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Arcam Releases HDMI 2.1 Home Theater Amps and Processor

Each model supports fully uncompressed 8K video on all HDMI inputs and outputs.

Harman Luxury Audio brand Arcam recently debuted four new home theater models: the AVR11, AVR21, and AVR31 receivers, and the AV41 processor. All models embrace HDMI 2.1 with HDCP2.3 for support of resolutions up to 8K at 60 fps or 4K at 120 fps, along with support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. Audio specifications include the latest Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D immersive audio formats. The units also support Apple Airplay2, Google Chromecast, Bluetooth with aptX HD, Spotify Connect, TIDAL Connect, Roon, and MQA. Each model features dual ESS9026PRO audiophile DACs and ESS reference voltage regulators.

Arcam AVR31 - Beauty SHot

Arcam includes a room calibration mic and arms the system with Dirac Live. Working in harmony with Dirac Live, the latest Arcam models deliver a larger sweet spot, accurate staging, clarity, and voice intelligibility that are fully tunable to the listener’s preference. Arcam also readies its models for Dirac Live Bass Control.

The AVR11 and AVR21 each include seven channels of Class AB power amplification, rated at 7 x 85 watts (all channels driven) and 7 x 110 watts (all channels driven), respectively. The duo’s AV decrypting capabilities are extensive, with the AVR11 featuring native 12-channel decoding and the AVR21 adding a further four channels. The AVR21 also adds an HDMI output to the AVR11’s pair, opening the option for a Zone 2 setup.

The Arcam design team equips the AVR31 receiver with seven channels of Class G amplification. Class G implements multiple power supplies like a hybrid car engine rather than just a single supply. When a dynamic signal is received that goes beyond the capability of the first power supply, the secondary supply is gradually introduced, bringing it up to full-rated power output as required. The result is a mighty yet efficient flagship AVR that uses additional power only when needed.


The Arcam AV41 is a high-performance AV processor. The significant collection of logos on its fascia gives a sense of its versatility — everything the AVRs support, this processor supports — and its rear panel provides XLR-balanced outputs for all 16 channels. Designed, like all Arcam AV equipment, for music and movies, the AV41 perfectly pairs with its power amplifier options: the PA720, PA240, and PA410.

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