At CEDIA Expo 2018 last September, Denon and Marantz announced the industry's first IMAX Enhanced audio products, the Denon AVR-X8500H and the Marantz AV8805, in conjunction with the IMAX Enhanced format launch. Now, the functionality is being expanded to additional models.
A firmware update will be pushed to several additional AV receiver models today to add IMAX Enhanced functionality. The models included are the Denon AVR-X6500H (shown above) and AVR-X4500H, and the Marantz SR8012, SR7013, SR6013, and the AV7705.
Denon and Marantz home theatre products with IMAX Enhanced deliver superior cinematic performance, featuring IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technology to consumers, says Sound United, parent company to the brands. IMAX is also working with its global studio and content partners to make a steady stream of IMAX Enhanced versions of blockbuster movies and additional programming available to watchers.
"IMAX Enhanced has been building impressive momentum since its introduction in late 2018," says Brendon Stead, Senior Vice President of Product Development and Engineering at Sound United. "Additional AV partners, content, and distribution are all the traditional signs the format is being enthusiastically adopted.
"However," he continues, "making the technology available on only flagships isn't what we're all about. We know enthusiasts want this technology available to them as early as possible, which is why we promised to expand the IMAX Enhanced product lineup. Today, I'm happy to say we executed on that promise, and owners of several more premium Denon and Marantz products are now IMAX Enhanced. Enjoy!"
Customers should have their compatible receivers powered on and connected to the Internet to receive the IMAX Enhanced update.