The Marantz AV8801 11.2 channel A/V pre-amp/processor is packed with the latest audio and video technologies, all designed to provide you with the ultimate music and movie surround sound experience.
Equipped with our advanced multi-DSP audio processor, the AV8801 features a broad range of surround sound decoding modes, including support for high resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AV8801 also features expanded multi-channel decoding, including Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X, giving you the ability to add additional front height and width channels for a truly expansive and immersive surround sound experience. The AV8801 further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via the Marantz-own HDAMs in Current Feedback topology before being passed to the XLR outputs and separate power amp.
Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room measurement and correction provides easy setup, via the included microphone, and custom generates high resolution digital filters for each speaker and subwoofer, providing smooth tailored acoustic response with correction in both frequency and time domains (conventional equalization only provides frequency tailoring).
The AV8801 is also equipped with Audyssey’s LFC (low frequency containment) option, which custom tailors deep bass response to minimize deep bass leakage into adjacent rooms or apartments, while still providing a satisfying wide range listening experience.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors and corrects for annoying jumps in signal levels, providing a satisfying listening experience at any volume setting, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ provides precision frequency contouring that delivers enjoyable wide range sound quality even at reduced listening levels, ideal for late-night listening. Audyssey Sub EQ HT processing optimizes dual subwoofer setups, providing custom deep bass tailoring for the smoothest and most dynamic deep bass response from both subs.
The video section features advanced high resolution video processing and decoding, and is equipped with video upscaling that upconverts standard definition (SD) video sources from legacy components to high definition. For compatibility with the latest Ultra High Definition (4K) displays, the AV8801 features the ability to upconvert SD and HD to Ultra High Definition (4K), and it can also accept and pass-through 4K content.
A full suite of video connectivity options includes multiple assignable composite and component video inputs, along with no less than 7 HDMI inputs, including a front panel HDMI input that lets you easily connect an HDMI enabled portable device. There are 3 HDMI outputs, including dual outputs for the main zone, which lets you connect two HD displays, such as a flat panel HDTV and an HD front projector. The third HDMI output let’s you enjoy a different program in another room, and the InstaPrevue function let’s you preview video from connected HDMI sources in multiple picture-in-picture windows.
To handle today’s wideband high dynamic range content, the audio section is equipped with the latest high resolution 192 kHz/32-bit DACs on all channels. The AV8801 can decode WAV, FLAC and ALAC audio files, and includes gapless audio playback. For maximum system configuration capability, the AV8801 is equipped with both unbalanced (RCA) and balanced (XLR) audio outputs. Vinyl fans will surely appreciate the inclusion of a phono input, and there’s no need for a separate tuner, as the AV8801 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. With HD Radio, AM sounds like FM, and FM sounds like CD.
The AV8801 includes full networking capabilities, including a 4-port Ethernet switch that lets you make one connection to your home LAN with three additional connections available so you can connect other source components, such as a network-capable Blu-ray player. AirPlay lets you stream your favorite content from a variety of Apple devices, such as an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, and the AV8801 includes network streaming functions such as Pandora and SiriusXM internet radio as well as Spotify, along with the ability to stream music and photos over the home network.
|Number of Channels||11.2 Channels|
|Audyssey||Audyssey MultEQXT32, SubEQHT, DSX, Dynamic EQ Dynamic Volume|
|DTS||DTS HD Master Audio, HD High Resolution, DTS-Neo:X, ES Discrete/Matrix, 96/24|
|Dolby||Dolby TrueHD, Digital, Digital Plus, Pro Logic IIz, EX|
|Current Feedback Topology||Preamplifier Stage|
|Digital Signal Processing||Analog Devices ADSP21487 x 3|
|Video Off (Pure Direct)||Yes |
|Chassis||Copper Plated, Full Size|
|Video Up-conversion||Yes (Analog Composite/Component Video to HDMI)|
|Auto Calibration by MIC||Audyssey MultEQXT32 (upgradeable to Pro by Installer)|
|Satellite Radio Ready||SiriusXM StreamingNetwork|
|Lip-sync (digital audio delay)||Yes |
|Software Upgradable||Yes (via Internet)|
|HDMI In||7 (including front HDMI input)|
|HDMI Out||3 (2 x Simultaneous, 1 x Zone 4)|
|Component Out||2/Incl. Zone 2 output|
|Composite Out||3/Incl. Zone 2 output|
|Analog L&R In||8/Including 1 x XLR|
|Pre-Amplifier Out||11.2 (RCA & XLR)|
|Multi-Room Audio Out||Zone 2 & Zone 3 Preout (Variable)|
|Multi-Room Video Out||Zone 4 HDMI, Zone 2 Component and Composite|
|Multi-Room Speaker Out||Yes (Selectable)|
|Networking||AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 certified Audio/Photo Streaming, Internet Radio, Streaming service capability (Spotify/Pandora/SiriusXM/flickr)|
|SetUp Wizard||Yes (Setup Assistant)|
|External control||RS-232C / IP|
|D-Bus Remote (RC-5) In/Out||Yes |
|Flasher In/IR Receiver In/Emitter out||1/-/-|
|Front Panel A/V Inputs||Front HDMI, USB and A/V inputs|
|AC Outlets (Switched/Unswitched)||-/-|
|Freq. Response (Analog In)||10Hz - 100kHz (+/- 3 dB)|
TUNER SECTION FM
|Frequency Range||87.5 - 107.9MHz|
|S/N Ratio (Mono/Stereo)||78/68 dB, HD: 85dB|
TUNER SECTION AM
|Frequency Range||530 - 1710kHz|
|Video Freq. Response (Component)||5Hz - 60MHz|
|Video Freq. Response (Composit, S-Video)||5Hz - 10MHz|
|Front Panel||Aluminum / Glass-reinforced resin|
|Remote Control||Backlit, LCD, Learning, Pre-code System Remote Controller|
|Power Requirement||AC120V 60Hz|
|Power Consumption||90W (Standby 0.2W)|
|Dimensions W x H x D (Inchs)||17.32' x 7.28" x 15.33"|
"Musically, the AV8801 is extremely transparent and invites you into the audio presentation with a front-row seat....I can say the same for other recordings I listened to through the Marantz—they just sounded better than I had ever heard before."
“If you do decide to go with a 4K television, this AV receiver will help. The AV8801 up-converts an HD signal to 4K, improving the pixel resolution and making the game look much crisper. The 530- to 1710-kHz frequency range is wide enough to support reference speakers and astound everyone in the room. But the big perk here is the 11.2-channel surround sound. You can have two subwoofers—maybe one up front by the television and one in the back of the room—and 11 surround-sound speakers.”
Average Customer Review:
6 people say
A recent reviewer said, "Excellent sound quality and the best I've heard in my system and setup. A definite upgrade from my previous processor which was a Yamaha RX-V3800 AVR. The Marantz, while connected to the same source using the same connection type (HDMI) and in pure direct mode, sounds fuller and more dynamic than the Yamaha which was an above average audio performer in it's own right. The 8801 sounds just as clear and clean as the Yamaha but also has a fuller, weightier yet not bloated or slow bass reproduction which is the only area in which I felt the 3800 was slightly lacking. Audyssey worked a treat in my somewhat compromised listening room. My system pulls double duty as my two channel and HT rig so, it's unfortunately in a less than ideal room for the best possible sound reproduction yet I've achieved great sound in two channel (pure mode) as well as surround sound. Audyssey helped squeeze a little more performance outta my speakers and gives me that enveloping sound I was looking for. The effect it had on my sub and bass with movies is fantastic. At some point I'd love to own either a Classe SSP800, an Anthem D2V 3D (or it's replacement) or a Krell Foundation but until then I'm more than happy with my Marantz. I've never hear either of those processors so I certainly can't say either of them sounds better than the 8801 but most, if not all reviews of them seem to indicate that they potentially offer slightly higher levels of audio bliss. Hopefully I'll get to find out someday soon. "
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