Transformative Performance, Next-Gen Features, Do-It-All Versatility: Marantz AV8802A Pre/Pro Has Audiophile-Grade Sound, Cutting-Edge Decoding, Advanced Networking and Video Processing
Flagship Marantz AV8802A Pre/Pro Touts HDAM-SA2 Circuitry, 32-Bit/768kHz DACs, DSD-Ready USB: Dolby Atmos, Optional Auro-3D, and Full 4K Ultra HD Processing Are State-of-the-Art
You could spend more than twice the money of the Marantz AV8802A network-enabled pre/pro and still not come close to the transformative home-theater performance, next-generation features, upgradable support, and do-it-all versatility of this Japanese-made AV bellwether. Designed with trickle-down technology derived from the Marantz Reference PM-11S3 (including its balanced circuitry), the flagship 11.2-channel AV8802A awaits the most serious – and seriously dedicated – theater rooms. It is truly made for audiophiles. Updated and fully discrete current-feedback HDAM-SA2 modules, an enhanced low-noise toroidal transformer based on that in PM-11S3, improved audiophile capacitors with immense reserve, state-of-the-art 32-bit/768kHz DACs, a DSD-ready USB, and refined jitter reduction for all optical, coaxial, and HDMI inputs deliver hair-raising sonics. High-resolution audio files up to 24-bit/192kHz is also supported. HD Radio is even onboard. But that's just the start of the fun.
"While I was wowed and amazed by Atmos on movies, the two-channel performance of the AV8802 is what really blew me away. The AV8802 would be my first choice for our Top Pick of the Year, and it will be tough to knock off its perch. Highly recommended!"
– David Vaughn, Sound and Vision
Want to connect? Do it up. AV8802A boasts Apple AirPlay, Pandora, Sirius XM, Internet radio, Spotify Connect, Wi-Fi, and DLNA 1.5 compatibility. Need your films and video to look and sound better than IMAX? On-board Dolby Atmos with Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 processing, optional Auro-3D ability, upgradable DTS-X, and full 4K Ultra HD processing with 4K 50/60Hz pass-through are at your service. AV8802A is also the world's first pre/pro with Ultra HD 4K HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. Add in 15 balanced XLR outputs, 19 RCA jacks, three-zone and three-source multi-room functionality, a great remote control, app controllability, and an on-screen setup guide for kicks. Topping it off, literally and figuratively, is a three-piece top cover with a copper-plated chassis and isolation feet. Game, set, match to AV8802A.
"The Marantz AV8802 is one of very few processors that I can recommend as a centerpiece to both a multi-channel AV system and a stereo music system. Certainly you can find components that may outperform certain aspects of the Marantz, but it will be difficult to find a component that does as much as the Marantz does as well as it does."
– Home Theater Review, 5-star Overall rating review
The Ultimate In Home-Theater Sound: Dolby Atmos Surround Decoding
Dolby Atmos is now the de facto standard for enveloping, immersive motion-picture sound. It features the ability to dramatically expand the dimensional sound experience through the use of multiple overhead loudspeakers that can be individually addressed, thereby allowing pinpoint acoustical imaging at precise locations within the room. Dolby Atmos has been embraced by award-winning directors, sound designers, and soundtrack mixers. Many recent blockbuster movies feature soundtracks mastered in Dolby Atmos. AV8802A features outputs that can be configured for 1 or 2 pairs of overhead speakers and/or add-on Dolby Atmos speaker modules. The Atmos decoder also features upconversion from conventional surround soundtracks to deliver the ultimate three-dimensional experience.
Be There With Auro-3D: AV8802A is Auro-3D Upgrade-Ready
Auro-3D is the next generation three-dimensional audio standard. By fully immersing the listener in a cocoon of life-like sound, Auro-3D creates the sensation of actually being there. Thanks to a unique 'Height' channel configuration, recorded acoustic reflections are reproduced by speakers and heard naturally due to the fact that sounds originate from around as well as above the listener. Once upgraded with the Auro-3D Codec Decoder, AV8802A is capable of decoding the original Auro-3D mix and playing back an Auro 10.1-channel configuration (including Voice of God channel). The Auro-3D Upgrade can be purchased for $199.
Seeing Is Believing: 4K Ultra HD Video Processing; 4K 50/60Hz Pass-Through
Featuring an advanced video processing section, AV8802A 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. AV8802A can upscale 1080p content to 4K and also upscale and transcode HD and SD analog video sources. Thus, you can connect modern as well as legacy video sources and run just a single HDMI cable to your flat panel TV or projector.
Sensational Sound: Proprietary HDAM Technology and Current Feedback Technology
Featuring exclusive Marantz HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology found on Marantz Reference Series components, AV8802A incorporates multiple HDAM modules that provide superior low noise wideband performance in an all-discrete configuration. 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. AV8802A also features Current Feedback instead of the typical voltage feedback configuration.
Cutting-Edge Wireless Networking with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Stream audio wirelessly to AV8802A thanks via built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Equipped with dual Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antennas, AV8802A lets you enjoy wireless streaming from your smartphone, tablet, and portable music player. You can enjoy music from subscription services and listen to Spotify via the Spotify Connect app on your smart device. AV8802A is also equipped with Apple AirPlay. You can connect AV8802A directly to your home network via the wired RJ-45 LAN connection, and there's a convenient front panel USB port for direct connection and charging to your iPod, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.
HDMI Central: Eight HDMI Inputs, Three HDMI Outputs
Eight HDMI inputs, including one conveniently located on the front panel, join three HDMI outputs that let you drive two different displays in the main room (flat panel and front projector, for example) and another HDMI display in the second zone. They conform to the latest HDMI specification for 4K Ultra HD compatibility.
AM/FM HD Radio, Quick Set-Up Guide
Enjoy your favorite radio stations with digital clarity via HD Radio. With HD Radio, AM sounds like FM, and FM sounds like CD. AV8802A also comes with a Quick Set-up guide, and has an intuitive on-screen Setup Assistant that will have your system fully configured with a minimum of fuss and bother.
Enjoy High-Resolution Audio and Myriad Formats
AV8802 supports a wide range of audio file types, including MP3, WAV, MPEG-4 AAC, and WMA. It also supports high-resolution audio tracks up to 24-bit/192kHz, including AIFF, ALAC, and FLAC formats, and includes gapless playback capability with many file types for uninterrupted listening enjoyment. It even plays 2.8MHz DSD high-resolution audio files.
You Have Control
In addition to easy operation with the supplied ergonomically designed remote control, AV8802A features additional control capabilities. There's an RS-232C serial port for direct connection to external automation equipment. The Marantz app lets you operate AV8802A from your favorite device, such as a smartphone and tablet. You can also operate AV8802A via Web connection - even when you're not at home. Audyssey DSX (Dynamic Surround Expansion) lets you add a pair of front wide or front height speakers to your 5.1-speaker system to expand the front soundstage.
32-Bit D/A Conversion on All Channels; Balanced XLR Input and Outputs
With premium-grade AK4490 32-bit DACs on all channels, AV8802A also features XLR input and outputs. There's an assignable, balanced XLR stereo input as well as 15 balanced XLR outputs, which include two subwoofer outputs and front height/width and overhead channels. 19 pre-outs (RCA jacks) provide additional compatibility.
Three-Zone/Three-Source Advanced Multi-Room Capability
Enjoy your favorite movie or music in the main room, while others enjoy listening to two different sources in other rooms. AV8802A's Zone 2 and Zone 3 pre-amp outputs both feature variable level controls. AV8802 also features multiple front soundstage expansion modes. DTS Neo:X | 11.1 provides additional front height and front width channel options. Audyssey DSX also provides for front height and width channels.