Arcam unveils new universal disc player and amps at Munich High End Show

We've seen quite a few smaller products from Arcam's accessories range – such as the new miniBlink DAC – recently, but here in Munich the company is showcasing some serious new amplification and a new universal disc player.

It's sharing a room with KEF, and that's where we spotted the new Arcam FMJ C49 preamp (above, middle shelf, left) and a pair of FMJ P49 power amps (bottom shelf) driving KEF's new Reference series speakers.

The stereo P49 is joined in the Arcam line-up by the forthcoming A49 stereo integrated amp (below), which is expected to cost around £3500 when it goes on sale shortly. All three models have been designed and engineered in the UK, but will be built in Rochester, upstate New York.

Arcam claims the A49 and P49 deliver 200W per channel into 8ohms and 400W into 4ohms. They deliver 50W in pure Class A mode, while allowing for extra power reserves from the latest generation Class G topology.

The A49 has analogue and XLR inputs, an MM phone stage and headphone output.

Arcam A49

Arcam A49

As you'll also see from the picture below, there's a next-generation DVD, Blu-ray and SACD universal player on the way too, the Arcam FMJ UDP411.

There's no confirmation on price as yet, but it's expected to be in the shops in the third quarter of this year.

Arcam UDP411

Arcam UDP411

Also on display was the Arcam AV950 7.1 AV pre-processor which uses the same DACs as those in the firm's D33 'reference' DAC and can handle all the latest high-resolution surround sound formats.

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By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.