We bought this fabulous processor to use in our new (retirement) home, only to find that it (and the amplifier) are a little too sophisticated for us now. We installed it for a couple of weeks over the Holidays - the picture was taken then. Tried it out for a few movies, and it really is wonderful . . . used with a JBL Performance Amplifier (same as Lexicon), sounded really great (the amplifier was just sold). I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures how "cool" this things looks . . . (and sorry about the photos . . . its packed-up and ready to ship) . . . the online shots on the AudioControl and in the reviews are very accurate.
When we bought it, it was a dealer demo that was being replaced with the M9 . . . the front display was scratched, so they sent it back to the manufacturer where the display was replaced.. We paid less than the Original List of $8,900, but more than we're asking for it now. Its manufactured in the USA, and is a close cousin of the Arcam AVP950.
Two things . . . . 1) They lost the original remote and sent me one for the M9 - it doesn't control most of the functions, but will be included if you want it. Set-up can be done from the front display, and I was able to get the Harmony Elite to control everything . . . if you really wanted the original remote, its available from the manufacturer for $135 plus shipping.
2) Not sure if the the cord they provided was original . . . I'm including that, and if you want it, I will include an 18" custom cord that is much nicer, that I was planning to use.
FREE SHIPPING is included for the 48 contiguous States. Anywhere else will be actual cost.
There are reviews and features/specs all over the internet, where you can check it out . . . the following is from the AudioControl website:
4k ultra hd home theater preamp processor AudioControl’s Maestro M8 surround processor is geared towards the movie enthusiast who demands exceptional home theater performance including an amazing audio experience! This incredible preamp processor supports todays high resolution formats, including 4K Ultra HD and delivers a movie experience, rich in top tier audiophile quality. Movie buffs and audio enthusiasts will immerse themselves in their obsession, enthusiasm and zeal for their favorite movies and media content. The exclusive, contemporary design of the Maestro M8 HD hides behind its unique styling a dynamic audio and visual performance rich in sound quality that will leave users in awe. The Maestro M8 is designed for serious lovers of movies and music who want a true audiophile experience with their investment in the quality of the build and components that deliver their entertainment experience. features 7.1 Home Theater Processor 4K Ultra HD and 3D advanced surround 7 HDMI inputs; COAX SPDIF x 4; Toslink x 2; RCA Phono x 6; USB Input, Ethernet Client HDMI Ultra HD 4K and 3D video pass-through and up-scaling capability with compatible components Balanced XLR audio outputs for premium audio performance Dual Stereo Balanced audio inputs HDBaseT Outputs via optional AudioControl signal extender component Ability to be configured as a full 7.1 system, or as a 5.1 system with the 2 remaining channels serving a second zone Dual HDMI outputs (ARC compatible), Component x 3, Composite x 4 ARC (Audio Return Channel) compatible Zone 2 audio output Proprietary auto room set-up and room correction with signal alignment, level and equalization – assignable on a per source basis Surround modes include Dolby True HD; Dolby Digital Plus; Dolby Digital EX; Dolby Digital 5.1; Dolby Pro Logic IIx; DTS-HD Master Audio; DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete; DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix; DTS 5.1 Ability to scale to any resolution standard or high definition sources where required Compatibility and integration with leading control systems including Crestron, Control 4, Savant and RTI Custom Install control ready with Ethernet, RS232, 12 volt trigger and IR control options AudioControl iOS Control App available free on the iTunes Store (& streaming control Apps) Internet radio and music streaming services including fully integrated FM/DAB/DAB+ in appropriate markets USB supports memory devices and digital audio from iPod®, iPad® and iPhone® devices Programmable Remote control provided