AudioControl AVR-7, AVR-9 A/V Receivers Include Dolby Atmos Processing

Aiding the sound quality of its new AVR series receivers, AudioControl also bundles Dirac Live for AudioControl in the products. This option provides advanced equalization capabilities for dealers to fine tune home theater audio.


To borrow a phrase from CE Pro founding editor Julie Jacobson, AudioControl is one of the custom install industry's “hidden gems.”

Overshadowed by some of the bigger name electronics manufacturers, the Wash.-based company has been designing and manufacturing everything from home theater and whole-house audio products to pro level sound analyzers for decades.

Recently AudioControl announced its latest generation of A/V receivers. The newly introduced Concert AVR series provides dealers a choice of either the AVR-7 or the AVR-9. Both products are designed to deliver the latest features and the highest levels of audio fidelity.

The receivers leverage the company's almost 40 years of audio engineering experience and include state-of-the-art home theater options such as Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound decoding, HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, and Dirac Live for AudioControl equalization (EQ) technologies.

Related: Preview of New Audio Products at CEDIA Expo 2015

AudioControl points out the AVR-9 is rated to deliver 200 watts to each of its seven channels, while the AVR-7 is rated to deliver 100 watts to each of its seven channels. Both products incorporate a choice of seven HDMI 2.0a inputs, four coax S/PDIF inputs, two Toslink digital audio inputs, six stereo inputs, USB inputs and Ethernet client capabilities.

In addition to the receivers' Atmos processing, the AVR-7 and AVR-9 also offer a choice of Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, and the company says both products are DTS:X ready. AudioControl points out the products integrate into popular control systems from Control4, Crestron, RTI and Savant through technologies such as Ethernet connectivity and RS-232.

Dealers can see the new receivers in the company's CEDIA Expo 2015 booth (#4628).

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.