AV Receiver, Arcam AVR 500

The music lover, yearning for the sonic rock in the surround-, should be studied intensively the test of the Arcam AVR 500 (3200 euro).

  1. AV receiver, Arcam AVR 500
  2. 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

Manufacturer Arcam
Price €3200.00
Rating 55.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions 43.5 x 18.5 x 41.5 cm
Weight 22.0 kg
Surround formats
Headphone surround No
HDCD playback No
Virtual surround No
Decoder for HD formats Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master
Colors Grey, black
Genus (REC / GM / input.) Receiver
Remote control Learning remote control
On-screen menu transparent
Lip sync Lip sync
Lip sync description 0-1000 ms, à 5 ms
Equalizer manual No
Power amplifiers, number 7
Bands 0
Channels 0
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
AV connectors
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
i-pod connection Dock
Networking description Network adapter with Ethernet and USB optional, 550 euro
Multi channel input 7.1
Recording outputs audio 0
Headphone Jack Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
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
Network connection No
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 Top-class
Sound points stereo
(maximum 70 points)
Surround sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points HD
(maximum 70 points
Measured values
(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


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