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Dec 17, 2014

Marantz® releases Flagship A/V preamplifier AV8802 for the ultimate in home theater enjoyment



Mahwah, NJ December 17th, 2014 - Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, just announced their AV8802 flagship A/V preamplifier which combines exclusive Marantz sound innovations with the latest video technologies and connectivity options. Most remarkably, the AV8802 features a complex build-quality with a toroidal transformer, a three piece top cover layout, all packed in a heavy copper plated chassis for the best in unadulterated sound performance. It is expected to be available in black beginning in February 2015 for $3,999.


The Marantz AV8802 11.2 channel A/V preamplifier has been designed based on its highly-acclaimed predecessor to provide the ultimate music and movie surround sound experience. It features breathtaking 3D-sound options, including Dolby Atmos®and Auro-3D® (paid upgrade required), giving users the ability to add additional speakers for a truly expansive and immersive surround sound experience. The AV8802 further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals- via the Marantz-own HDAM in Current Feedback topology before being passed to the XLR outputs and separate power amp. Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on the company’s Reference Series components provides superior low noise wideband performance in an all-discrete configuration, compared to conventional op amp ICs. HDAM technology provides an ultra-fast slew rate for true wideband response and maximum dynamic range to deliver optimum sound quality with today’s high resolution audio formats.


High-grade audio components including audiophile 32bit/192kHz DA-Converters and a high performance power supply with 4x 10.000µF capacitors leave no open questions. Thanks to its four DSP (Digital Sound Processing) engines, the AV8802 is capable of playfully handling up to 11.2 channels to fully support Audyssey DSX, DTS Neo:X 11.1, or the new immersive 3D sound formats. Whatever the sound mode, the home theater enthusiast will be flooded with the absolute ultimate in surround sound sensation.

Featuring an advanced video processing section, the AV8802 fully supports next generation 4K Ultra HD high resolution video, along with the latest generation HDMI specification including 4K 50/60Hz pass-through and 4:4:4 Pure Color full color resolution sub-sampling. The AV8802 can upscale 1080p content to 4K and also upscale and transcode HD and SD analog video sources, so users can connect modern as well as legacy video sources and run just a single HDMI cable to a flat panel TV or projector. There are 8 HDMI inputs including 1 conveniently located on the front panel, and 3 HDMI outputs that can drive 2 different displays in the main room and another HDMI display in the 2nd zone. They conform to the latest HDMI specification for 4K Ultra HD compatibility. Full HDCP 2.2 will be supported via a future upgrade (requires hardware modification), as Marantz does not want to compromise on the limited bandwidth and color capability of currently available HDCP 2.2 implementations.

Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® capabilities, the AV8802 opens up nearly unlimited music sources, such as Internet Radio, Spotify Connect®, Pandora®, SiriusXM™, and AirPlay®. It can play music files stored on a PC or external storage unit via DLNA® network streaming standard. Almost any file is possible including MP3, WMA, FLAC HD, ALAC, WAV192/24 & AAC. Gapless, DSD, and AIFF are also supported for the full enjoyment of live concerts or classical recordings. To round up the connectivity options, the AV8802 comes with an iPod® digital-compatible USB input and a Phono MM input for vinyl fans.


For extreme versatility in connectivity options, the AV8802 owns 13.2ch pre-out capability (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and even a 2ch XLR input. The advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (Pro ready) room correction suite adds to the most accurate calibration of the speakers to guarantee that every seat in the room is a ‘sweet spot’ for audio. Audyssey LFC reduces the transmission of low frequency sound through walls to other rooms, while Audyssey Sub EQ HT cares for perfect integration of two subwoofers in the home theater setup.

In addition to easy operation with the supplied ergonomically-designed remote control, the Marantz Remote App (available in iOS and Android™ versions) lets you operate the AV8802 from your favorite device, such as a smartphone and tablet.

AV8802 Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – Main Features

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
  • Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
  • Toroidal transformer & Copper plated chassis
  • Three piece top cover construction
  • High performance power supply with 4x 10.000μF capacitors
  • Audiophile 32bit / 192kHz DA-Converters
  • Auro-3D upgrade-ready (up to Auro 10.1)
  • Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4 configuration)
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
  • Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1ch)
  • 13.2ch pre-out (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and 11.2ch signal processing
  • Latest HDMI version with 4k 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
  • HDCP 2.2 upgradeable (requires hardware modification)
  • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
  • HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
  • ISF video calibration
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
  • Gapless Playback
  • USB port
  • Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
  • 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
  • RS232
  • Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices

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Marantz AV8802 front


Marantz AV8802 trapdoor


Marantz AV8802 rear view


Marantz AV8802 remote


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About Marantz

Marantz is a part of D+M Group. The company can trace its roots back to the dawn of the first mono LP, when Saul Bernard Marantz, a native of New York, was unhappy with the equipment available to play his cherished record collection on. So he had to build his own! Saul officially founded the Marantz Company in 1953. Then, as now, the company’s cornerstones were quality and innovation. For over half a century Marantz has been developing unique technologies and bringing landmark hi-fi and home entertainment products to market through its tireless and extensive R&D programs. Such commitment to audio and video excellence ensures each Marantz design delivers class-leading performance. Additional information is available at www.us.marantz.com


About D+M Group

D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer and professional markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 900 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries.


All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D+M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries except: except Dolby Atmos which is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc.: Bluetooth which is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.; Pandora which is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.; Spotify which is a registered trademark of Spotify AB; SiriusXM which is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Radio Inc.; Auro-Matic and Auro-3D which are registered trademarks of Auro Technologies NV; Android which is a trademark of Google Inc.


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