AudioControl Maestro X9 AV Processor


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9.1.6 Immersive AV Preamp Processor

AudioControl’s next generation of high-performance preamp/processors enable home theater specialists and A/V integrators to create systems that deliver new levels of precision, power and control. The Maestro X9 supports the most sought after immersive surround formats, such as Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, DTS:X, and IMAX Enhanced, with 16-channels of balanced and unbalanced outputs, including four user-configurable outputs. The Maestro X9 offers a full complement of inputs for connection to the latest audio/video components, including 7 HDMI 2.0b inputs that fully support 4K UHD and HDR playback.


  • 9.1.6 decoding for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • IMAX Enhanced, Auro-3D
  • 4K UHD supporting HDMI 2.0b and HDCP 2.2
  • ES9038PRO SABRE audiophile DACs (140 dB of dynamic range)
  • Dirac Live® room correction
  • 16 channel XLR outputs with OPA1612 HiFi Audio op-amps
  • 16 channel unbalanced outputs
  • Pairs perfectly with Savoy G4, Pantages G4, Avalon G4
  • Dolby VisionTM playback support
  • HDR support (HDR10/BT.2020)
  • 4 user-assignable output channels
  • 7 HDMI inputs / 3 HDMI outputs (eARC compatible)
  • IP, IR, RS232, and Wifi control
  • AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast streaming support
  • Roon Ready

The new Maestro X9 houses the very latest in audio and video processing technology, featuring Dirac Live® room correction to overcome acoustic anomalies in any space, and ESS SABRE PRO DACs that ensure unprecedented levels of detail and clarity along with earth-shaking, authoritative bass response.

Enthusiasts will enjoy intuitive app-based control, Google Cast, AirPlay 2, Roon Ready, aptX Bluetooth and Wi-Fi streaming connectivity options as well as integrated web-based configuration.

All of this outstanding technology has been wrapped quite elegantly within a completely new industrial design, distinguishing AudioControl’s home cinema preamp/processor lineup from any other solution.


Audio Inputs 7 HDMI, 2 XLR, 6 RCA Phono, 4 Coax SPDIF, 2 Toslink
Nominal sensitivity 1V, 2V, 4V (user selectable)
Input Impedance 47 kΩ
Signal to Noise (A-wtd ref 100W) normal/stereo direct 103 dB/118 dB
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz ± 0.2 dB
Video Inputs  7 HDMI (HDMI 2.0b / HDCP 2.2)


Preamp Audio Outputs 16 channels (balanced XLR), 16 channels (unbalanced RCA), 2 channels zone 2 (unbalanced RCA), 1 Toslink
Nominal output level 1 Vrms (max. 5 Vrms)
Output impedance 560 Ω
THD+N (20 Hz – 20 kHz) -100dB
Main Video Outputs Dual (2) HDMI (eARC support)
Second Zone Output 1 HDMI
Headphone Output 1 1/4″
IP Ethernet
RS232 Serial Control
12 Volt Trigger Outputs 2
IR Receiver Inputs 2
Power consumption (standby) <0.5W
Power consumption (idle, typical)  40W (170 BTU/hour)
Power consumption (maximum)  50W (170 BTU/hour
Dimensions (including terminals and feet) 17”W x 16.9”D x 7.3”H (4U)
Weight 27.1 lbs. (12.3 kg)