CES 2018: A New Day Dawns for Home Theater and 3D Audio

A new day dawns in home theater — the CES reveal of 13.2 channel AVR and pre-amplifier models complements Atmos-integrated BP9000s.

At CES 2018, we witnessed product reveals that confirmed what we already know is true: for home cinema, a new day is dawning. Two flagship models - the Denon AVR-X8500H and the Marantz AV8805 - debuted at CES 2018 and usher in a new standard for advanced home theater. The AVR-X8500H is a 13.2 channel, 15.2 XLR full 4K Ultra HD AV receiver. It generated buzz across the showroom floor, garnering praise from media while nabbing the esteemed AVS Forum Best of CES 2018 award.

The Marantz suite featured the AV8805 pre-amplifier model with a clear top and side panels, inviting booth visitors to take a closer look at its progressive circuitry. Like the Denon AVR-X8500H, the Marantz AV8805 features 13.2 channel, 15.2 XLR amplification. Each are the first in the world to offer 13.2 channel configuration in a AV receiver and pre-amplifier.

Combined with the functionality to support Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, the AVR-X8500H and AV8805 guide home cinema toward even better audio immersion. Pair these new models with object-oriented speakers like the BP9000 series along with A90 height modules, and traditional theaters soon won't be able to compete with what's available in the home.

Take a look at some of the audiophile highlights from CES 2018. 

The Demand Series D7, D9 (with grille on) and D11, followed by the HEOS 5 Wi-Fi speaker. The Demand Series premiered at CEDIA in fall of 2017 to critical acclaim

The BP9000 Series floor standing towers, from left to right: BP9020 with A90 height module for Atmos and DTS:X decoding, BP9040, BP9060, and BP9080x with integrated height module. Read what Digital Trends had to say about the series after their demo at Definitive Technology headquarters is San Diego, CA. 

Denon continues its history of pioneering new technology in home theater with the AVR-X8500H, the world’s first 13.2 channel AV receiver. It supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, with up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 speaker configurations, and 13.1 channel Auro-3D configuration. 

A back-panel view of the AVR-X8500H reveals the power and flexibility of the receiver. It features 15.2 XLR and full 4K Ultra HD video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support, plus eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs.

Another bold step in three-dimensional audio support, the Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier is in lockstep with the Denon AVR-X8500H as the first pre-amp to support 13.2 channel processing. 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs, flexible pre-amplifier stages and Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D formatting make the AV8805 an essential for advanced home cinema enthusiasts. 

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