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CEDIA Expo: AudioControl AVRs Ready For Latest 4K Sources, Object-Based Audio

AudioControl will go to the CEDIA Expo next week with nine new products, including its first two AVRs equipped with Dolby Atmos, HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a, and DTS:X upgradability.

None of these capabilities had been offered before by an AudioControl AVR.

The company will also launch a new line of compact multizone amplifiers, all packing more power in a smaller chassis than previous models, and multizone amplifiers/matrix switchers. The AVRs, shipping in the fourth quarter, are the Concert AVR-7 and Concert AVR-9, both of which power a 7.1.4 speaker system with the addition of a four-channel amp. The AVR-7 features 7×100-watt output into 8 ohms and is 4-ohm-stable. The AVR-9 produces 7×120 watts into 8 ohms and boosts output to 7×200 watts into 4 ohms.

Both AVRs come with seven HDMI 2.0a inputs, four coax and two Toslink digital audio inputs, six analog-stereo inputs, USB input, plus Ethernet and RS-232 connectivity to integrate with home-automation systems. Both offer second-zone HDMI outputs with ARC. They are also the company’s first AVRs to feature Dirac room correction.

The AVRs also incorporate Dirac Live room correction, which the company is adding to all of its home theater products, calling the technology “one of the most effective and flexible room calibration systems available today.”

Both AVRs offer seven HDMI 2.0a inputs, four coax and two Toslink digital audio inputs, six stereo analog inputs, USB Input, and Ethernet client. Both also feature second-zone HDMI output. Both also to scale video to standard or high definition resolution, the company said.

The models are designed exclusively for the custom-install channel with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity for control from home-automation systems from such companies as Control4, Crestron, RTI and Savant.

Pricing was not disclosed.