Denon and Marantz bring the sound of IMAX Enhanced to your home theater

If you’ve just got back from watching the latest blockbuster in an IMAX theater, your home theater setup may feel a little lacking. Fear not, as soon there will be an alternative to paying $400,000 for your own personal IMAX theater at home, as IMAX Enhanced, developed by IMAX and DTS, will be coming to home theater products in the near future, and Denon and Marantz are the first companies to announce new products that will integrate the technology.

In the case of Denon, the company has announced that two new A/V receivers will support IMAX Enhanced: The AVR-X4500H and the AVR-X6500H. The AVR-X6500H is an 11.2-channel monster with up to 140 watts of power per channel at 8 ohms, while the AVR-X4500H is nothing to sneeze at, with up to 120 watts of power across its 9.2 channels. Both receivers support object-based audio in the form of Dolby Atmos as well as DTS:X and Auro-3D. The AVR-X4500H is capable of 5.2.4-channel configurations, while the AVR-X6500H can handle up to 7.2.4-channel configurations.

Turning to Marantz, its first IMAX Enhanced-ready product is the AV7705 A/V pre-processor. Meant to work with a separate power amp for a more customizable setup, this 11.2-channel pre-processor features both XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced outputs for each channel. A major benefit for audiophiles is the addition of hi-res audio, with support for 24-bit/192kHz PCM audio as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz. Object-based audio is supported via Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D, while Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, and Auto-Matic up-mixing are featured as well.

Neither brand’s products will support IMAX Enhanced out of the box, with a firmware update bringing support planned for early 2019. A future firmware update will also bring support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 to all of the products mentioned above as well. All of the products feature support for HDMI 2.1 and eARC, but not necessarily every HDMI 2.1 feature, like 8K.

As for what IMAX Enhanced brings to the table, we haven’t yet had the chance to try it, but it promises “a new level of audio and visual excellence.” Everything else we’ve seen under the IMAX name has been fantastic, so there’s no reason to expect otherwise here.

The Denon AVR-X6500H will retail for $2,200, while the AVR-X4500H will sell for $1,600. Marantz’s AV7705 will be priced at $2,200. All of the new models are on display at the CEDIA 2018 expo in San Diego.

Updated on September 6, 2018 by Kris Wouk: Edited to clarify that the new receivers may not support all HDMI 2.1 features.

Smart Home

Abode Systems taps HelloTech for professional security system installations

Abode Systems has been expanding into the smart home security market and will enhance its technology with a new partnership with tech support firm HelloTech, which will install its security systems for a fee.
Home Theater

Still listening on tinny, muffled TV speakers? Try one of our favorite soundbars

You no longer have to sacrifice sound for size when selecting home audio equipment. Check out our picks for the best soundbars, whether you're looking for budget options, pure power, smarts, or tons of features.
Home Theater

ATSC 3.0: The next-gen TV update explained

ATSC 3.0 is the next major update to the broadcast standard we use today. Will this be the second coming of free, over-the-air TV? We're here to explain everything about the new standard.
Smart Home

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Which smart home speaker is better?

We put the two most popular smart home speakers -- the Google Home Mini and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot -- together and tested them on appearance, audio, and abilities. So which should you buy? Find out how they did in our showdown.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Battle of the on-demand streaming giants

Trying to figure out which subscription streaming service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated comparison of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu.
Outdoors

These wireless earbuds use an A.I. to get you moving faster

The new Soul Blade wireless earbuds provide the ability to track your heart rate during a workout while an A.I.-powered coach gives advice and info on how to improve form and efficiency while exercising.
Product Review

Focal’s ultra-clear Sphear Wireless bring sexy back to banded Bluetooth buds

Focal’s Sphear Wireless are a sleek and simple pair of banded Bluetooth earbuds with exceptional sound and an affordable price, making them some of the only non-true wireless earbuds we’d consider buying right now.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Samsung 4K TVs during Presidents’ Day sale

With 8K TVs on the horizon, the cost of owning a 4K Ultra HD television has dropped pretty significantly in recent years, and this Walmart Presidents' Day sale is offering some great prices.
Home Theater

Apple will reportedly launch its new video-streaming service at March 25 event

The rumors about what Apple will announce at a March 25 event continue to swirl. A new report suggests that it will debut its much-anticipated video-streaming service, which will compete with Netflix and Amazon's Prime Video.
Home Theater

Bose’s technology patents could save an earbud’s battery life

Possibly taking a cue from Apple's popular AirPods, Bose filed a patent application for earbud IR technology that could save battery life, improve sound quality, and possibly help people locate lost earbuds.
Home Theater

Samsung accidentally leaks its new Galaxy Buds ahead of launch

It's been all but certain that Samsung would launch a successor to its Gear IconX wireless earbuds soon, but a newly leaked photo and recent FCC certification document seems to indicate that the debut is very close.
Home Theater

Hi-res streaming audio service Qobuz arrives in U.S., threatens Tidal’s monopoly

For several years, Tidal enjoyed a monopoly on hi-res music streaming in the U.S. Now, French company Qobuz is here to offer some competition with a variety of monthly plans starting at $10 a month.
Home Theater

Throw away those EarPods -- we dug up the best headphones in every style

Trolling the internet for hours to find headphones is no way to live. Instead, leverage our expertise and experience to find the best headphones for you. Here are our 10 favorites.
Home Theater

Samsung will stop making 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players

A report claims that Samsung, the first company to produce a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, is now exiting that market entirely. The move comes after Oppo Digital made the same decision last year.