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Arcam exists for one simple reason: to bring the best possible sound into people’s lives, whether from movies or their favourite music.

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About Arcam

Arcam is based just outside the famous university city of Cambridge, and their story started the classic way: two friends with a passion for music and electronics met up while engineering students at Cambridge University, and founded Amplification and Recording Cambridge in 1976.

As the name suggests, some of the company's early work was in high-performance mixing desks for recording studios, but it wasn't long before the two were making hi-fi amplifiers, beginning an engineering-led business still innovating and making the most of music and home cinema sound almost four decades later.

As the name suggests, some of the company's early work was in high-performance mixing desks for recording studios, but it wasn't long before the two were making hi-fi amplifiers, beginning an engineering-led business still innovating and making the most of music and home cinema sound almost four decades later.

In that time they developed a huge amount of in-house expertise, not to mention plenty of unique products: in 1988 we launched the first offboard digital-to-analogue converter, or DAC, to improve the sound of CD players, and in 1999 a high-quality DAB radio tuner for use with hi-fi systems. We even developed our own Dolby S cassette deck, and built it here in the UK – the only British hi-fi company skilled (and brave!) enough to do so.

They been developing and making CD players for almost 30 years, and for 40 years the descendants of the amplifier with which the company started in consumer electronics, and as far back as 1995 expanded into home cinema electronics, developing a world-class reputation for making some of the best-sounding AV electronics.

In home cinema they also developed our own DVD players and, more recently, Blu-ray players from scratch here in the UK, engineering them using our decades of experience in CD players to ensure they play music as well as they do movies, delivering better all-round performance than other brands' products.

Hard-won techniques for preserving and handling the most delicate signal and reproducing music with all its subtleties, nuances and excitement intact are now in their blood. They know that as audio moves on from CD to even higher definition formats, they are determined that their products should continue to serve the music faithfully and deliver maximum enjoyment to the listener.

Yes, they listen – they are a company of music-lovers, after all – but they also test and experiment in a scientifically rigorous manner. They like to say that ‘they measure what they treasure': they know that the better the engineering benchmarks we deliver the better the results they – and their customers – hear.

Making equipment able to reproduce even the smallest detail captured by the studio microphones is only half the story: to make the most of that equipment, the effort they put into research and development must be matched by careful and precise installation.

That's why Arcam have spent many years training dealers like Martins to appreciate the importance of a great demonstration, fully able to show off their integration, installation and calibration skills. Few people would consider installing their own house-wiring or heating – instead, they leave it to the professionals liek Martins –, but when it comes to audio systems many do a spot of hi-fi DIY and fail to get the performance that they have paid for.

Arcam knows its products have the potential to thrill, but we know that achieving that aim is as much about where you buy as what you buy. Our highly-trained dealers can not only help you explore the abilities of our products, but ensure they perform to their full capability in your home.

Hi-fi and home cinema systems are always evolving, – Arcam and Martins keep up to speed with the latest developments, and make sure you make the right decisions.

 

                       

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