DiVA AVR250 Receiver (Discontinued)

Following the success of the FMJ AV8 processor and DiVA AVR300, Arcam announced the DiVA AVR250 high performance 7.1 channel home cinema and music receiver. As you would expect from a company with the audiophile heritage of Arcam, the AVR250 thrills even the most discerning listeners and was designed to offer audio reproduction far beyond that of mass-market units. Its feature set is complete with all the right connectivity and decoding modes. The AVR250 is a perfect partner to Arcam’s highly successful DV79/DV78 DVD players.

  • 7x 75 watts per channel continuous power output (all channels driven)
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, DTS24/96 and the very latest Dolby Pro Logic IIx algorithms
  • Video switching suitable for HDTV and RGB-C video for use with SCART devices
  • Up-conversion from composite or s-video to component or RGB video
  • Internal Lip-sync adjustment of up to 220ms included
  • Audiophile sound quality for both movies and music
  • Second zone output with audio and video
  • Two way RS232 control port
  • RDS tuner
  • Perfect partner for the DiVA DV79 / DV78 DVD players

Both the stereo and multi-channel performance of the AVR250 has been optimised for use with the finest loudspeaker systems. This is made possible with a huge toroidal power transformer and audiophile design philosophy. Seven low distortion power amplifiers drive speakers to an output power of 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms (all seven channels driven) or 100 (two channels driven). Direct analogue routing for both stereo and 7.1 multi-channel audio is included along with direct mode switching that disables digital processors whilst using this mode. For second rooms, Zone 2 outputs feed stereo audio and video independently from the main room. Two-way RS232 and IR control are built-in as standard allowing external control or future system software updates.

The AVR250 was designed in the UK and available in black or silver finish.

Technical spec

Analogue Audio

  • 75 WPC continuous power output into both 4 and 8 ohms loads, with all 7 channels driven
  • Stereo output power 100 WPC into 4 or 8 ohms
  • Toroidal power transformer and 48,000 microfarads of reservoir capacitors ensure reserves no matter what the programme material
  • 6th and 7th channel amplifiers switchblade between extended surround, front left / right for bi-amping, or Zone 2
  • Audiophile quality components for best sound quality, including 1% metal film resistors, polypropylene film capacitors, OSCON electrolytic capacitors & double sided, through-plated fiberglass circuit boards
  • Multi-channel 7.1 analogue input for DVD-A or SACD sources
  • Stereo direct switch bypasses and disables digital processing and ADA conversion for analogue sources
  • 7 stereo analogue inputs (plus tuner); 3 tape outputs (one a tape loop)
  • Zone 2 stereo audio, from stereo analogue inputs or internal tuner. Independent Source and volume control
  • Built in FM/AM RDS stereo tuner with 30 FM and 16 AM presets

Digital Audio

  • Latest Crystal Semiconductors CS49400 DSP, with 24-bit fixed point double precision Dolby Digital and DTS decoding and 32-bit fixed point double precision bass management using 4 layer PCBs
  • Wolfson 24-bit 192kHz DAC's, stereo ADC and electronic volume controls
  • Decodes Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx (including music modes), DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo 6
  • 6 Arcam-optimised surround effects modes for 2 channel sources
  • Adjustable crossover filtering from 40 – 130 Hz in 10 Hz steps
  • Separate sub woofer level settings for stereo and multi channel
  • Bass and treble equalisers for each of 7 main channels
  • 6 assignable digital inputs, 3 co-axial, 3 optical; 1 coaxial & 1 optical output
  • Audio delay, adjustable from 0 – 220 ms, to compensate for processing delays in digital displays


  • 5 composite and 5 S-video inputs; 3 outputs of each type (monitor output and 2 tapes)
  • 3 100MHz bandwidth component video inputs and 1 monitor output (these may alternatively be configured to support RGB, with sync on composite video, for use in European TV systems)
  • On screen display for all menus; may be configured as full page or as pop ups. Works on all types of interlaced video output
  • Video up conversion – composite to S-video and vice versa via the monitor outputs; composite and S-video to interlaced component video
  • Video up conversion to RGB with sync on composite (SCART compatible) for European TV displays. 12V triggers support S-video, RGB and widescreen switching for SCART equipped TVs
  • Composite and S-video inputs assignable to “non video” audio inputs such as DVD-A / SAT (for tuner) or CD; high quality (component / RGB) inputs each assignable to any audio input
  • Zone 2 composite video output, from composite video inputs

Custom Install features

  • Independent Zone 2 (audio + video), with fixed/variable volume & parental access control to sources
  • Duplex RS-232 control; also suitable for system software updates
  • RC-5 remote input jacks for both zones
  • IR pass through for source components
  • Full suite of discrete IR RC-5 codes, including separate on / off etc
  • 12 Volt triggers, on/off for zones 1 and 2 and either SCART control (video in RGB mode) or on / off and video signal sensing (component video mode)


  • Supplied with back-lit CR80 learning remote control with support for up to 7 other components
  • Large, clear 12 character dimmable VFD front panel display
  • Ground lift switch ; User switchable between 120 and 230 Volt mains supplies
  • Size – 430mm wide, 433mm deep, 145mm high
  • Weight 15.5 kg nett, 20.7 kg packed

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