Some exciting news for the new year, Arcam have announced their long awaited replacement for the AV950 - The AV860!!! Due in January 2017. We are looking forward to receiving our demo model.
This has caught a few people by surprise as earlier this year it was noticed off a return command:
"AV960 Response: “AMXB<Device-SDKClass=Receiver><Device-Make=ARCAM><Device-Model=AV960><Device-Revision=x.y.z> ”
So the forums were ablaze with talk of an imminent release of the AV960. This was followed shortly by denial from Arcam of there going to be an AV960 (sort of true), which many took as a sign that Arcam had pulled out of the AV processor market... Fortunately the rumours turned out not to be true with Arcam releasing specifications and pictures of the their new AV processor this week.
Spec wise the AV860 is looking impressive and ticking all the right boxes:
Dolby Atmos & DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding
4K (UHD) HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2
7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible
Dirac Live ® for Arcam room correction
Cirrus CS42528 audiophile DAC