Mountlake Terrace, WA — AudioControl’s new theater pre-amplifier, the Maestro M3, has been designed to deliver a combination of theater processing while allowing users the ability to extend video and audio signals over Cat-5/6 wiring via AudioControl’s Active Balanced Outputs.
“A principle design goal of the Maestro M3 was to be AudioControl’s premium, top-of-the-line theater processor which encouraged the design team to adopt a ‘cost is no object’ approach,” AudioControl’s president, Tom Walker, said. “At the end of the development process, the Maestro M3 ended up being equipped with an incredible list of features making it a high value to our dealers. What we are most proud of is the stellar video and audio performance and the gorgeous chassis design.”
The design of the Maestro M3’s front panel is highlighted by rose gold lettering on a high-gloss black front. The cool blue display is meant to complement the design.
In addition to the numerous inputs, the Maestro M3 has pre-amp outputs that provide up to 10 channels of balanced (XLR) and unbalanced output. Audiophile quality components combined with DA converters deployed across each channel provide maximum sound quality. Stereo Direct mode allows for disabling of digital processing when using two-channel analog sources.
Among the 20 video inputs are five discrete HDMI inputs, which can accept high-resolution signals (up to 1080p deep color) and route the signals to one of the dual assignable HDMI outputs, and an internal video scaler allows for up-converting, scaling, and frame conversion of all video sources to HDMI.
The Maestro M3 is also equipped with a higher number of video and audio inputs, which support all digital and audio formats, including HDMI v1.3 and the latest HD surround formats from Dolby and DTS. The product also utilizes Dolby Volume technology, which provides a consistent volume level across all sources and content. A Moving Magnet phono input is also provided on the back panel, allowing listening capability for LPs.
AudioControl’s Active Balanced Circuitry provides the ability to extend selected video and audio signals over standard Cat-5/6 cabling, and the rear panel is equipped with several RJ-45 connectors that can extend component, composite, and HDMI signals over the cabling to Active Balanced receivers.
AudioControl also demonstrates their commitment to reliability by backing the Maestro M3 with its five-year Bulletproof Warranty.