At CEDIA 2022 Masimo Consumer Audio (formerly Sound United) took the wraps off of the new Denon AVR-A1H home theater receiver and the Marantz AV10 and AMP10 home theater separates. These new components both support up to 15.4 channels of operation and have been designed from the ground up to feature all sorts of advanced technologies and increased flexibility.
I got to spend a few days in Carlsbad California at Masimo Consumer Audio headquarters where we got to experience these components, among others, firsthand. So, as a bit of a “first course” please check out this video I shot with Gary Dayton from Marantz. Gary graciously gave me a pretty serious deep dive into the design and construction of the Marantz separates.
And while I wasn’t able to get a similar video on the Denon AVR-A1H, the Denon reps did present I and the 11 other journalists at this gathering with a similarly detailed presentation. The key takeaways are:
1) Functionally, the Denon AVR-AH1 and the Marantz separates have similar capabilities with the 15.4 output channels, directional bass control, processing modes, Audyssey and DIRAC capabilities, HEOS integration, video capabilities, fully upgraded GUI, etc.
2) The differences lie mainly in the amplifier design, amplifier features/flexibility, power output, sound tuning, aesthetics, etc.
The presentation left no doubt that both these Denon and Marantz components were truly meant for the AV enthusiast. One that cares for ultimate performance but doesn’t quite have the pocketbook for Trinnov, StormAudio, Datasat, and the like. And while the ultimate availability of DIRAC Active Room Treatment and Bass Control remains an open question on either of these components, we are nonetheless incredibly excited to get our mitts on this gear and put them though their paces! Exciting times are afoot!