Friday, 26 December 2014 11:21

AV8802 - new flagship AV preamplifier from Marantz

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Marantz launch new top model AV preamplifier. The new model is called Marantz AV 8802.

This fall we wrote about the new AV preamplifier AV7702 from Marantz. It was one of the very first preamplifiers to support Dolby Atmos. Later it has also been announced that software updates will also make it compatible with the competing 3D audio format Auro-3D.

These characteristics are of course also apply for flagship model AV8802. It is also a 11.2 preamplifier, but 13.2 pre-out in the form of balanced- and RCA outputs. It also has a pair of stereo XLR inputs.

The equipment list is otherwise not so very different in AV7702 and AV8802. It more about AV8802 having a far more lavish workmanship, with among others 32bit / 192kHz DACs for all channels, and copper shielded enclosure.

Below we have compared the backplate of a AV7702 (top) with a AV8802 (below).

AV8802 is scheduled to be sent out in February. WE do not know prices in Norway yet, but prices respectively in USA, Europe and England is suggested to 3999 USD / 3799 Euro / 2999 UKP.

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 32-bit/192-kHz D/A 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
• 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




Read more about Marantz AV8802 with Marantz.

See also our list of Receivers and AV preamps with Dolby Atmos.


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