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  • Marantz AV-8805

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    Manufacturer: Marantz
    Model: AV-8805
    Price $: 4499

    The versatile Marantz AV8805 pre-amplifier redefines audiophile home cinema and music listening with an unprecedented 13.2 channel processing capability, and supports virtually any high-resolution multichannel audio format. Immerse yourself in three-dimensional audio with the latest surround formats like Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro-3D. Enjoy enhanced audio quality supported by our proprietary current feedback and HDAM technology that passes signals through 15.2 channel XLR or 15.2 RCA outputs. Stream music throughout your home with HEOS multi-room listening and full wireless connectivity through the HEOS app or Amazon Alexa Voice Control, supported by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Apple Airplay. With the Marantz AV8805, you get incredible fidelity and unparalleled audio precision.
    Key Features

    • 13.2 channel processing with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs and flexible pre-amplifier stages — ideal for the advanced home cinema enthusiast
    • Enjoy immersive, three-dimensional sound with the latest surround formats including Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS:X and Auro-3D (up to 13.1)
    • High-performance 192kHz/32bit D/A converters for all channels provide the highest resolution for music and movies
    • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and DynamicEQ deliver equalization to best suit your listening environment
    • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support offer improved network stability even in Wi-Fi-crowded homes
    • Listen from any room of your home with HEOS wireless music streaming technology and the HEOS app
    • Ultimate visual quality with 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through
    • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) functionality via firmware update supports the most advanced surround and object-based audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via single HDMI connection between AVRs and compatible TVs
    • Eight HDMI inputs, including one on the front, with full HDCP 2.2 support, plus three HDMI outputs (zones), plenty of inputs for your digital devices and the ability to support different video in different rooms
    • Analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling for legacy video sources, plus full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analog sources
    • Stream music from AirPlay, Bluetooth, TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL and more via the HEOS app
    • Network music streaming supported via DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAVsupport for high-resolution, Hi-Fi listening
    • Installation and operation are seamless with the Setup Assistant and Marantz AVR Remote app







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    Great sound

    Solid build

    Feature rich

    HDMI 2.1 upgradable

    One of the few pre/pros with an 8-channel analog input

    HEOS streaming is excellent

    Many integration options including web-based remote control

    High quality DACs

    Very flexible configuration options

    Runs cool



    100Mbps ethernet connection

    No USB-B connectivity

    HEOS is only 2-channel and doesn't yet support Qobuz

    Audyssey room correction downsamples to 48khz prior to output

    Phono stage is just adequate


    One of the most flexible and feature-rich pre/pros currently available.  It is very stable even with all of those features and "just works."   A dizzying array of integration options and still simple to use.  The manufacturer has said that they will make an HDMI 2.1 upgrade available via send-in for a nominal fee sometime around summer 2020.


    I tested this unit with a Piega speaker array consisting of 2 Piega P10 for the front, Piega Coax center, 6 Piega 1.2 for the surrounds and Atmos overhead channels.  I also used 2 Sherbourn 7/2100a amplifiers, a computer, exaSound e38, Studer Revox 795, Studer  A80 and Sugarcube sc-2.

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