128 W|
|Noise line / multi channel input||93.0 dB / 0 dB|
|Noise phono MM / phono standard system||67.0 dB / 67.0 dB|
|Noise phono MC||0 dB|
|Digital noise||93.0 dB|
|Front noise ProLogic||79.0 dB|
|Noise ProLogic Center||81.0 dB|
|Power consumption standby / operating||4.2 W / 109 W|
|Very fine, at the same time expressive sound, excelling even in stereo|
|Somewhat slow remote control|
|Price / performance||Very good|
|Sound judgment||well over 110|
|tested in issue:||4 / 09|