Incredible new 7.1/9.1 channel design with two zones and seven amplifier channels capable of 200 watts each!
Bob Carver has always had a passion for making big power from a small space. So what might you expect from this incredibly passionate audio inventer/designer with over 30 years experience? Perhaps this: The world's most powerful home theater receiver in a package the size of a typical preamplifier. And this beauty will please the most discriminating audiophile. Really.
Bob started with his highly-acclaimed Theater Grand III Home Theater Preamp/Processor and then added seven channels of receiver-class power amplification. This receiver can drive speakers with impedances as low as four ohms, with 400 watts per channel at that impedance (for those uncompromising audiophiles who require the ultimate in power amplifiers with a lower noise floor, more power, virtually limitless dynamics, and one-ohm stability that can drive any speaker made, our separates systems are for you). Bob designed it to produce a warm and engaging soundstage – both your movie and music soundtracks will be smooth and dynamic. The Ultimate Receiver features numerous surround modes including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and user-configurable all-speaker stereo. It also includes an incredible new digital implementation of Bob's wildly successful Holographic Imaging, which substantially adds to the acoustic space of any stereo recording.
The control system on the Ultimate Receiver takes into consideration the needs of the modern AV system. The Ultimate Receiver’s remote is a powerful new preprogrammed and learning LCD-based design (a digital image of the actual receiver remote is not yet available. It is identical to a Theater Grand III remote, but with 'RCVR' instead of 'TGIII' in the LCD window. The Ultimate Receiver includes an RS 232 communication port to allow easy operation from any custom control system, as well as an IEEE-1394 (Firewire™) port for future expansion.
The Ultimate Receiver also includes an AM/FM tuner with 40 presets, an eight-channel input for DVD-Audio or SACD, a Phono stage, a digital output which is active for ALL analog and digital sources (even the phono input!) and much, much more.
Seven channels of power amplification 200 WATTS rms PER CHANNEL into eight ohms from 20Hz to 20kHz with no more than 0.5% THD Won't cook your expensive gear! Incredibly efficient tracking downconverter power amplifier design generates shockingly little heat – like all of our Sunfire amplifiers, the Ultimate Receiver runs warm to the touch even while generating truly thunderous output levels. Less heat = longer life for everything in your equipment rack Two of the seven power amp channels can be configured (via on-screen-display setup) to amplify the surround back, side-axis, or second zone channels Preamp outputs for all channels Auto signal sensing input switching – Automatically turns the unit on, selects your source and surround mode Bob Carver's awesome Holographic Imaging now in noise-free DSP for the ultimate soundstage enhancement of two-channel sources 7.1 Channel Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and Dolby Pro-Logic II decoding, plus Sunfire's exclusive Side-Axis outputs for 9.1 channels total playback! (An additional stereo power amplifier is required for all 9.1 channels) Second zone can play sources independent of the main zone Full-time digital downmix provides accurate two-channel output for tape recording, digital outputs, and second zone from multichannel digital sources User configurable nine channel 'PARTY' mode engages all speakers from any two channel source Direct two-channel analog bypass mode Incredible new preprogrammed and learning remote control with LCD FM/AM tuner with 40 presets and Bob Carver's awesome Dynamic FM Noise Reduction circuit which dramatically improves clarity of weak FM stations Three 100MHz+ HDTV compatible wide-bandwidth component video inputs and two outputs Six audio/video inputs, each with audio, S-video and composite video Three audio-only inputs, including Moving Magnet Phono input for LPs Eight channel analog audio input using RCA connectors for DVD-A, SACD, or other external multichannel source Digital audio (S/PDIF) inputs for six sources: four coax or optical, plus two coax only Coaxial and optical digital (S/PDIF) outputs provide two-channel digital downmix from 5.1 sources or analog inputs like phono (record your vinyl to CD-R or DAT!) Three subwoofer outputs Side-axis side speaker outputs for completely enveloping soundstage (total of 9.1 channels!) Comprehensive all-digital bass manager with crossover frequencies of 40 to 160Hz DSP tone controls 24-bit A-to-D converter and 24-bit/192kHz Multibit D-to-A converters for the ultimate in sound quality Separate trigger outputs and infrared inputs for both zones High-current (500mA total) trigger outputs easily handle the most power hungry accessories Sunfire exclusive: FLASH memory upgradable by playing a CD! IEEE-1394 (Firewire™) port for future expansion Dimensions: 17" wide, 5.75" high (includes feet), 16.5" deep.