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Marantz, Denon Ready HDCP 2.2 Upgrades

Mahwah, N.J. – D+M Group is following through on promised HDCP 2.2 hardware upgrades to Denon’s flagship network audio/video receiver (AVR) and Marantz’s flagship audio/video preamplifier/processor (AVP).

With the hardware upgrade adding the HDCP 2.2 copy-protection protocol, the components will be able to pass through copy-protected 4K Ultra HD content through their HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs to 4K TVs from 4K streaming devices and future 4K Blu-ray players.

The HDCP 2.2 upgrade will be free of charge to current owners, but customers will pay the cost of one-way shipping of their products to a designated service center, the company told TWICE. The company will also make a running change to the audio components to add HDCP 2.2 before new models ship to retailers.

Both products feature Dolby Atmos object-based surround processing, and both are upgradable to Auro-3D surround via a paid upgrade. They will also get a software update sometime later this year to add DTS:X object-based surround decoding.

For current owners of Marantz’s $3,999-suggested AV8802 A/V preamplifier, the HDCP 2.2 hardware upgrade is expected to be available beginning in June. Consumers must send their unit to a designated Marantz service location for the upgrade. More details will be announced on a FAQ section of the Marantz web site before June 1, the company said.

In making a running change to the 11.2-channel AV8802, the company will begin shipping HDCD 2.2-equipped AV8802 models in mid-June at no change in price from the current version. They’ll carry the AV8802A model number.

The AV8802 was launched in January, but Marantz said it held back on offering HDCP 2.2 in the component because of the limited bandwidth and color capabilities of then-current HDCP 2.2 chip implementations.

For Denon’s $2,999-suggested flagship AVR-X7200W network A/V receiver, the HDCP 2.2 hardware upgrade will be available to current owners beginning May 1. More details will be announced on a FAQ section of the Denon website before May 1. Denon expects to start shipping the factory-upgraded AVR-X7200W, redesignated as the AVR-X7200WA, in mid-May at no price change.

The component shipped last November.