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Marantz Flagship AV8801 A/V Preamp & MM8077 Amp Preview

Marantz Announces New Flagship AV8801 Preamp and MM8077 Amp

Marantz Announces New Flagship AV8801 Preamp and MM8077 Amp


  • Product Name: AV8801 & MM8077
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Review Date: December 07, 2012 06:30
  • MSRP: $3,599 for AV8801 & $2,399 for MM8077
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

AV8801 MM8077
Number of Channels 11.2 Channels Number of Channels 7
Audyssey Audyssey MultEQXT32, SubEQHT, DSX, Dynamic EQ Dynamic Volume Power Output (8 Ohm) 150W (20Hz - 20kHz, 0.08%)
Current Feedback Topology Preamplifier Stage S/N Ratio 105dB
Power Transformer Toroidal Freq. Response (Analog In) 8Hz - 100kHz (+/- 3dB)
D/A Conversion 192kHz/32-Bit Current Feedback Topology Yes
Digital Signal Processing ADSP21487 x 3 Discrete Amplification Yes
Chassis Copper Plated, Full Size Power Transformer Toroidal
Auto Calibration by MIC Audyssey MultEQXT32 (upgradeable to Pro by Installer) Chassis Copper Plated
Satellite Radio Ready SiriusXM StreamingNetwork Main Amplifier In Balanced & Unbalanced
AM/FM tuner Yes (HD) DC Triggers 1 In / 1 Out
HDMI In 7 (including front HDMI input) D-Bus Remote (RC-5) In/Out 1 In /1 Out
Component In 3 IR Flasher In 1
Composite In 4 Number of Channels 7
HDMI Out 3 (2 x Simultaneous, 1 x Zone 4)

Component Out 2/Incl. Zone 2 output

Composite Out 3/Incl. Zone 2 output

Analog L&R In 8/Including 1 x XLR

Analog L&R Out 3

Digital Optical In 2

Pre-Amplifier Out 11.2 (RCA & XLR)

Multi-Channel In 7.1

Multi-Room Audio Out Zone 2 & Zone 3 Preout (Variable)

Multi-Room Video Out Zone 4 HDMI, Zone 2 Component and Composite

Multi-Room Speaker Out Yes (Selectable)

Networking AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 certified Audio/Photo Streaming, Internet Radio, Streaming service capability (Spotify/Pandora/SiriusXM/flickr)

External control RS-232C / IP

DC Triggers 2

D-Bus Remote (RC-5) In/Out Yes

IR Flasher In 1

Front Panel A/V Inputs Front HDMI, USB and A/V inputs

Headphone Out 1

Multi-Room Speaker Yes (Selectable)


Marantz is beefing up their lineup with the release of two new flagship products, the AV8801 11.2ch preamp and MM8077 7ch amp. Like with other Marantz products, these two are made to complement each other, and from the specs alone they look pretty solid.

AV8801 A/V Processor

The AV8801 retails for $3,599 and sits at the top of Marantz’s non-reference line. It supports everything that you would expect from a modern preamp/processor, such as 3D ,4K, video upconvsersion, and network connectivity. It also has a number of features that take it from a run-of-the-mill product to a top performer. The AV8801 is equipped with Audyssey’s best calibration system, MultEQ XT32 (upgradable to Pro). It also supports Audyssey Sub EQ HT, a feature we are really excited to see. Sub EQ HT integrates two subwoofers into a system by adjusting level, delay, and EQ independently for each sub. Of Course, careful subwoofer placement is still critical to best performance.

The AV8801 isn’t light on connections either. It has both balanced and unbalanced outputs for all 11.2 channels, and supports DSX and DTS Neo:X so you can actually use all 11 channels.  It also supports 3 additional zones of audio and video. A phono input should make many audiophiles happy and a 192Khz/32-bit DAC should keep audio coming in from any digital signal sounding pristine. There are a total of 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs. Two of the HDMI outputs are mirrored but the 3rd is fully independent and supports instapreview for convenient source selection. We are glad to finally start to see multi-zone support for HDMI as this can make video distribution much cheaper and easier than before. The AV8801 can be controlled via an iPhone app and a 4 port switch allows you to connect three additional devices to the internet via Ethernet. A wide variety of network features, including AirPlay, DLNA, SiriusXM, Spotify, and Pandora round out the AV8801’s network connectivity.

 AV8801 Rear

Marantz AV8801 Rear View

MM8077 Seven Channel Power Amplifier

The MM8077 retails for $2,399 and is marketed as the perfect companion for the AV8801. That seems a little odd to us because it is only a 7 channel amp and the AV8801 supports 11 channels. If you want to have an 11 channel system and still keep all the gear Marantz you would need to purchase the MM7055 5 channel amp or two MM7025 2 channel amps in addition to the MM8077. The MM8077 is rated at 150W (20Hz - 20kHz, 0.08%) into 8 ohms and 180W into 6 ohms. The total capacitance is a respectable 100,000µF. The unit is cooled by heat sinks arranged in a tunnel design and a quite fan that automatically kicks in when needed.  The MM8077 features both unbalanced and balanced inputs and 5-way binding posts accept bare speaker wire, spade lugs, or banana plugs. Finally, the chassis is copper-plated and part of a multi-layer bottom panel and triple-layer top cover for isolation.

 Marantz MM8077 Rear View

 Marantz MM8077 Rear View


We have liked Marantz Reference Series products for quite some time so it is nice to see some of the design features trickle down to more affordable product. Then again, we say “affordable” in comparison to some of the other products we have recently reviewed, such as the Pass Labs X350 stereo amp for $11,000. The feature list of the AV8801 is impressive, but now many receivers for half the price offer similar features. The same goes for the MM8077, similar equipment can be had for less. But, that isn’t really the point with these two products; they are not designed for budget consumers. The AV8801 and MM8077 are made for people who want the performance of extremely high-end gear without the price tag, and we think these products fit that niche nicely.

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Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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