Considering the circumstances, 2020 may not have been the year we have all expected to date. One good news from the A/V Industry, though, is the launch of the new AudioControl Immersive AV Receivers. They have three new AV Receiver models now available, with their top two models supporting outputs for up to 16 speakers. With support for all leading immersive audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, DTS:X, and IMAX Enhanced, creating a true Immersive Audio experience for your space is now taken to the next level.
Without getting to technical, we really want to introduce some of the key features of the new AudioControl AVR’s, and why they might be the right choice for your setup. We know the common choices for AV Receivers can be Denon, Yamaha and Marantz. These are great choices depending on your speaker configuration and room size, but in our experience, they do not deliver true RMS power output to your speakers as they advertise. A lot of AV Receiver companies say their product is rated to produce over 100 watts per channel. But when play a test tone through the AV Receiver and perform a simple measurement of the sound level, it becomes clear the output level which you have set your AV Receiver to play is not the same level being produced. AudioControl AV Receivers are specified to output 100 Watts per Channel continuous power and actually give you a true 100 watts per channel. We have measured and compared the results. This speaks volumes to their choice and ability to not compromise on their internal components and manufacturing.
Speaking of internal components, one of our favorites in the new AudioControl Immersive AVR’s is the Sabre ES9026PRO audiophile digital to analog converter. Now I know we said we would not get too technical but let me expand on what a digital to analog converter does and why it is so important in your AV Receiver. With the amount of high resolution content available today, we really need a sound experience which can replicate the artist’s original performance. All AVR’s require hardware to convert that digital signal, regardless of file format or source, to the highest quality analog sound possible. So, whether you stream your audio using the in-built Airplay 2 or Google Cast, or use a more traditional source such as a CD Player or LP Vinyl Record player, you are ensured audio superiority using one of the best DACs on the market.
What about the video experience?
Well these new AVRs support full 4K Ultra HD with HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.2. Apart from 8K, these are the most advanced features and specifications available on the market today. Those new Netflix and Apple TV shows which support HDR and Dolby Vision will be delivered to provide the ultimate experience when paired with the correct source and display.
Audio formats are becoming more complex and constantly demanding more speakers to deliver an experience which allows you to feel like you are actually a part of the content that is playing, or feeling the artist perform as though you were right there in the crowd. I think all of us can look back on experiences where the content we are watching is so gripping, so interesting, we literally feel as though we are experiencing everything firsthand. Now imagine having that same feeling through the realism of your audio experience. You can literally hear the grass move when someone steps across it, or hear someone whisper in your ear as though they were standing right next to you. With Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D, IMAX Enhanced and other such immersive audio formats, that is the listening experience which can be delivered in your favorite listening space. AudioControl supports up to 16 channels of output which means you
can have up to 16 different speakers placed strategically within your listening space to give you one of the most realistic experiences available in the industry today.
As an integration company, we have installed a variety of different Audio/Video Receivers in a multitude of different spaces. One thing we can say with certainty is no single space is exactly the same, and no single space till date has been the perfect acoustical experience. Every space comes with its own challenges. A lot of AVR manufacturers have included Audyssey software as a part of the products to help dynamically equalize each speaker output through an auto calibration process. Frankly speaking we have never been fans of Audyssey because of its inaccuracy in the results which are delivered. We have always chosen to manually calibrate each installation we have integrated using calibrated microphones and acoustic calibration software. This led to far superior results in our overall sound stage, detail, clarity and focus. AudioControl has now made that process a lot easier by including Dirac Digital Room Correction software in-built into their AVRs. Dirac does not just equalize each channel, but rather considers the challenges in the room along with the speakers. It takes multiple measurements across the listening space and then creates an automatic correction of what the room’s target frequency curve should look like. You can upload this automatic correction to your AudioControl receiver and the results are simply outstanding! Improved staging, better clarity and intelligibility in music and vocals, and a deeper tighter bass free of resonances throughout the listening listening area are just some of the upgrades you can expect after the Dirac Room Correction Calibration.
To take a further look at the details specifications and features of the new Audiocontrol AV Receivers lineup for 2020, please click on the attachment below.