Stereo receiver is aimed at audiophiles who want the performance of a high-end stereo amp, and the connectivity of a home cinema one.

Not everyone wants a full multichannel surround sound system in their home, yet they may still want the connectivity that a home cinema amplifier can offer with the performance of a quality stereo amp.

Enter the Arcam SR250, a stereo AV receiver making its public debut at CES 2016, and it's just gone on sale in the UK for £2500.

Under the lid is 120W of Class G amplification (as used in the Arcam A49), which allows the unit to run in full Class A mode for most of the time, then switch to Class A/B when more power is required. Arcam says that because it only has to provide two channels of amplification, not five or more, it has been able to spec the SR250 with better quality amps.

Yet at the same time it offers all the connectivity you could need for home cinema as well as hi-fi duties. There are seven HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 compatibility (and six of them will handle 4K video signals), three HDMI outputs with ARC (Audio Return Channel), ethernet connectivity and auto setup using Dirac Live room correction.

Music lovers get the benefit of built-in Spotify Connect and a free MusicLife iOS streaming and control app.

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Comments

Leeps's picture

Strange pricing

I think there's a real market for a product LIKE this, but at a significantly lower price.

It's interesting that this 2-channel only HDMI receiver is more expensive than Arcam's own 7.1 receivers: all but the very top-end model.  Pioneer's, Yamaha's, Anthem's most expensive multi-channel AV receivers usually top out at the £2k mark.

 

SO THIS PRODUCT OFFERS LESS FOR MORE? HMMMMM.

 

If AV receiver manufacturers produced stereo HDMI receivers between the £500 and £1500 price point, it would make more sense.  But when the SR250 is more expensive than say Anthem's MRX710 (so likely also more expensive than the soon-to-be-released MRX720) which offers top notch sound quality AND multi-channel capability for less cash, you wonder where the saving on parts has gone in the SR250.

 

Usually the argument against AV receivers vs integrated amps is that AVR's have more channels, so more parts and more cost at any given price point, so a comparatively priced integrated should be able to offer a higher quality amp AT THE SAME PRICE.  So it seems odd that Arcam have pitched this product at a higher price than most comparative high end MULTI-CHANNEL AVR's.

ellisdj's picture

Its Class G amplification -

Its Class G amplification - equivalent from Arcam multi channel is about twice this price.

I think you have the arguement the wrong way round - higher price, less parts = better quality parts used - or the reverse for AV Products your comparing to

However Arcam are expensive.

Having Dirac built into this amp will likely be a game changer for a lot of 2 channel users that can also integrate this product with multi channel sources in one box.

So considering its a 1 box does all - if the SQ is there is not expensive really

Gilboa's picture

Arcam

A two channel AV receiver. Arcam might of created a market niche all to itself with this. But you can buy a really good stereo amp with built-in DAC and streaming capabilities (or not...depending on preference) for that same 2.5K! Still if you're space limited and have to put all your AV equipment in one place, appreciate high quality music but don't want to mess about with surround sound, this could be a good choice...come to think of it, if it wasn't so expensive, this could of been a good solution for me, as I fit the above criteria!

lpv's picture

All Arcam produts are

All Arcam produts are overpriced - simple as that. 

 

Sliced Bread's picture

Nice

This really stokes my interest!