Arcam Solo Music | REVIEW | What HiFi?

What HiFi? Magazine offers up a bang on 5 Star review of the new Arcam Solo Music

With its powerful Class G amplifiers and smart cosmetics, the Arcam Solo Music good looks and beautiful sound. You won’t feel the need to hide. If you are tight on space, its tidy dimensions make it easy to fit into spaces your average AV receiver can’t go. Add in Bluetooth with AptX and WiFi for streaming, and you have a tremendous all-in-one solution. Do you have some shiny 5″ discs? It does that too. Who say’s high performance and convenience are mutually exclusive? Arcam Solo Music has a retail price of $2250. Want 5 channels and Blu-Ray for a thrilling movie experience? Check out the Solo Movie for $3000 retail. Find a Retailer near you to experience Arcam.

 

Snippets from the What HiFi? Arcam Solo Music review:

…the Solo Music has a Swiss-Army knife-like array of functions. As well as being a CD/SACD-playing, network streaming source in itself, and having a DAB/DAB+/FM tuner onboard, the Solo has a cluster of digital and analogue connections. Including four HDMI inputs, and single optical, coaxial, USB, phono and 3.5mm inputs.

There’s an app for controlling the Arcam and accessing and browsing networked libraries. The MusicLife app (available for iOS only) identifies our Solo Music sample right away, sniffs out our NAS drives without prompting. It proves handy for scrolling our lengthy catalogue.

…it’s handsome and looks classy, which is as much down to the sleek finish as is it is flushed playback buttons on the fascia and wheel volume dial up top.

Like many Arcam products before it, the Solo Music delivers an instantly likeable sound that you can settle into for the evening: powerful, punchy and smooth, with sonic must-haves like clarity, balance and detail also in check.

With no part of the frequency range tipping the tonal scales, the muscular bassline, fuzzy electrics and sprawling synthesizers that drive Any Colour You Like have just as much clarity as the ever-present cymbals that cut through them.

There’s real force to the thumping bass and deep extension when the chorus’ meatier bass line comes in. It handles the rhythmic drum patterns and dynamically drum-rolls the building electric guitar solo.

We don’t need to scribe a different character reference for the headphone output. It has plenty of weight and punch, and apt transparency, as we listen through our Grado SR325es.

Summing Up the Arcam Solo Music

In 2005, we described the original Solo Music as ‘something of a benchmark system at this price level’, so it’s quite remarkable that the same is pretty much true of the latest version.

A well-made, well-featured and solid-sounding product, the Arcam Solo Music is indeed a complete one-box stereo system.

 

ArcamDavid Carr