More AVRs On Way With Dolby Atmos, DTS:X

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NEW YORK – Five component-audio suppliers — Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer, and Yamaha – recently announced plans to expand their selections of audio/video receivers with Dolby Atmos object-based surround decoding.

Denon and Onkyo, meantime, also announced plans to expand their selection of AVRs combining Atmos and, via planned firmware upgrades, DTS:X objectbased surround. For their part, Yamaha and Marantz unveiled their first AVRs incorporating Atmos and firmware upgradability to DTS:X.

All of the new models feature HDCP 2.2 copy-protection to pass through copy-protected Ultra HD 4K content, and some feature HDMI 2.0a to pass through high dynamic range (HDR) 4K video.

New products include two Denon AVRs at a suggested $599 and $799 with Atmos and a planned DTS:X firmware update, joining two previously announced models with those capabilities at $479 and $579. Onkyo unveiled $1,299 and $1,599 AVRs with Atmos and a planned DTS:X firmware update, joining two previously announced models at $699 and $999 with Atmos and upgradability to DTS:X.

Meantime, Pioneer introduced a $1,100 Elite series AVR with Dolby Atmos to join a previously announced Atmos-equipped $599 Pioneer-series AVR and a $799 Elite AVR with Atmos. None can be upgraded to DTS:X.

For its part, Yamaha unveiled its first three AVRs with both Atmos and, via firmware upgrade, DTS:X at $1,299, $1,699 and $2,199. They join two Atmos-only AVRs launched last year at $1,699 and $2,199.

Marantz unveiled $699 and $899 AVRs with Atmos and, via a firmware update, DTS:X.

See TWICE.com for details on the new models and suppliers’ complete Atmos/DTS:X lineups.

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