This brand was established in 11972 by John Dawson and Chris Evans under the name of Amplification & Recording.
While studying physics at Cambridge University, Dawson designed PA amplifiers and speakers as well as sound for concerts at Cambridge. Later, he designed studio mixers for professional audio companies such as Trident and Allen Heath. In 1976, he released the first pre-main amplifier, the A60, which was completely handmade and ran for 13 years until the end of production in 1988. In 1976, the company was officially renamed Amplification & Recording (Cambridge) Limited.
The brand name ARCAM is a shortened version of the official company name A & R Cambridge Ltd and has been in use since 1983.