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Denon AVR/AVC-X8500H and Marantz AV8805 will receive “Auro 3D” firmware update later this month at no additional costs.

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Hi All, I am happy to announce that the Denon AVR/AVC-X8500H and Marantz AV8805 will receive “Auro 3D” firmware update later this month at no additional costs.

When is the update available?

· Denon AVR/AVC-X8500: May 24th, 2018

· Marantz AV8805: May 31st, 2018

If both “Allow Update” and “Auto Update” are set to ON in AVR setup, the update will be performed automatically at night, or user will be asked if they want to perform update if “Update Notification” is ON or just go to the setup to perform firmware update when it is convenient.

Our History with Auro 3D support;

We have supported Auro 3D for the last 4 generations of our Denon/Marantz high-end AVR via charged firmware upgrade.

https://www.upgrade.denon.com/na/denon/pages/home.aspx

https://www.upgrade.marantz.com/na/marantz/pages/home.aspx

With the latest 2017 models, the feature is supported out of box and we have introduced the technology for the first time in Japan.

Who else supports Auro 3D today?

Currently in the market, Auro 3D is supported only by ultra high-end AV pre-processors from DataSat, Trinnov, Steinway Lyngdorf. Denon/Marantz are the only consumer brands whose products are within the reach of average home theater enthusiasts. The usual suspects like Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer, are yet to support Auro 3D. (but they may do anytime soon)

What is new with the X8500H, AV8805?

As both products supports up to 13.1 channel processing, we support newly 13.1 channel Auro 3D speaker configuration.

All the previously released AVRs support up to 9.1 or 10.1ch configuration.

· Typical 5.1 or 7.1 setting, plus

· Front Height L/R

· Surround Height or Rear Height L/R

· Top Surround (a.k.a. Voice of God) – optional

AVR/AVC-X8500H, AV8805 support up to 13.1ch configuration.

· Typical 5.1 or 7.1 setting, plus

· Front Height L/R

· Surround Height or Rear Height L/R

· Top Surround (aka Voice of God) - optional

· Center Height (New!) - optional

http://manuals.marantz.com/AV8805/NA/EN/DRDZSYlcudegdi.php

· Even if the content is encoded by 9.1 or 10.1 Auro 3D, with the X8500H and the AV8805, there is channel expansion mode that will up-mix the content up to 13.1 channel so none of the speakers will be wasted. Auro 3D also supports “Auromatic” up-mixer for non-Auro 3D, legacy content, similar to Dolby Surround or DTS Neural:X up-mixers.

How can Auro 3D co-exist with my Atmos environment?

Here are the tips to make Atmos/Auro 3D compatible speaker setup.

Front Height LR + Rear Height L/R works for both Atmos and Auro 3D. (Top Front, Top Middle, Top Rear configuration are not supported by Auro)

With 2017 Auro 3D capable AVR, Auro 3D playback is supported via Dolby Atmos Enabled speakers.

With the X8500H and the AV8805, since both products come equipped with 15 channel speaker terminals or 15 channel preamp outputs (processing is up to 13.1), you can switch 2 amplifier channels either to drive Top Middle L/R speakers for Atmos, or Top Surround and Center Height speakers for Auro 3D.

AVR/AVC-X8500H, AV8805, Auro 13.1 channel setup;

· Typical 5.1 or 7.1 setting, plus

· Front Height L/R

· Rear Height L/R

· Top Surround (aka Voice of God) and Center Hight – both channels can be used as Top Middle L/R when you playback Dolby Atmos but you need in total 15 speakers installed (only 13 speakers are active at a time).

A few other things about Auro 3D and Auro Technologies;

· Auro 3D is channel based 3D immersive audio format vs. objected based Dolby Atmos or DTS:X

· Auro Technologies is based in Belgium lead by Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of the company

· Their famous “Galaxy Studios” are located in Mol, Belgium.

· See the video Roland Krueger in Germany talks about Auro 3D and the Denon AVC-X8500H.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf-L3tGgg2g&feature=youtu.be

Hope the information is helpful. Let me with any questions.

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