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Denon and Marantz Enhance AVRs with Crestron Connected

In an effort to make system connectivity and integration easier, D+M Group has added Crestron Connected technology to many of its AVRs and preamplifiers.

The new technology can now be downloaded via a free online firmware update to the Denon models: AVR-X3000, AVR-X4000, and AVR-4520CI; and Marantz models: SR6008, SR7008, AV7701 (available March 30), and AV8801. Once downloaded, Crestron Connected makes integration of features like multi-zone audio and network streaming control simpler for custom installers.

“We are pleased to make Crestron Connected readily available to our customers,” said Paul Belanger, product manager for D+M. “With this partnership with Crestron, a world class leader in advanced control and automation services, we have been able to simplify the integration process for the many custom integrators who sell our products.”

By collaborating with Denon and Marantz, Crestron is embedding its control platform intelligence into many of D+M’s AVR and preamplifier units. The AVRs that come with Crestron Connected can be controlled by a Crestron automation system via Ethernet, using native control that doesn’t require complicated programming.

Now installers can customize the interface for both Denon and Marantz receivers for source switching, volume control, and internal controls, such as internet radio, using prebuilt UI templates or by designing their own.

“We’re pleased to be moving forward with our partnership with Denon and Marantz,” said Steve Samson, Crestron director of business development. “By embedding Crestron intelligence in Denon and Marantz receivers, it allows for seamless communication with Crestron home automation solutions, giving installers a simplified home theater solution and homeowners complete control of their home entertainment system.”

To access Crestron Connected, Denon and Marantz installers can simply select the firmware update option via the unit’s system setup menu.