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Arcam AVR390 / AVR550 / AVR850 including Dirac Live®

AdamAttewell

Well-known Member
What do you class as 'silly money'?

There are a few options, including Emotiva (coming soon on new range :facepalm:), Storm, Lexicon or JBL (rebadged Arcams).
I wont touch Emotiva with a barge pole for obvious reasons :D & I would think the Storm, Lexicon or JBL will offer much the same as the Arcam seeing as you said they are all just rebadged.

Will be interesting how they are all priced compared to one another.
 

adam-burnley

Distinguished Member
I wont touch Emotiva with a barge pole for obvious reasons :D & I would think the Storm, Lexicon or JBL will offer much the same as the Arcam seeing as you said they are all just rebadged.

Will be interesting how they are all priced compared to one another.
The new Emos had potential, but their inability to deliver on time is farsical. Their power amps are great vfm though.

Storm isn't a badged Arcam, just the other two I mentioned.
 

dave1956a

Member
Well how far has the tech press sunk since the 70's? "Tape recording" was a UK mag for enthusiasts it was on wide sale in the high st. A US site has a load of vintage mags as PDF's inc UK ones


Have a look at the review of the Grundig tape recorder a lot of real info there.

The whole mag makes a good read

It was the same story with Hifi kit reviews back then real performance info not silly words like "vail lifting" or "ink black sound" just good honest tech reviews. The mag "Hifi news" was a good one for this but so far I have never found vintage copies on line.
 
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flax

Standard Member
I think the main point is hilighting features that are the norm for a lot of other manufacturers and then charging the customer a surcharge if they have extra speakers. That’s something that a lot of their competition don’t do.
Hi,

if you refer to the new Arcam series they highlight features that are NOT offered by a lot of other manufacturers... but I'm afraid that I cannot detail the advanced Dirac Bass Management here because I work for Dirac Research and I don't want to break this forum's rules, sorry :(
 

dave1956a

Member
I have got to ask, you say you work for Dirac, a lot of people here are interested in Dirac Bass Management your posting reads like your are not under a NDA but rather you are not allowed to post 'cos the owner/s of this forum don't want to let you. any idea why this is, have you upset them?
 

flax

Standard Member
I have got to ask, you say you work for Dirac, a lot of people here are interested in Dirac Bass Management your posting reads like your are not under a NDA but rather you are not allowed to post 'cos the owner/s of this forum don't want to let you. any idea why this is, have you upset them?
No problems at all with the owner/s of this Forum that I appreciate, and maybe I'm overly cautious... I refer to rule 7:

7- members who own, operate, represent or who are affiliated with a commercial enterprise or competing website must not submit messages which reference that organisation in any way unless they are advertisers on AVForums. This includes promoting and providing support for that organisation.
 

dave1956a

Member
nice, put advertising revenue before helpful information. your input could be very helpful to members here. maybe the owner of this forum could explain why it would seem you are barred form helping others.
 

gibbsy

Moderator
I have got to ask, you say you work for Dirac, a lot of people here are interested in Dirac Bass Management your posting reads like your are not under a NDA but rather you are not allowed to post 'cos the owner/s of this forum don't want to let you. any idea why this is, have you upset them?
No problems at all with the owner/s of this Forum that I appreciate, and maybe I'm overly cautious... I refer to rule 7:

7- members who own, operate, represent or who are affiliated with a commercial enterprise or competing website must not submit messages which reference that organisation in any way unless they are advertisers on AVForums. This includes promoting and providing support for that organisation.
It's a fair rule if you think about it logically. If commercial organisations or people that work for them were allowed to post with direct reference to that firm then the Forum would be bogged down with spam, for want of a better world. It is after all a Forum for the enthusiast but manufacturers' advertisement is an important part of being able to run it on a free to all basis.
 

flax

Standard Member
nice, put advertising revenue before helpful information.
I didn't mean to be critical at all, the same policy is applied by several other fora
 
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gibbsy

Moderator
This isn't the right place to discuss Forum policy so can we draw a line under it please.
 

flax

Standard Member
Such as dedicated channels for Dirac Bass Management and its implementation so that the interaction between sub/s and main speakers (their summation at the crossover region of frequencies) is phase/magnitude optimized and the interaction between subs is optimized as well when more than one is present
 

Steve356

Well-known Member
Such as dedicated channels for Dirac Bass Management and its implementation so that the interaction between sub/s and main speakers is phase/magnitude optimized and the interaction between subs is optimized as well when more than one is present
Thought that would be the response given you're from Dirac. ;)

Others will likely follow soon enough, some of which are likely to be more competitively priced, e.g. NAD. Just as they did when the FMJ series was released.
 

AFM1

Active Member
Anyone have good recommendations for the cheapest option of a laptop with the spec required to set up Dirac on an Arcam 550?

I can't install anything non-work related on my work laptop or my wife's work laptop, so this is needed purely to run and set up Dirac - hence why wanting to limit the cost to what is needed rather than getting carried away and paying extra for unnecessary bells and whistles.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday seems a good time to grab something :)

Thanks

Ps - I will be ordering the Umik-1 mic to set it up.
 

AFM1

Active Member
I wish Dirac was available on Chromebooks as well
Lucky you said that - I was looking at those the other day. Just as well I asked!
 

flax

Standard Member
Anyone have good recommendations for the cheapest option of a laptop with the spec required to set up Dirac on an Arcam 550?

I can't install anything non-work related on my work laptop or my wife's work laptop, so this is needed purely to run and set up Dirac - hence why wanting to limit the cost to what is needed rather than getting carried away and paying extra for unnecessary bells and whistles.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday seems a good time to grab something :)

Thanks

Ps - I will be ordering the Umik-1 mic to set it up.
Even a basic Win10 laptop will work, no special requirements
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
Anyone have good recommendations for the cheapest option of a laptop with the spec required to set up Dirac on an Arcam 550?

I can't install anything non-work related on my work laptop or my wife's work laptop, so this is needed purely to run and set up Dirac - hence why wanting to limit the cost to what is needed rather than getting carried away and paying extra for unnecessary bells and whistles.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday seems a good time to grab something :)

Thanks

Ps - I will be ordering the Umik-1 mic to set it up.
A desktop could work too. You have no personal computers in the house?
 

AFM1

Active Member

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Anyone have good recommendations for the cheapest option of a laptop with the spec required to set up Dirac on an Arcam 550?
One of these would do.


You need to be careful managing the small storage but if it's only going to be for Dirac, should be fine.
 

AFM1

Active Member
Thanks for the suggestion. Is WiFi okay? I thought it was better to use a wired ethernet? Or is that just the Arcam? Sorry, I need to read the manual I guess...
 

RBZ5416

Distinguished Member
Sorry, didn't realise they'd removed the ethernet from the previous model. WiFi should be OK but some have had to resort to direct ethernet between the amp & laptop. Worst case you could always add a USB ethernet adapter for around a tenner.
 

Rambles

Distinguished Member
@AFM1 You don't have to spend £120+ on a new laptop, if you don't want a new laptop for personal use. Any Windows 10 base unit would do it. You can use a TV as a monitor if need be. No one you know have a spare PC they no longer use, or they could lend to you? If not, you can pick them up on eBay for £50 or less. Eg:

 

Sgt Hartman

Member
Hello guys, I recently purchased an AVR550 and while waiting for the delivery of the speaker I would like to get ready to properly utilize Dirac Live setup. So here a couple of questions:
1) Do I need to utilize the Dirac version available on the Arcam's website "Dirac v1.2.31 (PC) (Legacy projects)" or the one on the Dirac's website "DiracLive v2.3.0"?
2) I'm planning to utilize the system in 7.1 mode for movies and 2.1 for music. Do I need to I need to make 2 separate calibrations or one is enough?
Thanks in advance for your support.
 

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