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Marantz AV8802 13.2 XLR Pre/Pro **Official Thread**

Hi,

The new Marantz AV8802 relacing the actual AV8801 has been announced, it's a 13.2 XLR processor, HDMI 2.0 ISF video and Wifi + Bluetooth integrated, with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and an Audyssey Pro capacity. Indicated Public Price : 3800€... on the high side compared to the 8801 listed at @ 2800€.See details here :http://www.avcesar.com/actu/id-14423...e-lav8801.html (in French)





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FW Updates :

04/06/15 :

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- A .dff file cannot be played from USB and the media player
- Even if the Sleep Timer setting is set to All Zone Stereo from Mobile App, Sleep Timer operates in Zone 2 only.
- When the customer selects "Amp Assign = Dolby Atmos, Layout = 7.1 CH + 4 Height", the help text of GUI displays an unnecessary explanation in the Pre-Amp setting.
- When Dynamic Volume is turned off with the AMX command, Dynamic EQ is also disabled.

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one curious thing I noticed is when the marantz was in standby the oval display still had a few pixels lit --- very dimly.....so flipped down the front panel to reveal the main display....AND !

very curiously it said "ZONE 3 On" even though the marantz was in stand by ! aha I thought found something here. of course how the hell do you turn zone 3 off...as I dont have a zone 3 or a zone 2 for that matter...only a main zone...and likely why this is leaving my power amp on ?

nothing in the menus to switch off zones....so decide to look at the marantz remote...lo and held it has a zone button on it ...which if press it cycles through zones and the power button can then switch on and off each zone ! turned off zone 3 and woohoo...my power amp switches off ! victory !!!!

made sure zone 2 was off and then switched the remote to the main zone only.

so there you go. only thing I can think off is the zone button accidentally hit on the marantz remote and in powering on it has powered on zone 3 ? and hence thinking why the amp needed to stay on ?

anyways wiht all triggers on in the menu and with hdmi cec control off...no zones engaged wooohoo pleased to say triggers both are working as they should.

so thank good ness nothing has infact failed woohoo...no trips to the service centre !

one to chock away guys ....zones ...they can play with your triggers...good to also explore the hdmi cec side as with the complex trigger setup the thing has
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The following is a list of fixes/changes included in the Feb 04th firmware update (DTS:X + HDMI 2.0a) :

1) Ability to use "Rear Height" instead of "Surround Height" with Auro 3D (which then allows using FH+RH for all 3 formats: Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D using a single Audyssey calibration)
2) HDMI 2.0a(HDR)
3) Add the "DTS: X" and "DTS Neural:X" sound mode feature.
4) When the customer plays DD + stream that exceeds 504kbps at specific Media Player (Tmall Magic box TMB300A), the sound might not be output from the AV receiver. The symptom is a problem that the product has the failure in playing DD + stream that exceeds 504kbps. (Improvement request from Dolby Laboratories, Inc.)
5) Even if the customer sets "Tone Control" to "ON" with the WEB control setting screen of the AV receiver, and the numerical value of Bass or Treble is changed, the AV receiver doesn't reflect a set value. The symptom is a problem that the AV receiver cannot set Bass or Treble from the WEB control.
6) When the input source of AV receiver switches automatically from Blu-ray (function during SACD playback) to TV Audio, the sound of the broadcast via ARC from specific TV (Panasonic) might not be outputted. The symptom is a problem that the sound of the broadcast via ARC from specific TV (Panasonic) might not be outputted.
7) Even if the customer sets Level FR from the WEB control screen of the AV receiver, the customer cannot confirm a set value of Level FR because the display on the WEB control screen doesn't change. The display of Level FR on the WEB control screen doesn't change but Level FR on the AV receiver side is changed. The symptom is a problem that the customer cannot confirm a set value of Level FR because the display on the WEB control screen doesn't change.
8) When the customer connects MAC Book to the AV receiver and then the specific MP3 file (Album art size is bigger than 1000x1000 pixels) is played from iTunes via the AirPlay, the AV receiver reboots before starting the playback of the MP3 file. The symptom is a problem that the AV receiver reboots before starting the playback of the MP3 file. (# 2-30-20150721-1 by EU region)
9) If the customer inserted the iPod classic to USB-A terminal on AV Receiver with standby mode (over 8 hours or more), when the customer turns on the power of AV receiver, the AV receiver cannot connect to the iPod again. The symptom is a problem that the AV receiver cannot connect to the iPod when the customer turns on the power of AV receiver. (#2-53-20150427-2 by EU region)
10) When the customer connects the AV receiver to HDMI output of specific Streaming Media Player (Roku 4) that the output setting of the resolution is set to 4K, the AV receiver doesn't output the video or the AV receiver has a latency until the output video. The symptom is a problem that the AV receiver doesn't output the video or the AV receiver has a latency until the output video.
11) Custom 2CH playback settings added
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Auro 3D Upgrade instructions:

1. Connect the unit to the internet.
2. Ensure the unit has the latest firmware update installed.
3. Using the GUI, select Upgrade now (or go to SETUP -- GENERAL -- FIRMWARE -- ADD NEW FEATURE) and write down the "Upgrade ID" listed on the display
4. Go to the Upgrade website on the Marantz website at http://upgrade.marantz.com/na/marantz/pages/home.aspx
5. Complete the Auro 3D upgrade Personal form to include personal information, the unit's serial number (listed on back of unit or on original box), and the Upgrade ID obtained in step 3.
6. Enter credit card information - $199 USD (includes Auro 3D Demo Disk).
7. Once the card has been processed, the Auro 3D upgrade will be available to download to the unit (estimated download time - 49 minutes)


***** Also ... for those not wanting to upgrade to Auro 3D at this time, you will be given the option to turn Upgrade Notification OFF or you can just go to SETUP -- GENERAL -- FIRMWARE -- NOTIFICATIONS -- UPGRADE and select OFF so you don't get the Upgrade notification each time the unit is powered ON. :)

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The following resets are available on the AV8802/A.

A. With the AVP powered OFF, press/hold the two buttons listed below on the AVP's front panel for 4-5 seconds after releasing the power button.

Microprocessor reset – GAME+A-DSX

Factory/Deep Reset (includes microprocessor reset) – MOVIE+MUSIC


B. With the AVP powered ON and the "Online Music" source selected, press/hold the two buttons listed below for 4-5 seconds

Network Reboot (network card only) – BACK+ ENTER

Network Reset (network card + following settings initialized: Favorites, Smart Select, Presets, Internet Radio recently played, Flickr contacts, User ID, Resume Playback station) – M-DAX+DYNAMIC EQ

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After installing the DTS:X update, the Marantz Remote App might not work. So this update is to fix that issue.

4/6/2016
(1) When the customer updates the firmware to "DTS: X", the product might not be able to operate from the Marantz Remote App.


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- When customer connects the AV receiver with the specific BD player (Sony BDP-CX960 and Sony CX-7000 Blu-ray Jukebox) via the HDMI and playback the contents of "DTS-HD", the AV receiver doesn't recognize the audio of "DTS-HD". Therefore, the specific BD player outputs the audio signal with Multi ch PCM.
The symptom is a problem that the "DTS-HD" format signal is not output.
- In a network environment in which AV receiver is connected, the network module of the AV receiver reboots when Netflix APP starts on the iOS device.
The symptom is a problem that the network module of the AV receiver reboots when Netflix APP starts on the iOS device.
- The audio intermittently becomes interrupted when HD cable TV program switches from DD with DSU to PCM based commercial using Dolby Surround.
The symptom is a problem that the audio intermittently becomes interrupted when HD cable TV program switches from DD with DSU to PCM based commercial using Dolby Surround.
- When the customer plays a specific file by USB Memory device, the track name is changed one after another in 25 seconds. (File that the number (01 and 02, etc.) are recorded at the beginning of the name.) The symptom is a problem that the track name is changed one after another in 25 seconds.
- When the customer inputs the 2ch audio signal with the following specific condition to the AV receiver, the Center channel output signal is distorted.
Sound mode: DTS Neural:X Input signal: amplitude = over 440mFFS (40% vs full scale) and frequency=720Hz / 2.7~4.1kHz
The symptom is a problem that the Center channel output signal is distorted by the specified condition.
- After the firmware updates to corresponding to the "DTS:X" feature, the following failure occurs in the AV receiver.
When the surround mode is "DTS:X", the surround parameter "Neural:X" of the initial value is OFF. The symptom is a problem that the surround parameter "Neural:X" of the initial value is OFF when the surround mode is "DTS:X". (The correct initial value is ON.)
- After the firmware updates to corresponding to the "DTS:X" feature, the following failure occurs in the AV receiver.
When the customer inputs the DTS signal of 2ch to the AV receiver, the AV receiver shows "DTS Neural:X" on the display but the audio signal is not output with "DTS Neural:X". The symptom is a problem that the AV receiver shows "DTS Neural:X" on the display but the audio signal is not output with "DTS Neural:X" when the customer inputs the DTS signal of 2ch to the AV receiver.
- When the customer switches the sound mode from the Denon Remote App, the following failure occurs in the AV receiver.
Example: The sound mode becomes the "Dolby Surround" even if the customer selects the "DTS Neural:X" in the sound mode.
The sound mode becomes the "DTS Neural:X" even if the customer selects the "Dolby Surrouds" in the sound mode.
The symptom is a problem that the sound mode is not correctly selected even if the customer selects the sound mode.
- When the customer connects iPod/USB and MediaServer to the product, and music is played, the product was a specification that do an unnecessary access.
- When the black hole router was present between the Internet environment of the AV receiver and DPMS server (including the Internet service provider side equipment), the AV receiver might fail in the firmware update. (The black hole router is a router that destroy it when the divided IP packet cannot be forwarded.)
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October 28, 2016

1. DSU on DTS sources
2. Neural-X on Dolby Sources
3. Pandora logon fix
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Thanks Hugo!! This might be what I'm looking for!
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So the 8802 adds more height channels and HDMI 2.0 for $1000 more? No Dolby Atmos?
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So the 8802 adds more height channels and HDMI 2.0 for $1000 more? No Dolby Atmos?

As indicated in the original article, the Dolby Atmos capability if/when available (Q3 2014?), will be added (eventually) via FW, and probably same goes for the new DTS-UHD, or whatever name it will then have.

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As indicated in the original article, the Dolby Atmos capability if/when available (Q3 2014?), will be added (eventually) via FW, and probably same goes for the new DTS-UHD, or whatever name it will then have.

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No more network hub?
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The 100Mb hub was kind of pointless.
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The 100Mb hub was kind of pointless.

That and it was on the wrong side of the copper shield tongue.gif

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oh lord, here we go. I have'nt even powered-up my 1.5 year-old AV8801 yet (seriously) smile.gif

One thing that I have'nt researched enough yet is HDMI v2.0 spec: are (new) HDMI cables required? I ask because I'm still finishing a theater room (using AV8801) and I've recently had an electrician route a 12M AudioQuest Forest HDMI cable through my ceiling. I'm concerned whether it will support HDMI v2.0? Otherwise I would just swap it out.

Update: I just confirmed the AudioQuest Forest HDMI cables do support HMDI v2.0
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oh lord, here we go. I have'nt even powered-up my 1.5 year-old AV8801 yet (seriously) smile.gif

One thing that I have'nt researched enough yet is HDMI v2.0 spec: are (new) HDMI cables required? I ask because I'm still finishing a theater room (using AV8801) and I've recently had an electrician route a 12M AudioQuest Forest HDMI cable through my ceiling. I'm concerned whether it will support HDMI v2.0? Otherwise I would just swap it out.

Update: I just confirmed the AudioQuest Forest HDMI cables do support HMDI v2.0

It's a matter of bandwidth, not pinout, so...

Passive cables which meet the HDMI High Speed specs are supposed to be OK. Unfortunately, my understanding is that cables longer than about 25ft have no official specs, so they can be hit-or-miss. Also, people have reported problems when using certified HighSpeed cables with HDMI v1.4, so I'm afraid you really can't know if it'll work without trying it. In other words, it might save some time if you actually test the cable's compatibility before pulling it.

Older active cables (the ones with built-in equalization circuitry, like Redmere) are unlikely to be compatible frown.gif
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Hi,

The new Marantz AV8802 relacing the actual AV8801 has been announced, it's a 13.2 XLR processor, HDMI 2.0 ISF video and Wifi + Bluetooth integrated, with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and an Audyssey Pro capacity. Indicated Public Price : 3800€... on the high side compared to the 8801 listed at @ 2800€.

See details here :

http://www.avcesar.com/actu/id-14423/marantz-av8802-pre-amplificateur-remplacant-de-lav8801.html (in French)




and for information to be compared to Denon's AVR-X7200W rear panel :



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That is disturbing that the Denon and Marantz are so much alike

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It's a matter of bandwidth, not pinout, so...

Passive cables which meet the HDMI High Speed specs are supposed to be OK. Unfortunately, my understanding is that cables longer than about 25ft have no official specs, so they can be hit-or-miss. Also, people have reported problems when using certified HighSpeed cables with HDMI v1.4, so I'm afraid you really can't know if it'll work without trying it. In other words, it might save some time if you actually test the cable's compatibility before pulling it.

Older active cables (the ones with built-in equalization circuitry, like Redmere) are unlikely to be compatible frown.gif
Interesting, I just sort of learned this.

This is from AudioQuest web-site (quote):
"HIGH SPEED DATA CAPACITY: All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters meet or exceed the 10.2 Gbps maximum data rate for HDMI and are approved High Speed with Ethernet cables. This means that all AudioQuest cables up to 10 meters are capable of transmitting 100% of the data required for all of HDMI’s current audio/video features including multichannel high-resolution audio, 1080p and 4k video, and 3D video from Blu-ray. All AQ HDMI cables will deliver 100% of the data required for 120Hz/240Hz/600Hz displays.

ETHERNET AND AUDIO RETURN CHANNEL ENABLED: All AudioQuest HDMI cables up to 10 meters are rated High Speed with Ethernet. From 12 meters to 20 meters AudioQuest HDMI cables are Standard Speed with Ethernet."

Confirms the "grey area" beyond 10M- ie. could or could-not yield High Speed processing. Intriguing that an additional 2M (or 6.6ft) would make a difference in yield as such.
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delivery estimation? December 2014?
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13.2 whatever, i want 20.2. How hard it is to throw out some of the other inputs and outputs and throw a few channels more on a preamp!?
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I think there might be improvements due to Atmos - if I can be sure there are BDs supporting this from the major movie releases. But other than that, I can't find any compelling reasons to upgrade now from the 8801.

And since it's only a planned update and not even confirmed for launch, I'd rather wait to see it officially released before jumping the gun.
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I'm surprised to see they don't seem to have added an asynchronous USB interface. Two years after the 8801 and they're still missing this fairly important and popular feature. Many competing products have it.
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delivery estimation? December 2014?

Probably, as my bet lies on between mid November / very early December... just on time for Xmas. smile.gif

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Absolutely. If it doesn't work on release.....assume that it'll never work.

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No more network hub?

Mine never worked that great on the 8801. Kept locking up the LAN.

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Agreed. Not so sure that there is much of a market for it.

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13.2 whatever, i want 20.2. How hard it is to throw out some of the other inputs and outputs and throw a few channels more on a preamp!?

For most the enthusiast market, I'd say that 9.X is likely to be the max. Beyond 9 speaker channels, its a bit obvious that the Consumers Electronics people are just trying to sell upgrades and speakers. I'm at 7.1 and holding. This would make a good topic for a poll. What's the maximum speaker system would you install in a dedicated home theater?
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Just consider the size of the room required for there to be any real differentiation with 20 speakers.

I'm at 11 now in my ~300 sq ft and to be honest, it's a bit ridiculous...as is the msrp on this unit by the way. ~$5,000?! I can't wait to see how it stacks up against $1500 avrs in 6 months.

But heh-- it has the "boutique" name plate and 13.2 processing so they know full well people will pay through the nose for it.

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The 13.2 would be processed via audyssey or neo x?

I got to 19 channels from doubling some
Channels in an 11.2 system and it sounds phenomenal. Practically seamless soundfield.

MUCH cheaper than buying a 8802. Two more processed channels that arent discreet wont be much better than what I did for a lot cheaper.

For enthusiasts, 20.4 is the bare minimum i would build into a flagship processor once atmos is releases, especially if it is to have atmos. Let the consumer decide to use all the channels or not.

This next marantz release is likely to not be ready for atmos if I had to guess... They are likely waiting for the specifications to be completed before committing to a higher channel count.

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I am interested not for 13 channels but rear heights. I can not use rear surrounds or wides but have front and rear heights in place but not currently in use.

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So does Atmos add any value for standard TrueHD or DTS sound?

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I am interested not for 13 channels but rear heights. I can not use rear surrounds or wides but have front and rear heights in place but not currently in use.
Split the Height signal to an Amp & use it for Back Height?
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That is disturbing that the Denon and Marantz are so much alike
The core control and digital audio processing elements of D&M products have been shared for years. Those are the most expensive parts to engineer, so they need to leverage them as much as possible. That's a good thing, as otherwise the 8802 would cost double if not more.

The chassis, power and analog sections are engineered to each brands target value / quality goals. So Marantz might typically have better analog performance as well as features like balanced analogue audio out.

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Doesn't seem to be much new here for a lot of people. Incremental upgrade IMO.

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So does Atmos add any value for standard TrueHD or DTS sound?
Atmos is a mixing/rendering system. TrueHD and DTS are compression codecs. They can be used together, but I'm not sure what you mean by "add any value".

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