Announced on Marantz Europe Webpage. I wonder if/when it will be available in the US!? SOFTWARE UPGRADE FOR ‘FUTURE-PROOF SR9200 AND SR8200 AV RECEIVERS Marantz, one of the world’s leading premium brand of sound and vision products, are pleased to announce a unique software upgrade for its highly acclaimed SR9200 and SR8200 AV receivers. For just 300 euro (SRP), owners of these two receivers will be able THX Ultra 2 compatibility The upgrade of the SR9200 delivers uncompromized multi-channel playback in accordance with the latest THX Ultra 2, widely considered the ‘reference standard’ for home entertainment. THX Ultra 2 decoding technology delivers a stunning 7.1-channel configuration from any source. It provides a more uniform soundstage for music and movie for every listening position in the home cinema. The Ultra 2 standard ensures that there is no signal deterioration by the receiver for today’s wide-bandwidth sources, including DTV and progressive-scan DVD. Both the SR9200 and SR8200 AV receivers gain SRS Labs’ latest Circle Surround II (CS II) multichannel decoding; an impressive 6.1 channel configuration from any mono, stereo, matrix encoded or previous Circle Surround encoded audio material. Further software enhancements include the application of ‘Precision Decoding’ for DTS/DD. This technology achieves the equivalent of 32-bit resolution by passing the signal twice through the receiver’s 24-bit digital signal processor (DSP). Precision Decoding realizes a more accurate signal processing and a higher sound quality for both Dolby Digital and DTS sources. Uncompromized reproduction quality The upgrade also embodies two firmware enhancements, a new RS-232c protocol that improves the interfacing with AMX and Crestron. The firmware update also enhances the speed with which the receiver recognizes the type of input signal to virtually eliminate audible delay on the output. The hardware upgrade brings the AV receivers in line with DTS 96/24, ensuring the sound quality is true to original 24-bit, 96 kHz source materials. The original CD is a 16-bit medium sampled at 44.1 kHz, but increasing the bit depth improves dynamic range, while higher sampling rates allow a wider frequency response. DTS 96/24 is carried on DVD-video and in the video zone of DVD-audio, and enables 5.1-channel sound with optimum quality full-motion video for music programs and movie soundtracks. Upgrades of the SR9200 and SR8200 can only be obtained via authorized Marantz dealer. These high-end AV receivers are specifically designed as future-proof elements for people who wish to stay ahead of developments in sound and vision. The upgrade protects the investment owners have made in home cinema and endorses our commitment in providing the latest technology, re-enforcing our premium customer service at affordable prices.