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Arcam SR250

Stereo receiver with HDMI connections

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The versatile Arcam SR250 lets you enjoy high-fidelity audio — plus convenient A/V source...

The versatile Arcam SR250 lets you enjoy high-fidelity audio — plus convenient A/V source...

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About the Arcam SR250

Enjoy music, movies, and TV in stereo

The versatile Arcam SR250 lets you enjoy high-fidelity audio — plus convenient A/V source switching — without investing in a full surround sound speaker setup. The receiver offers 90 watts per channel to drive a pair of speakers, so music, dialogue, and sound effects come through loud and clear. It features a built-in high-performance DAC (digital to analog converter) for pristine playback of digital music files, including high-resolution WAV or FLAC files loaded on a USB drive.

Enjoy music, movies, and TV in stereo

The versatile Arcam SR250 lets you enjoy high-fidelity audio — plus convenient A/V source switching — without investing in a full surround sound speaker setup. The receiver offers 90 watts per channel to drive a pair of speakers, so music, dialogue, and sound effects come through loud and clear. It features a built-in high-performance DAC (digital to analog converter) for pristine playback of digital music files, including high-resolution WAV or FLAC files loaded on a USB drive.

Make a wired connection via the Ethernet connection on the back to stream music, including Spotify Connect.

Versatile Class G amplifier

The engineers who designed the SR250 wanted it to provide the right amount of power at the right time, so your music and movie soundtracks always sound exactly the way they should. That's why they chose a Class G amplifier, which uses Class A circuitry for low-level signals, then kicks in a higher-voltage power supply for more demanding dynamic peaks. And it does it without adding any crossover distortion or noise.

Convenient connections

The SR250 gives you plenty of options for connecting music and content sources. Seven HDMI inputs accommodate your streaming media players, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles. All but one of these inputs are fully compatible with 4K and HDR sources. Additional digital components can be connected using the two Toslink optical and four digital coaxial inputs on the back. 

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Product highlights:

  • 2.1-channel high-performance stereo receiver
  • 90 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at <0.02% THD
  • efficient high-voltage Class G amplifier
  • stream music via Spotify® Connect
    • no built-in Wi-Fi® — requires hard-wired Ethernet connection to your router
  • high-performance Cirrus Logic CS42528 DAC
  • Dirac Live® for Arcam room correction for smooth, well-balanced sound (calibration microphone included)
    • Dirac Live software requires a Windows® or Mac® laptop
  • built-in FM & DAB (digital radio) tuner with 50 presets
Connections:
  • HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 7 in, 3 out (including 1 MHL-ready input)
    • 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 Ultra HD sources and TVs
  • supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision™
  • digital audio inputs: 2 Toslink optical and 4 coaxial
  • 6 stereo RCA audio inputs, plus front-panel 3.5mm minijack input
  • Ethernet port for connecting to a local network for remote control and monitoring
  • 12-volt trigger input and output
  • RS-232 port for use with third-party control systems
  • rear-panel USB port for audio playback from USB storage devices
  • stereo analog RCA Zone 2 output
  • one stereo RCA preamp output
  • dual RCA outputs for connecting powered subwoofers
  • one pair of binding post outputs for connecting speakers
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What's in the box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Auto calibration microphone
  • 6.5' miniUSB-to-USB cable
  • FM wire antenna
  • Handbook
  • "Thank You" letter
  • Registration Instructions
  • Spotify brochure

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Audio Section
Video Section
Network, USB, & Tuner Functions
Multiroom AV Playback
Remote & App Control
Convenience Features

Audio Section

Class G Amplification: The SR250 stereo receiver utilizes Arcam's latest generation Class G amplifier topology that is both clever and efficient. Class G amplification implements multiple power supplies rather than just a single supply. If a dynamic signal is received that goes beyond the capability of the first power supply, the secondary supply is gradually brought in up to full rated power output as required. This gives a very efficient design as additional power is only used when required. Modern high speed silicon allows Arcam to make this switch faster than would ever be required, even way beyond the audio bandwidth, so there is no lag in power. The first power supply is of lower power and within this region we run in pure Class A, which has no crossover distortion. As the secondary supply is only used when required, extreme levels of power are possible because very little energy is wasted in the amplifier as heat when it is not being used. Without control this power would be ill-used, so multiple output devices within the amplifier keep a tight grip on the loudspeaker at all times, ensuring your listening experience never lacks dynamics and detail.

Note: The Arcam SR250 stereo receiver's amplifier is rated at 90 watts x 2 channels (into 8-ohm, at 20-20kHz, with 0.02% THD).

Cirrus CS42528 Audiophile DAC: The Arcam SR250 stereo receiver utilizes a Cirrus CS42528 DAC (digital-to-analog) converter that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz multichannel audio for audiophile-grade sound quality. All multichannel audio will be downmixed to 2ch stereo.

Digital Audio Connector Audio Signal Type Audio Signal Format
HDMI High Definition Audio Bitstream Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, & DTS-HD
Bitstream Dolby Digital & DTS
 PCM 2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit)
Optical/Coaxial Bitstream Dolby Digital & DTS
PCM 2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit)
USB & Network (UPnP) 2ch PCM MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC (up to 24-bit/192kHz)

Note: Even though the Arcam SR250 will accept Dolby Digital and DTS type audio signals, it will downmix all of its multichannel content to 2ch stereo.

Dirac Live for Arcam: There is a proprietary automatic loudspeaker setup function, known as Dirac Live, built into the stereo receiver. 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 receiver 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 receiver 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 Receiver 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.

Direct Modes: The Stereo Direct mode automatically bypasses all of the receiver'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 receiver 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 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 mode.

Level Controls: The Arcam SR250 allows you to adjust the receivers Bass & Treble, Input Trim, Maximum Volume levels to your desired preference.

  • Bass & Treble: The Arcam stereo receiver 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 receiver and also helps keep the various analog sources sounding about the same level for any given receiver 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 receiver is 0-99dB.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Arcam SR250 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. The optical and coaxial digital inputs support 2ch PCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS (multichannel audio will be downmixed to 2ch stereo). 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 receiver 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).

Audio Outputs: The Arcam SR250 stereo receiver is outfitted with binding-post speaker output terminals, dual subwoofer outputs, a stereo 2ch preamp output, and a front-panel headphone jack.  

  • Binding-Post Speaker Outputs: The SR250 stereo receiver is outfitted with binding-post terminals for its speaker outputs, allowing you to connect a pair of loudspeakers. The binding-post terminals accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only); you'll need to remove the plastic caps to use banana plugs. Only connect loudspeakers with an 8-ohm impedance.
  • Dual Sub Outputs: The SR250 features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs. With dual subwoofers, which can be placed in different parts of the room, you'll benefit from response averaging, which helps provide smoother and more detailed deep bass, compared to a conventional single subwoofer speaker system. The same signal is output from each sub output.
  • 2ch Preamp Outputs: The SR250 is equipped with a 2ch stereo preamp output for connecting a more powerful external amplifier. This preamp output is variable, allowing volume control from the stereo receiver.
  • Headphone Jack: The Arcam SR250 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 receiver is muted. When a set of headphones is connected to the headphone jack, the receiver's speaker outputs and preamp outputs are automatically muted.

Video Section

7 HDMI Inputs/3 HDMI Outputs: The Arcam SR250 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 receiver 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 SR250 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 receiver 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.

Notes:

  • The HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is not HDMI 2.0a or HDCP 2.2 compatible and does not support 4K or HDR video.
  • The receiver's HDMI inputs also support up to Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD audio (multichannel audio will be downmixed to 2ch stereo).

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 receiver 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 receiver 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 receiver'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 SR250 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 stereo receiver'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 SR250's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the receiver 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 SR250 is in standby mode (power off), the HDMI Standby Passthrough feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the stereo receiver 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 stereo receiver 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 receiver'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 receiver will also charge (5V/1A) your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the stereo receiver's remote control.

Network, USB, & Tuner Functions

Ethernet Port: The Arcam SR250 stereo receiver 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 Apple iOS 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 receiver, 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 stereo receiver. 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 receiver. 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 the free MusicLife App (for Apple iOS 9.0+). 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 receiver'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 SR250 receiver. 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 SR250 receiver. 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 stereo receiver 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 SR250 receiver. 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 SR250 stereo receiver 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.

Multiroom AV Playback

HDMI Zone 2: The Arcam SR250 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 and 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.
Notes:
  • HDMI Zone 2 does not offer HDMI upscaling.
  • If the receiver'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 receiver in another room of your home via RCA line-level output. When using the receiver'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 receiver remains 2ch stereo. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the Arcam receiver 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 stereo receiver'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, you'll hear 2ch stereo sound in both zones. 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.

Remote & App Control

MusicLife App (for Apple iOS): The free MusicLife App (for Apple iOS 9.0+) allows you to wirelessly stream music stored on your computer and your compatible Apple iOS device to the Arcam stereo receiver and control playback from your Apple iOS 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 receiver and control playback from the MusicLife app on your compatible Apple device. You also get to stream content stored on your Apple iOS device to the Arcam receiver using the MusicLife app with playback control functions.

Note:

  • Your music library must be stored physically on your computer or Apple iOS device, not on a Cloud service.
  • The Arcam receiver's Ethernet port must be plugged into a wireless WiFi router.
  • The MusicLife app is not supported by Android OS devices.

Universal Remote: The Arcam SR250 receiver is supplied with an universal backlit remote control that can control up to eight devices. It is pre-programmed for use with this stereo receiver 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 SR250 supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the stereo receiver 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 receiver. HDMI-CEC also provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray player. For example, you can use the receiver'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 stereo receiver 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 receiver is in Standby (Off) mode).

RS232 Port: The stereo receiver 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 receivers, either when the receiver's front-panel IR receiver 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.

Convenience Features

On-Screen Menu: The Arcam SR250 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 stereo receiver 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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