Marantz AV8805 with 13.2 channel signal processing and Auro 3D presented (CES 2018)
Marantz is using the CES 2018 Las Vegas framework to showcase their new AV8805 high-end AV preamps. The AV8805 supports 13.2 channel signal processing and is equipped for any multi-channel audio format - even for Auro 3D. The AV8805 will be available from February 2018 at an MSRP of € 3,999.00 from authorized retailers.
Marantz wants to offer with its new multi-channel receiver uncompromising processing of audio and image data. The device is specially designed for use with high quality external speakers. At a price point of 3.999, - EUR, it would be a sin to attach a cheap speaker package for 300, - €. In the black chassis, AK4490 slumber 32-bit D / A converter units on all channels for high-quality audio processing. Also, 3D formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X and even Auro 3D (via firmware update in spring 2018) benefited from the D / A converter units. The Marantz AV8805 allows a maximum of 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 sound setups or full 13.1 Auro 3D sound.
For high-end performance, there are 15.2 channel XLR preamp outputs that provide external powered speakers with the best sound quality. Before audio signals are routed through the XLR outputs, they are processed via Marantz HDAM modules and, for example, adapted to high noise levels.
4K / 60p videos with HDR & Dolby Vision
The video section of the AV8805 supports all current and relevant standards. HDCP 2.2 protected 4K signals can be played back via the High Dynamic Range (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision) HDMI inputs and outputs and up to 60 frames per second - all at full 4: 4: 4 color resolution in the BT.2020 color space. Since we are in the ultra-high-end range, an ISF video calibration may not be missing.
In total, the user has 8 HDMI inputs (one on the front) and three HDMI outputs. For conventional SD / HD video sources, a 4K upscaler is also available. With a future update, it is even possible to deliver audio signals via an HDMI connection via eARC (enhanced audio return channel) to the receiver.
Stream happily wirelessly
The AV preamplifier AV8805 must not only show its best side in films and series. Even the daily enjoyment of music should be best satisfied by the flagship amplifier. Of course, the user can play his music sources directly through the countless connection options of the AV8805, or you can use Bluetooth and AirPlay to wirelessly transfer music. Music streaming apps such as Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, etc. but also Internet radio are a must in this price range.
HDMI 2.1 via update?
Who puts an AV preamplifier for a mere 3.999, - EUR in the house, of course, does not want that the device in 1-2 years is already outdated. Marantz therefore promises an "upgradable product design" to integrate future technologies via optional hardware and / or software upgrades. Sounds almost as if you have already made provision for the HDMI 2.1 interface.
Price & Availability
"Black is beautiful" - at least in this price segment. The AV8805 is so far only in a black version. Whether a silver model is refilled is not known. Anyone who has saved his Christmas bonus from grandma, who already in February 2018 from 3.999, - EUR (EIA) strike!
Highlights features of the AV8805:
13.2-channel AV preamplifier with 15.2-channel XLR / RCA pre-outs
Enables use with virtually any power amplifier - including Marantz MM8077 - or powered speakers for flexible systems and lavish custom home theater setups
Ensures low-noise and interference-free transmission to the power amplifiers
Newly developed Marantz HDAM technology on separate boards for all channels
Highest fidelity thanks to tonally optimized, discreetly structured Current Feedback pre-stage
Separate design ensures extremely high channel separation and excellent signal-to-noise ratio
13.2-channel signal processing with 2 x ADI Griffin DSPs (Dual Core)
Full 32-bit signal processing for all channels guarantees high-precision real-time decoding and accurate post-processing
Design: Outstanding model construction with extremely stable, copper-coated chassis without unwanted vibrations, an oversized toroidal transformer with a solid aluminum base and extra reinforced topcover
High end craftsmanship in your own home theater
Optimum shielding from disturbing influences
Support for Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS: X and Auro-3D (up to 13.1, Auro-3D via free firmware update in spring 2018)
Room-filling and immersive 3D sound for every configuration
Automatic switching of the preamp outputs depending on the 3D sound format
Support for DTS Virtual: X
Impressive 3D sound emulation with a classic 2.0, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
Powerful 32-bit AK4490 DACs
High-quality digital converter units for the clearest and most precise sound in music and movies
Support for DSD (2.8 / 5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV
High-resolution audio streaming for hi-fi enthusiasts, even with gapless playback
WLAN integrated with 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz dual band support
Improved network stability, especially at high WLAN density
Quick coupling and playback of own playlists
Wireless HEOS multiroom music streaming
Comfortable control options, easy integration of other HEOS components (speakers, soundbars, subwoofer) and virtually unlimited access to online music sources
Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, Juke !, Napster, Network Audio Streaming
Access many popular online music sources via the free HEOS app
4K / 60Hz Full Rate Pass Through, 4: 4: 4 Color Resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Support of current video formats
ISF Video Calibration
Ready for professional calibration of home theater TVs and projectors
Analogous to HDMI conversion and upscaling of conventional SD / HD video sources to 4K at full frame rate
Full HD and Ultra HD video quality with existing DVDs and analog sources
8 HDMI inputs (one at the front) with full HDCP 2.2 support, 3 HDMI outputs
Advanced connectivity - ready to control a TV and projector in parallel
eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), about future firmware update *
Enables object-based audio (Dolby Atmos / DTS: X) via an HDMI connection to the TV or TV apps
Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
Individual and perfect room acoustics correction for every room
Audyssey LFC and SubEQ HT
LFC keeps powerful but unobtrusive bass in the room at night, Sub-EQ HT allows the perfect tuning of two subwoofers
Audyssey MultEQ Editor App (optional and available for a fee in the respective App Stores)
Adjust the acoustics and sound in the home theater like the pros
Advanced options for Customer Installation (CI) and Smart Homes
Support for two additional stereo listening zones, IR inputs / outputs, 12V switch output, RS232 control and Crestron
Color Coded Speaker Connectors, Setup Wizard, Marantz AVR Remote App, HEOS App
Fast and easy setup and operation
Prepared for voice control via Amazon Alexa (expected from early summer 2018 in Germany / Austria)
Basic functions of the AV preamplifier and media selection via voice control in German via Amazon Echo and Echo Dot
Upgradeable product design
Designing the model allows the integration of new technologies through future optional hardware and / or software upgrades