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post #661 of 11293
HDAM is a proprietary Marantz analog amplifier circuit design. Whether it actually provides better sound than Denon's analog circuitry is unknown. We can hope that there will be extensive bench tests of both of these two devices which will reveal any differences between them.
post #662 of 11293
Does the AV8801 allow pass through of all video content, and not just 4K content (the marketing specs say it allows pass through of 4K)? If it allows pass-through, can you still see the OSD of the Marantz, or is that effectively bypassed too?
post #663 of 11293
Any one with SSP-800 vs Marantz 8801 to compare?
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I'm certainly interested in hearing what people think pitting it against the integra 80.3 / onkyo 5509 biggrin.gif
post #665 of 11293
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Originally Posted by randman View Post

Does the AV8801 allow pass through of all video content, and not just 4K content (the marketing specs say it allows pass through of 4K)? If it allows pass-through, can you still see the OSD of the Marantz, or is that effectively bypassed too?

Yes, of course ... all video up to and including 4k.
post #666 of 11293
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Originally Posted by corentin View Post

I'm certainly interested in hearing what people think pitting it against the integra 80.3 / onkyo 5509 biggrin.gif

Well if Santa is kind, I should have one under the tree to compare to my 80.3
post #667 of 11293
Anticipating your opinion with bated breath thrang !
I'm primarily interested in sound quality differences - if any.
post #668 of 11293
Just a FYI, the Iphone Marantz app was updated today to include support for the AV8801.

It's another option to use if the IR receiver on the AV8801 is a little temperamental.

K
post #669 of 11293
So if you use the pass through option does that mean the on screen display if the Marantz is isn't available?
post #670 of 11293
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Originally Posted by corentin View Post

I'm certainly interested in hearing what people think pitting it against the integra 80.3 / onkyo 5509 biggrin.gif

I have the 8801 and the 80.2 hooked up via a Zektor switch.

post #671 of 11293
Great, now all you need to do Kal is to switch the interconnects between the the Av8801 and the 80.2 and give us your opinion. smile.gif
post #672 of 11293
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Originally Posted by jam88 View Post

Great, now all you need to do Kal is to switch the interconnects between the the Av8801 and the 80.2 and give us your opinion. smile.gif

I think that can be done with the press of a button on the Zektor's remote (it does have a remote, right?). No need to switch out the interconnects.

Bill
post #673 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Selden Ball View Post

In general, the reasons for getting a pre/pro instead of a receiver have little or nothing to do with the quality of the sound. Unless something's broken, noise and distortion are far below audibility at this level of home audio equipment. There are plenty of other reasons, though, not least of which are the emotional ones. Each potential customer has to decide if they justify the expense. For some people they do, for others they do not.

I strongly disagree. When a quality oriented manufacturer builds a pre/pro for a mid to high-end price point, he'll use better quality components like toroidal transformers, better capacitors, resistors, transistors, etc. They'll also spend more effort on R&D to develop better performing analog circuitry with lower noise floors, specially in the very important analog output stages. Digital and analog electronics are two very different animals. Why do you think there is such a large SQ difference over the analog outs between the Oppo 93 and 95? Their whole digital front-end is identical; that SQ difference is result of the analog output stages, the DAC, the linear power supply with a toroidal transformer, etc.

The manufacturers like Theta Digital (Casablanca pre/pro), Classé (SSP-800), Anthem (Statement D2v), Lexicon and even Denon with their flagship AVP-A1HDCI(A) all understand that. Like I said in an earlier post, you can take the best DAC solution on the market and still have far from optimal results if you analog output stages aren't well designed.
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post

I think that can be done with the press of a button on the Zektor's remote (it does have a remote, right?). No need to switch out the interconnects.
Bill

Bill, I'm not familiar with the Zektor switch and it's capabilities, if it has analog switching for the audio, then obviously. However, he still has to have the same analog interconnects on both the AV8801and 80.2 to the Zektor switch to make an apples to apples comparison. So if all he needs to do is press a switch, it'll be even easier to perform the test. smile.gif
post #675 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Bill Mac View Post


I think that can be done with the press of a button on the Zektor's remote (it does have a remote, right?). No need to switch out the interconnects.
Bill

Right.  And, yes, I use identical sets of RCA and HDMI cables from each.

post #676 of 11293
Hello all,

Just received my demo AV8801 and I have an Integra 80.3 at my home. Plan on setting the Marantz up tonight or tomorrow night and comparing and contrasting. When I got the box from Fedex, I was extremely surprised, it was HEAVY. I know I haven't worked out in awhile, but it was the heaviest 38 pound box I have lifted. Can't wait to play with it.
post #677 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Need4spdnb View Post

Hello all,
Just received my demo AV8801 and I have an Integra 80.3 at my home. Plan on setting the Marantz up tonight or tomorrow night and comparing and contrasting. When I got the box from Fedex, I was extremely surprised, it was HEAVY. I know I haven't worked out in awhile, but it was the heaviest 38 pound box I have lifted. Can't wait to play with it.
Can't wait for your impressions.
post #678 of 11293
Quick first impression:

I love the initial start up. For those that aren't good at hookups, the setup almost walks you through everything, step by step. I like the GUI a lot. Build quality is there, it looks like an expensive pre-amp, where the Integra looks semi industrial. All I have done is initial setup, didn't get to tweak with XT32 as I have 3 sick kids and didn't have much time to do anything. I like the dialog enhancer as well. I will do XT32 tomorrow and adjust bass levels, I did have an issue with my subs and the integra, I set the volume using XT32 and then when calibrated it needed to be bumped up quite a bit, it will be interesting to see if the Marantz does the same. All in all, nice unit so far, I like what I see.
post #679 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Need4spdnb View Post

Quick first impression:
I love the initial start up. For those that aren't good at hookups, the setup almost walks you through everything, step by step. I like the GUI a lot. Build quality is there, it looks like an expensive pre-amp, where the Integra looks semi industrial. All I have done is initial setup, didn't get to tweak with XT32 as I have 3 sick kids and didn't have much time to do anything. I like the dialog enhancer as well. I will do XT32 tomorrow and adjust bass levels, I did have an issue with my subs and the integra, I set the volume using XT32 and then when calibrated it needed to be bumped up quite a bit, it will be interesting to see if the Marantz does the same. All in all, nice unit so far, I like what I see.

Thank you keep it coming smile.gif
post #680 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Need4spdnb View Post

Quick first impression:
I love the initial start up. For those that aren't good at hookups, the setup almost walks you through everything, step by step. I like the GUI a lot. Build quality is there, it looks like an expensive pre-amp, where the Integra looks semi industrial. All I have done is initial setup, didn't get to tweak with XT32 as I have 3 sick kids and didn't have much time to do anything. I like the dialog enhancer as well. I will do XT32 tomorrow and adjust bass levels, I did have an issue with my subs and the integra, I set the volume using XT32 and then when calibrated it needed to be bumped up quite a bit, it will be interesting to see if the Marantz does the same. All in all, nice unit so far, I like what I see.

I have a 4311CI under warranty. It will be 4 sale soon....cheap. I ordered this already and am patiently waiting. Thank you for the 1st owners impressions!
post #681 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Need4spdnb View Post

Quick first impression: All in all, nice unit so far, I like what I see.
cool. What are you using for amplifier, speaker and sub's? Just trying to get some idea on what other users are employing
post #682 of 11293
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Originally Posted by discodol View Post

I have highs and wides but can only listen to one or the other. I much prefer the highs over the wides. I have surrounds and back surrounds too. I think it all depends on your room and where you place your speakers. I have found that the suggested method is just a starting point for me.
Nevertheless I can hardly wait for my 8801 so I can play all 11.2 speakers at the same time.
Transformers is going to sound even more awesome then!!!!

I'm running 11.2 with my 4311 and think the wides make the biggest improvement. I've tried 9.2 with just heights and then swapped to wides.
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The Marantz is connected to a Parasound A51 amplifier with Audioquest Colorado XLR interconnects. I have 5 Focal Electra 1003be in wall speakers and 2 Triad Platinum subwoofers. Using a Sonos zp90 as a source, as well as a cable box and a Marantz blu ray player.
post #684 of 11293
I just ordered a AV8801 after being out of HT for about 6 years and things have changed A LOT. I demoed the AV7701, but I could not get rid of a ground loop hum and a high noise floor. I also bought an Oppo 103, Golden Ear Triton Twos and AON 3s along with a SVS PB-12 Plus sub and an energy 8" sub for speakers. The plasma I bought is the Panasonic 60ST50. I am hoping the AV8801 will have a quieter noise floor and no ground loop hum.

What are people using coax digital cables for nowadays as I have two silver coax digital cables that are not being used?
post #685 of 11293
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Originally Posted by planetbrian777 View Post

I just ordered a AV8801 after being out of HT for about 6 years and things have changed A LOT. I demoed the AV7701, but I could not get rid of a ground loop hum and a high noise floor. I also bought an Oppo 103, Golden Ear Triton Twos and AON 3s along with a SVS PB-12 Plus sub and an energy 8" sub for speakers. The plasma I bought is the Panasonic 60ST50. I am hoping the AV8801 will have a quieter noise floor and no ground loop hum.

Welcome back to this highly addictive Hobby smile.gif
post #686 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Need4spdnb View Post

The Marantz is connected to a Parasound A51 amplifier with Audioquest Colorado XLR interconnects. I have 5 Focal Electra 1003be in wall speakers and 2 Triad Platinum subwoofers. Using a Sonos zp90 as a source, as well as a cable box and a Marantz blu ray player.
thanks. I'm using a Parasound A51 as well, curious to get your input. I'm really wanting the AV8801, would like to have the 2ch XLR INP path for Oppo BDP-105.
post #687 of 11293
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by planetbrian777 View Post

I just ordered a AV8801 after being out of HT for about 6 years and things have changed A LOT. I demoed the AV7701, but I could not get rid of a ground loop hum and a high noise floor. I also bought an Oppo 103, Golden Ear Triton Twos and AON 3s along with a SVS PB-12 Plus sub and an energy 8" sub for speakers. The plasma I bought is the Panasonic 60ST50. I am hoping the AV8801 will have a quieter noise floor and no ground loop hum.
What are people using coax digital cables for nowadays as I have two silver coax digital cables that are not being used?

Try this to get rid of the hum. Works great for me.
post #688 of 11293
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Originally Posted by planetbrian777 View Post

along with a SVS PB-12 Plus sub and an energy 8" sub for speakers
using both 12inch and 8inch together? Are you using the ESW-M8? happy with it?
post #689 of 11293
An 8" cannot produce low frequencies at sufficient levels to matter. Just use your 12", even 12" is small for a real sub.
post #690 of 11293
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Originally Posted by Theresa View Post

An 8" cannot produce low frequencies at sufficient levels to matter. Just use your 12", even 12" is small for a real sub.

The 8" is for the rears. A SVS PB-12 Plus is not your typical sub. It outputs and is more musical than my previous Paradigm Servo 15.
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