Arcam AVR5: 12 channels, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and optional HDMI 2.1

The Arcam AVR5 Class AB AV Receiver is positioned by the manufacturer as a modern cinema-music entry-level solution. However, the concept of the entry-level can be interpreted in different ways.

In the case of the Arcam AVR5, this means a 12-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoder, Dolby Vision 4K compatibility, support for Apple AirPlay2, Bluetooth aptX HD and Chromecast protocols, as well as the ability to work with MQA and the ability to integrate into a Roon-based system.

Arcam AVR5

Arcam noted that the 12-channel AVR5 is able not only to process Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but also to upmix from Dolby Surround and DTS:Neural:X. A chip on two ESS ES9026PRO is responsible for converting sound to AVR5. AB-class modules are responsible for amplification, but only for seven main channels.

HDMI ports pass 4K HDR (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision), however the manufacturer stressed that the AVR5 does not support HDMI 2.1. If this version is needed by the user, then later he will be offered an update, available only through Arcam partners. The company felt that not everyone would need HDMI 2.1, but the initial support for this standard would have affected the cost of the receiver.

Arcam AVR5

Among other things, Arcam paid attention to Dirac Live sound correction, but there is no configuration software in the kit – you will have to buy a version for Mac or PC (they promised a 50% discount, but for a limited time).

In Europe, the Arcam AVR5 AV Receiver will appear later this year at an estimated cost of 2,200 euros.


  • Dolby Atmos & DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding
  • 4K (UHD) HDMI2.0b with HDCP2.2
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, eARC compatible
  • Ready for Dirac Live® room correction
  • ESS 9026PRO audiophile DACs
  • Class AB power amplification
  • Uses frame-type transformer
  • Wifi / Ethernet, RS232 and IR control
  • Apple Airplay2 and Google Cast for streaming audio
  • Bluetooth aptX®HD
  • Free MusicLife iOS and Android UPnP streaming app
  • Supports MQA
  • Roon Ready

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