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Arcam AVR750 - Review

In case it's of interest, here is the first review that I've seen: http://www.homecinemachoice.com/news/article/arcam-fmj-avr750-review/16501/

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I’m sure it will sound good, but after living with the AVR600 and BDP100 for three years my loyalty has well and truly gone.

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Well that's the first time

Well that's the first time I've ever heard of "Class G amplification." :?

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While the review seems ok, I get the impression that reading between the lines, it’s another poorly equipped, 1 trick pony, at an extortionate price.

How Arcam have gone from great to poor in such a few short years is beyond me. Frown

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iainl2005 wrote:

I’m sure it will sound good, but after living with the AVR600 and BDP100 for three years my loyalty has well and truly gone.

At least this time around Arcam has recognised its weakness, & got someone else to do the software bit:

"The entire HDMI and video processing stage is new, sourced from Analog Devices. This is quite a change from its predecessor, which featured software specifically written in-house by Arcam. Unfortunately, that bravery led to a number of reliability issues. In comparison, this platform appears bulletproof. The receiver’s video switching time has improved, too, and the AVR basically handshakes with every hot plug as soon as it’s powered up, which dramatically improves overall slickness and usability. All sources can be upscaled to 4K resolution."

Only time will tell if this overcomes reliability issues that plagued its predecessors.

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Big Chris wrote:
Well that's the first time I've ever heard of "Class G amplification." :?

Here is an explanation (see half way down): http://www.iar-80.com/page164.html

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abacus wrote:

While the review seems ok, I get the impression that reading between the lines, it’s another poorly equipped, 1 trick pony, at an extortionate price.

How Arcam have gone from great to poor in such a few short years is beyond me. Frown

Bill

Like its predecessor the AVR600, it puts remarkable sound quality first.......but hopefully in a more reliable package.

If you want to know what the fuss is about, you need to listen to one,

"We should no more let numbers define audio quality than we should let chemical analysis be the arbiter of fine wines."  Nelson Pass

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CnoEvil wrote:

abacus wrote:

While the review seems ok, I get the impression that reading between the lines, it’s another poorly equipped, 1 trick pony, at an extortionate price.

How Arcam have gone from great to poor in such a few short years is beyond me. Frown

Bill

Like its predecessor the AVR600, it puts remarkable sound quality first.......but hopefully in a more reliable package.

If you want to know what the fuss is about, you need to listen to one,

I agree you have to listen to one first, however if its anything like the AVR 600 then it will be great with music, but a waste of space for home cinema.

For the same price or less you could get a top home cinema receiver and a top stereo amp which will give you the best of both worlds. (This combination easily blew the AVR 600 out of the water in both sound and features)

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abacus wrote:

I agree you have to listen to one first, however if its anything like the AVR 600 then it will be great with music, but a waste of space for home cinema.

For the same price or less you could get a top home cinema receiver and a top stereo amp which will give you the best of both worlds. (This combination easily blew the AVR 600 out of the water in both sound and features)

Bill

That's a matter of opinion.

I compared the AVR600 with a couple of good AVRs from other brands, incuding Yamaha and Pioneer's Susano....and chose the Arcam......One of the features that I find excellent is Dolby Volume.

On 2 channel, i preferred it to amps like Moon i7, Coda CSi and MF M6i

It's not just me though, as the outright performance has received much acclaim.

I certainly won't disagree that it was far too buggy - which should mean they have learned from their mistakes. It's much too soon to be disparaging about their new product.

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CnoEvil wrote:
It's much too soon to be disparaging about their new product.

Good Grud Cno, you've been here long enough to know it's NEVER too soon to be disparaging about any product you've not even seen, never mind heard...

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CnoEvil wrote:

abacus wrote:

While the review seems ok, I get the impression that reading between the lines, it’s another poorly equipped, 1 trick pony, at an extortionate price.

How Arcam have gone from great to poor in such a few short years is beyond me. Frown

Bill

Like its predecessor the AVR600, it puts remarkable sound quality first.......but hopefully in a more reliable package.

If you want to know what the fuss is about, you need to listen to one,

Hope they've improved the firmware - that was their achilles heel over recent years.

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RE: Arcam AVR750 - Review

If you're still interested, our review is now online here:  http://www.whathifi.com/review/arcam-avr750

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RE: Arcam AVR750 - Review

I for one dnt think there is much differnce between the AVR750 & 450.. The 750 has more power thats about it.  Saved me £1.800.

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+1

You are better off saving the money and spending it elsewhere, like on a power amp

Never been a fan of the Arcam range, just too warm and laid back for my liking.

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+1

You are better off saving the money and spending it elsewhere, like on a power amp

Never been a fan of the Arcam range, just too warm and laid back for my liking.

The new range is supposed to be livelier, more detailed and neutral.

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RE: Arcam AVR750 - Review

I tried the AVR500 when buying my LX83 a few years back. The AVR450 at the time had similar charecteristics and underperformed in comparison (as i expected perhaps). I wrote a huge review on it.

If this AVR750 is built differently and not like the AVR450 then it may find its way onto my demo list :).  However, for me personally I like a brighter sound, like the Pioneer, where things really pop and sound sharp.

If the Arcam has achieved what we say here, then it may just be the perfect AV unit.  Exceptional with music, now could it be the same with film?

Cno I will demo this and report back! In fact I'm on my way to Davids this weekend so maybe I can have him hook it up Smile

 

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