Originally Posted by alebonau
id concur with this advice
the avp was true all out flagship where as marantz is really mass market
until a true flagship comes along i'll keep using my av8802a. it doesnt have the gonads the avp had.
one day sound limited that now owns denon marantz classe might do themselves and us a favour and re release a true 9 series flagship marantz or denon avp or classe 900 or something of ilk. anything like it would do
we are over due on both classe 800 and denon avp replacements. history has shown every 10 years denon does a flagship A series processor has done for 3 decades.... the 4th decade is here... its still 2018... so there still is a chance denon to not miss the boat...
suspect it will be a classe though
am happy to use my dedicated 2ch rig music wise and compliments well wiht my av8802A
but I miss my avp....
and yes when I sold mine it needed to go back to the shop to get its boards re inserted. they get jiggled in transit !
Yes, the Denon AVP was a true flagship. It was definitely a statement piece that was almost over engineered, but all that went into its development really showed in its performance and of course its build quality. To date it has been the finest preamp processor I have ever owned. Like you, I really wish that Denon, Marantz, or even Classe’ would introduce a reference flagship of the quality and flexibility of the Denon AVP.
I know if one were to be introduced it would be expensive. How much so would be anyone’s guess. But if one was introduced it would definitely sell for people like us looking for a worthy replacement for the mighty Denon AVP.
When I first bought the Marantz AV8801 in early 2013, I almost convinced myself to sell the Denon AVP. But I finally thought, why sell it? I just couldn’t see myself parting with it.
. And now I’m glad I didn’t.
I may buy an 8805, or “possibly” the upcoming Emotiva flagship (ETA unknown) if it really proves to be a true statement piece that is functionally sound and bug free. But for the time being, I have no need for Dolby Atmos, DTS-X, or the soon to be released HDMI 2.1 (I think only Yamaha is now shipping units that are V 2.1).
The AV8801 was a good processor, so I’m not gonna knock it as it did serve me well for 5+ years. But as well as it worked, and gave me many years of movie listening enjoyment, I really didn’t enjoy using it as much as I did my Denon AVP.
Now I’m just hoping that after all these years, my AVP still works as well as it did when I last used it.