The Marantz AV8805 is a high-end, thirteen channel pre-amplifier with full 4K HDCP 2.2 compatibility, eight AK4490 32-bit stereo DACs across all channels, assignable 15.2 balanced XLR outputs and lots of other bells and whistles.
Arcam launch their new AV860 AV Processor with Dirac Live, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, whilst providing a free amplifier choice
Datasat's high-end home theatre processor is to be made Dolby Atmos compatible
Audio Visual Processors (AVPs) have been around since the very beginning of home cinema. With no amplification built-in, the processor concentrates on just one thing. It takes the input audio signal from a source (for example digital TV or Blu-ray) and makes sure that it is correctly decoded in the highest possible quality and then output in the best possible way to the next stage in the audio chain, usually a multi-channel amplifier or active speakers.
Modern AV Processors will decode all the latest cinema formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, as well as being able to handle new formats like Dolby ATMOS and Auro 3D. They are also equipped to decode legacy formats like Dolby Pro-Logic. Because the AVP only decodes the audio signal and then converts this into the best possible out signal possible, there is no need for large power supplies or heavy amplification to interfere with the audio signals.
Popular manufacturers of AV Processors include Datasat, Lexicon, Arcam, Yamaha and Anthem.