Having indicated to us that the AVR850 would be at the pinnacle of the Arcam AV processor range, it came as a complete surprise to learn last night from Arcam that a new, and, get this, British built, AV860 processor is entering production.

The bullet points for the AV860 processor:

  • 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
  • Ethernet, RS232 and IR control
  • Free MusicLife iOS UPnP and control app

Arcam has also included the very latest room correcting technology from Dirac Research. Dirac Live® for Arcam gives the dealer the ability to tune the acoustic performance of the system to any room situation giving the listener the best possible experience in their own home.

Together with Arcam’s legendary amplifier technology, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X deliver captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. Whether you are listening to music, movies, television shows or playing your favourite video games, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X deliver the full impact of the entertainment experience. Note: for a 7.1.4 system, an additional 4-channel amplifier (or two 2-channel power amplifiers) is required.

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. As with the AVR390, AVR550 and AVR850, the AV860 is designed in the UK. Uniquely, it is also built here, which is fantastic news.

Price is £3999

More details here.

There is a new DTS:X upgrade available for the entire range. Details here.

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