Arcam Solo Soundbar - Audiophile grade - Brand New and Boxed - 54% OFF!!! £299 @ Nintronics
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Arcam Solo Soundbar - Audiophile grade - Brand New and Boxed - 54% OFF!!! £299 @ Nintronics

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Found 7th Jul 2016
Perfect timing on this one as I'm finishing off an extension and was looking for two soundbars... Had my eye on this one ever since I started reading the reviews on it 4.5 star trustedreivews, 8/10 AVForums, 4 star what hifi and that was when it was originally out at £800 just for the soundbar... I could not afford it back then but at £299 this is a no brainier. I've said 54% off as they reduced down from £649 which Nintronics were retailing at but this is a whopping 62.5% off its original RRP.

Arcam are a company specialising in audiophile grade products and I've always wanted an Arcam hifi and cinema system... Every time I've heard anything of theirs at shows and shops it has always impressed... Looking forward to this one.
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£649 seems a bit far-fetched - most places have it for £349. however, still a good saving
Not great for 100W
subwoofer is £500. would that be a must to pair with the soundbar?
Don't know much about this soundbar but the company are excellent
Audiophile Grade ahahaha lol how ridiculous
terrortag

£649 seems a bit far-fetched - most places have it for £349. however, s … £649 seems a bit far-fetched - most places have it for £349. however, still a good saving



It was £649 there and some other shops were £499/599 but have dropped since... I guess reacting to this price... Watch out as well as while I was shopping around a lot of the £399 prices were for ex-demo ones.

This is £299 brand new.
iAmLegendFam

Not great for 100W



More to life than W this is about quality... Don't be fooled by other brands quoting 1200w "peak power" which means nothing... This sounds amazing and is louder than I ever need it to go.
fishmaster

Audiophile Grade ahahaha lol how ridiculous



For a soundbar I would say so... They are all a compromise but this is the best sounding bar I've heard bar the b&w but I could not stretch to £1600.
PMPO is da best tho innit m8
scallygally

subwoofer is £500. would that be a must to pair with the soundbar?


Not a must but the soundbar has wireless pairing with the soundbar and works perfectly in phase... Great combination but works great on its own :).
TheUrbis

PMPO is da best tho innit m8


Haha yeah audiochavphile statistic of choice.
Hayabusa007

Haha yeah audiochavphile statistic of choice.



It's these things that REALLY wind me up...

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Hmmm.. Tempting.. I've got the Yamaha yas 103 and really like it.. Would this be worth the upgrade? I know the answers probably a yes lol, but how much better is this in comparison.

If anyone knows..

Thanks
siroko

Hmmm.. Tempting.. I've got the Yamaha yas 103 and really like it.. Would … Hmmm.. Tempting.. I've got the Yamaha yas 103 and really like it.. Would this be worth the upgrade? I know the answers probably a yes lol, but how much better is this in comparison.If anyone knows..Thanks


Yeah I heard the Yamaha models upto the ysp2500 and this was a big gain... The ysp had more bells and whistles which I would never use. The Arcam won hands down for me.
Hayabusa007

For a soundbar I would say so... They are all a compromise but this is … For a soundbar I would say so... They are all a compromise but this is the best sounding bar I've heard bar the b&w but I could not stretch to £1600.




I had a quick blast with the Naim mu-so in John lewis last week . that was impressive
terrortag

£649 seems a bit far-fetched - most places have it for £349. however, s … £649 seems a bit far-fetched - most places have it for £349. however, still a good saving

iAmLegendFam

Not great for 100W



100w simply isn't enough power. I had some speakers 500w, 1000w peak power. Now they were nice.
Batman came round to my house to listen to this yesterday into the early hours. We had an arcam night.
That is £795 so quite a bit more. Can't argue with this one at £299 though... As the heat piles on... It seems like others agree :).
Good price for the old version. They are prob clearing stock allowing them to the sell plus model
Looks like a great price for a great gadget. I'm mighty tempted, even though I don't need it...
theman_257

Good price for the old version. They are prob clearing stock allowing … Good price for the old version. They are prob clearing stock allowing them to the sell plus model


The plus model is just a firmware upgraded version of this. Existing models can have their firmware upgraded too.
This is the plus model v1.9m firmware which is the latest I believe
voted hot. Q to OP, assume you're getting two for separate uses? or are you using two in same setup? Just curious.
adamski1209

voted hot. Q to OP, assume you're getting two for separate uses? or are … voted hot. Q to OP, assume you're getting two for separate uses? or are you using two in same setup? Just curious.


Two different rooms. Not got a lot of space and these wall mounted look stylish.
why the hell would you spend that much on a sound bar???
I would expect it to go outside and cut the grass too for that sort of money
EssexFamily

why the hell would you spend that much on a sound bar???I would expect it … why the hell would you spend that much on a sound bar???I would expect it to go outside and cut the grass too for that sort of money


Spend it on beer and fags instead :). Some people actually like quality and £299 is not a lot for what you get here.
TALON1973

I had a quick blast with the Naim mu-so in John lewis last week . that … I had a quick blast with the Naim mu-so in John lewis last week . that was impressive


I heard it's not bad ;-)
Impressive isn't it....
Awesome soundbar. Have both the sub and bar. Paid a lot for it when it first came out. It's the best bar on the market. 4K pass through as well and wireless sub is ace. It's a steal at this price. Can't believe arcam is giving such discounts.
Who's Arcam? Sounds like some cheap Chinese brand like Onkyo, buy a Sony, at least that's a proper brand, can't beat a good Sony.

(that's a joke, in case there are still people who don't get it..)
sergiup

Who's Arcam? Sounds like some cheap Chinese brand like Onkyo, buy a Sony, … Who's Arcam? Sounds like some cheap Chinese brand like Onkyo, buy a Sony, at least that's a proper brand, can't beat a good Sony. (that's a joke, in case there are still people who don't get it..)



Genuinely amazed that so many rate the product based on wattage...

Most of these will have never heard of Arcam since their local Currys generally don't have them sat next to the typical 5.1 surround 'systems' produced for the masses which boast an utterly meaningless headline wattage figure & speakers that look like they'd be perfect in a dolls house.
deleted57959

I am amazed that TV,s dont have decent sound processors and speaker … I am amazed that TV,s dont have decent sound processors and speaker connections built into them, I remember in the early 90's my Dad bought a 28" TV and it had Dolby Pro Logic & Dolby Surround built in with speaker connections and speakers for 5.1..So I find it crazy that we do not have his option anymore?



TV's back then were also much larger, and could fit larger speakers in them, amplifiers, etc. I'd much prefer a dedicated device for audio though personally.
deleted57959

I do too, thats what I have but I would think the option for the majority … I do too, thats what I have but I would think the option for the majority of people who use their tinny TV speakers woudl be a massive improvement.



That's what soundbars are for... The ones from Samsung LG etc were all horrid but they do make good TVs. Sony had the speakers on the side of their 4K 60" which was meant to give a better sound but still not a patch on this.
deleted57959

Im talking full fledged amp built into the TV, i would only use a sound … Im talking full fledged amp built into the TV, i would only use a sound bar where space is very limited, (bedroom etc) otherwise, its my faithful AV receiver.


To do that would either introduce to much noise or make the screen too large in a world where slim line sells... The screen manufacturers opinion will always be the same... If someone wants a decent sound it is either going to be a soundbar or AV receiver if you got space... No point them pushing up costs for something not a lot of people are asking for.

This the best £299 purchase I've done... As I don't want big speakers or cables running everywhere... Plus to do an AV receiver 2.0 system to sound as good as this would cost more than £299. Bargain.
Edited by: "Hayabusa007" 8th Jul 2016
Hayabusa007

To do that would either introduce to much noise or make the screen too … To do that would either introduce to much noise or make the screen too large in a world where slim line sells... The screen manufacturers opinion will always be the same... If someone wants a decent sound it is either going to be a soundbar or AV receiver if you got space... No point them pushing up costs for something not a lot of people are asking for.This the best £299 purchase I've done... As I don't want big speakers or cables running everywhere... Plus to do an AV receiver 2.0 system to sound as good as this would cost more than £299. Bargain.



You could get some nice speakers and a stereo amplifier for £300. I can't say better than this because I haven't heard it but I'd rather that.

Also 170Hz low-end is something else

Edited by: "rev6" 8th Jul 2016

How good is it without a sub?

Hayabusa007

This is the plus model v1.9m firmware which is the latest I believe

Hi, thought I'd share that I just called my local richer sounds and asked if they would price match. They've given it to me for £289 including delivery. Worth asking yourselves
adigraham

How good is it without a sub?



Looking at the specification. Tinny.
The plus model only has firmware updates I believe. Since version 1.19 the unit is superb in any way or form.
rev6

Looking at the specification. Tinny.


Every soundbar is a little tinny unless they big and ugly to fit in larger drivers... Not what a product like this is designed about... Sheer low end needs big drivers so if you want plenty of punch then yes get a sub... But not much which can stand up to the Arcam solo bar on its own.
I checked when Richer was retailing £399 and it seemed to be ex-display models (seen enough use!) which the Watford store offered me... Might be worth checking what they got for you.
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