In a major announcement, Denon and Marantz brands have introduced many new additions to their higher end AVRs including the introduction of multi-room and online technology from its HEOS platform
Denon AVR models getting the new functionality include the 4300H and 6300H.
Launching in October 2016, the 4300H will have integrated HEOS functionality providing access to Spotify, Soundcloud, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Napster and compatibility with other HEOS products.
The unit will also have Wi-Fi 2.4 & 5 GHz and Bluetooth built-in, 9x 200W amp with 11.2 processing, DDSC-HD with AL24 Processing Plus and new high performance 192kHz/32bit DAC.
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, AURO 3D (upgrade) are also on board and the machine boasts 7+1 HDMI with 4K 60Hz pass through (HDCP2.2), triple HDMI outputs with multi-source/multi-zone and AudysseyMultEQ XT32/LFC partnered by a new Audyssey App.
The 6300H takes things up a notch with the same HEOS in-built capabilities, connectivity, 3D audio, connectivity suite and Audyssey tech, but over 11x 20W with 11.2 proc. and 13.2 pre-out, 4K 60Hz Scaling and 1080p Scaling.
HEOS is also being built into Apps especially created for the range.
Also in the Denon range, it was announced that models in the AVR-X3300W and up range, native connectivity to Crestron will be available.
No program Mmdules will be needed and the device can then be monitored on the Network by Crestron Fusion RV.
As for Marantz, its SR7011, nine channel AVR is also getting the full HEOS treatment.
This unit also offers nine channels of discrete amplification each with 200W, Wi-Fi (dual antenna) and Bluetooth built in, 11.2 processing and pre-out, current feedback HDAM Preamp, Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 and DTS:X & Neural:X11.1, Auro 3D (upgrade) compatibility.
Connections include 7+1 HDMI 2.0 with 4K 60Hz HDCP2.2, three HDMI out (zone), 13.2 pre-out and 7.1 Ext.
The package also carries the AudysseyMultEQ XT32 / Sub EQ / LFC tech with App support.
The Marantz AV7703 multi-channel AV pre-amp is also in play here with HEOS connectivity, the same Wi-Fi (dual antenna) and Bluetooth built in, 11.2 XLR and RCA output, current feedback HDAM Preamp, 7+1 HDMI 2.0 with 4K 60Hz HDCP2.2 the same 3D audio tech and Audyssey set up.
Along with Audyssey Pro phase-out in 2016, the new Audyssey smartphone App (both iOS and Android) is designed for installers, but also consumers thanks to its ‘modern, affordable and consumer friendly’ interface.
For installers the App provides fully guided Audyssey calibration using the supplied mics.
As for the HEOS platform itself, new HS2 products were underlined, the main headline being the addition of high resolution audio support (first announced on CE Pro in April) up to and including 24-bit/192kHz, WAV, up to and including both 16 and 24bit/192kHz including 88.2, 96 and 176.4kHz and FLAC – up to and including 24bit/192kHz.