Arcam Solo Integrated Music System and Alto Loudspeakers At A Glance & Ratings: Solo

At A Glance: Arcam Solo Integrated Music System

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Audio: RCA coaxial stereo analog pairs (5) 3.5-mm stereo input (1) for portable music players
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Audio: optical digital (1), stereo analog pairs (3) zone 2 (1), preout (1), tape out (1), 3.5-mm headphone output (1)
Additional: RS-232 (1), 12-volt trigger (1),
Zone 2 In (1), Local In (1), Remote Out (1)

Processing Modes: None
THX Certification: No
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit Delta-Sigma for DAB receiver (where fitted)
Number of Amp Channels: 2
Power Rating (watts per channel): 50 into 8 ohms
Frequency Response: +/– 0.5 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 3.1 x 17 x 13.7
Weight (pounds): 17
Price $1,599

Ratings: Arcam Solo Integrated Music System

Build Quality: 95
• Considerable heft and a sizable heatsink for a bookshelf system
• Solid cast-aluminum front panel with stylish good looks

Value: 93
• Dual zones and the extent of remote capabilities are rare in this class
• Extensive set of features

Features: 96
• Dual-zone capabilities for versatile listening options
• RS-232 for integration into home-automation systems
• RDS text capability

Performance: 94
• Timers and Toslink digital output facilitate unattended digital recording of DAB broadcasts
• RDS text identifies program material, etc. when listening to radio

Ergonomics: 89
• Full-function remote duplicates front-panel operations
• Elegant 12-/24-hour clock with a blue fluorescent display
• No dedicated LFE output

Overall Rating: 94
Viewed as a bookshelf system, the Solo may seem a bit pricey. But, with a comprehensive set of features, dual-zone capability, and extensive remote-control functionality, this unit is very appealing.

General Information
Solo Integrated Music System, $1,599
Arcam/Audiophile Systems
(888) 272-2658
Dealer Locator Code ARC