Anthem STF Integrated ARC

I just got an Anthem STF Integrated amp and an Anthem STF Power amp for the other set speakers. 

Great Amps, clear and powerful to drive the towers I got.  The room is 11'x11'.   Room correction could be good.  How to do the steps to program the system? One issue is I need to have a Cat5 cable into the Preamp to upgrade the OS.  Its Windows based. Then the Mic needs to be either in the computer or the back of the Preamp. As well at same time a App needs to be running for the graphic for mic placement.  A min. of 5 Mic locations is needed to do the setup.  

One issue I have is no Internet cable in the room the speakers are in. The other issue is I am lost on the Graphic User Interface, (GUI).  Tried to do and the confirmation of any one step is not "concluded" or accepted and the next step requested.  The options are not clear, terms are used that I do not know.  

I am a stereo lover, not a DOS IT guy or a sound engineer.  The reviews of the Amp said the ARC was simple and very well instructed.  This makes me feel real dumb.  

One good thing is I do not seek a 7.1 HTS as well I will forgo the Sub I have. 

I have Wi-Fi, so can I get a streaming radio box from Amazon, connect the unit to the Preamp with the Fiber Optic cable out of the streamer and use that to upgrade the OS? Or use my laptop that is connected via Wi-Fi to the net and use a short Cat5 Cable to back of Preamp to set up the ARC? If so, still need the sequence and the terms I do not know understood.  

The Amps came with a Mic and stand, and cables to connect to the amp.  But the amp does not have a video screen to show the mic location or any instructions.  Some of the terms like PCM DSD, RS232, Z1NP32, HT bypass, 32/192, Where to find the IP address, how to save the process, XMOS driver, ASIO Driver, how to install Foobar, although I did, I have the icon on my desktop, but do not know what to do with it. 5 pages of instructions following starting the set up require the said terms being understood.   I think I have cables to do this, but not the skills.

Has anyone here set up the ARC system before?  I do not live in an Urban area having a Geek stereo tech service.  I bought this from Crutchfield, they are great customer service but this is Geekdom, and I am Geek Dumb.  


I bought a paradigm sub that came with ARC. I downloaded the app and followed the simple instructions which were to hold the tablet in the room as shown in the open app, 5 positions in total if I remember, and presto. I think ARC works from 300hz down, but might go as high as 700 hz I would use the 400 wpc stereo amp with mains anf the int for secondary speakers, ARC will still work.

I do not have a "Tablet" and have not gotten the App to open.  Was this the newer version of ARC, or a couple years ago?  

Yes, the two amps work as a team, the preamp is the one with the Windows software in it.  

I think because the CD is connected via Optical Cable, and the Turntable is analog RCA, but the preamp converts up the signal to digital both are processable in the ARC.  

I just have not gotten the "Presto" and "simple instructions" to work.  

Can the Cat 5 cable go out of the Wi-Fi internet connected laptop into the back of the preamp and the Mics go into the preamp?   The schematic path and sequence seem to be my problem. Does the updating of the amp go thru the laptop / cable, or a flash drive out of laptop then to back of the amp. and what keystrokes accept that update and how do I know it was successful?   I guess I am looking for a path of instruction on the laptop that are in an App that I download?  

This is where I would start get internet in your room.  


I don’t have ARC so no help on the interface.  Good luck.

Have you scoured YouTube ? seems there is a how to for almost anything. That’s always my go to when working on something.