Denon reveals Auro-3D® upgrade offer for Premium AV Receivers

AVR-X4100W NoDolbyOctober 16th, 2014 – Denon, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, today announced a unique upgrade offer to bring three-dimensional audio format Auro-3D® to their recently introduced Premium AV Receivers. Expected to be available in December, a firmware upgrade (a fee is charged) will further enhance the feature set of the highly-acclaimed AVR-X5200W and the AVR-X4100W models, to carry the next generation sound format.

By fully immersing the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound, Auro-3D® creates the sensation of actually ‘being there’. Thanks to a unique configuration of ‘Height channels’, acoustic reflections are generated and heard naturally due to the fact that sounds originate from around as well as above the listener. Depending on the size of the room, either 1 or 2 additional layers (HEIGHT and TOP – a.k.a. “Voice of God” channel) with speakers are mounted above the existing Surround layer at ear-level to produce Auro-3D®’s defining ‘vertical Stereo field’. The height information, captured in recording or created during the mixing process, is mixed into a standard 5.1 PCM stream that comes with a regular Blu-ray or through online streaming. A Denon AVR containing the Auro®-Codec Decoder is capable of decoding the original Auro-3D® mix.

“We are proud that our customers will be able to upgrade their AV receivers to incorporate Auro-3D® as an additional feature”, says Yoshinori Yamada, Global Business Team Leader Audio and Video at D+M Group. “It proofs our constant ambition to offer brand new technologies to existing products, adding value for the proud owner as well.

We are delighted to join forces with Denon, bringing Auro-3D® within the reach of a broad customer base”, says Wilfried Van Baelen, founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios and Auro Technologies. “Upgrading your Denon receiver and adding the Auro-3D® Height speakers will create an unrivalled natural-sounding immersive experience, with High Resolution Audio in each channel. Thanks to our Auro-Matic® algorithm, even regular stereo sources will be upmixed into an incredible Surround sound experience making use of the full Auro speaker setup.

The unparalleled Denon upgrade service will start beginning of December, and can easily be done by every AVR-X5200W or AVR-X4100W owner at home through the receiver’s built-in online feature upgrade function. More details to follow soon on the official Denon website.

At a glance:
Denon AVR-X4100W 7.2ch Network AV Receiver – Key Features
• 200W x 7ch high quality discrete power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound
• D.D.S.C.-HD with AL24 Processing, Denon Link HD
• Built in WiFi with dual antenna, built in Bluetooth
• Latest HDMI standard with 4K Ultra HD 50/60 Hz Pass-through and 4:4:4 colour resolution
• Advanced Video Processing with upscaling up to 1080p and 4k Ultra HD 50/60Hz
• 8 HDMI inputs (incl. 1 front), 3 HDMI outputs (2 main + zone)
• Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4*, 7.1.2* configuration)
• Auro-3D upgradable (9.1ch* configuration)
• Auro-Matic up-mixer upgradeable
• Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 9.1ch processing
• Wide support for streaming formats including DSD and AIFF streaming
• AirPlay and DLNA music streaming; Spotify Connect
• Advanced ECO mode with off/on/auto setting
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ HT / LFC (Pro ready)
• Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
• RS232 control
• Phono input
• 3 source, 3 zones; 9.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out
• isf calibration
• Improved Setup Assistant and Graphical User Interface (Advanced GUI, 9-lang.)
• Available in black and premium silver

Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2ch Network AV Receiver – Additional Features
• 205W x 9ch high quality discrete power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound
• Monolithic amplifier design with Denon custom made transistors
• Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4*, 9.1.2* configuration)
• Auro-3D upgradable (9.1ch, 10.1ch* with VOG (Voice of God) configuration)
• Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X 11.1ch processing
• 11.2ch processing and 13.2ch pre-out; gold-plated terminals