7 HDMI Inputs/3 HDMI Outputs: The Arcam AVR550 is equipped with seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs. Six of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs are HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 compatible with support for 4K/HDR video, while the HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is HDMI 1.4 compatible with support for 1080p and MHL. The main HDMI monitor output also supports ARC (audio return channel).
Note: This receiver is not equipped with analog composite or component video inputs/outputs.
HDMI 2.0a Specification + HDCP 2.2 Compliant: Six out of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs feature the HDMI 2.0a specification; including support for 4K/60Hz Ultra-HD video, BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. Six out of the seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs also support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
Note: The HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL" is not HDMI 2.0a or HDCP 2.2 compatible and does not support 4K or HDR video.
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range) video provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating
greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. This receiver supports HDR10, Dolby Vision (available firmware update), and HLG (available firmware update).
Note: HDR is supported on six out of seven HDMI inputs and all three HDMI outputs. Not supported on the HDMI input labeled "STB/MHL".
HDMI-to-HDMI Upscaling (4k): 1080p HDMI input video signals can be upscaled to 4K through the Arcam receiver's main HDMI monitor output. Other video resolutions cannot be upscaled. HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling is not supported on the HDMI sub output or HDMI Zone 2 output.
Triple HDMI Outputs: The Arcam AVR550 is equipped with three HDMI outputs - a Main HDMI output, a Sub HDMI output, and a Zone 2 HDMI output. The Main and Sub HDMI outputs are parallel and distribute the same HDMI input signal simultaneously to two separate displays. The Zone 2 HDMI output is discrete and can be used to play the same or different HDMI input source on a separate display.
Other HDMI Features: The Arcam AV receiver's HDMI connectivity also offers ARC (Audio Return Channel), HDMI Standby Passthrough, Lip Sync function, and 3D video pass-through,.
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the AVR550's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
- HDMI Standby Passthrough: When the AVR550 is in standby mode (power off), the HDMI Standby Passthrough feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control. So, there's no need to turn on the AV receiver in order to switch HDMI sources.
- Lyp Sync: Each input can have its own setting to add a time delay between the audio and video signals to compensate for the sound and picture not being synchronized. This is normally required when video processing is used in the system for scaling or de-interlacing video. The range of lip sync delay is 0 to 250 milliseconds.
- 3D Ready: The Arcam AV receiver supports 3D video pass-through (1080p only) from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). Special eyewear will be required
- for viewing 3D content.
HDMI/MHL Input: One of the receiver's rear-panel HDMI inputs (labeled "STB/MHL") is MHL compatible, which provides direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones, like your Android smartphone. Playback of up to 1080p video and multichannel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge (5V/1A) your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control.
Network, USB, & Tuner Functions
Ethernet Port: The Arcam AVR550 AV receiver is equipped with a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ45) LAN jack to directly connect to a wireless WiFi network router in your home. This hardwired network connection provides access to audio content stored on UPnP music servers (such as your computer) and Apple iOS devices (through the MusicLife App). It also offers support for Internet Radio (vTuner) and Spotify Connect, so you can listen to some of your favorite online music radio stations and playlists.
Internet Radio (vTuner): You can also listen to Internet radio stations using the vTuner Internet Radio Station database service particularly customized for this receiver, providing a database of numerous radio stations around the world. You can search for Internet Radio stations by Location, Genre, New, Popular, or Podcast. You can store internet radio stations in a "Favorites" folder for easy access later.
Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android mobile device, you can stream Spotify to the Arcam AV receiver. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
UPnP (Universal Plug and Play): With a network connection, you'll be able to effortlessly stream music stored on your Windows PC, Mac computer, NAS drive, or other UPnP compliant device directly to the Arcam receiver. For playback from a network device, the network device needs to running a universal plug and play (UPnP) service, such as Windows Media Player 11. Other free and paid-for UPnP services are available for other computer operating systems. Some network attached storage (NAS) systems include a built-in version of a UPnP service. You'll be able to control your music from the included IR remote or the free MusicLife App (for Apple iOS 9.0+). Supported music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC - up to 24-bit/96kHz.
USB-A Port: The rear-panel USB-A port (5V/1A) supports playback of a variety of music files store on a USB MSC (mass storage class) device, such as a thumbdrive or HDD (hard disk drive). An external HDD will require a separate AC power supply. Supported music files include MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC - up to 24-bit/96kHz. The USB device should be formatted in FAT 12 or
Note: The receiver's USB port does not support USB hubs, card readers, Apple iOS device, or Android OS devices.
Optional Bluetooth Adapters: The ARCAM rBlink and miniBlink Bluetooth DACs (sold separately) support wireless audio streaming, so you can wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device to the AVR550 receiver. In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the rBlink and miniBlink offer support for AAC and aptX codecs for higher quality audio streaming from select Apple & Android devices. By supporting AAC, the rBlink offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. aptX audio coding technology provides even better sound quality with lossless, CD-quality streaming from aptX-compatible smartphones, like many Android smartphones with OS 4.0+.
- rBlink Bluetooth DAC: The ARCAM rBlink Bluetooth DAC (sold separately) lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth source device to the AVR550 receiver. The rBlink utilizes high-end audio circuitry and components (including a high-end PCM 5102 DAC) to convert music to a line-level output for connection to your home audio system. You can also choose to bypass the DAC inside the ARCAM rBlink and connect the rBlink to your AV receiver or integrated amplifier via the unit's digital coaxial output.
- miniBlink Bluetooth DAC: The ARCAM miniBlink Bluetooth DAC (sold separately)lets you wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth source device to AVR550 receiver. The miniBlink utilizes a high-end PCM 5102 DAC to convert music to a line-level output for connection to your home audio system.
FM Tuner: The Arcam AVR550 AV receiver features a built-in FM tuner (there is no AM tuner) and comes with an FM wire antenna. You can store up to 50 FM station presets.
Multiroom AV Playback
HDMI Zone 2: The Arcam AVR550 is equipped with three HDMI outputs - a Main HDMI output, a Sub HDMI output, and a Zone 2 HDMI output. The Main and Sub HDMI outputs are parallel and distribute the same HDMI input signal simultaneously to two separate displays. The Zone 2 HDMI output is discrete and can be used to play the same or different HDMI input source on a separate display. Each HDMI output supports up to 4K/HDR video. The main HDMI input supports up to 8-channel audio (including Dolby Atmos/DTS:X), while the Sub HDMI output and Zone 2 HDMI output only support 2ch PCM audio.
- Compatible HDMI Zone 2 Sources: HDMI Inputs (1 through 7) can be output via HDMI Zone 2.
- Incompatible HDMI Zone 2 Sources: Analog inputs, optical/coaxial digital inputs, USB input, FM tuner, and network content
- cannot be output in HDMI Zone 2. Notes:
- HDMI Zone 2 does not offer HDMI upscaling.
- If the receiver's Main Zone and HDMI Zone 2 are set to the same HDMI input source, the Main Zone audio will be mixed down to 2-channel audio.
Zone 2 Output: Zone 2 allows stereo audio playback of another source connected to the receiver in another room of your home via RCA line-level output or speaker-level output. Analog audio input sources, the built-in FM tuner, the USB port, and Network content (including vTuner and UPnP) can be output in Zone 2.
- Speaker-Level Output: When using the AV receiver to power a pair of speakers in a second room of your home, the Main Zone is restricted to 5.1 channels. The volume of Zone 2 will be controlled from the Arcam receiver when using the speaker-level outputs.
- Line-Level Output: When using the receiver's line-level output terminals for Zone 2, you'll need an additional amplifier to power a pair of speakers in Zone 2. The Main Zone of the receiver remains 7.1-channel. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the Arcam receiver or from your add-on amplifier when using the line-level output.
- Unfortunately, you cannot select USB, FM tuner, and Network sources exclusively for each Zone. For example, if you select a network source for Zone 2 when a USB source is selected for the Main Zone, the input source in the Main Zone also switches to the same network source as Zone 2.
- HDMI & optical/coaxial digital input sources, as well as Spotify Connect cannot be output in Zone 2.
Follow Zone 1 Function (Party Mode): The Follow Zone 1 function allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2 simultaneously; regardless of input audio signal types (analog, digital, or network). During the Follow Zone 1 function, only the Stereo & Multichannel Stereo sound modes can be selected (multichannel surround is mixed down to 2 channels). You will have independent volume control in each zone. The Follow Zone 1 function is useful when you want to enjoy the same music at the same
time in multiple rooms during a get together or party.
Remote & App Control
MusicLife App (for Apple iOS): The free MusicLife App (for Apple iOS 9.0+) allows you to wirelessly stream music stored on your computer and your compatible Apple iOS device to the Arcam AV receiver and control playback from your Apple iOS device. You'll be able to effortlessly stream music stored on your Windows PC, Mac computer, NAS drive, or other UPnP compliant device directly to the Arcam receiver and control playback from the MusicLife app on your compatible Apple device. You also get to stream content stored on your Apple iOS device to the Arcam receiver using the MusicLife app with playback control functions.
- Your music library must be stored physically on your computer or Apple iOS device, not on a Cloud service.
- The Arcam receiver's Ethernet port must be plugged into a wireless WiFi router.
- The MusicLife app is not supported by Android OS devices.
Universal Remote: The Arcam AVR550 receiver is supplied with an universal backlit remote control that can control up to eight devices. It is pre-programmed for use with this AV receiver and many other Arcam products (CD players, DVD players, etc). With its extensive built-in library of codes, it can also be used with thousands of other manufacturer's audio/video components (such as TVs, satellite/cable boxes, Blu-ray players, etc.). It is also a "learning" remote, so you can teach it almost any IR function from another component's remote control. A backlight comes on for eight seconds whenever a key is pressed on the remote, helping you use the remote control in low lighting conditions.
HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control): The Arcam AVR550 supports HDMI-CEC, which synchronizes the operation of this unit with other HDMI-CEC devices when connected via HDMI. When the AV receiver is connected to a HDMI-CEC compatible TV, they will turn ON/OFF together and you can use the TV remote to control the volume of the receiver. HDMI-CEC also provides playback functionality with other components, such as your Blu-ray player. For example, you can use the receiver's remote control to operate player functions like Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, or Stop. Note: Not all HDMI-CEC compatible components and functions are guaranteed to work.
IP Control: When connected to your network via Ethernet, you can control select functions of the Arcam AV receiver with the IP control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. Internet Explorer 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, or Safari 7.x is recommended for web browser. IP Control can be set to to work even when the receiver is in Standby (Off) mode).
RS232 Port: The AV receiver is equipped with an RS232 Port that can be used to connect external control devices from Crestron
and AMX (sold separately).
IR Inputs: The infrared inputs (3.5mm) allow the connection of external IR receivers, either when the receiver's front-panel IR receiver is fully or partially obstructed or to allow the use of a remote control in Zone 2.
Triggers Outputs: The two 12V trigger outputs (12V/70mA) can be used to switch on and off other components in Zone 1 and Zone 2. There is also a 6V DC power connection for Arcam rSeries products.
On-Screen Menu: The Arcam AVR550 features an on-screen user interface for the setup menus. The on-screen suser interface and setup menus are only available through the main HDMI monitor output (the Sub and Zone 2 HDMI outputs do not support the on-screen menu). You can select the language for the on-screen setup menus; choose from English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, or Chinese.
Note: The on-screen user interface is required for access to the setup menus. The front-panel display only indicates source selection, volume level, and surround mode.
Input Name Edit: You can change the name of any input to more closely match your setup and the type of audio/video component you have connected.
Firmware & Software Downloads: The firmware in the Arcam AV receiver can be updated from a USB thumbdrive containing firmware update files. You can download the latest firmware file, together with upgrading instructions, from the Arcam website. Firmware & software downloads are not supported over a network connection.
Note: Updating will clear your Dirac Live setup, but it is ok to reload a project from Dirac Live application on your Windows PC or Mac computer.