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Best AV Processor Under $10K
The best AV processor under $10K just got a whole lot better. And you probably didn't think it was possible that Marantz could outdo the AV8802 network AV surround processor/pre-amp/tuner. But Marantz has done just that by upgrading the AV8802 to the new AV8802A, featuring HDC2 2.2 copy protection for 4K content along with other key enhancements.
This new model is sure to satisfy the fussiest home theater purist who's been searching for the ultimate affordable pre-pro. By using trickle-down technology from the Marantz Reference product line (specifically the PM-11S3), Marantz engineers took a second look at the AV8802 and dissected every critical component in the unit, including the transformer, the DACs, and HDAMs, and the filter capacitors.
So what are the results of the upgraded AV8802A? Stunning. Nothing short of jaw dropping, especially when you consider the price. Based on these latest improvements, the AV8802A is one of the best AV preamps under $10,000 that you'll find anywhere. Whether reproducing a blockbuster movie or the most intricate detail of a classical recording, the AV8802A simply excels. The AV8802A is also the world's first AV processor to support Ultra HD 4K HDMI with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
Experience the Ultimate
Experience the ultimate in home theater enjoyment with the Marantz AV8802A network A/V surround processor/pre-amp/tuner, which combines advanced DSP and DAC technologies along with exclusive Marantz innovations such as brand new, fully discrete Current Feedback HDAM SA-2 modules.
Enjoy the ultimate in cinematic surround sound with Dolby Atmos®, the most advanced motion picture surround sound system ever developed. Dolby Atmos features object-based soundspace creation and reproduction, with the ability to place sound elements with pinpoint precision via front, side and surround speakers along with overhead speakers or up-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.
You'll enjoy a whole new world of content thanks to the many built-in network features, which includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and support for internet radio along with subscription streaming services including Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify Connect.
Stunning Dolby Atmos Surround Technology
Introduced in premier movie theaters in 2012, Dolby Atmos has become the de facto standard for enveloping and immersive motion picture sound, and features the ability to dramatically expand the dimensional sound experience through the use of multiple overhead loudspeakers that can be individually addressed, to allow pinpoint acoustical imaging at precise locations within the room. Since its introduction, Dolby Atmos has been embraced by award-winning directors, sound designers and soundtrack mixers, and many recent blockbuster movies feature soundtracks mastered in Dolby Atmos.
Now, Marantz brings the Dolby Atmos experience home, and the 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 with your favorite movies and concerts.
In addition, the AV8802A 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.
Advanced Wireless and Wired Networking
Stream your favorite audio tracks wirelessly to the AV8802A thanks to the built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless functions. Equipped with dual Bluetooth/Wi-Fi antennas, the AV8802A lets you enjoy wireless streaming from your smartphone, tablet and portable music player.
Via the Wi-Fi or LAN connection to your home network, the AV8802A opens up a whole world of streaming audio capabilities, letting you listen to any of thousands of internet radio stations. You can also enjoy streaming music from subscription services including SiriusXM and Pandora and listen to Spotify via the Spotify Connect app on your smart device.
The AV8802A is also equipped with Apple AirPlay, so you can stream wirelessly from your iPod touch®, iPhone and iPad. You can also connect the AV8802 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, and connection to a portable USB device.
4K Ultra HD Video Processing and More
Featuring an advanced video processing section, the AV8802A fully supports next generation 4K Ultra HDCP 2.2 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 AV8802A can upscale 1080p content to 4K and also upscale and transcode HD and SD analog video sources, so you can connect modern as well as legacy video sources and run just a single HDMI cable to your flat panel TV or projector.
Certified by the Imaging Science Foundation, the AV8802A features a full selection of advanced ISFccc video calibration adjustments that lets a video calibration technician optimize picture quality with any TV or front projector.
8 HDMI Inputs, 3 HDMI Outputs
The Marantz boasts eight HDMI inputs including one conveniently located on the front panel, and 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, and they conform to the latest HDMI specification for 4K Ultra HDCP 2.2 compatibility. Brand new jitter reduction circuitry for all optical, coaxial, and HDMI inputs results in amazingly detailed and realistic audio and video.
Audyssey Platinum Suite
With Audyssey MultEQ XT32, you can quickly and easily measure and configure your particular home theater setup for optimum sound quality precisely tailored to your home theater room's acoustics. With eight measurement points, MultEQ XT32 generates a full set of precision digital filters to deliver the most accurate and natural tonal balance. The AV8002A is also Audyssey Installer Pro ready for even more acoustical calibration accuracy.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume tames large variances in volume levels (such as loud commercials), and Dynamic EQ delivers a full range tonal balance at any volume level. Audyssey LFC (Low Frequency Containment) uses advanced psycho-acoustic algorithms to provide deep bass without annoying neighbors or other family members. Audyssey DSX provides dynamic sound expansion, dramatically expanding the front soundstage via additional front wide, front height or even front wide and front height audio channels.
Exclusive HDAM Technology and Current Feedback
Featuring exclusive new fully discrete Current Feedback Marantz HDAM-SA2 modules (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) using technology found on Marantz's Reference Series components, the AV8802A incorporates multiple HDAM modules which provide 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.
In addition to HDAM technology, the AV8802A also features Current Feedback instead of the typical voltage feedback configuration. A Marantz innovation introduced on its very first audiophile amplifiers more than 60 years ago, Current Feedback technology provides a wide closed-loop bandwidth and very high slew rate, delivering superior fidelity with wideband audio sources.
Adding to the high performance are a new lower noise toroidal power transformer derived from the PM-11S3 and new audiophile capacitors with twice the power reserve compared to the AV8802.
Multiple High Resolution Audio Formats Supported
The AV8802A 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/192-kHz including AIFF, ALAC and FLAC formats, and includes gapless playback capability with many file types for uninterrupted listening enjoyment. It also plays 2.8-MHz DSD high resolution audio files (DSD is the advanced high resolution audio coding system for SACD).
Multiple Control Options
In addition to easy operation with the supplied ergonomically-designed remote control, the AV8802A features additional control capabilities. There's an RS-232C serial port for direct connection to external automation equipment.
The Marantz app (available in iOS and Android™ versions) lets you operate the AV8802A from your favorite device, such as a smartphone and tablet. You can also operate the AV8802 via web connection. Open your favorite browser and easily control and configure the AV8802, even when you're not at home.
32-bit DAC and Balanced XLR Input/Outputs
Featuring brand new premium grade 32-bit/768 kHz AKM4490 digital-to-analog converters on all channels, the AV8802A also features an XLR input and outputs. There's a balanced XLR stereo input that's assignable, as well as 15 balanced XLR outputs, which includes the two subwoofer outputs and front height/width and overhead channels.
This extensive balanced XLR compatibility ensures top performance in the home as well as the studio, especially when there are long cable runs between the AV8802A and power amplifiers situated elsewhere. 19 pre-outs (RCA jacks) provide additional compatibility with multiple power amplifier types.
3 Zone/3 Source Advanced Multi-room Capability
Enjoy your favorite movie or music in the main room, while others can enjoy listening to 2 different sources in other rooms. The Zone 2 and Zone 3 pre-amp outputs both feature variable level controls.
AM/FM HD Radio
Enjoy your favorite radio stations with digital clarity via HD Radio. With HD Radio, AM sounds like FM, and FM sounds like CD.
Easy To Setup, Easy To Use
The AV8802A comes with a Quick Setup guide, and has an intuitive on-screen Setup Assistant that will have your system fully configured with a minimum of fuss and bother. You can even control the setup via your PC's web browser or use our available Marantz Remote app with your favorite smart device.
60+ Years of Audiophile Heritage
Founded in 1953, Marantz has a long and rich history of designing audio components that have been embraced by music lovers and critical listeners around the world. Because Music Matters so much in our lives, the AV8802 carries on our long tradition of delivering a superlative music listening experience, and it's equipped to deliver the ultimate home theater experience as well.
|Write Your Own Review|
|Bye Bye Rotel, Hello Marantz|
I was a Rotel customer for many years but kept reading fantastic things about the Marantz hometheater processors and decided to give their top-of-the-line a try. This AV8802A is amazing. I never thought I would fall in love with stereo music again until I upgraded to the 8802A. Sound quality is warm and full, no harshness at all. Sound stage is open and airy. From just the two front speakers, the sound fills the room at any level. I wondered if I would feel like it was just a slight improvement but I was wrong. Well worth the money! My previous Rotel processor was no slouch but the 8802A has it beat. One last thing is the construction. The Marantz is truly built like a brick. I'm sure it will continue to serve me for many years to come. Cheers
|- Riley C, MI|
The AV8802a is the best pre-amp in this price range, and certainly the most fully-featured. This is a very high-end product with a very high quality audio/video processor. What I like most is the thought that went into the user experience. It is VERY easy to set up and configure. I'm no wiz at audio set ups and even I was able to get great results. Running Audyssey is incredibly simple and yields great results. This unit offers an extensive feature set, but finding clear directions for each of them is quite easy. Well done, Marantz!
|Works Great. I Found The Set Up Easy|
A high-end, high-quality audio/video processor that performs extremely well as you would expect for this price. A lot of thought went into the user experience for this model because it was very easy to set up and configure in my system. Although it has a ton of features the manual was straight forward, easy to follow and answered all my questions. I also appreciated my conversation with 'Advisor salesman, Kaan, who offered to help me with the set up. Turns out there was no need. Thanks anyway, Kaan.
|- Larry S, NY|
|recommend to a friend|
I did a lot of research and found this to be the best surround pre-amp in this price range and the most fully featured. I've been absolutely thrilled by the quality, functionality and especially the sound. It's not up to the level of my expensive two-channel set up but delivers thrilling sound. I have no complaints and would recommend to a friend.
|- Tyler Wiliams, NJ|
|Amazed By The Sound|
I was very satisfied with the performance of my Onkyo surround preamp that had almost every feature I could think of, however, I realized that 4K video was coming and decided to upgrade to this Marantz. HOLY COW what a difference! I'm not talking about the 4K picture quality which I have yet to experience but the sound. I was not expecting to hear this sudden improvement in audio quality during music playback with both my stereo and multi-channel ripped SACDs. Its in a totally different league from what I've experienced before. I think this is the ultimate preamp available under $10,000 - and it includes great video as an added bonus.
|Buy Without Hesitation|
The Marantz AV8802A is amazing. I never thought I'd listen to 2-channel stereo again until I got this machine. The sound has warmth but is not bright and has zero hardness. Soundstage is huge - big, open and airy. With just using the front main speakers the AV8802 fills the entire room with sound. From just two speakers my room sounds like a cathedral or concert hall - depends on the recording. I was expecting a slight improvement, but was wrong. Well worth the money spent. Buy without hesitation.
|- Kim Lee, CA|