DiVA AVR280 Receiver (Discontinued)

Few companies can boast to be a major player in the world of AV receivers. Only one specialist company has succeeded in this quest: Arcam. Arcam’s receivers are some of the most advanced in the world and the new AVR280 is designed to continue and build on that success.

  • 7 x 80 watts per channel continuous power output (all channels driven)
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, DTS24/96 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx algorithms
  • HDMI switching (2x inputs, 1x output)
  • Component and RGB-C video switching to HDTV specification
  • Video up conversion (Composite or S-Video to Component/RGB-C)
  • Lip-sync adjustment of up to 220ms ensures the most realistic experience
  • Audiophile sound quality for both movies and music
  • Second zone output with audio and video
  • Two-way RS232 control port
  • FM/AM RDS equipped tuner
  • Perfect partner for the DiVA DV135 / DV137 DVD players

Incorporating a host of audiophile quality components and design techniques, the DiVA AVR280 is perfect for a combined movie and music system. Its feature list is perfect for mid-size cinema systems, even incorporating the latest HDMI switching for DVD players, set-top boxes or gaming systems.

Movie lovers will be thrilled at the dynamic power and sound-staging the AVR280 delivers, while music enthusiasts will be enraptured by its passionate performance. Drawing heavily on the company’s FMJ AV9, DiVA AVR300 and DiVA AVR350 designs, the AVR280 excels in both performance and connectivity. More than ten years of AV design experience has gone into the AVR280. A good example of this is Arcam’s refusal to rely on audio delivery over HDMI. Arcam were one of the first companies to realize the massive sound quality compromise that this form of audio connection currently represents. While video over HDMI can be simply stunning, Arcam currently favour the higher performance Coax or Optical SPDIF connection.

For control in larger systems, a full suite of Infra Red (IR) and RS232 control options make the AVR280 a perfect solution for high performance custom applications. Its power amplifier section is designed to deliver clean music power to a wide range of loudspeaker systems from sub/sats to full-blown floor-standing models or in-walls.

While main output video switching features both HD compatible circuitry and up-conversion the independent Zone 2 output allows a second room to be fed with both simple audio and video. Featuring independent switching and volume control, the second room or “Zone” can be controlled via its own IR input with source components being passed on by the AVR280’s IR output.

The AVR280 is designed in the UK and was manufcatured in black and silver

Technical spec

Analogue Audio

  • 80 WPC continuous power output into both 4 and 8 ohms loads, with all 7 channels driven
  • Stereo continuous output power 100 WPC into 4 or 8 ohms
  • Toroidal power transformer and 40,000 microfarads of reservoir capacitors ensure power reserves no matter what the program material
  • 6th and 7th channel amplifiers switchable 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 fibreglass circuit Boards
  • Multi-channel 7.1 analogue input for DVD-A, SACD or high definition disc players
  • Stereo direct switch bypasses and disables digital processing and ADA conversion for stereo 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

  • 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 DACs, 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 with SCART devices (unique to Arcam)
  • On screen display for all menus; may be configured as full page or as pop ups. Works on all types of standard definition analogue interlaced video outputs
  • interlaced video output
  • Video up conversion – composite to S-video and vice versa via the monitor outputs; composite and S-video to Component or RGB-C
  • 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

Custom Install features

  • Independent Zone 2 (audio + video), with fixed/variable volume & parental access control to sources
  • Duplex RS-232 control and/or 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 stylish back-lit CR100 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 15.9kg, 35lbs (nett) 21.0kg, 46lbs (packed)
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