Arcam AVR-600

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:

  1. Arcam AVR-600
  2. 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.
Arcam AVR-600

Manufacturer Arcam
Price €4400.00
Rating 110.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Genus (REC / GM / input.) Receiver
Dimensions 43.5 x 18.5 x 43.5 cm
Weight 25.0 kg
Power amplifiers, number 7
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Facilities
Colors
Remote control Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync No /.
Equalizer manual No
Bands / channels 0 / 0
Video standards converter -> HDMI 1080 p
Scaling
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks 0
Autom. Calibration with Equalization
AV connectors
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
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio 3
Headphone Jack Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
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
Review
Very fine, at the same time expressive sound, excelling even in stereo
Somewhat slow remote control
Sound stereo 105
Surround sound 110
Sound HD 115
Operation well
Facilities Very good
Processing Very good
Price / performance Very good
Sound judgment well over 110
tested in issue: 4 / 09