- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 24 March 2014
Introduction to the Arcam AVR750 Receiver
Receivers are hard to review. It's almost impossible to directly compare them to another model as there is so much wiring involved. Attempting to rely on memory has its own challenges, as it can be unreliable when it comes to audio. With all the difference sections of a receiver, from audio and video handling, to room correction and amplifiers, it is difficult to determine what is performing right and what is wrong. Two recent changes have made me enthusiastic about evaluating receivers again despite the inherent challenges.
ARCAM AVR750 RECEIVER SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: 7.1 A/V Receiver
- Power Output: 100 WPC x 7, 1 kHz, THD 0.2% @ 8 ohms
- Video Connections: HDMI 1.4a (7 rear in, 2 out), Component (3 in), Composite (4 in, 1 out)
- Audio Connections: USB 2.0, RCA Stereo (6 in, 1 out), Optical (2 in), Coaxial Digital (4 in,), Multichannel (7.1 output)
- Other Connections: Ethernet (Internet Radio, Networked Audio, Firmware), 12V triggers (4), RS-232, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
- Dimensions: 16.73" H x 17.04" W x 6.73" D
- Weight: 36.8 Pounds
- MSRP: $6,000 USD
- SECRETS Tags: Arcam, Receivers, Audio, 7.1
The first is the excellent series of articles from Dr. David Rich about the system design of AVRs and processors. Learning about all the design choices, from the volume control chip to XLR connections versus RCA connections has been enlightening. It has also helped to shine a light on why one receiver might cost 2-3x as much as another receiver, even when the specs most people read look to be identical.
The second is the ability to test equipment to the limits with help from Audio Precision. Having access to their APx series of analyzers has enabled me to test functions that are rarely seen in A/V reviews, and try to isolate what components are designed well and what flaws there might be. With these two items in mind it was with great anticipation I delved into the Arcam AVR750 receiver, the flagship model from the well-regarded UK company. Go to Page 2: Design And Setup