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Arcam AVR30

ARCAM’S NEW LINEUP of AV models is finally here, adding three seven-channel receivers and a 16-channel processor to its High Definition Audio (HDA) range. HDA, for those who keep an eye on acronyms, replaces the outgoing Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) series, bringing with it a number of changes – some more apparent than others.

The most obvious difference is cosmetic, with a ‘lifestyle-friendly’ design replacing the more traditional – and some would say 'industrial' – Arcam look. To be honest, the two-tone styling of the silver buttons and volume dial looks a bit odd on a high-cost receiver, so the redesign might not be a complete success. On the plus side, a full-colour LCD screen replaces the previous green dot-matrix display, and only die-hard retro freaks will lament its passing.

Aesthetics aside, the real differences are internal, with the new models supporting Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced and

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