Marantz Unveils Auro-3D® Upgrade Offer for Home Theatre Receiver and Preamp/Processor

Marantz_av7702_n-u_b_34Eindhoven, October 16th, 2014 – Marantz, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, today unveiled an upcoming upgrade offer to add breathtaking Auro-3D® sound format to their premium home theatre centres. Expected to be available beginning of December, customers can purchase a firmware upgrade that will for the first time add Auro-3D® to the recently introduced SR7009 AV Receiver and AV7702 Preamp.

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 – also known as “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 Marantz AV product containing the Auro®-Codec Decoder is capable of decoding the original Auro-3D® mix.

Our philosophy at Marantz is to offer a sound experience just like the artist intended it to be”, said Don Freeman, Vice President Global Marketing at D+M. “By offering the Auro-3D® upgrade to existing proud Marantz owners, we fulfil this promise by adding whole new layers of sound, and further adding value to precious Marantz gear.

I am really delighted that Marantz customers will be able to upgrade their AV receivers to incorporate Auro-3D®”, said Wilfried Van Baelen, founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios and Auro Technologies. “Adding the Auro-3D® Height speakers will create the most natural immersive sound experience for music and film, with High Resolution Audio in each channel. But even without adding the Height speakers, our Auro-Matic® algorithm will upmix stereo sources into an incredibly natural Surround sound experience for the home.

The Marantz upgrade service will start beginning of December, and can easily be done by every SR7009 or AV7702 owner at home through the device’s built-in online feature upgrade function. More details to follow soon on the official Marantz website.

SR7009 Network AV Receiver with 9ch discrete power amplifier, 200 W per channel
AV7702 Multi-channel AV Pre-amplifier with 11.2ch XLR / 13.2ch RCA pre-out

Common features:

• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
• Big trapdoor design
• Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
• Dolby Atmos
• Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
• Auro-3D upgradable (9.1ch, 10.1ch with VOG (Voice of God) configuration; SR7009 requires external power amplifier for 10.1ch)
• Auro-Matic up-mixer upgradeable
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
• Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1ch)
• 13.2ch pre-out and 11.2ch signal processing
• Latest HDMI version with 4k 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
• 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
• HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
• isf video calibration
• HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
• Gapless Playback
• USB port
• Spotify Connect* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
• Phono (MM) input
• Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
• 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
• RS232
• Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices