The Arcam AV888 redefines both the feature set and sonic performance of high end AV processing and pre-amplification. The result of a massive two-an-a-half year ground-up development programme, it features all new state-of-the-art audio stages and balanced audio connectivity. Combined with its natural partner, the P777 power amplifier, the AV888 represents a new standard for AV amplification.

Wolfson 8741 Digital to Analog converters are deployed across all seven channels bringing ultra linear conversion of digital audio signals. Individual, multi-regulated power supplies feed all critical audio stages with studio grade Burr Brown DRV134 balanced line drivers used for balanced audio outputs to drive longer cable runs or active speaker configurations with extreme fidelity.

To help eliminate the large volume jumps often found in broadcast TV sound user selectable Dolby Volume processing is included, a world’s first for an AV processor. In addition Dolby Volume includes programme dependant tonal correction to deliver a richer, more realistic sound experience at low listening levels.

The AV888s internal video processing delivers sublime video using broadcast quality scaling and frame rate conversion from Pixelworks. Up-conversion of all video inputs to HDMI output at all commonly used standard or high definition resolutions is possible making system integration a simple affair. Full RS232 and IR connectivity are deployed along with IP control and dedicated interface for control and audiophile playback of iPods using the rDock or rLead.

Price and availablilty

The Arcam AV 888 Pre-Amp-Processor will be available on 1 August 2009, at an RRP of $9,998