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Arcam AVR850 Review: Seizing the crown

Arcam AVR850 Review: Seizing the crown

10 Total Score
Arcam AVR850 Review

HIGHS: Sonically immaculate: Dirac Live is excellent: classy design and build LOWS: Uninspired interface: PC/MAC required for Dirac Live setup: only seven amplifier channels: DTS:X update still awaited

Design
9.5
Performance
10
Features
9.5
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  1. Thank you for taking the time to post a nice review of this Arcam AVR850 Binh. It seems like an excellent receiver especially with the new Dirac Live ES system. Like you say unfortunately it’s price puts it out of reach for most of us. Another serious contender maybe the Yamaha RX-A3060. It’s a great receiver, loaded to the gills with all the bells and whistles and less than half the price of the Arcam. Arcam also has the AVR390 but it’s not quite in the same class as it doesn’t feature the Class G amplifier. The Sony STR-ZA5000ES is another nice option. Sony is also coming out with a new one in early 2017, the STR-ZA3100ES. Sony has really stepped up their quality in these models. There are some nice options out there indeed.

    Tough for me to give this Arcam a score as I haven’t heard it yet mate. I can tell you both the Yamaha and the Sonys are worthy contenders. I myself own the Sony STR-DA5800ES. If I upgrade again it will be to an Atmos capable model. I have a 5.1.2 set up in my room. Still debating the merits of upgrading. I’m pretty happy with my system right now.

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