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MARANTZ BEGINS SHIPPING ADVANCED MODEL SR8002 MULTI-ZONE A/V RECEIVER WITH HD RADIO CAPABILITY
— High-Performance Home Entertainment “Nerve Center” Features HDMI Repeating and Switching, THX Select2 Processing, Multi-Room Signal Distribution, and More —
MAHWAH, NJ — October 25, 2007 — Marantz America, a world leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, announced that it has begun shipping its highly anticipated Model SR8002 audio/video receiver, offering users an elegant and easy-to-use solution for enjoying dynamic surround sound and multi-room signal distribution. The new 7.1-channel receiver, which carries a suggested retail price of $2,099.99, features advanced HDMI 1.3 repeating capability, as well as a host of leading-edge technologies such as HD Radio, THX Select2 processing, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and dts HD Master Audio as well as MultEQ room correction and calibration technology from Audyssey Laboratories.
A Superior Solution for Upgrading Audio and Video Performance
Designed as a state-of-the-art “nerve center” for a high-performance home entertainment system, the Marantz SR002 receiver reflects the company’s commitment to providing superior audio and video performance from all sources and provides users with an easy way to distribute audio and video entertainment to multiple separate zones within the home. In addition to featuring Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding capabilities, the SR8002 also features terrestrial HD Radio as well as XM HD, THX Neural Surround, 3 zones of audio, a copper chassis and a toroidal power transformer, and upgraded speaker binding posts (dielectric protected) for enhanced audio performance.
Adding to the SR8002’s flexibility and utility as a centerpiece device for a total home entertainment system is its capability of receiving HD Radio signals. Currently sweeping the country, HD Radio broadcasts are available to over 80 percent of the U.S. population and more than 1,500 AM/FM stations now offer subscription-free digital content, including more than 700 multicast stations that provide unique formats and content. The SR8002 allows customers to experience crystal-clear digital sound in HD on both AM and FM, as well as the new broadcast-exclusive HD2 and HD3 FM channels.
In addition to its four HDMI 1.3 inputs and two HDMI 1.3 outputs, for total ease of set-up and enhanced performance, the SR8002 features HDMI 1.3a repeating capability, eliminating signal loss and allowing it to repeat 1080p video signals from HDMI input to HDMI output as well as decode a variety of audio signals via HDMI. Notably, the SR8002 is capable of upconverting Composite, S video and Component Video signals to HDMI, features a 480i / 480p converter, with time-based correction, has assignable dual component outputs as well as two DC trigger outputs. The SR8002’s massive Toroidal Transformer provides 125 watts of power output for authoritative, effortless reproduction of movie soundtracks and music, and a special M-DAX (Dynamic Range Expander) adds dynamics to the enjoyment of music recorded in MP3 and other compressed formats.
The SR8002 also offers second and third zone audio output capability for individual sources, an IR flasher output, DC trigger output, an RS232 port, A/B switching, multi-speaker ‘C’ output, and discrete IR commands. It features a powerful, ergonomically designed learning backlit remote control and even includes a simple and intuitive remote designed specifically for the 2nd or 3rd zone.
Ideal for Custom Installation Use
The SR8002 includes several features that make it ideal for use in custom installations. For instance, the receiver’s MRAC MultEQ room correction and calibration technology from Audyssey Laboratories, maximizes room acoustics for multiple listeners, creating an optimized 6-point soundfield and compensates for speaker and room placement to provide a “sweet spot” for every listener in the room. This gives professional installers an easy and fast way to analyze and calibrate optimum surround sound architecture for any size or shape room, including parameters for speaker level, phase, size and frequency response. A high-quality microphone is included to make the process fast and easy.
Marantz America is committed to upholding the tradition of technological superiority initiated by founder Saul Marantz. In keeping with this emphasis on quality, Marantz audio and video components are carried only by the nation’s premier independent audio/video specialty retailers. Additional information is available at www.marantz.com. Marantz America is a wholly owned subsidiary of D&M Holdings Inc.
About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. is a global operating company providing worldwide management and distribution platforms for premium consumer, automotive, commercial and professional audio and video businesses including Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, Escient, ReplayTV, Calrec Audio, Denon DJ, D&M Professional and D&M Premium Sound Solutions. Our technologies improve the quality of any audio and visual experience. MultEQ is a trademark of Audyssey Laboratories, Inc. THX is a trademark of THX Ltd. All other product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D&M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries. For more information visit www.dm-holdings.com.
About iBiquity Digital
iBiquity Digital Corporation is the developer of the HD Radio system, which is powering the AM/FM digital radio revolution. This transformational technology allows AM and FM stations to broadcast digital signals in tandem with their analog signals, providing broadcasters with a platform to deliver multiple channels of programming on the same frequency (multicasting); crystal-clear, CD-like quality sound; advanced services such as iTunes R Tagging, traffic updates; and text information. More than 1,500 U.S. HD Radio stations are on the air, with nearly half of those offering additional content via multicast channels. HD Radio Technology is being or has been tested in many countries throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine. For more information, please visit http://www.hdradio.com and http://www.ibiquity.com.
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