AudioControl Maestro M5 Adds Immersive Surround and DIRAC AudioControl has introduced the Maestro M5 surround preamp/processor, giving authorized dealers a high-performance solution for premium home theater projects.By RS Staff Published: September 7, 2017 ⋅ Updated: April 15, 2019 AudioControl has introduced the Maestro M5 surround preamp/processor, giving authorized dealers a high-performance solution for premium home theater projects. The Maestro M5 takes advantage of the latest surround formats and advanced room correction technology to deliver excellent clarity in theaters of various sizes. The M5 can be paired with AudioControl’s superb lineup of 7 and 5-channel Savoy G3 and Pantages G3 theater amplifiers to create the ultimate home cinema experience. The Maestro M5 is based upon the award-winning audio and video platform utilized in AudioControl’s line of home theater receivers, delivering the features and performance enthusiasts crave. The M5 offers Dolby Atmos and DTS-X immersive audio surround formats and Dirac Live room correction along with dual balanced XLR inputs and balanced XLR outputs for all channels. There are inputs for seven HDMI sources plus dual HDMI outputs (ARC compatible) as well as an ultra HD 4K video pass-through and upscaling capability that includes support for High Dynamic Range (HDR). In addition to the balanced XLR outputs that include the height channels for immersive formats, The M5 features unbalanced RCA outputs on all channels as well. Each input can be named and re-named to match the source unit as desired by the user, and there is a USB input on the rear panel for connecting an external source and/or for facilitating firmware updates. The M5 comes equipped with an intuitive programmable remote control and has Ethernet plus RS232 jacks and software drivers available for compatibility with popular smart home platforms. The Maestro M5 is available in an elegant Espresso Black finish and comes with AudioControl’s outstanding five-year warranty backed by 40 years of class-leading customer service. The Maestro M5 will be shipping September 1st, 2017. Suggested client price is $5,900 U.S.