Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 at 02:30 PM PST by Steven Cohen
The new audio components can support up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 immersive audio setups.
Denon and Marantz have announced their first 13.2 channel audio components. The collection includes the Denon AVR-X8500H receiver and the Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier.
The flagship Denon AVR-X8500H is a 13.2 channel AV receiver with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support for up to a 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 speaker configuration with as many as 6 overhead or up-firing speakers. In addition, the unit will also add Auro-3D support for up to 13.2 channels via a future firmware upgrade for no extra cost. And when it comes to video passthrough, the device offers HDCP 2.2 compatibility with support for Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020. The full Audyssey Platinum suite of advanced DSP algorithms are integrated as well, along with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction through an included microphone. Finally, the receiver features HEOS technology with Amazon Alexa capabilities for wireless whole-home audio and voice control.
Meanwhile, the Marantz AV8805 is a pre-amplifier with 13.2 channel processing support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D (via firmware update), along with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs. The unit features192kHz/32bit D/A converters for all channels and the latest Marantz proprietary HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) components. Likewise, 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through are all supported as well. In addition, the pre-amp offers Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction and HEOS technology with Amazon Alexa.
An exact release date for the new Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2 Channel Receiver and the Marantz AV8805 13.2 Channel Pre-Amplifier have not been specified, but the Denon AVR-X8500H is set to carry an MSRP of $3,999 and the Marantz AV8805 is set to carry an MSRP of $4,499.
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