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Arcam launches high-end HDMI receiver and DVD player

May 2nd, 2006 · 3 Comments

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Arcam has officially confirmed the launch of its DiVA AVR350 home cinema receiver (pictured above) and upscaling DiVA137 HDMI DVD player. The £1500 AVR350 is a 7.1 audiophile design with 2-way HDMI switching, 7 X 100w amplification (120w in stereo) and a second zone AV output.
The model up-converts composite to s-video or RGB, but stops short of up-rezzing standard definition to 720p or 1080i.
The unit has the usual complement of audio decoders, plus a 7.1 analogue input for DVD-A, SACD or Dolby TrueHD. There are also six Arcam-optimised surround processing effects modes for 2 channel sources.
Arcam diva vr350 hdmi input

In addition to the dual HDMI inputs (above), the unit also has five composite and s-video inputs, plus three matching video outputs.
The AVR350 will be joined by the matching DiVA137 1080p up-scaling DVD player.

Arcam diva dv137 left

The £1250 player (pictured above) can scale to 720p, 768p, 1080i and 1080p, courtesy of the latest Anchor Bay technology, so that users can best match their display device.
At its heart are Wolfson 8740 DACs and the latest Zoran Vaddis 888S core processor, which offers compatibility with DVD-A, SACD and Divx files and formats.

Arcam diva dv137 rear
Says Arcam’s MD Charlie Brennan: “The DV137 is the result of the most intensive development project Arcam has ever undertaken. The company’s partnership with Zoran, in which our engineers worked hard to ensure that every single processing was of audiophile and videophile quality, has allowed us to be the first to market with this brand-new processor. We can now deliver universal music replay, stunning overall video performance and even better CD sound quality. This is a truly universal player and a great reason not to be a beta-tester for Blu-ray or HD DVD!”
Both products should be available from May.

Tags: Hi-fi · Home cinema · Trade

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hornydragon // May 3, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Why on earth didnt they put the scaling in the AV amp it could have been a true one box solution for all digital display owners (LCD, Plasma, DLP, RPTV etc) giving them full system control from one point? when will they realise that upscaling DVD is fine but most people spend most time viewing broadcast feeds!

  • 2 Administrator // May 6, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    Word from Arcam is that it’s largely down to economics. To put a scaler in the AVR350 that’s comparable to the one in the DV137 would have significantly raised costs.

  • 3 Hornydragon // May 7, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    well, the new DVD player is £450 more than the DV79 so it would add £450 to the cost of any AV amp it was added too? Thats half the price of an offboard scaler………and a cheap one at that.

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