Yes, I recently got an AVR30 to replace my Denon 7200. In the past, I’ve used a MiniDSP Dirac processor, which I was always impressed with, so I was keen to go back to that system. I’m running an Atmos 7.1.4 system, so having a good room correction system is very worthwhile. The Denon uses Audyssey, which is not at all bad. However, the latest Dirac is in a different class entirely - it’s staggeringly good, and the AVR30’s internal amplification is a significant improvement also. Dirac recently added bass management as an option. Not sure I want to go for this (It’s about £250 or thereabouts) & reading posts on AV Forums show folk have been having “Issues”.
As for myself, I did have one glitch. Using Dirac you measure the room (tedious with twelve speakers…), generate the filter, then download it to the AVR30, which has three slots for different filters. I transferred one, but when I tried the other one, the Dirac app. crashed, and refused to reconnect with the Arcam. In the end, I had to reset the unit, but as it happened Arcam had just issued a new firmware update, so I carried this out, reset everything. The update went fine, and everything’s now working perfectly. Incidentally, I contacted Arcam & they were very helpful, as were Dirac.
Dislikes? Well, the instructions are complete pants, and the on-screen setup display’s a nightmare to navigate. The manual doesn’t explain you can access the setup menu through the unit’s IP address (I found this out from the folks on AV Forums), which works a treat. The unit takes some ten seconds to boot up from standby, which is a bit of a nuisance when programming macros to run on my Harmony Ultimate remote.
Still, minor issues really. The sound quality is superb, with Dirac really doing the business.