When it's right, it just sounds real
Almost 40 years ago, two friends founded a small company named ‘Amplification and Recording Cambridge’ with the mission of producing excellent sounding equipment for the studio environment. The desire to capture all the detail a microphone could pickup lead to groundbreaking amplifier design, and ultimately a line of home stereo components. The name was shortened to Arcam, and they were off!
Involved early on in the development of digital audio for the home, Arcam launched the first outboard digital-to-analog convertor (DAC) designed to improve the sound of CD players. This was followed by the first digital radio tuner (DAB). This closeness to digital audio natural evolved into high performance AV components for home theater, which are regarded today as the best sounding available. Their experience developing DACs and CD players makes it possible that Arcam designs DVD players, and now Blu-Ray players, in-house from the ground up by Arcam. The knowledge gained there and in amplifier design is built directly into the AV receiver, quite possibly the most hostile environment to make great sound in.
An engineering focused company, all Arcam components are designed in the UK by a dedicated team of electronics and software engineers. The acquisition by Jam Industries in 2012 has been tremendously beneficial to product development, allowing Arcam engineers and designer access to technology and manufacturing that would normally be difficult to acquire. A huge advantage over its competition, this partnership has Arcam keeping up with quick changes of the tech world in a way never possible before.
2005- Arcam launches the Solo Music, the first performance lifestyle product to include DAB.
2009- Arcam introduces class G amplification in the AVR600 to deliver an ideal combination of huge power and ultra- low distortion.
2012- Arcam makes high quality and convenient wireless streaming utilising the latest Aptx technology via the rBlink Bluetooth DAC.
2014- A49 integrated amplifier is launched and is the first Class G Arcam stereo amp on the market
2015- A new range of AV receivers that includes Dolby Atmos and DIRAC room correction is launched
2016- Arcam releases a new generation of Solo Movie and Solo Music products that include Class G amplification. These are designed to be the best sounding all in one solutions available.
2017- Introduce the rPlay, rHead, rPhono.
1976- Arcam launches the A60 and creates an iconic product that sold more than 30,000 amplifiers many of which are still in use today.
1976- Arcam launches the T21 tuner to match the A60.
1986- Arcam introduces the UK’s first totally designed and manufactured CD player. This started a quest to understand the principles of digital audio and has led to some world class digital audio products.
1988- Arcam creates the stand alone DAC when it launched the Black Box - the world’s first separate DAC system for CD playback.
1990- Arcam enters the world of TV sound and releases the Delta 150. This NICAM tuner acquired the audio signal from TV broadcasts and allowed the viewer to experience hi-fi sound.
1995- Arcam gives the world the first audiophile AV amplifier the Xeta 1 that truly combines true stereo performance with class leading surround sound.
Arcam’s core philosophy is simple. Deliver the features people need with the sound quality they deserve, at prices they can afford. They do this by focusing on the aspects of design that deliver the highest benefit, and taking the lead on critical new technology. No extra fancy casework or ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ features. Just sturdy build and elegant cosmetics teamed with highly refined and broadly accepted standards.
Arcam knows that Bluetooth is here to stay, at least for a while. So they found the best solution and integrated it into their designs. They also know that what is today’s best solution, probably won’t be tomorrow. How do you get around that? You make Bluetooth the accessory it should be, and focus on the areas that don’t change as often. So if features like Bluetooth change often, what in audio components don’t change? Quality amplification. Buy a solidly built amp with plenty of high quality power and usable inputs, and it will practically last a lifetime. This is why Arcam doesn’t integrate digital processing unnecessarily, but instead focuses on technology like Class G amplification and high performance volume controls. Not just reserved for just high end music systems, these technologies are shared on more basic integrated amps and AV receivers alike.