I have long since given up on this thread and actually hoping to get advice and support for the product related to this thread.
I noticed this thread in particular to be extremely cliquey, a few would converse between themselves and totally ignore the rest.
But I had an issue right from the start related to album art when trying to play back media through the 8801 network player.
An issue I never experienced with the previous 8003 processor but the newer version 8801 could not play these files in their entirety.
The reason for this post is to alert others who might still be having this same issue I had that there is an easy fix.
I installed XBMC or Kodi on my computer. It is connected from the computer via HDMI to my OPPO 103 which is connected to the 8801.
For some reason this connection method allows the 8801 to play all of my high resolution files properly. The difference is dramatic! I cant believe I went a whole year not being able to actually hear these recordings the way they should sound.
The previous connection method was via ethernet cable to the marantz from the computer. Although the 8801 manual states technically this connection method should work
it didn't. That connection method resulted in poor compressed audio even when playing HD audio files and no related video.
Kodi allows for playback of movies,photos and every type of audio format along with album or cover art and access is instantaneous.
I have not followed this thread for the above reasons for a long while so this revelation might be old news here but if it can help someone still struggling with the extremely poor network capabilities
of the 8801 then I am glad I posted.
I am now finally enjoying my gear because of this very easy to use Kodi media center.