D+M Group (parent company of Denon and Marantz), a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions, is making their AVR and preamplifier system connectivity and integration easier by adding Crestron Connected™ technology to many of its AVR’s and preamplifiers. Coming soon the Denon models: AVR-X3000, AVR-X4000 and AVR-4520CI and Marantz models: SR6008, SR7008, AV7701 and AV8801 will have Crestron control intelligence embedded, making integration of many features like multi-zone audio and network streaming control simpler than ever for custom installers. Crestron Connected will be added to the Denon and Marantz products via online firmware update later this year.
“By partnering with Crestron, a world class leader in advanced control and automation services, we are able to simplify the integration process for the many custom integrators who sell our products,” said Paul Belanger, product manager for D+M.
Crestron Connected provides the framework for a distributed cloud-based control system for consumer electronics. By collaborating with Denon and Marantz, Crestron is embedding its control platform intelligence into many of D+M’s AVR and preamplifier units. The AVR’s that come with Crestron Connected are easily connected to any home or enterprise network using a standard Ethernet cable. Each is seamlessly monitored, managed and controlled from any web-enabled laptop computer or mobile device, such as an Apple® iPod®, iPad® or Android™ smartphone or tablet through Crestron Fusion RV™ software, with no programming required.
“We’re excited to announce this partnership between Crestron and Denon and Marantz,” says Steve Samson, Crestron Director of Business Development. “Embedding Crestron intelligence in Denon and Marantz receivers allows for seamless communication with Crestron home automation solutions, giving installers a simplified home theater solution and homeowners complete control of their home entertainment system.”
Crestron Connected provides an easy to implement out-of-the-box solution.
Denon and Marantz will be showcasing the Crestron Connected Denon AVR-X4000 and the Marantz SR7008 receivers at Creston booth #2300 during CEDIA.
Denon and Marantz Integrated Products on display at CEDIA
Introduced in June 2013, the Marantz SR7008 9.2 Network Home Theater Receiver, features the latest audio decoders, including Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X allowing users to connect front height and wide speakers for a dramatically expanded front soundstage. Once connected to a home network, users enjoy a whole world of music listening, from thousands of internet radio stations from subscription streaming services including SiriusXM, Pandora and Spotify. Prepared for the future, the SR7008 features a sophisticated video processor that upscales SD (standard definition) to 1080p HD (high definition), and it is also compatible with 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) sources and 4K Ultra HD displays.
Introduced in March 2013, the AVR-X4000 IN-Command 7.2 Network Home Theater Receiver is packed with connectivity, system configuration and control options. The powerful amplifier section features 7 discrete output stages with identical circuit topology, with each channel rated at 125 watts, easily able to drive today’s quality loudspeakers. Featuring 7 HDMI inputs (including 1 on the front panel), the AVR-X4000 also features 3 HDMI outputs, including 2 for the main room and 1 for another room. For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AVR-X4000 features Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo:X decoders, which lets you add front height or wide speakers to dramatically expand the front soundstage, along with dual subwoofer outputs for systems with two subs.
Product availability and additional details will be released soon. To learn more about Crestron Connected devices, visit www.crestron.com/connected.