Acurus, one of US-based Indy Audio Labs’ brands, has started shipping two new 2RU products, the Muse, a 16-channel immersive processor, and the M8, an 8-channel amplifier.

The Acurus Muse is a 16-channel processor for immersive audio decoding and post-processing, and with a $5,500 price tag, the unit supports 4kUHD/HDR, HDMI 2.0b pass-thru, built into 2U form-factor. The unit can be configured to accommodate DTS:X and 15.1 native Dolby Atmos, and carries 3rd-party control drivers, TCP/IP, and a web-control interface.

Indy Audio Labs Co-founder/CTO, Ted Moore, says, “With the availability of the Muse and M8, Acurus has performance audio solutions that span a huge spectrum of installer applications, especially given the Muse’s ability to natively decode up to 16 channels of Atmos content. This is a capability that is just not found in processors of this caliber and price range. Throw in the fantastic low-profile design and you have an exceptional rack space saver. Our design strategies are devoted to giving our customers high-performance audio products with an extraordinary degree of options so that they have great flexibility in their own design efforts.”

Moore continues. “Matched with the M8, a super-compact 2RU 160W 8-channel class D amplifier at $3,500 retail, the Muse joins an Acurus product family ready to serve multiple immersive or surround applications in the home. For even more flexibility, we designed the M8 as a bridgeable amp which provides installers with two power domains of 160W or 300W in which to design for their customers’ enjoyment. Applications abound for the M8, including bundling as a companion amplifier for our ACT 4 20-channel immersive processor when rack space is a factor. Chances are, if an installer has a unique request from an end user, we have a unique solution to address it.”

Acurus believes it is cementing its place as a premium brand for home cinema and a provider of “world-renowned” audio performance. Certainly it’s good to see a more compact pre- and power amp solution for space saving and ergonomics – with a pared back list of features to focus on performance – particularly from a US-based manufacturing operation.

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Martin Dew