Swedish digital audio pioneer Dirac and Sound United, one of the world’s largest portfolio audio companies, today announced a collaboration to make the Dirac Live solution available in several new AV receivers and AV preamplifiers from Denon and Marantz – elevating both companies’ home theater capabilities and offering customers premium, high-quality audio experiences at a range of price points.
With six new mid-range and high-end Denon and Marantz units that are Dirac Ready to run Dirac Live, Dirac and Sound United will release an over-the-air software update in March 2023 that will allow customers to purchase a license to activate one of Dirac Live’s main functions - Dirac Live Room Correction.
Powered by patented technologies, Dirac Live is the market-leading room correction solution used in premium home theaters, professional studios, and commercial cinemas. The solution automatically addresses audio issues that all home audio systems have, but hardware alone can’t address – or takes too much time, expertise, and cost to do so. Dirac Live allows users to easily achieve dramatically enhanced sound experiences to hear the best possible sound from their home theater systems.
According to Erik Rudolphi, Dirac’s Vice President of Home & Pro Audio, the integration of Dirac Live into Denon and Marantz home theater units is a testament to the market-leading innovation that drives both Dirac and Sound United.
“Dirac and Sound United have long been leaders in their respective areas of audio engineering – pioneering many of the solutions and technologies that have created, and continue to create, the home theater industry,” stated Rudolphi. “Now, with the release of Dirac-enabled Denon and Marantz units, we’re showcasing the combined engineering leadership to the benefit of home theater owners and enthusiasts across the world. It’s a seminal moment for our companies and the industry and we look forward to the first-ever release of Dirac Live-enabled Denon and Marantz home theater devices.”
With Sound United as one of the world’s largest home theater equipment manufacturers, this collaboration deepens Dirac’s market penetration and solidifies its position as the world-leader in room acoustics software. For Sound United, inclusion of Dirac Live in its latest Denon and Marantz units provides its customers with a long sought-after add-on and further elevates product performance.
The interaction between a home theater system and the physical layout of a room has a significant impact on audio quality. Dirac Live Room Correction digitally compensates for the room’s impact on audio performance to enable a sound experience previously only possible in a professional studio.
Dirac Live Room Correction accomplishes this through a patented mixed-phase impulse response correction technology that corrects not just magnitude response, but also time domain – which is exclusive to Dirac Live and critical for creating accurate staging, clarity, and tight bass.
Dirac Live Room Correction also generates an auto target curve based on the sound system's unique measurements, which makes it easier for users to get even better sound quality from their system automatically. This auto target curve is then fully customizable so users can get their speakers to sound exactly how they want.
Dirac Live is used by world-renowned musicians, sound engineers, high-end brands, and commercial cinemas. The company’s suite of audio optimization solutions is also leveraged by many of the industry-leaders across automotive, HiFi, headphone, and studio markets, such as Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Volvo, Klipsch, OPPO, and many others.
Denon’s Dirac Ready units include the Denon AVR/AVC-A1H, Denon AVR/AVC-X4800H, Denon AVR/AVC-X3800H. Marantz’s Dirac Ready units include the Marantz AV 10, Marantz CINEMA 40, and Marantz CINEMA 50.