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Arcam DV79 DVD Player

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Building on the global success of Arcam’s high-end DVD Players, the DV79 is an affordable enthusiast level machine that delivers one of the best DVD pictures in the world! As Arcam designs and builds its own DVD players in the UK, rather than assembling bits of Far Eastern parts in a nice box, the R & D team were able to achieve a remarkable price / performance ratio, using their experience from the high-end FMJ range.


  • Stunningly natural interlaced and progressive video performance
  • First affordable UK-built player with HDMI video out
  • Highest quality PAL 625p progressive scan video
  • 6 x 12 bit 216 MHz video DACs for analogue video
  • Audiophile sound from DVD-Audio, DVD-Video & CD
  • DD, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II audio decoding
  • Adjustable global audio delay for use with digital displays
  • RS-232 control 

The DV79 has an HDMI* digital video output for the latest plasmas and projectors, plus interlaced and progressive analogue video (both 525p and 625p) for existing displays. It has an exceptionally high level of video performance, delivering film-like clarity, depth and smoothness from even poorly coded DVDs.

Special attention has been paid to sound quality both for DVD-Audio and CD replay via the analogue outputs – an area where nearly all DVD players fall short of audiophiles’ expectations. On music the DV79 will not disappoint. The player has 5.1 channel decoders for Dolby Digital and DTS soundtracks, as well as Dolby Pro Logic II decoding for 2-channel music and movie sources. It includes a unique audio delay manager (variable from 0 to 150ms) to compensate for the video processing delays inherent in modern digital displays.

The new Arcam remote handset the CR415 is used. This is logically laid out, with highly legible buttons and with key controls colour-coded to provide fast and intuitive access to all functions. A front panel NAVIGATION button allows direct access to the DV79’s setup menu and disc menu; RS232 control is also provided as standard.



  • Zoran Vaddis 5 processor with built-in per pixel motion adaptive progressive scan engine
  • RGB SCART and component video outputs – latter supports both 525p and 625p video
  • HDMI* video, supporting the following formats: 720 (1440) x 480i, 720 x 480p, 720 (1440) x 576i and 720 x 576p
  • NTSC to PAL and PAL to NTSC conversion
  • High quality zoom function with 1.25 and 1.5 settings to fill ‘wrong aspect ratio’ screens
  • 6 x 12 bit 216 MHz Analog Devices video DACs – permitting simultaneous output of interlaced component (or RGB), S-video and composite video
  • 6 properly buffered 75 ohms video outputs, capable of driving long cables without distortion
  • Supports DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW discs plus CD, MP3, WMA, Photo CD and JPEGs


  • 32-bit Zoran audio DSP for optimum fidelity
  • Top of the line 24-bit 192kHz Wolfson WM8740 DACs for all 6 audio channels
  • Global audio delay manager, 0-150ms, for perfect lip sync with digital processors / displays
  • Comprehensive bass management supported for all audio formats, including variable crossover frequencies from 50-150Hz in 10Hz steps, plus loudspeaker delay and level setting
  • Ultra-low jitter audio clock circuitry
  • Excellent CD replay, including HDCD decoding; plays CD layer of hybrid SACDs
  • Replays MP3 and WMA files from CD, with dedicated on-screen browser
  • Coaxial, optical and HDMI digital audio outputs support 2-channel PCM up to 24-bit / 96kHz (HDMI 24-bit / 48kHz), plus DTS and Dolby Digital streams
  • Dual laser DVD drive reads CD-R/RW discs and most copy protected audio CDs


  • 4-layer fibreglass main circuit board for best audio and video performance
  • Low noise Arcam-designed switch mode power supply with toroidal mains transformer
  • Two-way RS232 control via industry standard 9-pin serial port
  • Sturdy all metal cabinet construction from heavy gauge steel and aluminium
  • Front panel Navigation Button simplifies disc navigation when not using remote control
  • New and improved slim-line remote control, type CR415
  • Size 430mm wide, 340mm deep, 85mm high
  • Weight 5.2kg (11.50lbs)


Disc formats DVD, CD, VCD, SVCD
Audio formats PCM, DD, DTS, MP3, WMA
Signal to Noise Ratio 105dB
Total harmonic distortion 0.005%
Line output 2.2V
Digital Output Coaxial, Optical
Video Connections HDMI, Component, SVHS, Composite, Scart
Dimensions 435 x 80 x 350mm
Weight 5.2kg