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Arcam SR250 (Black)

Network Stereo Receiver
£949 Was £999 from 23/03/21 to 18/08/21
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“The Arcam SR250 is a really good stereo amplifier, and not just at the price... Recommended!” – ‘Hi-Fi +’.

Best of all worlds - stereo sound with AVR flexibility

Take all the best features from an AV Receiver, combine with a top quality stereo amp and you have the best of all worlds – the Arcam SR250. Stereo amps are simpler than AVRs, meaning you get higher quality components for better sound, at any given price level. Where they don’t excel is in terms of inputs and features. The SR250 addresses this with a comprehensive HDMI interface, network streaming, app control and DAB/FM tuner. There’s even Arcam’s impressive Dirac Live system for perfectly tailored sound.

Stereo Class-G – power and refinement in perfect harmony
Arcam’s pioneering Class-G amplifier technology gives the SR250 the best possible sound in all circumstances. The first quarter of its mighty 120 watts per channel is delivered in pure Class-A. Class-A is renowned for a rich, smooth sound that makes instruments and vocals sound incredibly life-like. Go beyond this point and efficient digital amplification kicks in – delivering plenty of power without the inefficiency that Pure Class-A ‘all the way’ would demand. Smooth and refined, yet a beast when unleased – the Arcam SR250 is a consummate all-rounder.

Dirac Live for Arcam gives you the very best sound in your room
For the very best sound in your room, Arcam includes a powerful room correcting technology from Dirac Research. This uses a microphone and dedicated software to take multiple readings around your room and feed the information back to the amplifier for a completely bespoke response (professional set-up recommended).

Wide-ranging connectivity, including HDMI
Unlike other stereo receivers, the SR250 features seven HDMI inputs and three outputs. Six HDMIs are HDMI 2.0a and HDCP2.2 compatible (for UHD 4K sources) with the seventh being MHL compatible (for connecting a smartphone). Other inputs provide a total of six digital and seven analogue (including a front-mounted 3.5mm AUX) inputs, making this Arcam receiver hugely adaptive to all types of sources.

HDMI Zone 2 output
Triple HDMI outputs make the SR250 even more versatile. Use two of the outputs within the same room for connecting a TV and projector simultaneously. The third HDMI is independent, making it ideal for sound and vision in a second room (HDMI2.0a/HDCP2,2 compatible).

Network control – including Spotify Connect
Connect to your network via Ethernet (wi-fi not included) and you get access to a wide range of networking features. These include UPnP (Universal Plug n’ Play) for streaming from other network devices, Spotify Connect (requires Spotify Premium account) and Internet radio.

Internet, DAB and FM – all the radio you need
Internet radio opens up access to a choice of hundreds of radio stations from around the world. Backing this up, the built-in DAB and FM tuners give wide-ranging access to all your favourite stations, including popular digital only stations, such as BBC 6 Music and 4 Extra.

MusicLife control app
Take full control of streaming music to your Arcam device with the MusicLife control app (now available for Android and Apple iOS devices). Working with the wireless system, it lets you stream music directly from your device as well as servers or computers connected via UPnP (Universal Plug n’ Play). The latest version brings Internet Radio, Podcasts plus streaming from TIDAL and Qobuz. Advanced features, such as library searching, sorting, shuffle and repeat playback are also catered for.

Don’t compromise on sound or features. With the Arcam SR250 you can have it all.
Smart Features
Smartphone control
Yes
Connectivity
Analogue RCA Inputs
6
ARC - Audio Return Channel
Yes
Audio Outputs
Yes - Pre/Zone 2 Outputs
Coaxial Digital Inputs
4
HDMI 2.0
Yes
Headphone Output
Yes
AUX Front Input
Yes - 1 x 3.5mm
Optical Digital Inputs
2
Pre Output
Yes
Speaker Sets
1
Speaker Sets FILTER
x 1
Sub Output
Yes - 2
Sub Output
Yes
USB
1
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
20 - 20,000
Power Output
120 x 2
Power Output - Watts per CH
100 +
Tone Controls
Yes
Features
Tuner Radio
Internet/DAB/FM
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
600 (Max)
Power Consumption - Standby
0.5
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
433 x 171 x 425
Weight
Weight (KG)
15.1
Accessories
Remote Control
Yes
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An excellent idea poorly executed On specs, this amp has it all. Superb stereo performance and the ability to downmix 5.1 to 2.1 for amazing home cinema for those that do not want a separate AVR and speakers. The 2.1 is amazing, with movies through my Monitor Audio Silver 300 towers and SVS sub it sounded amazing. The 'ghost' centre speaker was brilliant, dialogue was clear and efects forceful. With this amp you don't need a 5.1 set up, unless you are a die hard AVR cinema enthusiast. Where the amp falls down is in the implementation. Setting it up is not straightforward and the interface needs modernisation, although once you get to understand the amps peculiarities it all makes sense. Also, this was my third amp with my current speakers in my lounge. When listening to stereo my speakers were bass heavy and boomy. I had never experienced that with either of my previous amps. You can adjust the EQ in the settings however I found this irritating and it should not be necessary to have to do this. Dirac may help with that, but you will need to buy a proper microphone and stand to do the measurements, as the supplied one is poor quality. The lack built-in streaming doesn't help. You will need something like a Bluesound Node 2i to listen to Tidal/Quobuz etc. The built in DAC is good, so if you are connecting a streaming device make sure you use the optical to take advantage of the Arcam's DAC and not the streamers built in DAC, which is probably inferior. I found the DAC in the Bluesound somewhat lacking, when connected via RCA. Ultimately, this amp may please some, and it may be perfect for some, but for me it was a product that could have been amazing, but just wasn't quite there. It is a lot of amp for the current retail price, but it will not suit everyone. It is a shame Arcam and other manufacturers did not persevere with the 5.1 downmix to 2.1 route, as it is really very good. Most Amps with HDMI such as Naim & Lyngdorf are simply PCM stereo, although they do have CEC. The button below says would I recommend. It is not a yes or a no. This amp is like Marmite, you will either love it or loath it, but the only way to know is try it for yourself.
Date published: 2021-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Bought this amp to go with my Kef speakers. Glad I did - there's clarity and a fullness that was lacking in my previous budget amp. Brilliant for movies as well.
Date published: 2020-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect After 10 days of testing my new Arcam SR250 I can’t fault it. It’s perfect in every way . Build quality is great, sound quality with the installed Dirac live is exceptional. Also I got it for a great price!
Date published: 2020-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice kit, top service Very nice piece of kit excellent with movies and very good with music. Hats off to Richer Sounds tho, went thinking of buying something else sales chap listened to my needs and suggested an alternative. Talked me through why and he was spot on. The kit is great the advice was fantastic.
Date published: 2020-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class G Nirvana I’m enjoying this amp immensely. Through deployment of Dirac it takes my room acoustics and creates a wonderful tactile soundscape. The bass is taut with a nice slam, mids are natural and well separated and the high frequencies are sparkling without harshness. Works so well with Bluesound node.
Date published: 2020-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique bargain at Richer Sounds price! An edge case product (2 channel AV system) with no direct equivalent but which delivers in spades. Very clever tech and unique feature set, set this amp apart without forgetting it’s original £2.5k RRP...! Using with KEF R3 for a fast, clean and powerful sound. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2020-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Audio as it was meant to sound? I already own an Arcam AVR390 and was blown away with the Dirac room acoustics correction feature - which utterly transformed / opened up the sound. I can honestly say it was the biggest improvement in sound quality I have ever heard when upgrading. Terms like night/day, chalk/cheese don't do it justice. And when I’ve toggled Dirac on and off I couldn’t believe how poor the sound was in stereo direct mode. Despite my multi channel set up I still crave the best stereo sound possible - and despite how great the AVR390 performs for two channel audio I still thought there was scope for improvement - and took a gamble with the SR250. There wasn't a bad review really to be found. And at much less than 50% of the original selling price price I took the plunge. It does come with an Arcam 5 year warranty too. The obvious route for what I wanted to achieve was to purchase a P429 Class G 4 channel power amp – but it was 50% more expensive. And after careful consideration I found I could integrate the SR250 into my existing multichannel setup with little ongoing faffing around. The SR250 is an odd ball as it is a stereo only av receiver with HDMI / digital and analogue inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. I’ve been able to integrate it with my AVR390 by running two sets of speaker cable to the front stereo speakers and swapping them over if listening to stereo music or surround sound. It is a little odd though having two identical av units either side of the TV. Fortunately one remote works either unit, and they have good old fashioned mechanical on/off buttons so the remote will only operate the receiver I want it to. It took about 15 mins to get an initial satisfactorily Dirac room calibration. I've only been using it for about 7 hours from new but it is obvious the class G circuitry (which runs in class A for lower power output) is revealing much more information from my music. The leading edge of notes are realised with much greater clarity. Instrument separation is improved and the soundstage appears more expansive. Dynamics are improved too. The SR250 (with a front speaker combo of Tannoy XT6F floorstanders and two B&K subs wired high level in stereo, coupled with a laptop supplying FLAC audio files to a Chord Mojo DAC) is laying bare the music in front of me. The class A circuitry really does lend a sweetness to the sound. And as the amp beds in the sound is only going to improve. I can’t emphasis enough though the improvement Dirac makes. It is a game changer for those without the perfect listening environment – which is probably 95% of us. And my room and speaker positioning is not hi-fi friendly. But with Dirac I might be getting close to hearing music as it was meant to be heard. A delight to listen to and as such thoroughly recommended.
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arcam SR250 Fantastic product, great sound quality,great features,great build quality ,easy to use & great service once again from Richer Sounds
Date published: 2020-03-13
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