Denon & Marantz Confirm Consumer Atmos Is Going To 13 Channels

I will back with a longer post on the big CES 2018 announcements, but I wanted to highlight this one as it’s a big news for the industry.

Denon & Marantz just announced two new products that are the first one to achieve 13 channels of Atmos decoding. This means either a 9.2.4 (with front wides) or a 7.2.6 (with six overheads) configuration. Such configurations were not available before outside of semi-professional equipment like the Trinov.

Denon announced the first 13 channels receiver with the X8500H, which will even have 13 amplifiers on board, so no need for external amplification.

On their side, Marantz announced their new pre-processor, the AV8805, which becomes their new top of the line product.

Again, more to come on CES, but this one is pretty great. Now let’s start thinking, 7.2.6 or 9.2.4?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi on UltraHD with Dolby Atmos

Treat this still as a rumour, but at the same time it’s not really surprising. Initial informations to retailers seem to confirm that The Last Jedi will be released this Spring on Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.

No word yet on an official date or if there’s any change on also getting The Force Awakens and Rogue One on the format, but it’s a huge news for the industry.

Please note I also updated the lists with some Atmos and Dolby Vision information including:

  • Coco coming to UHD with Dolby Atmos too
  • Daddy’s Home (DTS:X) & Daddy’s Home 2 (Atmos) UHDs with Dolby Vision
  • Murder on the Orient Express UHD with Atmos now has a February 27 date