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CEDIA EXPO PREVIEW: AudioControl Maestro M8 Preamplifier

AudioControl has begun shipping its new Maestro M8 surround-sound pre-amp processor with 4K Ultra HD processing.

AudioControl, the U.S. based designer and manufacturer of award winning audio products, has begun shipping its new Maestro M8 surround-sound pre-amp processor with 4K Ultra HD processing. This exciting new theater processor delivers exceptional audio and video performance for home theaters and media rooms across the whole house. A feature laden back panel includes multiple inputs for HDMI and digital sources, including balanced audio inputs and outputs. For unprecedented flexibility, the Maestro M8 is equipped with an AudioControl exclusive port that allows for the use of an optional HDBaseT signal extender that uses HDBaseT technology for extending HDMI signals via standard CAT-5 cabling to remote mounted display devices.

Maestro M8

“The growth of 4K display devices have given many customers reasons to upgrade the audio and video components in their existing systems,” said AudioControl CEO Alex Camara. “These higher level systems require components that will deliver a premium audio and video experience and subsequently drove the development of the Maestro M8. Our design goal was to focus on a high-end preamplifier that supports all of today’s surround formats and video topologies, leads in 4K processing and launches our latest audio platform delivering the best audio visual movie experience available today. We are happy to say the AudioControl team delivered on this promise.”

AudioControl’s new Maestro M8 surround processor is geared towards the movie enthusiast who demands exceptional home theater performance including an amazing audio experience! This incredible processor supports today’s high-resolution formats, including 4K Ultra H and delivers a movie experience, rich in top tier audiophile quality. Movie buffs and audio enthusiasts will immerse themselves in their obsession, enthusiasm, and zeal for their favorite movies and media content.

Key Features
The Maestro M8 was designed to not deliver a superior audio and video experience but also to be installer friendly for custom installation applications. To that end, it includes a lengthy number of features: 4K Ultra HD pass-through and upscaling capabilities; balanced XLR audio OUTPUTS for premium audio performance; dual balanced XLR audio INPUTS; HDBaseT Outputs via optional AudioControl signal extender component; seven HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs – ARC (Audio Return Channel) Compatible; proprietary room correction with signal alignment, level and equalization – assignable on a per source basis; Dolby volume technology for superior balance; Compatibility and integration with leading control systems including Savant, Crestron, Control 4 and RTI; Custom Install control ready with Ethernet, RS232, 12 volt trigger and IR control options; AudioControl iOS Control App available free on the iTunes Store; programmable remote control provided; AudioControl’s 40 Year Focus on audiophile quality, made in the USA and a bullet-proof 5-year warranty program.

The Maestro M8 is now shipping and available through AudioControl’s worldwide dealer network. Attendees at the 2014 CEDIA Expo in Denver are invited to audition the Maestro M8 at the AudioControl booth #546.