Arcam AV860 AV Processor Announced
Some exciting news for the new year, Arcam have announced their long awaited replacement for the AV950 - The AV860!!! Due in January 2017. We are looking forward to receiving our demo model.
This has caught a few people by surprise as earlier this year it was noticed off a return command:
"AV960 Response: “AMXB<Device-SDKClass=Receiver><Device-Make=ARCAM><Device-Model=AV960><Device-Revision=x.y.z> ”
So the forums were ablaze with talk of an imminent release of the AV960. This was followed shortly by denial from Arcam of there going to be an AV960 (sort of true), which many took as a sign that Arcam had pulled out of the AV processor market... Fortunately the rumours turned out not to be true with Arcam releasing specifications and pictures of the their new AV processor this week.
Spec wise the AV860 is looking impressive and ticking all the right boxes:
- 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
- Cirrus CS42528 audiophile DAC
- Balanced Outputs
It will have a price tag of £3999 and Arcam have stated that it is going to be built in the UK, so overall rather reasonable. Currently if you are doing a full 7.1.4 system it will mean using 2 x P429 and a P349 as a minimum to drive your 11 channels making it a 4 box solution. There are other power amps on the market offering 5,7 and 11 channels, if you are looking to keep the number of boxes reduced. Either way you will want an AV860 at the head of your system for sure but here's hoping Arcam have something else up their sleeve.
Available for pre-order now just click here