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Arcam HDA AVR5 (All version)

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  • 7.2 channels
  • 11.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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In The Box

  • Receiver
  • Mains lead
  • Remote control with 2 x AAA batteries
  • Manual
  • DAB/FM aerial
  • 3 x Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antennas
  • Calibration microphone
  • USB cable


Arcam HDA AVR5 was introduced in 2021. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 87 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.


Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and video signal passthrough and upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Arcam HDA AVR5

  11.1 Channel Processing
  Dolby Atmos
  Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  IMAX Enhanced
  Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  MQA Decoding
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  Dolby Vision
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Chromecast Built-In
  Google assistant
  New HDCP Version
  Many HDMI Inputs
  Many 8K Inputs
  USB Input
  Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Analog Tuner
  Digital Radio
  New Bluetooth Version
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No HDR10+
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Phono Input
  No Composite Video Inputs

Selected Features


Arcam HDA AVR5 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.

Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.

Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.

Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Arcam HDA AVR5 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 4 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.

DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Arcam HDA AVR5 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 4 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is a new upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.

Auro-3D with its Auro-Matic upmixer

Arcam HDA AVR5 supports Auro-3D and its Auro-Matic upmixer out of the box or after free firmware update. Auro-3D is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel. Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.

Room Correction

Arcam HDA AVR5 comes with Dirac Live™ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


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Arcam HDA AVR5 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has AUX (3.5 mm Audio) input.


Here we list all the available features and specifications of Arcam HDA AVR5.

TypeA/V Receiver
Release Year2021
Front Wide Channel Support
AmplifierClass AB
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 with external amp
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4 with external amp
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 11.1-ch (Built-In)
MQA Decoding
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode Stereo Direct, CD Direct
Independent Subwoofer Outputs
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Dirac Live™
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
HDMI Version2.0b
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
DSC (Display Stream Compression)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Apple Siri
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Arcam control app
Ethernet Switch
Bluetooth aptX HD
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs7
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
8K Inputs7
USB Input for factory service
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Input
Optical In2
Optical Out1
Coaxial In/Out4 /
Composite Video Input
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsAUX (3.5 mm Audio)
Headphone Out 3.5 mm
+12V Trigger Output2
Remote (IR) Input/Output2 / 0
IP Control for CI
PreAmp Mode
DisplayLarge front-panel LCD display
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM with RDS
Digital Radio DAB/DAB+
Internet Radio TuneIn
SiriusXM Internet Radio
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Power SupplyAC 110-120 V or 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz via switch
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption1500 W
Standby Power0.5 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)433 mm x 171 mm x 425 mm
17.06" x 6.69" x 18.56"
Weight16.5 kg (36.4 lbs)
Weight of Package19.8 kg
Warranty5 Years
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.02% THD)
Power Output (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 285 W (0.2% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.2% THD)
Power Output (4 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.2% THD)
Multi Channel Simultaneous Drive (8 Ω, 1 kHz, 1.0%)60 W (7 channels driven, 1kHz, 8 Ω, 0.2% THD)
85 W (7 channels driven, 1kHz, 4 Ω, 0.2% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)1V, 2V, 4V (user adjustable)/47 kΩ
Maximum Input Sensitivity (Line)4.5 Vrms
Rated Preout Level and Impedance0.8 Vrms/560 Ω
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance5 Vrms/100 Ω
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)93 dB (normal)
110 dB (stereo direct)
Frequency Response (Analog In)±0.2 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Residual Noise (IHF-A Network)0.15 mV
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version5․0

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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