Stunning Realism, Immersive Sound
The AV40 is a high-performance audio/visual processor that delivers stunning realism for the ultimate home cinema experience. With an impressive 16-channels of surround sound processing and featuring all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS, Auro-3D and IMAX Enhanced, the AV40 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence.
The AV40 boasts XLR balanced outputs for every channel to deliver the highest quality analogue connection to power amplifiers.
Audiophile listening experiences are optimised with full 16-channel Dirac calibration on board as well as simple streaming with a mobile device using the native app of choice via Apple AirPlay2 or Google Chromecast.
Dirac Live® Bass Control aggregates measurement and location data from each subwoofer as well as the main speakers to determine how a system’s bass is distributed throughout the room.
The new Arcam AV40 is a surround sound processor. This means it does not have any amplifiers on board and is designed to work with separate power amplifiers. Separate components have always been the choice when you want the best possible performance. Another benefit of having separates is the building block approach. Power amp technology is pretty stable, but if you follow the home theater side of things, the tech in surround sound changes quite often. With separates, you can keep your great set of amps for decades and upgrade just the processor when you are ready for the latest and greatest.
The AV 40 has the look of their new HDA range with a dark gunmetal finish complemented by silver knobs and buttons. In the middle of the front panel is a large display which in normal mode gives you a great readout of the current input and volume. This display changes to a different look when you switch to set up mode. We have to really compliment the team who did the GUI for set up mode. On just about every other surround sound processor we have tested, you are far better off using your TV or projector for set up as the units display menu is usually extremely clunky to navigate through. With the AV40, you can do everything very easily from the front panel which for those of us who set things up all the time is pretty cool!
Not only is the AV40 a full-blown surround sound processor, but it also gives you access to all sorts of ways to listen to music. We’ll go over that and more in the feature section.
Details & Specifications
- Dolby Atmos, IMAX Enhanced, Auro-3D & DTS:X 9.1.6 decoding
- 4K ( UHD ) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP2.2
- 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, eARC compatible
- Dirac Live® for ARCAM room correction
- ESS 9026 PRO audiophile DAC
- 16 Channel pro-grade XLR outputs
- 16 Channel single-ended RCA outputs
- Pairs with Arcam PA240, PA720, & PA410 Power Amplifiers
- Wifi / Ethernet, RS 232 and IR control
- Google Cast / UPnP capability for streaming audio
- Roon Ready
- Free MusicLife iOS UPnP & Control App