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:
- 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.
- 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.