About the Arcam AV860
Arcam's highest-performing pre/pro ever
Arcam's highest-performing pre/pro ever
In my projector-based home theater, an Oppo BDP-105 pulls double duty as both a disc player and digital A/V preamp. It performs quite well, but lately I've been wishing for greater flexibility on the sound side, and a way to add Dolby Atmos® processing. Arcam's AV860 A/V preamp/processor grabbed my attention with its overall focus on sound and powerful Dirac Live® room correction. I've been impressed by every Arcam component I've ever heard, and I can't wait to check out their flagship pre/pro.
For video, the AV860 supports signals up to and including 4K and HDR. But it acts as a switcher only — it doesn't process or upconvert video. That's actually an advantage as far as I'm concerned. You're almost always better off letting your TV or projector handle the video processing. Plus, that means there's less circuitry to draw power and generate noise.
Room-filling sound, precisely placed
Combined with Arcam's legendary engineering, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X can place sound effects with pinpoint accuracy and move them all around you, including overhead. Whether you're listening to music, movies, TV shows, or playing your favorite video games, these 3D sound formats deliver high-impact entertainment.
Incoming digital audio signals first get Arcam's proprietary re-clocking, which reduces timing jitter to nearly unmeasurable levels. That's followed by state-of-the-art, DSP-based processing, and digital-to-analog conversion handled by a Cirrus Logic audiophile-grade DAC.
For sophisticated pre/pros like this one, the analog circuitry is as important as the digital when it comes to sound quality. Arcam has over forty years of analog audio expertise, and the AV860 even uses a fully analog volume control for ultimate clarity. Every circuit is fed by separate high-performance power supplies that ensure stability and maximize sound quality.
Dirac Live room correction can fix the deficiencies of your speakers and room for more accurate sound.
Calibrate your speakers and room with Dirac Live
Equipment makers can choose from a few different room correction technologies. For the AV860, Arcam chose Dirac Live, which is generally considered to be the most powerful and sophisticated system. Once you download the Dirac software to your Windows® or Mac® laptop, and connect the supplied microphone, it should take about 45 minutes to calibrate your room.
Dirac analyzes your room's acoustics by playing signals through each of your speakers and measuring key characteristics like frequency response, phase, and impulse response. You can take measurements from up to nine different positions — the more points you analyze, the better your eventual correction will be.
Next, Dirac crunches the numbers to create a correction curve that allows the AV860 to fine-tune your speakers' output based on your room's unique characteristics. Tuning includes subwoofer(s), too — especially helpful since subs can be tricky to get right. The corrected sound is more realistic and transparent, with tighter bass and reduced room effects.
The before and after measurements are presented in a graph, so you'll not only hear the effects of Dirac's corrections, you'll see them, too.
Music and video in multiple rooms
The flexible AV860 has 11-channel preamp outputs — both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA — and 11 channels of processing, for use with a variety of different amplifiers and speaker configurations. You can set up a 7.1.4-channel Atmos system in your home theater and experience sound more convincing and immersive than you'll hear in most movie theaters.
Two Zone 1 HDMI outputs let you connect a projector and flat-screen TV in the same room — a popular configuration for high-end systems. A separate Zone 2 HDMI output allows you to watch the same video source in your main zone and a second room. Start a movie in your living room and finish it in your bedroom or kitchen.
- Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
- Dolby Atmos® processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound; supports setups up to 7.1.4
- DTS:X™ for an immersive, 3-dimensional soundstage (will be enabled through a future firmware update)
- IMAX Enhanced certification for improved performance with IMAX Enhanced content (via future firmware update)
- Dirac Live® for Arcam room correction for smooth, well-balanced sound (calibration microphone included)
- Dirac Live software requires a Windows® or Mac® laptop
Digital and Streaming Music Options:
- streaming requires hardwired connection between the receiver and your home network
- includes support for vTuner and Spotify® Connect (subscription required for some services)
- plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer
- supports high-resolution playback (PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
- two-room/two-source output
- Zone 2 HDMI output for watching video content from HDMI inputs 1-7 in another room
- RCA line-level audio output for Zone 2 (requires additional amplifier or powered speakers)
- HDMI and optical/coaxial digital input sources, as well as Spotify Connect, cannot be output to Zone 2
- HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 7 in, 3 out (including 1 HDMI 1.4 input that is MHL-ready)
- HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (6 in, 3 out)
- HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K sources and TVs
- supports Dolby Vision®, HDR10 and HLG
- 11.1-channel balanced XLR outputs, including for a single powered subwoofer
- 11.2-channel unbalanced RCA outputs, including for 2 powered subs
- digital audio inputs: 2 Toslink optical and 4 coaxial
- 6 unbalanced stereo RCA audio inputs, plus front-panel 3.5mm minijack input
- no phono input to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
- rear-panel USB port for audio playback from USB storage devices
- Ethernet port for a wired network connection
- RS-232, IR in, and 12-volt trigger connections for use with external controllers
- front-panel 3.5mm mini headphone output
- detachable power cord
Audio Performance Features:
- Cirrus Logic CS42528 8-channel (24-bit/192kHz) audiophile digital-to-analog converter for clear sound from stereo and surround sources
- Stereo Direct mode switches off all surround processing and DSP circuits for best stereo sound quality
- 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
- free Arcam MusicLife UPnP and control app lets you use your iOS® device as a wireless remote
- built-in FM tuner with 50 presets
- backlit universal learning remote control
- designed in the UK
- 17-1/16"W x 6-3/4"H x 18-11/16"D
- weight: 22.6 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # ARC-AV860BK-US
What's in the box:
- 11.2ch AV processor
- 5' AC power cord
- Remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Auto calibration microphone
- 6.5' miniUSB-to-USB cable
- FM wire antenna
- "Thank You" letter
- Registration Instructions
- Spotify brochure
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Balanced & Unbalanced Preamp Outputs: The Arcam AV860 AV processor is equipped with both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA preamp outputs for connection to an external power amplifier(s). The AV 860 is outfitted with 7.2.4ch unbalanced RCA outputsAV processor, as well as a 2ch stereo unbalanced RCA output for Zone 2. It's also equipped with 7.1.4ch audiophile-grade unbalanced XLR preamp outputs for a higher quality connection and sound. The balanced XLR connections guard against induced noise and allow long cable runs without compromising sound quality.
- 7.1.4ch Balanced XLR Preamp Outputs: The 7.1.4ch unbalanced XLR preamp outputs consists of Front Left/Front Right, Center, Surround Left/Surround Right, Surround Back Left/Surround Back Right, Height Left 1/Height Right 1, Height Left 2/Height Right 2, and Subwoofer.
- 7.2.4ch + 2Ch Zone 2 Unbalanced RCA Preamp Outputs: The 7.2.4ch unbalanced RCA preamp outputs consists of Front Left/Front Right, Center, Surround Left/Surround Right, Surround Back Left/Surround Back Right, Height Left 1/Height Right 1, Height Left 2/Height Right 2, and Subwoofer 1/Subwoofer 2. There is also a 2ch strereo unbalanced RCA output for Zone.
Cirrus CS42528 Audiophile DAC: The Arcam AV860 AV processor utilizes a Cirrus CS42528 DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz multichannel audio (up to 8-channels) for audiophile-grade sound quality.
Dirac Live for Arcam: There is a proprietary automatic loudspeaker setup function, known as Dirac Live, built into the AV processor. Using a computer application (for Windows & Mac), Dirac Live attempts to set all the essential speaker settings for all the speakers in your system. It also calculates room equalization (Room EQ) filter values to remove some of the worst effects of resonant frequencies in the listening room. Th AV processor comes with a calibration microphone which should be inserted into the microphone input of the supplied USB sound card and then into a USB socket on a Windows PC or Mac computer that connected to the same network as the Arcam AV processor and positioned at the main listening position. This microphone picks up the special calibration tones generated by the speakers when Dirac Live is run. The AV processor then analyses the signal and computes - Speaker Type, Speaker Distance, Speaker Level, and Room EQ. To download the Dirac Live for Arcam application (for Windows & Mac), please visit www.arcam.co.uk.
Note: You can also choose to manually enter Speaker Sizes, Speaker Distances, and Speaker Levels.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The Arcam AV processor supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI (7 Inputs/3 Outputs)||High Definition Audio Bitstream||Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD |
DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|PCM||2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
|Optical/Coaxial (2 Optical Inputs/4 Coaxial Inputs)||Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|PCM||2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Decoding: 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 favorite video games, Dolby Atmos & DTS:X deliver the full impact of the entertainment experience. The Arcam AV860 can power up to a 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X system or up to a 7.1.4ch Dolby Atmos/DTS:X system using additional power amplifiers. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X upmixing using Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X and DTS Virtual:X -
- Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your 2ch or multichannel movie soundtracks using your existing 5.1ch, 7.1ch, or Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
- DTS Neural:X: DTS:X incorporates Neural:X, the latest spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense of immersive sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source format.
- DTS Virtual:X (Firmware Update Available): DTS Virtual:X bridges the gap between DTS:X and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. DTS Virtual:X can be used with any content (from 2ch to 5.1ch soundtracks), while delivering virtual height & virtual surround processing based on psychoacoustics (not reflective surfaces).
IMAX Enhanced Technology (Firmware Update Available): Get the most premium at-home entertainment experience with IMAX Enhanced; the latest technology program from IMAX that sets a new standard for image, sound, scale and content quality. This new certification and licensing program combines IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies to offer a new level of quality in immersive sight and sound experiences in the home. IMAX Enhanced lets you experience premium content digitally remastered by IMAX, so you can watch the highest-quality 4K movies with immersive audio delivered by DTS. Not only will IMAX Enhanced content look and sound amazing, but other audio/video content will also look and sound great too.
- Remastered 4K/HDR Video: It utilizes a sophisticated, advanced algorithm designed to produce the highest-quality, sharpest 4K HDR images. This advanced process accurately reduces noise and grain under the filmmaker's guidance to best optimize the content for a much higher quality, higher brightness 4K HDR display format. Select IMAX Enhanced titles that were shot with IMAX cameras or specially formatted for IMAX theaters will also include an expanded aspect ratio for the film's home release to show you more picture on your TV. IMAX Enhanced certified TVs must be at least 65" with support for HDR10 and dynamic, as well as specific calibration, resolution, color, brightness, contrast, and scale of image capabilities.
- Remastered DTS:X Audio: IMAX and DTS will also partner with award-winning Hollywood sound mixers to use a special variant of its DTS:X codec technology integrated in home audio equipment to deliver an IMAX signature sound experience that is dynamic, immersive, theatrical, and powerful. IMAX Enhanced supports both 5.1 and 11.1 formats, but the recommended speaker layout for an IMAX Enhanced system is 7.2.4 with seven horizontal speakers, two subwoofers and four height speakers; 5.1.4 is the minimum layout for IMAX Enhanced. However, due to various constraints you may opt to install only a 5.1ch speaker system. In such cases, DTS Virtual:X is required to properly render and remap audio to the available speakers.
- Available IMAX Content: IMAX is working with its global studio and other content partners to build a steady stream of IMAX Enhanced versions of movies and other programming using the newest, proprietary post-production process developed by IMAX. IMAX will be announcing and releasing IMAX Enhanced versions of a wide range of films both for 4K/HDR streaming and Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.
- To take full advantage of IMAX Enhanced, you need an IMAX Enhanced certified 4K/HDR TV (65"-up) or Projector and an IMAX Enhanced certified DTS:X enabled AV processor or soundbar.
- IMAX and DTS developed the IMAX Enhanced program out of their decades of combined expertise in image and sound science to make it easier for consumers to select the products and content that will deliver the highest-quality, sharpest 4K HDR images and powerful, immersive sound at home.
- To qualify and carry the IMAX Enhanced logo, the highest-end TVs, AV processors, projectors, sound bars, and must meet stringent performance standards established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading colorists in order to create a consistent and higher bar for image and sound performance on premium devices.
Stereo Modes: In Stereo mode, the Arcam AV860 works as a high-quality 2ch amplifier for stereo playback from the two connected front left and right loudspeakers. In Multichannel Stereo mode (5ch or 7ch), the AV860 produces an output from all speakers by copying the left output to all left speakers and the right output to all right speakers. The center speaker outputs a mix of left and right. The powered subwoofer can be enabled or disabled in Stereo or Multichannel Stereo modes.
Direct Modes: The Stereo Direct mode automatically bypasses all of the AV processor's processing and any surround functions. In Stereo Direct mode, digital processing is shut down to improve the sound quality and reduces digital noise with the AV processor to an absolute minimum. When Stereo Direct mode is selected, no digital output is available and no bass management is performed (no audio will be output from a connected powered subwoofer). CD Direct turns off the compressed audio detection mute delay and should only be used for sources that will only transmit PCM audio (such as a CD player).
Dolby Audio Settings: The Arcam AV860 AV processor offers the following Dolby Audio settings to manage volume and loudness levels, as well as create a phantom center channel.
- Dolby Volume & Leveler: Dolby Volume is an intelligent system that improves the perceived audio frequency response at lower listening levels and corrects for volume inconsistencies between sources. Dolby Leveler is setting within Dolby Volume that controls how closely quiet and loud sources and program content are matched to each other, based on the ear's perception of loudness. Dolby Volume can be applied to any analog or digital stereo source or any digital multichannel source. It is not available in Stereo Direct or if height speakers are connected.
- Dolby Center Spread: Dolby Center Spread controls the center image width. With Dolby Surround decoding, dominant center signals come only from the center speaker. If no center speaker is present, the decoder splits the center signal equally to the left and right speakers to create a "phantom" center image. The Center Spread control allows variable adjustment of the center image so it may be heard only from the center speaker, only from the left/right speakers as a phantom image, or from all three front speakers to varying degrees.
Level Controls: The Arcam AV860 allows you to adjust the AV processors Bass & Treble, Input Trim, Maximum Volume levels to your desired preference.
- Bass & Treble: The Arcam AV processor offers independent Bass & Treble tone control for all connected speakers and for each individual source input, allowing you to set up different Bass & Treble tone setting for different source content. The Bass & Treble settings range is -12 to +12 dB. There is also a Balance control to adjust the left and right balance between the front and left speakers.
- Input Trim: Input Trim allows you to set the maximum analog input signal level (sensitivity) for each analog input before the ADC (analog-to-digital converter) signal path clips. This helps maximize signal-to-noise performance of the AV processor and also helps keep the various analog sources sounding about the same level for any given AV processor volume control setting. The Input Trim can be set to 1, 2, or 4 volts.
- Maximum Volume: You can limit the maximum volume setting the system can be turned up to in the Main Zone and Zone 2. This is a useful feature to prevent accidental overdriving of low power-handling speakers. It is stored in memory and recalled each time the unit is powered up. You can also limit the maximum volume the system operates in the main zone when it is switched on or comes out of Standby. The system comes on at this stored volume setting if the last used volume exceeds this value. It is stored in memory and recalled each time the unit is powered up. The volume range of this AV processor is 0-99dB.
Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Arcam AV860 is equipped with analog & digital audio inputs. There are four coaxial (RCA) digital inputs, two optical (toslink) digital inputs, and six stereo line-level (RCA) inputs. There is a also a front-panel 3.5mm Aux input for temporary connection of an external audio source, such as a portable MP3 player.
Note: This AV processor is not equipped with a Phono input to connect a turntable. To connect a turntable, you'll need an external phono preamp or a turntable with a built-in phono preamp. See Accessories Tab for phono preamps (sold separately).
Headphone Jack: The Arcam AV860 features a front-panel 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones (impedance rating between 32-ohm and 600-ohm. The headphone jack is always active, except when AV processor is muted. When a set of headphones is connected to the headphone jack, the AV processor's speaker outputs and preamp outputs are automatically muted.
7 HDMI Inputs/3 HDMI Outputs: The Arcam AV860 is equipped with seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs. Six of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs are HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compatible with support for 4K/HDR video, while the HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is HDMI 1.4 compatible with support for 1080p and MHL. The main HDMI monitor output also supports ARC (audio return channel).
Note: This AV processor is not equipped with analog composite or component video inputs/outputs.
HDMI 2.0a Specification + HDCP 2.2 Compliant: Six out of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs feature the HDMI 2.0a specification; including support for 4K/60Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. Six out of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs also support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
- 4K/60Hz: The AV860 supports up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on six out of seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs. The HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is HDMI 1.4 compatible and only supports up to 1080p video. The AV processor will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i video signals via HDMI.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: Six of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (4K 60Hz/50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail. The MHL compatible HDMI input only supports 1080p using either 4:4:4, 4:2:2, or 4:2:0.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum. BT.2020 is support on six out of seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs.
Note: The HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is not HDMI 2.0a or HDCP 2.2 compatible and does not support 4K or HDR video.
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range) video provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. This AV processor supports HDR10, Dolby Vision (available firmware update), and HLG (available firmware update).
- HDR 10: HDR 10 is an open standard and currently the most popular HDR format on the market. It uses static metadata at the start of a movie to tell the AV processor and your TV that the video content is encoded using HDR.
- Hybrid-Log Gamma: HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is primarily designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses no pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SDR. HLG's native compatibility allows much of today's existing SDR infrastructure to be re-used for HDR in the future.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static metadata and HLG which uses no metadata, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata technology which sets individual color and brightness levels for each and every scene. Dolby works directly with filmmakers at major Hollywood studios to create superior HDR video masters of blockbuster movies.
Note: HDR is supported on six out of seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs. Not supported on the HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL".
HDMI-to-HDMI Upscaling (4k): 1080p HDMI input video signals can be upscaled to 4K through the Arcam AV processor's main HDMI monitor output. Other video resolutions cannot be upscaled. HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling is not supported on the HDMI sub output or HDMI Zone 2 output.
Triple HDMI Outputs: The Arcam AV860 is equipped with three HDMI outputs - a Main HDMI output, a Sub HDMI output, and a Zone 2 HDMI output. The Main and Sub HDMI outputs are parallel and distribute the same HDMI input signal simultaneously to two separate displays. The Zone 2 HDMI output is discrete and can be used to play the same or different HDMI input source on a separate display.
Other HDMI Features: The Arcam AV processor's HDMI connectivity also offers ARC (Audio Return Channel), HDMI Standby Passthrough, Lip Sync function, and 3D video pass-through,.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the AV860's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the AV processor through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
- HDMI Standby Passthrough: When the AV860 is in standby mode (power off), the HDMI Standby Passthrough feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the AV processor to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the AV processor in order to switch HDMI sources.
- Lyp Sync: Each input can have its own setting to add a time delay between the audio and video signals to compensate for the sound and picture not being synchronized. This is normally required when video processing is used in the system for scaling or de-interlacing video. The range of lip sync delay is 0 to 250 milliseconds.
- 3D Ready: The Arcam AV processor supports 3D video pass-through (1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required for viewing 3D content.
HDMI/MHL Input: One of the AV processor's rear-panel HDMI inputs (labeled "STB/MHL") is MHL compatible, which provides direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones, like your Android smartphone. Playback of up to 1080p video and multichannel audio from the phone is supported. The AV processor will also charge (5V/1A) your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV processor's remote control.
Ethernet Port: The Arcam AV860 AV processor is equipped with a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ45) LAN jack to directly connect to a wireless WiFi network router in your home. This hardwired network connection provides access to audio content stored on UPnP music servers (such as your computer) and compatible mobile devices (through the MusicLife App). It also offers support for Internet Radio (vTuner) and Spotify Connect, so you can listen to some of your favorite online music radio stations and playlists.
Internet Radio (vTuner): You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this AV processor, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast. You can store internet radio stations in a "Favorites" folder for easy access later.
Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device, you can stream Spotify to the Arcam AV processor. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
UPnP (Universal Plug and Play): With a network connection, you'll be able to effortlessly stream music stored on your Windows PC, Mac computer, NAS drive, or other UPnP compliant device directly to the Arcam AV processor. For playback from a network device, the network device needs to running a universal plug and play (UPnP) service, such as Windows Media Player 11. Other free and paid-for UPnP services are available for other computer operating systems. Some network attached storage (NAS) systems include a built-in version of a UPnP service. You'll be able to control your music from the included IR remote or hte free Music Life App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+). Supported music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC - up to 24-bit/96kHz.
USB-A Port: The rear-panel USB-A port (5V/1A) supports playback of a variety of music files store on a USB MSC (mass storage class) device, such as a thumbdrive or HDD (hard disk drive). An external HDD will require a separate AC power supply. Supported music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC - up to 24-bit/96kHz. The USB device should be formatted in FAT 12 or FAT 32.
Note: The AV processor's USB port does not support USB hubs, card readers, Apple iOS device, or Android OS devices.
Optional Bluetooth Adapters: The ARCAM rBlink and miniBlink Bluetooth DACs (sold separately) support wireless audio streaming, so you can wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device to the AV860 AV processor. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the rBlink and miniBlink offer support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the rBlink offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming from aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.
- rBlink Bluetooth DAC: The ARCAM rBlink Bluetooth DAC (sold separately) lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth source device to the AV860 AV processor. The rBlink utilizes high-end audio circuitry and components (including a high-end PCM 5102 DAC) to convert music to a line-level output for connection to your home audio system. You can also choose to bypass the DAC inside the ARCAM rBlink and connect the rBlink to your AV processor or integrated amplifier via the unit's digital coaxial output.
- miniBlink Bluetooth DAC: The ARCAM miniBlink Bluetooth DAC (sold separately)lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth source device to AV860 AV processor. The miniBlink utilizes a high-end PCM 5102 DAC to convert music to a line-level output for connection to your home audio system.
FM Tuner: The Arcam AV860 AV processor features a built-in FM tuner (there is no AM tuner) and comes with an FM wire antenna. You can store up to 50 FM station presets.
HDMI Zone 2: The Arcam AV860 is equipped with three HDMI outputs - a Main HDMI output, a Sub HDMI output, and a Zone 2 HDMI output. The Main and Sub HDMI outputs are parallel and distribute the same HDMI input signal simultaneously to two separate displays. The Zone 2 HDMI output is discrete and can be used to play the same or different HDMI input source on a separate display. Each HDMI output supports up to 4K/HDR video. The main HDMI input supports up to 8-channel audio (including Dolby Atmos/DTS:X), while the Sub HDMI output and Zone 2 HDMI output only support 2ch PCM audio.
- Compatible HDMI Zone 2 Sources: HDMI Inputs (1 through 7) can be output via HDMI Zone 2.
- Incompatible HDMI Zone 2 Sources: Analog inputs, optical/coaxial digital inputs, USB input, FM tuner, and network content cannot be output in HDMI Zone 2.
- HDMI Zone 2 does not offer HDMI upscaling.
- If the AV processor's Main Zone and HDMI Zone 2 are set to the same HDMI input source, the Main Zone audio will be mixed down to 2-channel audio.
Zone 2 Line-Level Output: Zone 2 allows stereo audio playback of another source connected to the AV processor in another room of your home via RCA line-level output. When using the AV processor's line-level output terminals for Zone 2, you'll need an additional amplifier to power a pair of speakers in Zone 2. The Main Zone of the AV processor remains 7.1-channel. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the Arcam AV processor or from your add-on integrated amplifier when using the line-level output.
- Compatible Sources: Analog audio input sources, the built-in FM tuner, the USB port, and Network content (including vTuner and UPnP) can be output in Zone 2.
- Incompatible Sources: HDMI & optical/coaxial digital input sources, as well as Spotify Connect cannot be output in Zone 2.
Note: Unfortunately, you cannot select USB, FM tuner, and Network sources exclusively for each Zone. For example, if you select a network source for Zone 2 when a USB source is selected for the Main Zone, the input source in the Main Zone also switches to the same network source as Zone 2.
Follow Zone 1 Function (Party Mode): The Follow Zone 1 function allows you to enjoy the AV processor's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2 simultaneously; regardless of input audio signal types (analog, digital, or network). During the Follow Zone 1 function, only the Stereo & Multichannel Stereo sound modes can be selected (multichannel surround is mixed down to 2 channels). You will have independent volume control in each zone. The Follow Zone 1 function is useful when you want to enjoy the same music at the same time in multiple rooms during a get together or party.
MusicLife App: The free Music Life App for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) allows you to wirelessly stream music stored on your computer and your compatible smartphone or tablet device to the Arcam AV processor, as well control playback from your mobile device. You'll be able to effortlessly stream music stored on your Windows PC, Mac computer, NAS drive, or other UPnP compliant device directly to the Arcam processor and control playback from the MusicLife app on your compatible mobile device. You also get to stream content stored on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device to the Arcam processor using the MusicLife app with playback control functions.
Note: Your music library must be stored physically on your computer or mobile device, not on a Cloud service.
Universal Remote: The Arcam AV860 AV processor is supplied with an universal backlit remote control that can control up to eight devices. It is pre-programmed for use with this AV processor and many other Arcam products (CD players, DVD players, etc). With its extensive built-in library of codes, it can also be used with thousands of other manufacturer's audio/video components (such as TVs, satellite/cable boxes, Blu-ray players, etc.). It is also a "learning" remote, so you can teach it almost any IR function from another component's remote control. A backlight comes on for eight seconds whenever a key is pressed on the remote, helping you use the remote control in low lighting conditions.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Arcam AV860 supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the AV processor is connected to a HDMI-CEC compatible TV, they will turn ON/OFF together and you can use the TV remote to control the volume of the AV processor. HDMI-CEC also provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray player. For example, you can use the AV processor's remote control to operate player functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, or Stop.
Note: Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.
IP Control: When connected to your network via Ethernet, you can control select functions of the Arcam AV processor with the IP control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, or Safari 7.x is recommended for web browser. IP Control can be set to to work even when the AV processor is in Standby (Off) mode).
RS232 Port: The AV processor is equipped with an RS232 Port that can be used to connect external control devices from Crestron and AMX (sold separately).
IR Inputs: The infrared inputs (3.5mm) allow the connection of external IR AV processors, either when the AV processor's front-panel IR AV processor is fully or partially obstructed or to allow the use of a remote control in Zone 2.
Triggers Outputs: The two 12V trigger outputs (12V/70mA) can be used to switch on and off other components in Zone 1 and Zone 2. There is also a 6V DC power connection for Arcam rSeries products.
On-Screen Menu: The Arcam AV860 features an on-screen user interface for the setup menus. The on-screen suser interface and setup menus are only available through the main HDMI monitor output (the Sub and Zone 2 HDMI outputs do not support the on-screen menu). You can select the language for the on-screen setup menus; choose from English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, or Chinese.
Note: The on-screen user interface is required for access to the setup menus. The front-panel display only indicates source selection, volume level, and surround mode.
Input Name Edit: You can change the name of any input to more closely match your setup and the type of audio/video component you have connected.
Firmware & Software Downloads: The firmware in the Arcam AV processor can be updated from a USB thumbdrive containing firmware update files. You can download the latest firmware file, together with upgrading instructions, from the Arcam website (www.arcam.co.uk). Firmware & software downloads are not supported over a network connection.
Note: Updating will clear your Dirac Live setup, but it is ok to reload a project from Dirac Live application on your Windows PC or Mac computer.
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