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Arcam AVR550 Dolby Atmos AV Receiver (Black) - Discontinued Model - £1299 delivered at Richer Sounds
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Arcam AVR550 Dolby Atmos AV Receiver (Black) - Discontinued Model - £1299 delivered at Richer Sounds

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Arcam AVR550 Dolby Atmos AV Receiver (Black) - Discontinued Model - £1299 delivered at Richer Sounds
Posted 12th Aug 2020

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It was released in 2016/17, so won't have 8K upscaling and so on, but cost almost £3,000 at the time, and was very well reviewed for sound quality, especially the Dirac Live calibration.

This is the same as a deal posted in July, but £100 cheaper.

Official description below:

Offering a level of sound quality that is far above competing receivers, these AVRs are audiophile products by any measure. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, they deliver stunning realism with everything from heavy- weight blockbusters to your favourite concert video.

Further enhancing the performance of the new AVR390, AVR550 & AVR850, Arcam has also included the very latest room correcting technology from Dirac Research. Dirac Live® for Arcam gives the dealer the ability to tune the acoustic performance of the system to any room situation giving the listener the best possible experience in their own home.

Together with Arcam’s legendary amplifier technology, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X deliver captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. Whether you are listening to music, movies, television shows or playing your favourite video games, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X deliver the full impact of the entertainment experience. Note: for a 7.1.4 system, an additional 4-channel amplifier (or two 2-channel power amplifiers) is required.

Both video and audio stages are designed to embrace both current and upcoming technologies. HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 4K “Ultra HD” and 3D video capability are built in. An internal tuner provides a fully integrated FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets) radio solution. Worldwide access to internet radio stations is provided through the network connection, which also interfaces to UPnP audio servers. The USB port supports memory devices.

Control is possible via Ethernet, enabling it to be fully integrated with whole house control systems, or via the iOS MusicLife UPnP/control app. RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR control are also included. The AVR390, AVR550 & AVR850 are designed in the UK.
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Good find . Heard good things about these and hard to find a receiver with DAB. If you don’t like the audessy chipset this is a good option.
Think my wife would notice if this replaced my Sony strdn1040?
No eARC sadly as far as I know.
RS232 interface lead. 🎵
About the price it should have been at launch given all the bugs, some of which remain unfixed more than 18 months after being confirmed. Anyone considering it should do some serious research first & make sure they can live with its limitations.
Reviews on the website are not what I expected for an Arcam.
Picked up one of these at £1699 last year & it failed miserably to drive KEF LS50's...it really is'nt a gutsy amp despite the specs & obviously needs sensitive speakers, best to demo one first.
Any recommendations on what to pair my monitor silvers with?
Struggling to get to demos as we're shielding
Been burned by Richer Sounds recently on a couple of amps/receivers that ended up being returned. Both had excellent reviews, both were completely pony. One had faulty parts. They weren't cheap either (but not as expensive as this).

Brilliant customer service but I think that's the main selling point. Not sure I trust an "honest, family business" that sells speaker wire at ££ per metre.
vik113/08/2020 10:24

Any recommendations on what to pair my monitor silvers with?Struggling to …Any recommendations on what to pair my monitor silvers with?Struggling to get to demos as we're shielding


Go on ebay and look for old amps from the 80s and 90s, then google the model numbers for specs and, in some cases, forum reviews. Don't get too into the audiophile world (full of obsessive weirdos) but it might pass time agreeably (?), and you could end up with a bargain that sounds better than most of the modern stuff.

Edit: If you mainly want to use it for sound from your TV, you'll need a DAC too. If you want to hook up multiple HDMI inputs to split the sound/vision etc as per what a lot of people do with receivers, ignore my advice and get something modern I guess.
Edited by: "j2theg" 13th Aug
j2theg13/08/2020 12:47

Go on ebay and look for old amps from the 80s and 90s, then google the …Go on ebay and look for old amps from the 80s and 90s, then google the model numbers for specs and, in some cases, forum reviews. Don't get too into the audiophile world (full of obsessive weirdos) but it might pass time agreeably (?), and you could end up with a bargain that sounds better than most of the modern stuff.Edit: If you mainly want to use it for sound from your TV, you'll need a DAC too. If you want to hook up multiple HDMI inputs to split the sound/vision etc as per what a lot of people do with receivers, ignore my advice and get something modern I guess.


Never thought of doing that
Although then I'd struggle with the decoding? Part of the reason I need an upgrade is my early 2000s amp doesn't do ddp and that gets frustrating often!

So I think I want something modern but don't need to be crazy modern, eg don't need 8k pass through etc.... I'd then need to replace projector (which I could live wity) but cables would need me to lift upstairs floorboards again and I'm not keen (although was thinking of atmos so may have to do it for speakers anyway)
vik113/08/2020 16:33

Never thought of doing thatAlthough then I'd struggle with the decoding? …Never thought of doing thatAlthough then I'd struggle with the decoding? Part of the reason I need an upgrade is my early 2000s amp doesn't do ddp and that gets frustrating often!So I think I want something modern but don't need to be crazy modern, eg don't need 8k pass through etc.... I'd then need to replace projector (which I could live wity) but cables would need me to lift upstairs floorboards again and I'm not keen (although was thinking of atmos so may have to do it for speakers anyway)


Ah that's all Greek to me. Definitely sounds like you need something modern.
roger.bottoms13/08/2020 09:47

Picked up one of these at £1699 last year & it failed miserably to drive …Picked up one of these at £1699 last year & it failed miserably to drive KEF LS50's...it really is'nt a gutsy amp despite the specs & obviously needs sensitive speakers, best to demo one first.


Thanks for your post, I just put a deposit down on the KEF ls50 and arcam 550 and your statement made me sit up! but I'm thinking that really doesn't affect me considering my room is only 12 by 13-ft and I'm surrounded by neighbours which means I can never have the volume more than 50% anyway, am I right in thinking that way? I've also put a deposit down on the arcam 4-channel power amp (pa410) so I'm able to have hi-fi quality sound and also have the full Atmos going as well! Would love to read your thoughts?
vik113/08/2020 10:24

Any recommendations on what to pair my monitor silvers with?Struggling to …Any recommendations on what to pair my monitor silvers with?Struggling to get to demos as we're shielding


I've taken advantage of my shielding with the extended return policy I had one receiver for more than 3 months and still was able to take it back
The Kefs can dip below 4 ohms & the AVR550 isn't rated for that, so may shut down when driven hard. Of course how hard is "hard" will vary between users, rooms & Dirac calibration. Some have had success with altering the sensitivity of the amp to overload. Not sure if you can re-assign the main channels when using a power amp, so not sure that will help. There's a huge thread over at AV Forums so it would be worth posting your question there. I only have the SR250 stereo version.

avforums.com/thr…ead
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