The Arcam AVR550 AV Receiver is in the middle of Arcam’s Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) line. It shares many features with Arcam’s flagship model, the AVR850, but for a lower price tag. The AVR550 sports a full complement of the latest surround decoding abilities including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It also sports audiophile quality DACs and some surprisingly good power amplifiers.
AVR – Audio Video Receiver – Build Quality: Part IV – The Emotiva XMC-1 SSP: A Paradigm of a Pre-Pro Implementation
It has been a disappointing time in the AVR world. "Excellent" parts have been substituted by "good parts", and in the majority of cases "average parts" in anything below $3,000.
What does your money purchase inside the chassis of an AVR or Pre-Pro in an audio / video system? In this article, one in a three-part series, I attempt to answer this question: I will open the top and look at the parts inside and show how each of the individual parts can affect the audio quality.