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The new entry-level ARCAM AVR5 decodes 12-channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and is compatible with Dolby Vision up to 4K, Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth aptX HD, Chromecast, MQA, and Roon.

ARCAM has unveiled the ARCAM AVR5, bringing the Cambridge maker’s AVR performance to a new, lower price point, plus it is Dirac Live ready.

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

The new ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver


The ARCAM AVR5 becomes the HDA range’s entry-level receiver, easing in alongside its fellow Class AB AV receivers, the AVR10 and AVR20, and the range-topping G Class AVR30.

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

The AVR5 is ARCAM’s new entry level AVR


Since its 1976 launch, ARCAM has built a reputation for creating musical sounding products. The AVR5 maintains this philosophy, natively decoding 12 channels of immersive audio from Dolby Atmos (with upmixing from Dolby Surround) and DTS-X (with upmixing from DTS:Neural:X), delivering a musical and cinema-like experience from a 7.1.4 speaker array.

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver rear view


Compatible with Dolby Vision and HLG, the AVR5 is the perfect machine for those playing the latest content from the likes of Disney+ and Netflix, as well as the Xbox Series X/S and compatible Blu-ray players. The ARCAM receiver’s HDMI sockets enable 4K HDR passthrough, with its eARC support making it possible for a suitably equipped TV to send back lossless audio. The AVR5, like all other current ARCAM AVRs, can be upgraded to support HDMI 2.1 for completely uncompressed 8K video on all inputs and outputs.

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver in streaming mode


Components include a brace of ESS ES9026PRO DACs (as used in the AVR30). The ARCAM design team’s implementation of this ESS HyperStream II DAC maximises the performance of this component, resulting in low noise. The bedrock to the AVR5’s musicality is its seven ARCAM Class AB amplification channels, driven by a custom in-house designed linear supply fully capable of sustaining 1.5KW of total power consumption.


Ease of use is central to all ARCAM designs. AVR5 users can stream from smartphones and tablets using Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth aptX HD, Google Chromecast built-in, and Spotify Connect. The 2021-updated Harman MusicLife UPnP app enables playback and control of the AVR5 on Android and iOS and facilitates internet radio, music streaming, and podcast listening. The new ARCAM also fully supports MQA meaning TIDAL HiFi subscribers can experience TIDAL Master recordings. And its Roon Ready status enables Roon members to use the system’s interface when surfing Qobuz, TIDAL, and locally stored music libraries. The AVR5 can also form part of a Roon-driven multi-room system, seeing it slot into even multi-brand home systems.

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver in a home cinema setup


Additionally, ARCAM primes the AVR5 for Dirac Live room correction system. An optional extra, to activate the system, users should download the Dirac tuning tool to a Mac or PC and purchase a licence. For a limited time, AVR5 owners can benefit from a 50% discount available via ARCAM’s website.

“Consumers continue to demand ever-higher quality audio, and not just people we might traditionally consider enthusiasts. Mainstream home theater consumers have begun to appreciate the role digital signal processing plays in creating better sound,” said Erik Rudolphi, Dirac’s VP of Home and Pro Audio. “With Dirac Live available for ARCAM’s new AVR5, more consumers than ever before can experience audio the way they were meant to — regardless of the space they’re listening in.”

Using patented phase co-optimization technology powered by machine learning, Dirac Live Bass Control supports an unlimited number of subwoofers; delivers spatially consistent, high-quality bass; ensures users hear clear, accurate bass throughout a listening area; and allows for flexible subwoofer placement.


ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver Specifications


The ARCAM AVR5 will be available towards the end of Q4, 2021 priced (RRP):

£1,999 (GBP)

€2,199 (EUR)

$2,000 (USD)

ARCAM AVR5 AV Receiver

HiFi Pig Says: Arcam look like they have delivered a huge amount in this new entry-level AVR making the latest Home Cinema tech within reach of many audiophiles and AV aficionados.


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