Here we have the third generation of the Solo Music, which is the more audio-centric model of the two new Arcam Solo systems; the (also third-gen) Solo Movie matches it for build and specs but adds extra output channels, Blu-ray playback, DTS and Dolby decoding and 4K video upscaling – and asks an extra £500 for those privileges.
But even stripped of its sibling’s video functionality, the Solo Music has a Swiss-Army knife-like array of functions. As well as being a CD/SACD-playing, network-streaming source in itself, and having a DAB/DAB+/FM tuner onboard, the Solo has a cluster of digital and analogue connections, including four HDMI inputs, and single optical, coaxial, USB, phono and 3.5mm inputs.
It can also cater for the likes of Blu-ray players, game consoles, satellite boxes and audio streamers.
Connect it to a TV or projector with an HDMI output and the Arcam Solo Music can sit at the centre of a home cinema system too – essentially acting as the middleman between your video source and screen, much like a soundbar without the built-in speakers.
A 3.5mm headphone output on the front panel means you don’t have to turn Mad Max: Fury Road down to a whisper when the kids have gone to bed.