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Arcam HDA & FMJ AV Receivers Compared

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If you want a top AV amplifier, then an Arcam AV receiver should be on your list. The FMJ & HDA Series are built for audiophiles and movie fans. But, which one?

Arcam AV receivers are aimed at the top-end of the market. So, if you are somebody who demands the best that money can buy, then an Arcam receiver should be on your list of ‘possibles.’

Arcam is a British brand, and its receivers are designed for audiophiles, so you can expect attention to detail and the highest possible engineering standards.

One big difference from many brands in this market is they don’t release a new model every year. These receivers are built to last and will receive essential new core features via firmware updates.

Arcam makes sure you have all you need for a fantastic receiver that looks and sounds great. But they don’t waste time and money on things that don’t serve the core requirements.

It’s all about the sound and performance.

The models below are listed by release year and MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price).

Just be aware that you can often buy a receiver below the MSRP, but it’s a helpful guideline to its place in the market.

If you want a more general overview of AV receivers, and which features you should look out for, take a look at the AV receiver guide.


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ARCAM HDA SERIES

The Arcam HDA (High Definition Audio) Series first appeared in 2018 with a CD player/network streamer and two stereo amplifiers. It was the first step in refreshing the Arcam product range since it was bought by Harman International (and, subsequently, Samsung).

With a departure in the styling of the familiar FMJ Series, the HDA Series kept the most essential part of the Arcam brand – high-quality audiophile sound. It wasn’t until late 2019/early 2020 that Arcam released a series of AV receivers in this range.

As with the FMJ series, the features for each receiver in this series are very similar, although there are one or two other differences in the specification if you look closely. But, the main difference between each model is the power output.

2022

Arcam AVR31

MSRP: $7000

Arcam AVR31 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR31 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR31 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR31 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR31 User Manual
Arcam AVR31 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class G
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 9.2.6)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 15.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth aptX®HD / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / Tidal Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live (Ready for Dirac Live Bass Control)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 39.9/18.1
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2022

Arcam AVR21

MSRP: $5000

Arcam AVR21 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR21 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR21 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR21 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR21 User Manual
Arcam AVR21 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 9.2.6)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 15.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 110
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth aptX®HD / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / Tidal Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live (Ready for Dirac Live Bass Control)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.6/16.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2022

Arcam AVR11

MSRP: $3500

Arcam AVR11 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR11 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR11 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR11 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR11 User Manual
Arcam AVR11 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/2 (eARC)
Zones None
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 8K/60p & 4K/120p, HDCP2.3 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth aptX®HD / Airplay 2 / Chromecast / Spotify Connect / Tidal Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live (Ready for Dirac Live Bass Control)
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.4/16.5
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2021

Arcam AVR5

MSRP: $2000

Arcam AVR5 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR5 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR5 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR5 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR5 User Manual
Arcam AVR5 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/2 (eARC)
Zones None
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast
Auto Room Calibration None – Dirac Live optional purchase
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.4/16.5
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2020

Arcam AVR30

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MSRP: $6000

Arcam AVR30 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR30 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR30 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR30 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR30 User Manual
Arcam AVR30 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class G
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 9.2.6)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 15.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 39.9/18.1
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2020

Arcam AVR20

MSRP: $4000

Arcam AVR20 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR20 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR20 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR20 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR20 User Manual
Arcam AVR20 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 9.2.6)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (eARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio – powered or line out)
Pre Out / Line Out 15.2-Ch + Zone 2 (2-Ch) / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 110
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.6/16.6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2020

Arcam AVR10

MSRP: $2500

Arcam AVR10 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR10 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR10 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR10 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR10 User Manual
Arcam AVR10 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/2 (eARC)
Zones None
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Stereo 2-Ch
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10+, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / Airplay 2 / Chromecast
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, Auro-3D
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, Dolby Virtual Height, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.4/16.5
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

ARCAM FMJ SERIES

The FMJ Series doesn’t just include integrated AV receivers. A stereo AV receiver and AV processor sit alongside the receivers, but they are all built with a black metal casing, where the series name originates.

FMJ originally stood for Full Metal Jacket to describe the solid build of these models. However, Arcam later switched this branding to Faithful Musical Joy, a description that really tells you where these products are aimed – audiophiles.

A standout feature with these Arcam receivers is that each AV receiver is essentially the same – save for one or two fundamental differences. Once you realize only the amplification for each receiver changes, it is pretty simple to choose. Everything else is the same.

The only difference between each is the power and Class G or Class A/B amplification if you’re comparing – and the price!

2016

Arcam AVR850

MSRP: $5999

Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR850 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR850 User Manual
Arcam AVR850 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class G
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 120
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 36.8/16.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Arcam AVR550

MSRP: $3399

Arcam AVR550 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR550 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR550 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR550 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR550 User Manual
Arcam AVR550 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 110
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 34.1/15.5
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2016

Arcam AVR390

MSRP: $2499

Arcam AVR390 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
Arcam AVR390 7.2-Ch AV Receiver
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Arcam AVR390 7.2-Ch AV Receiver - Rear View
Arcam AVR390 – Rear View
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Arcam AVR390 User Manual
Arcam AVR390 AV Receiver Features
Amplifier Type Class AB
Channels 7.2
Dolby Atmos 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4)
HDMI In / Out 7/3 (ARC)
Zones Zone 2 (HDMI & 2-ch audio line-out)
Pre Out / Line Out 11.2-Ch / Zone 2 (2-Ch)
Power (W)* 80
Speaker Impedance (Ohms) 8 recommended
UHD / HDR Support 4K/60p, HDCP 2.2 / HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG
Network / Wireless Ethernet / Spotify Connect
Auto Room Calibration Dirac Live
Selected Audio Decoders Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X
Selected Sound Modes: Post Decoding Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in (433 x 171 x 425 mm)
Weight (lbs/Kg) 34.6/15.7
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

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