AudioControl has joined the IMAX Enhanced certification and licensing program, and plans to launch an IMAX Enhanced firmware update for its cinema products, including the Concert AVR-7 and AVR-9 receivers, and the Maestro M5 and M9 pre-amp/processors.
As one of the program's initial licensees, AudioControl will offer a line of IMAX Enhanced AV receivers and preamp/processors, enabling consumers to experience the IMAX signature sound mix, delivered by DTS.
To become IMAX Enhanced-certified, manufacturers must meet stringent performance standards, set by a certification committee comprised of IMAX and DTS engineers as well as Hollywood's leading technical specialists.
AudioControl's IMAX Enhanced AV receivers and preamp/processors feature DTS:X immersive audio decoding that is optimized to properly reproduce the full dynamic range of IMAX theatrical sound mixes available in IMAX Enhanced content. With meticulous adjustments modelled on the IMAX theatrical sound system, this proprietary IMAX audio mix is translated for home theatre environments and exclusively delivered using a special variant of the DTS:X codec technology to deliver the IMAX signature sound experience in the home. Additionally, IMAX is working with its global studio and content partners to make available a steady stream of IMAX Enhanced versions of blockbuster movies and additional programming.
"AudioControl receivers and preamp processors have been recognized for exceptional quality and performance, and adding IMAX Enhanced further elevates the cinematic experience to the highest level," says AudioControl CEO Alex Camara. "Now enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the visceral dimensionality of content from DTS and IMAX combined with the unrivaled power and detail available from AudioControl."
Current owners of the AudioControl Concert AVR-7 and AVR-9 receivers and the Maestro M5 and M9 preamp/processors may download the required firmware from the AudioControl website at audiocontrol.com to update their units starting February 5.