The music lover, yearning for the sonic rock in the surround-, should be studied intensively the test of the Arcam AVR 500 (3200 euro).
- AV receiver, Arcam AVR 500
- Data sheet
There is no question that the 3200 euro and 22 kilograms of Multikanaler by Arcam has a particularly robust body. But he is not just with great beauty. Much more than a display window and a few lenses button-eyes not brings the AVR 500 on its silver or black anodised aluminium front plate. May be, that some feel the milled slot on the underside as slick – effectively it serves the increased cooling air convection.
With the vain artificial flowers the other AV receiver to complain about, has the English not much on the hat. No virtual anything, no arena, no Audyssey up and down or back and forth. The purists if necessary so that the receiver can annoy, that its Dolby leveller and its Modeller – if not switched off accidentally – is assaulting dynamic jumps and the frequency response. Almost bashfully, Arcam built up a single measuring automatic – under urgent note to map a single (less important) input in the Setup result including equalizing please.
So, the on-screen control menu that is reminiscent of a good run exercise book, offers no more than English required reading. After all, the AVR 500 notes the boxes distances equal centimetre. It applies like a subtle fine tuning at the seven-channel spatialization of stereo output through Pro Logic IIx. Even an audiophile feature can be found with the possibility to select a stroke by 48 or 96 kHz for the analog-digital conversion in the entrance (with a Wolfson WM 8805).
The true benefits of leave but only read out from the circuit diagram. About, is that the AVR 500 not pressed all comers of signal through a universal IC, but much neater for the source selection semiconductor switches by Philips. A shark processor cares alone to the surround decoding, another does the relatively simple post-processing with links. And although Arcam leaves eight-channel chips the D/A conversion and the position of the volume, is to keep in mind, that the CS 4385 in the high end dual output differential mode runs and the manufacturer of Cirrus proudly calls its level control flagship CS 3318.
Ouch, now encounters, that the AVR 500 has no pre outs (in contrast to his 1400 euros more expensive brother AVR 600). But then, more details suggest that the AVR 500 without external Afterburner can get along.
Professional building blocks of type LM 4702, which lists National Semiconductor affectionately nicknamed Ouverture assume the first amplification. Followed by a three-stage counter clock arrangement already 50 watt powerful driver transistors. The output semiconductors press not only many times more, they have built-in sensor diodes, which provide control for lightning-fast adaptation to changes in temperature.
Good to know, because of the mighty, with visibly thick, low-resistance copper wire solenoids toroidal core transformer and the four comprehensive main Speicherelkos with each 10000 micro Farad capacity can be guessed that here a lot of spectacle can take place.
To hear the full of lust gleaming tracks the CD “Truth be told” by Mark Egan. The AVR 500 made but not just any big barrels. He one for AV amps unusual substance and structure – and not only printing and ink, but in beautiful warm colours left the bass rather a defect, an independent vitality.
Not just the underworld, also a complete drum set provided with downright highendiger materiality of the Arcam. Wonderful, as the wooden poles massed the soft skins or airy zingernd rocked the brass-heavy basin on their steel stands. Also the saxophone took the probate pots volume and the cool radiance, with the Bill Evans how rarely the hearing room audience electrified. Because the AVR 500 in all of this was always loose and of course and any Compulsive hysteria denied despite highest urgency, he was a fantastic 45 stereo points justifiably.
The Medeski band rocks that appear 2 voices of X like in real life – it was said at the audition with the proven DTS demo DISC. The Briton with the reduced data Dolby Digital soundtrack gave the Pat Metheny Group sublime shine – who is increased after switching to DTS HD master to a fireworks display.
The Arcam with the San Francisco Symphony in Dolby HD recorded delivered his masterpiece “Appalachian spring” off. In comparison with other not quite cheap multi Kanalern worked the AVR 500 immediately something subtle, understated. But soon the testers noticed that the Arcam more clearly positioned instruments and also sound better kept apart: Yes, so indulge violins in the finest varnish gloss. Warmer, fuller the violas to invaded, the cellos provided the counterpoint to wonderful wooden grumbling.
There is also criticism? Yes! The video section with the pixel works processor is not great. The tuner part sounds and receives great, gets pure but not every cable frequency its 100 kHz tuning steps due to. What the heck?
Arcam AVR 500
Technical data and test results
|Dimensions||43.5 x 18.5 x 41.5 cm|
|Decoder for HD formats||Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master|
|Genus (REC / GM / input.)||Receiver|
|Remote control||Learning remote control|
|Lip sync||Lip sync|
|Lip sync description||0-1000 ms, à 5 ms|
|Power amplifiers, number||7|
|Video standards converter||V < > SV < > 3 K > HDMI|
|Scaling||Analog to HDMI + HDMI to HDMI|
|Video adjustment||Video adjustment|
|Description video adjustment||6 points|
|Switched network jacks||0|
|Autom. Calibration||with Equalization|
|Digital inputs RCA / front||0 / 0|
|Optical digital inputs / front||4 / 1|
|Digital inputs HDMI / HDMI FrontVersionsnummer||5 / 0 / 1.4A (latest versions)|
|Digital output HDMI||2|
|Digital RCA outputs||0|
|Optical digital outputs||0|
|USB ports front / rear||0 / 0|
|Networking description||Network adapter with Ethernet and USB optional, 550 euro|
|Multi channel input||7.1|
|Recording outputs audio||0|
|Headphone Jack||Headphone Jack|
|True sine wave power stereo 8 Ohms||109.0 W|
|True sine wave power stereo 4 Ohms||179.0 W|
|Music power stereo 8 Ohms||112.0 W|
|Music performance stereo 4 Ohms||183.0 W|
|RMS power 5-channel 8 Ohms||92.0 W|
|RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm||136.0 W|
|Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm||141.0 W|
|Music performance 5-channel 8 Ohms||94,0 W|
|RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm||136.0 W|
|Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm||117,0 W|
|Music performance 7-channel 8 Ohms||87.0 W|
|HiFi output power 4 ohm|
|effective pulse power front 4 ohm|
|effective pulse power 4 ohm Center|
|effective pulse power 4 ohm surround|
|maximum output voltage Z1|
|maximum output voltage Z2|
|maximum output voltage Z3|
|Number of appropriate channels|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm stp||83 W|
|Surround RMS power 4 ohm stp||116 W|
|Surround RMS power 8 ohm stp||87 W|
|Surround RMS power 4 ohm stp||117 W|
|Noise line||93.0 dB|
|Multi channel input noise|
|Noise phono MM|
|Noise phono standard system|
|Noise phono MC|
|Digital noise||93.0 dB|
|Front noise ProLogic|
|Noise ProLogic Center|
|Power consumption standby / operating||8.4 / 156 W|
|Short conclusion||If the magnificent Arcam AVR 500 also recently can pass 3D video via HDMI, so his immense musical appetite distinguishes primary him. Sounds sublime realistic and stable ore.|
|Sound points stereo
(maximum 70 points)
|Surround sound points
(maximum 70 points)
|Sound points HD
(maximum 70 points
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
|Overall rating (70 points)||Top-class 55|
|Price / performance||Very good|
|tested in issue:||2 / 11|