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AudioControl Introduces Maestro M2 Theater Processor


New model offers balanced outputs, HDMI switching, tuner, and Pro Logic IIx

Mountlake Terrace, WA – AudioControl, a leading designer and manufacturer of performance theater processors and amplifiers, proudly introduces the Maestro M2 pre-amplifier. This recent addition to AudioControl’s Perfection Theater family of high performance theater products is designed for high performance theaters, which demand exceptional audio and video. The Maestro M2 includes numerous features that make it an ideal choice for custom installation applications. In addition to the high level of performance and features, AudioControl delivers the Maestro M2 at a very competitive suggested selling price to clients of $2399.

“AudioControl has worked hard at developing theater products to be installed, calibrated and enjoyed in very top level performance home theaters,” explains Tom Walker, president of AudioControl. Beginning with the Diva, digital room correction processor, and then followed by the release of award winning theater amplifiers and processors, AudioControl has released a steady stream of unique products that cater directly to the custom performance theater market. The Maestro M2 is the result of continuous striving by our engineers and designers to offer our customers the highest level of home theater performance but at highly competitive price point.

The Maestro M2 is laden with features that make it ideal for use in high performance home theaters and custom installation applications. The Maestro M2 boasts processing power that supports all of the major audio surround formats; Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, the new Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS NEO, DTS ES Matrix and discrete 6.1 decoding. In addition an eight channel direct analog input is provided for use with DVD-A and SACD sources to allow for audiophile-caliber performances. Balanced and unbalanced audio outputs provide maximum sound performance output to all theaters.

On the video front the Maestro M2 is also no slouch, offering an exceptional level of video bandwidth to accommodate high definition video formats! Aside from it’s ability to accept signals from traditional analog video sources with composite, S-video, and component, the Maestro M2 also has the capabilities to input and output the latest digital video formats via HDMI. In addition, the processor in the Maestro M2 allows composite and S-video signals to be routed through the component video outputs, simplifying the connections in many more complicated theater systems.

The Maestro M2 is equipped with an AM and FM tuner supporting RDS (Radio Data System) broadcasts. When a radio station is selected that supports RDS, text information such as the station name, song name, and artist appears on the display panel of the Maestro M2.

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An RS-232 serial port on the Maestro M2 serves dual roles by enabling remote control of the processor and allowing for downloading of any future software upgrades. Plus, the Maestro M2 has one of the most complete RS-232 protocol libraries with over 100 direct control commands. This allows a system programmer to have maximum control over almost every one of Maestro M2’s functions.

So that a user may enjoy Maestro M2s performance and features in other rooms, there are second zone audio and video outputs. With these, a user may listen or view a different source in another room/zone at different volume levels than the main zone. The Maestro M2 will be available in August 2005 with a suggested client selling price of $2399.

Beginning life in 1977 AudioControl has been designing and manufacturing the highest quality award winning home and car audio components. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing and production facilities are located in the state of Washington, in the heart of the of the Pacific Northwest rainforest.

AudioControl, Maestro, Maestro M2, Diva, Pantages, Savoy and Avalon are trademarks of Electronic Engineering and Manufacturing, Inc.

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