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Marantz Steps Up Support For Object-Based Surround

Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz is launching its first three audio/video receivers with HDMI 2.0a ports and HDCP 2.2 copy protection and its first two AVRs incorporating both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround decoding.

When Marantz’s three new AVRs become available in July and August, HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 will start at a suggested $499 in the NR1506 slim-line 5.1-channel AVR. AVRs combining Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround decoding will start at $699 in the 7.1-channel NR1606 AVR, also a slim-line model. In full-size AVRs, the starting price for a model combining Atmos and DTS:X will be $899 with the launch of the 7.2-channel SR5010.

DTS:X will be available later this year in the NR1606 and SR5010 as a firmware update.

Currently, the only Marantz component with HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0a is the flagship $3,999-suggested AV8802A A/V preamplifier, available earlier this year.  The current starting price for Dolby Atmos in Marantz’s component lineup is $1,999 for the SR7009 AVR. No current components offer DTS:X.

With the HDCP 2.2 copy-protection protocol, the components will be able to pass through copy-protected Ultra HD 4K content to 4K TVs from 4K streaming devices and future 4K Blu-ray players. With HDMI 2.0a, the AVRs will pass through 4K video with high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut in conformance with the BT.2020 standard, the company said.

All three new AVRs feature full-speed 18Mbps HDMI ins and outs to pass through 50 and 60 fps 4K video and 8-bit RGB/YCbCr 4:4:4 video.

Here’s what the three new AVRs offer:

The $499 networked NR1506 features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, ·Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, and Internet radio. It also features Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio surround, 5×50-watt amp rated into 8 ohms with 20Hz-20kHz response and 0.08 percent THD, Audyssey MultEQ auto speaker setup and room calibration, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, full HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support on all five HDMI ins and single HDMI out, and high-resolution audio playback of FLAC 192/24, DSD, and ALAC with gapless playback. The AVR can be controlled from Marantz’s AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices.

The $699 slim-line NR1606 steps up to add 7×50-watt amp, Dolby Atmos in a 5.1.2 configuration, firmware upgradability to DTS:X, HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 on all seven rear HDMI ins and single HDMI out, front-panel HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, advanced video processing with HDMI scaling up to 1080p and to 4K 30/24Hz, ISF video calibration, and multiroom/multisource capability.

The $899 full-size SR5010 steps up to 7.2 channels, output of 7×100 watts, two HDMI 2.0a outputs with HDCP 2.2, 7.2-channel preouts, and RS232 for home-control integration.