Although we’ve concentrated on the naturalness and purity of the sound, the effortlessness also applies to things a little more raunchy, whether grungy rock chords or full-tilt orchestra swells. Ultmately, the amplifier might not have quite the metronomic accuracy of some of the true keepers of the beat, but it’s no slouch in this aspect either. Playing ‘April Skies’ from The Jesus and Mary Chain’s epic Darklands album [Blanco y Negro] highlights this perfectly; the music had the power and scale required to deliver the almost wall of noise created on this 30 year old indie classic, but only had some of the shoegazy rhythmic drive that makes you shuffle awkwardly from foot to foot. On balance, though, I’d take the clarity and dynamic range.
The Arcam SR250 is a really good stereo amplifier, and not just at the price. If you can get past the inherent fear of home theatre intrinsic to many audiophiles, and are prepared to delve into Dirac, this is perhaps the best £25,000 amp you can get for £2,500. Recommended!
Type: 2.1 channel stereo AC Receiver
Continuous power output, per channel, 8Ω: 2 channels driven, 20Hz – 20kHz, < 0.02% THD – 90W 2 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD – 120W Residual noise & hum (A-wtd) – < 0.15mV
Audio Performance (Stereo line inputs): Signal/noise ratio (A-wtd, stereo direct) – 110dB Frequency response - 20Hz–20kHz ± 0.2dB
Video Inputs: 7x HDMI (6x HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2, 1x MHL compatible)
Video Outputs: HDMI - 2x Z1 (out1 ARC, HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2, out 2 HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2), 1x Z2 (HDMI2.0a, HDCP2.2)
Audio Inputs : 7x HDMI, 4x Coax S/PDIF, 2x Toslink, 6x RCA Phono, 3.5mm aux, USB input, Ethernet Client, Internet Radio, ARC (from display)
Audio Outputs : 2.1 Pre-amp output – 4x RCA Phono Zone 2 output – RCA Phono
Radio Tuner : FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets)
General : 2x 12V Trigger x2, 2x IR in, 1x 6V rSeries PSU
Dimensions (W×D×H): 433 × 425 × 171mm
Manufactured by: Arcam
Tel: +4(0)1223 203200