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Oct 16, 2014

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

Mahwah, NJ 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 theater centers. Expected to be available in December, customers can purchase a firmware upgrade that will for the first time add Auro-3D® to the recently introduced SR7009 A/V 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. A Marantz A/V 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 fulfill 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 A/V Receiver with 9ch discrete power amplifier, 125W per channel

AV7702 Multichannel A/V Preamplifier 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 upgradeable1
  • 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
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
  • Gapless Playback
  • USB port
  • Spotify Connect®, Pandora®, SiriusXM™* (* 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

Image gallery:

Marantz SR7009 – black

Marantz SR7009 – rear view

Marantz AV7702

Marantz AV7702 – rear view

Auro-3D logo

Auro-3D engine

Auro-3D Layers

Wilfried van Baelen


About Marantz

Marantz is a part of D+M Group. The company can trace its roots back to the dawn of the first mono LP, when Saul Bernard Marantz, a native of New York, was unhappy with the equipment available to play his cherished record collection on. So he had to build his own! Saul officially founded the Marantz Company in 1953. Then, as now, the company’s cornerstones were quality and innovation. For over half a century Marantz has been developing unique technologies and bringing landmark hi-fi and home entertainment products to market through its tireless and extensive R&D programs. Such commitment to audio and video excellence ensures each Marantz design delivers class-leading performance. Additional information is available at www.us.marantz.com.

About Auro Technologies:

Auro Technologies (www.Auro-3D.com; www.auro-technologies.com) is a spin-off of the Galaxy Studios Group and owner of the Auro-3D® Technology Suite. The Auro-3D® Concept and Listening Formats are designed by Wilfried Van Baelen, founder and CEO of Galaxy Studios and Auro Technologies. Galaxy Studios is renowned worldwide for its state- of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. The Auro-3D® suite offers ground-breaking, easy- to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the professional, automotive, broadcast and consumer electronics (such as gaming, smartphones, multimedia PC, notebooks, tablets, audio players, digital TV, media libraries and packaged media) markets.

About D+M Group

D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer and professional markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 900 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries. D+M Group is a Bain Capital portfolio company.

All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D+M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries except: Dolby Atmos which is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc.: Bluetooth which is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.;Android which is a trademark of Google Inc.; Pandora which is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.; Spotify which is a registered trademark of Spotify AB; SiriusXM which is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Radio Inc.; Auro-Matic and Auro-3D which are registered trademarks of Auro Technologies NV.

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