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Official Marantz AV8801 thread

Firmware Changelog Information (thanks to jdsmoothie)

1. 12/11/2012
1) Connection to Pandora Servers

2. 02/05/2013
1) The sound doesn't come from Width and Height speakers when playing DTS-MA or Dolby True HD when using DTS NEO:X mode.
2) When the customer connects DLXA75R(VICTOR) and 65ZT5(Panasonic) with the unit via HDMI, the unit is freezed by a dual output.

3. 03/20/2013
1) The product corresponded to Gapless Playback from Mobile App.
2) When Pandora is played, the display of the icon becomes the Internet radio by specific music.
3) When the HDMI output is a dual output and the device connected with HDMI OUT1 is made a standby, the image of HDMI OUT2 is not output.
4) The Picture View setting cannot be stored.
5) AirPlay cannot be executed while executing SlideShow.
6) AirPlay cannot be executed from Function other than Network.

4. 5/30/2013
1) The Preset Names of FM-Tuner can't change from Web.
2) After the update and AudysseyPro measurement, the set cannot access the WEB page.
3) When TV Format is "PAL", the aspect ratio is not correct.
4) When new features included Multi-Artists Radio of Last.fm is used and played, the set starts the reconnection operation and fails in the connection.
5) Radio Text from Russian Internet Radio Station "Nashi Pesni 98.9FM" is not displayed correctly.
6) The BBC broadcasting station of the Internet radio cannot play from Remote App.
7) After the log in of SPOTIFY, when the customer changes the source or restart the unit (POWER OFF/ON), the customer needs the account input again.
8) When the customer starts Remote App, the display of Remote App might become abnormal.
9) The PlayerView button in the NetUSB browse screen by Remote App was added.
10) The SleepTimer setting by Remote App was added.

5. 9/9/2013
1) Random Feature in Spotify follows to Pandora.
2) The source doesn't change into SiriusXM even if SiriusXM is selected by Apps.
3) "File Format Error" and "Track Not Found" are displayed by playing a specific iRadio station, and, if "Enter" is pushed, the display becomes empty "PlayView".
4) After the firmware is updated, the device is not found via the ios application.
5) Airplay does not play the sound synchronously with sound on the PC and other Airplay devices, e.g. B&W A5, A7, Air.

6. 2/19/2014
1) Crestron update
2) Sirius XM API2.0
3) When DTS-HD MA 96k audio is streamed, there is noise or no output
4) Noise from DD+ stream from Netflix
5) WMA 11/12 files not playing
6) Noise from WAV file in NAS (Twonky Server 7) via remote app
7) MSLEFT and MSRIGHT of the AMX command
8) Noise between tracks of FLAC file
9) No communication with Buffalo LInkStation
10) No sound from SW in PURE DIRECT
11) Dialogue Enhancer set by Menu is not memorized
12) When connected Server shuts down in the Resume play of Last Sation of iRadio, the browsing of iRadio cannot be done
13) AMP ASSIGN 7.1 + Zone 2, unable to choose SB/FH/FW
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I'm holding off on purchasing an Integra 80.3 until I hear more about this unit. But which to choose...?
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I'm holding off on purchasing an Integra 80.3 until I hear more about this unit. But which to choose...?

Don't get the Integra. I used to own the 885 and the Marantz (AV7005) sounds much better without question
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This is solely my opinion, but I have read about way too many problems with Onkyo/Integra units to viably consider them (customer service issues as well). I've had my AV7005 for more than a year now, and I'm simply amazed how trouble free it's been. Software, hardware, operation, etc. But I also know that a lot of owners have had the same experience with Onkyo/Integra units too. Just that there seems to have been a lot more reports of issues with them too.
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Any news on the 8801, Its coming down to peace of mind for me as I tend to sleep little better when something works at least 80% as it should. The Integra's are nice but the 8801 has me willing to wait to see how things pan out over the next few months, if it has balanced inputs and the prokit its a deal closer for me;)
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I've been following the Integra 80.3 thread for a while, and users seem to be raving about it. It's going to be a tough decision for me. Right now I have a Denon 4308 which I use as a pre/pro. It's a good unit, but the interface and remote are pretty horrible. Audyssey XT32 is the big thing for me, which both the Integra and the new Marantz (presumably) have. If the Marantz has an interface like the Denon I currently have, I may have to go for the Integra. Although I do think Marantz gear has a "classier" look...
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Yep! the decision is coming down between the two 8801 or 80.3, although audyssey is an curiosity for me! My current Anthem avm 20 has served me well with its analog bypass, but the pursuit of the absolute sound must continue:D
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I'm leaning towards this over the 80.3, but where are the specs!
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Last word I heard was out this Dec, i have one on order with my dealer.
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I too am excited about 8801. When might we see pre/pro with hdmi 1.4b?
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Last word I heard was out this Dec, i have one on order with my dealer.
Did the Dealer tell what the MSRP was? I assume he charged you retail.
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I was told the price has not settled yet from Marantz. He is guessing somewhere around 3,400-3,600.
One differance "maybe" about it, it does have a 32/192 DAC. The Denon 4520CI has 24/192 Not sure about this part. AL24 processing is 24/192 but it also shows. 32-bit/192-kHz, Burr Brown.
This might be a part of it Denon True 24-bit/96-kHz Digital Input Capability. I am hearing the Marantz is 32/196 through out, Have to wait to find that part out.
11.2 VS. 9.2 etc. I think this is the route I want to go.
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I can't tell you how and where I got this but here's a picture of the back panel of the new AV-8801. I'm sure everyone will enjoy this. This thing is going to be a BEAST!!!!!!!!!!
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^ Nice!
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^^^

Do my eyes deceive me? Or do I see "Made in Japan" right above the AC plug?

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Yaaay !! My AV7005 was made in Japan, and I worried that this one might be made in China like recent AV7005's ...
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If I bot this, I would be hooking it up to an amp
w/o xlr plugs. Does anyone have any thoughts
on using xlr to rca plugs? Would this be an
improvement on simple rca to rca?

Thanks.
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I can't tell you how and where I got this but here's a picture of the back panel of the new AV-8801. I'm sure everyone will enjoy this. This thing is going to be a BEAST!!!!!!!!!!

11.2, balanced XLR in and XT32 is very nice, the only obvious problem is lack of 12V triggers, 2 triggers is very short for 4 zones.
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Most people installing this pre/pro in a theater are going to be using some type of control system via RS-232. This kind of makes the need for 12 volt triggers irrelevant. It also has IP control just like all of the new Marantz pre/pros and receivers and some of the IP Control products out are phenomenal. Many things coming out these days have IP control so you can trigger things to come on by setting them to wake on your home network.
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This is rising fast to the top of my list! Really struggling waiting for details. :-)
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Some of the details that I was able to get after getting the picture are:

1) This unit will definitely have Audyssey Mult XT32.
2) There is an HDMI matrix switch built in to the unit just like the one on the Denon AVR-4520CI.
3) This unit does have 32/192 DAC's.
4) The retail price is slated at $3199 right now. This could go up slightly by December/January time frame but it won"t be any higher than $3499.
5) All of the same network features that the AV-7701 will be in the 8801 as well as some "special" network features.

That's all for now.
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I can't tell you how and where I got this but here's a picture of the back panel of the new AV-8801. I'm sure everyone will enjoy this. This thing is going to be a BEAST!!!!!!!!!!
OK! Solid evidence! Buying this smile.gif
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If I bot this, I would be hooking it up to an amp
w/o xlr plugs. Does anyone have any thoughts
on using xlr to rca plugs? Would this be an
improvement on simple rca to rca?
Thanks.
Fully balanced XLR connections don't make a difference with cable lengths under 10' or so. If you have runs of less than that save your money and buy a good movie or some music.
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If I bot this, I would be hooking it up to an amp
w/o xlr plugs. Does anyone have any thoughts
on using xlr to rca plugs? Would this be an
improvement on simple rca to rca?
Thanks.
Use RCA to RCA in your situation. I have both. RCA to RCA for the surrounds & will use XLR to XLR on both Subs & my front 3 channels. I prefer XLR, but My amp for the surrounds is RCA only.
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Sweet! To bad I'm loosing my job in a week! Looks like a worthy successor to my B&K ref70! I'm guessing it has the same stupid front panel as the other Marantz. Analog inputs look a little confusing in layout to me. Would be nice for another digital and hdmi input and a digital output. I also like a couple s video inputs but could live without that feature.
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I just wish Marantz has a version of DenonLink that they included in their universal players.
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Thanks all, I'll try rca to rca. A retail price of $3,199 seems a bit pricey, to me.
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The Marantz AV7005 and AV7701 are $400 more than their Denon counterparts (3311CI, 3313CI), so yes, the the 8801 is higher at $700 more than the 4520CI.
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The 8003 was a $2,400 item, if I'm not mistaken.
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The Denon counterpart at that time was the 3808CI ($1600), although the Denon offered the more advanced version of Audyssey MultEQ XT vs. only MultEQ on the 8003.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Simple SU View Post

Some of the details that I was able to get after getting the picture are:
1) This unit will definitely have Audyssey Mult XT32.
2) There is an HDMI matrix switch built in to the unit just like the one on the Denon AVR-4520CI.
3) This unit does have 32/192 DAC's.
4) The retail price is slated at $3199 right now. This could go up slightly by December/January time frame but it won"t be any higher than $3499.
5) All of the same network features that the AV-7701 will be in the 8801 as well as some "special" network features.
That's all for now.

DSD accepted over HDMI?

Matty
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