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A volume control setting of 65 after calibrating is typical: that's 15dB below reference. Most people find reference (80) much too loud in a home environment.
After calibration, Marantz volume control settings measure in dB relative to the movie standard reference. They do not specify a fraction of the maximum possible output of a receiver or amp. If you want, you can change the volume readout scale so it shows 0 at reference and -15 at normal listening levels. See page 44 of the 8801's owner's manual.
Marantz SR7009 avr + MM9000 amp --> Atmos 7.1.4
Fronts=NHT 2.9+AC2, FH+TM=DefTech PM1000, LCR+TM amped