High end home cinema brand Acurus comes home

posted on Thursday, 15th June 2023 by Steve May

High-end  home cinema 

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The Acurus range of home cinema hardware is coming to the UK CI market after Connected Distribution secured exclusive UK distribution rights.

The line up consists of two immersive audio processors, an eight channel power amplifier, plus a five and seven channel power amp.

The flagship Act 4 is a 20 channel immersive processor with Dolby Atmos and DST:X support. The Muse is a compact 2U high processor with 16 channels, suitable for all but the largest home cinema installations. Control is via a large full colour touchscreen. There are drivers for third-party control systems including RTI, which is also distributed by Connected Distribution.

Both can handle high res audio up to 24bit/192kHz, and feature of HDMI, digital and analogue audio inputs, plus XLR audio outputs for connection to power amplifiers. 

The matching 2U high M8 power amplifier outputs 200 watts per channel into 4-8 ohm speaker loads, with all channels driven. It can be bridged into any combination of channels, to give an output of 320 watts into 4-8 ohms.

Configuration is via a web interface and would be useful for, as an example, an 11.1 channel system whereby one amplifier is bridged to provide four channels of 320 watts for the L/C/R and subwoofer. A second M8 amplifier would typically be used to power the surround and height channels.

'Both processors can handle high res audio up to 24bit/192kHz, and feature of HDMI, digital and analogue audio inputs, plus XLR audio outputs...'


Acurus, owned by Indy Audio Labs, is based in Indianapolis and has been manufacturing in the US since the company was founded in 2008. Acurus, and sister brand, Aragon, were acquired by IAL in 2009.

Indy Audio Labs has also created its own room tuning system called ASPEQT (Automatic Speaker Parameter Equalisation Tool). Installers will be able to purchase their own ASPEQT kit, or make use of a loan kit from Connected Distribution for use during the set-up process.

“Adding the Acurus products to our range of brands is the perfect companion for the recently acquired Aurea cinema brand,” says Mike Bonnette, Connected Distribution’s product director. “The combination of this class-leading, and much sought after, electronics brand and Aurea’s speakers enables us to offer our existing and new customers an absolutely state of the art cinema experience for them to specify for their clients.”

Rick Santiago, Indy Audio Labs’ CEO, said: “Partnering with Connected Distribution marks
a huge milestone for our company and enables world-class sales and support for our rapidly-growing customer base in the UK market. Connected Distribution has deep experience in supplying and supporting state-of-the art immersive cinemas. Their product and project support experience is second to none. We're truly excited to expand our efforts in the UK through Connected Distribution.”

Connected Distribution says installers will shortly be able to bring their customers to Connected Distribution’s Cheltenham offices to experience a dedicated “Cinema In The Home” demonstration facility.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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