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Mar 29, 2016

Marantz® Unveils Auro-3D® Upgrade Offer for Home Theater Receiver and Preamp/Processor SR7010 and AV7702mkII to feature next generation sound format

Mahwah, NJ (March 29, 2016) – Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, announces a unique upgrade offer to add the breathtaking three-dimensional audio format Auro-3D® to two of its premium home theater centers: SR7010 premium network A/V receiver and the AV7702mkII network pre-processor . Expected to be available March 29, 2016 customers can purchase a firmware upgrade that will for the first time add Auro-3D® to these models.

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 encoded into a standard 5.1 PCM stream that comes with a regular Blu-ray and gets decoded via the Auro-Codec® decoder that comes with the upgrade. Additionally, the Auro-Matic® upmixing engine allows existing collections of music and film soundtracks to be rendered in the acclaimed 3D sound.

“The Marantz philosophy is always to offer a sound experience that is second to none. By offering the Auro-3D® upgrade to existing proud Marantz owners, new layers of sound come forth, just like the artist intended it to sound,” adds Yoshinori Yamada, global business team leader audio and video at D+M Group.

“To see our Auro-3D® software available on such high-quality Marantz processors, is another step forward in providing the immersive experience to consumers everywhere. With audio being such a valuable component in today’s consumer electronics market, we are certain that our high-quality audio offering will be appreciated by many,” says Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of Auro Technologies.

The Marantz upgrade service can easily be downloaded at home by owners of the SR7010 or AV7702mkII through the product’s built-in online feature upgrade function. More details to follow soon on the official Marantz website.

SR7010 9.2-channel Network A/V Receiver – Key Features ($2,199)

  • 125 watts x 9 channels (8 ohms, 20-20kHz, THD:0.08%) discrete power amplifier
  • 13.2-channel preamplifier outputs with 11.2-channel processing
  • Dolby Atmos® (up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 with additional amplifier)
  • Auro-3D® upgradeable (optional paid upgrade)
  • DTS:X™ ready (via firmware update releasing in March 2016)
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® built-in
  • High quality 192kHz/32-bit D/A converters for all channels
  • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (4k 60Hz, 3D, ARC, HDR, BT2020)
  • Full HDCP 2.2 support on all inputs and outputs
  • Current Feedback circuitry with Marantz’s new HDAM
  • Audyssey MultEQ™ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
  • Latest HDMI 2.0a with 4k 60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
  • Advanced Video Processing with HDMI scaling up to 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • High resolution audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
  • Gapless Playback
  • Spotify Connect®, Pandora®, SiriusXM™ (where available), Internet Radio support, AirPlay® on board
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
  • Zone 3 audio
  • ISF Certified
  • Crestron Connected Certified
  • Full-size trapdoor with additional 2-lines FL display
  • Blue LED Marantz porthole
  • Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android™ devices
  • ECO mode
  • Universal LCD remote control
  • Available in black


AV7702mkII Multi-channel Network A/V Pre-amplifier – Main features ($2,199)

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
  • Latest HDMI 2.0a with 4k 60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
  • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (4k 60Hz, 3D, ARC, HDR, BT.2020)
  • Full HDCP 2.2 support on all inputs and outputs
  • Advanced Video Processing with HDMI scaling up to 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
  • Dolby Atmos upgradable (optional paid upgrade)
  • DTS:X ready (via firmware update releasing in March 2016)
  • Auro-3D upgradeable (optional paid upgrade)
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT, LFC, Pro ready
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume
  • Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM (where available), Internet Radio support, AirPlay on board
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • High resolution audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
  • Gapless Playback
  • 11.2ch XLR pre-out, 13.2ch RCA pre-out
  • High quality dedicated preamplifier board with HDAM for high resolution audio reproduction
  • Power supply for preamplifier stage with audiophile grade ELNA capacitors
  • Extended shielding to minimize interference
  • High quality 192kHz/32-bit D/A converters for all channels
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
  • Zone 3 audio
  • ISF Certified
  • Crestron Connected Certified
  • Full-size trapdoor with additional 2-lines FL display
  • Blue LED Marantz porthole
  • Marantz 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android™ devices
  • Available in black

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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 is a spin-off of the privately owned Galaxy Studios Group, renowned worldwide for its state-of-the-art leadership in audio innovation for music and sound for film. After 150 years of evolution in sound recording and reproduction, Wilfried Van Baelen (CEO Auro Technologies and Galaxy Studios) revolutionized sound by bringing “Immersive Sound” (Sound in 3D) as an end-to-end solution for all markets with his Auro-3D® format. The addition of the missing and final dimension in sound (“Height”) combined with Auro-3D’s groundbreaking technologies provides a natural immersive sound experience unlike anything you’ve heard before, creating a totally new emotional level of entertainment in music, movies, games, events etc.. The Auro-3D® Technology Suite offers easy-to-use and unprecedented levels of sound reproduction capabilities to the broadcast, digital cinema, home cinema, mobile, gaming, and automotive markets. www.auro-3d.com / www.auro-technologies.com

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.

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

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