AWE Delivers Immersive Audio with New Flagship Marantz AVR

Visitors to the AWE Smart Apartment in Epsom are in for a treat, as the new 7.4.4 cinema room now features the brand new state-of-the-art flagship AV amplifier from Marantz — the SR8012. By incorporating the very latest audio and video formats, this impressive new model — which is Marantz’ first-ever 11.2-channel AV amplifier — extends the acclaimed Marantz line to new levels of performance.

Compatible with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D soundtracks, the Marantz SR8012 is designed to deliver immersive sound for a full movie experience — something that is proven in the AWE cinema. Its powerful digital signal processing means that the SR8012 can accommodate a complete 7.1.4-channel or 9.1.2-channel 3D immersive sound system without any further amplification. With an 11.2-channel design, and an oversized power supply, the amplifier is capable of delivering 205W per channel, providing greater audio punch that customers now demand.

As well as supporting current video formats, the amplifier is designed to be ready for the latest formats too. Conforming to the latest HDMI and HDCP standards, it has the ability to upscale standard and high definition analogue and digital video content to 4K Ultra HD. The audio section is similarly advanced, with the SR8012 being able to decode up to 24-bit/192-kHz ALAC, FLAC, and WAV lossless files as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks via the front panel USB port and network sources. This allows users to experience high-res audio.

Thanks to built-in HEOS integration, the Marantz SR8012 can become the hub for a complete whole house sound system, when paired with HEOS speakers. Controlled via the HEOS app, users can explore, browse, and play music from their own network library, online streaming services, and Internet radio. It can also play music from Bluetooth and AirPlay portable devices, USB storage, and analogue and digital sources, making it the perfect multi-room option.

Set up and room equalisation is made easy with the Setup Assistant, and Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume, and DynamicEQ. It is also simple to use, with operation possible via the four Smart Select buttons installed on the front panel, a remote control, and the Marantz Remote app. The SR8012 is equipped for integration with third party home automation systems, with IP Control, 12V triggers, RS232 control, and Crestron Connected compatibility.

Aside from its advanced technology features, the design of the product has also been updated with a copper plated chassis. This model is available in black or silver gold. With an extra-rigid construction for stability and rigidity, the SR8012 limits vibration to produce the purest possible sound, whilst completing the design of the room.

As well as experiencing the Marantz SR8012 in the AWE cinema, integrators are able to learn more about the product, and the right projects to specify it into, in the Designing an Immersive Audio Home Cinema course that AWE offers through its Smart Home Academy. To find out more about this course, visit

For more information on the new Marantz SR8012, or to set up a visit to the AWE HQ, visit call +44(0)1372 729 995 or email [email protected].