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Denon, Marantz Readying Dolby Atmos Audio Components

Mahwah, N.J. — D+M Group plans to launch Denon and Marantz audio components equipped with Dolby Atmos surround decoding, joining Onkyo and Pioneer. 6/23/2014 01:45:00 PM Eastern

Mahwah, N.J. — D+M Group plans to launch Denon and Marantz audio components equipped with Dolby Atmos surround decoding, joining Onkyo and Pioneer.

Denon’s first AVRs with Dolby Atmos will be the AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W. Both are 9.1-channel models due in September. Pricing was unavailable.

Marantz’s first Atmos AVR will be the 9.1-channel SR7009, due in September. The brand also plans October availability of its first Atmos-equipped preamp processor, the 11-channel AV7702. Prices weren’t disclosed.

The products will be available in late summer through the fall, the company told TWICE.

The Denon and Marantz components, which also feature Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room-acoustics correction, are capable of driving 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 speaker configurations. But Denon’s AVR-X5200W and Marantz’s preamp processor also have the horsepower to drive a 7.1.4 configuration, the company said. The AVR would require the addition of a two-channel amp to do so, the company told TWICE.

Presumably, the Denon AVR and Marantz preamp processor will also drive the 9.1.2 configuration supported by Dolby Atmos, but D+M was verifying compatibility at post time.

One type of 5.1.4 configuration consists of a traditional 5.1 speaker system complemented by four in-ceiling speakers. A 5.1.4 configuration, however, could dispense with all in-ceiling speakers and instead incorporate two Atmos-enabled front left-right speakers and two Atmos-enabled surround speakers. Each Atmos-enabled speaker incorporates a separate height driver, which is driven by a separate amplifier channel from an AVR.

Also for a 5.1.4 configuration, consumers could keep their existing 5.1-speaker system and add four height-speaker modules, each placed on top of the existing left-right and surround speakers or placed on the wall above them.

In a 7.1.2 configuration, a traditional 7.1-speaker system is complemented by two height speakers. In an 11-channel Atmos configuration, a traditional 7.1-speaker system would be complemented by four in-ceiling speakers or four height drivers. A 9.1.2 configuration could consist of 9.1 traditional speakers and two in-ceiling speakers.

Here are other key features of the four components:

Marantz SR7009 AVR:

• 125 watts x 9 (8ohm, 20-20kHz, 0.05%THD

• Dolby Atmos 11-channel processing (5.1.4 and 7.1.4)

• Audyssey MultEQ XT32

• Wi-Fi & Bluetooth streaming

• Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs and three outputs

• 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 pure color pass-through

• 4K/60Hz video scaling

• AirPlay, DLNA 1.5,and Windows 8 certification

• DSD, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF gapless playback via USB and network

• Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM & vTuner streaming

• Digital audio input to multizone playback

• Control4 SDDP certification

• Crestron Connected technology

• Discrete IP, RS-232 and IR control

• Web setup and remote access

• ISF certification

• and 4-ohm speaker-drive capability

Marantz AV7702 preamp/processor:

• Dolby Atmos 11-channel processing (7.1.4 )

• Audyssey MultEQ XT32

• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming

• Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs and three outputs

• 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 pure color pass-through

• 4K/60Hz video scaling

• AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, Windows 8 certification

• DSD, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF gapless playback via USB and network

• Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM & vTuner streaming

• Digital audio input to multizone playback

• Control4 SDDP certification

• Crestron Connected technology

• Discrete IP, RS-232 and IR control

• Web setup and remote access

• ISF certification

 Denon AVR-X4100W AVR:

• 125 watts x 7 (8ohm, 20-20kHz, 0.05%THD

• Dolby Atmos nine-channel processing (5.1.4 and 7.1.2)

• Audyssey MultEQ XT32

• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming

• Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs, three outputs

• 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 pure color pass-through

• 4K/60Hz video scaling

• AirPlay, DLNA 1.5,Windows 8 certification

• DSD, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF gapless playback via USB and network

• Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM and vTuner streaming

• Digital audio input to multizone playback

• Control4 SDDP certification

• Crestron Connected

• Discrete IP, RS-232, IR control

• web setup and remote access

• ISF certification

• and 4-ohm speaker drive capability

Denon AVR-X5200W AVR:

• 140 watts x 9 (8ohm, 20-20kHz, 0.05%THD

• Custom-made, discrete monolithic amplifiers

• Dolby Atmos 11-channel processing (7.1.4 )

• Audyssey MultEQ XT32

• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming

• Eight HDMI 2.0 inputs, three outputs

• 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 pure color pass-through

• 4K/60Hz video scaling

• AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, Windows 8 certification

• DSD, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF gapless playback via USB and network

• Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM and vTuner streaming

• Digital audio input to multizone playback

• Control4 SDDP certification

• Crestron Connected

• Discrete IP, RS-232, IR control

• Web setup and remote access

• ISF certification

• 4-ohm speaker drive capability