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Marantz AV8805 13.2CH Preamp Processor

Marantz AV8805 13.2CH Preamp Processor

Summary

  • Product Name: AV8805
  • Manufacturer: Marantz
  • Review Date: January 13, 2018 13:00
  • MSRP: $4,500
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support
  • Current Feedback topology and new Marantz monolithic HDAM circuitry
  • Toroidal transformer & Copper plated chassis
  • Three piece top cover construction
  • Audiophile 32bit / 192kHz DA-Converters
  • Auro-3D upgrade-ready (up to Auro 13.1)
  • Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS:X and Auro-3D (up to 13.1).
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and DynamicEQ
  • 15.2ch pre-out (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and 13.2ch signal processing
  • Latest HDMI version and HDCP 2.2 with 4K/60 Hz,, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through.
  • 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color), USB and RS232
  • Analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling
  • ISF video calibration
  • MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
  • HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC, Gapless Playback
  • Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
  • Phono (MM) input
  • Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
  • 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
  • Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 17.3" x 16.1" x 7.3"
  • Weight: 30.2 lbs

Executive Overview

The Marantz AV8805 13.2 Channel AV Processor Supports Amazon Alexa, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D and the Latest UHD Video Formats

Marantz has been enjoying a joint partnership with Denon under Sound United allowing them to share engineering resources. What do you get when you mix Denon digital know-how with Marantz analog finesse? The AV8805 13.2CH AV Processor! The AV8805 is the successor to the AV8802A but is revamped based on the new Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH AV Receiver recently announced at CES 2018.

CES 2018 Recap: Best New AV Processors and Receivers YouTube Discussion

The Marantz AV8805 handles all high-resolution audio formats and is said to produce exceptional surround sound quality, giving installers and consumers the flexibility and performance to bring even the most delicate sounds to life. Not only does the AV8805 process up to 13.2 channels, it also hosts their unique Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) for all channels independently. Marantz includes full wireless multi-room audio, which they claim empowers integrators and users to seamlessly create a whole-home audio experience unlike any other on the market.

“The Venetian high-performance audio suites at CES is a thrilling location for us to showcase Marantz’s legacy and commitment to the evolution of sound via new advanced audio technologies, and corresponding integrations,”

said Emmanuel Millot, global brand director at Marantz.

“The Marantz AV8805 disrupts the pre-amplifier category with more channel processing, high-resolution sound, 4K ultra HD, and the latest in custom integration functionality to sync with modern 3rd party controllers and revolutionize the entertainment experience. This next-generation, high-performance system was designed to meticulously handle even the finest audio formats.”

Audiophile Grade Parts

For those demanding the ultimate home entertainment experience, Marantz’s AV8805 is a no-compromise, multichannel AV processor, and pre-amplifier, designed for use with high-quality external power amplification or active speakers. Blending a futuristic minimalist design, the Marantz AV8805 is engineered to produce superb surround sound from the latest 3D audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D decoding. Auro 3D will be added via a future firmware update at no extra charge. Further, the AV8805 enhances audio quality to ensure all high-resolution audio formats and playbacks are fully supported for optimal fidelity.

Marantz AV8805 Inside

Marantz AV8805 Inside View - Note the encapsulated toroidal transformer and HDAM monolithic analog circuit boards

As a result of rigorous mechanical testing, the Marantz AV8805 is said to offer amazing high resolution, reproduction and flexibility for both music and movies through its top-of-the-line, premium grade AK4490 32-bit DACs across all channels and XLR input and outputs. Additionally, the processor boasts a balanced XLR stereo input, as well as assignable 15.2 balanced XLR outputs, which includes two subwoofer outputs, front height/width outputs, and overhead channels. This extensive balanced XLR compatibility ensures high-end performance in the home and the studio, while 15.2 RCA pre-outs provide additional compatibility with multiple power amplifier types or active speakers, ideal for the integrator.

In addition, the AV885 further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via the Marantz HDAM modules in Current Feedback topology, before passing to the XLR or RCA outputs and separate power amp. Consumers looking for a world-class home theater and entertainment experiences will find a Phono MM input, perfect for vinyl lovers. With advanced wireless connectivity provided by both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth™ to support its many features, the AV8805 will become a key component of a complete wireless multi-room system. Users can enjoy their favorite music anywhere and everywhere around the home. Streaming capabilities are available with partners such as Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Internet radio, Amazon Prime Music, iHeart Radio, SiriusXM, Soundcloud, TIDAL, Napster, Deezer, Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Airplay.

Latest in HDMI and Functionality

The Marantz AV8805 also features an advanced video section, with full 4K compatibility that's fully compatible with the latest HDMI connectivity and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all eight HDMI inputs. It also comes with enhanced audio return channel (eARC) support (via a firmware update) for the most advanced audio formats via single HDMI connection between the AV8805 and compatible TVs. The AV8805 also supports 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support. As such, the AV8805 is prepared for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and other 4K Ultra HD sources. Additionally, it can support legacy systems by upscaling standard and high definition analog and digital video content to 4K Ultra HD. Dolby Vision, eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) compatibility are also supported. eARC will be enabled via a firmware update in 2018.

Although the press release doesn't explicitly state it, we're gonna go out on a limb and assume that Marantz plans to support the owners of the AV8805 (just like Denon is doing with the AVR-X8500H) with both hardware and software upgradability to the HDMI 2.1 specification, namely 8K pass-through, when the solution becomes available.

For remote control compatibility with other components in your home theater system, the AV8805 features an IR (infrared) remote control input and output on the rear panel, along with dual 12V trigger outputs. For direct connection to external home automation and control equipment, the AV8805 features an RS-232C serial port with Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) and Crestron Connected certification for quick and easy integration with Control4 and Crestron home automation equipment.

Audyssey Editor App

The AV8805  comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ to deliver the ultimate equalization for your home theater space. MultEQ XT32 is able to analyze each speaker’s output at up to eight measurement locations and generates precision digital filters that optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. With the addition of Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ, installers and users will have maximum control to optimize their audio set up for the absolute best fidelity. Audyssey Low-Frequency Containment uses advanced psychoacoustic algorithms to deliver a full range tonal balance, including deep bass, but without disturbing those in other rooms. Additionally, the AVR-X8500H supports the new Audyssey MultEQ Editor App compatibility. The MultEQ Editor App allows users to view and customize the sound more precisely to the specific problems in the room, and tailor the sound to your personal preferences.

Key Features of the AV8805:

  • 13.2 channel processing with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs and assignable pre-amplifier outputs for advanced home theater users.

  • Dual Subwoofer outputs with independent level and delay control, and assignability as a stereo pair, or mono-mix.
  • All Immersive surround formats supported including: Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS:X and Auro-3D (up to 13.1).

  • High-performance AK4490 192kHz/32bit D/A converters for all channels for state high-resolution performance.

  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and DynamicEQ and Audyssey editor app for sound optimization and full customization.

  • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support offer improved network stability even in Wi-Fi-crowded homes.

  • HEOS wireless music streaming technology (AirPlay, Bluetooth, TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL and more) and the HEOS app allows easy multi-room listening.

  • Network music streaming supported via DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAVsupport for high-resolution, Hi-Fi listening.

  •  4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through.

  • eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) functionality via a firmware update to support object-based audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via single HDMI connection between AVRs and compatible TVs.

  • Eight HDMI inputs, including one on the front, with full HDCP 2.2 support, plus three HDMI outputs (zones), ample inputs for digital sources and the ability to support different video in different rooms.

  • Analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K Upscaling for legacy video sources, plus full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analog sources.

  • Installation and operation are seamless with the Setup Assistant and Marantz AVR Remote app.

 Marantz AV8805 Back Panel

Marantz AV8805 Backpanel View - Note the triple HDMI outputs, 17 XLR pre-outs (including 2 subwoofers) and dual XLR inputs.

 There are FOUR pairs of height outputs and Height4 which can be reassigned to Front Wide.

This allows for a 13.1ch Auro3D layout combined with a 9.1.4 or 7.1.6 Atmos layout.

Initial Impressions

We like the trend Sound United is setting with both Denon and Marantz by reintroducing flagship level AV receivers and preamp/processors into the marketplace again. The AV8805 represents some of the most advanced processing currently available with future expandability to extend life and reduce the fear of obsolescence.  This is one of the first AV processors that supports ALL 3 immersive surround formats, 3 pairs of height channels, and a HDMI 2.1 upgradability path. While its asking price may seem a bit spendy, it's really not when you consider the arsenal of processing power this baby has and how flexible it will be for even the most upscale home theater installations.

The AV8805 ($4,499) will be available February 2018 through authorized Marantz retailers. For more please visit: www.us.marantz.com/us

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Recent Forum Posts:

Aaron Friedman posts on May 20, 2018 08:16
John Daddabbo, post: 1234113, member: 74275
Hmmm, that doesn't at all answer my question. No mention of any preamp processors running Audyssey at 96 kHz (or higher) that I can see at that LINK. I know that Audyssey will run at 96 kHz (or higher), however from what I can tell no manufacturer has yet to do so.
John I have been using Dirac Live for about 5 years now. I had it both in my Desktop computer set up and in my home theatre through MINIdsp. Just so you know for home theatre you are required to use the MiniDSP USB MIC in many systems. That samples at 48khz NOT 96khz. Hence on home theatre using the that Mic you would be limited to 48KHZ too. On my desktop I can and do sample at 96KHZ. There I have a choice of Mics and I use the EarthWorks M30 and Babyface pro MICamp/AtoD. 48HZ samples from 20hz to 21.8khz. 96KHZ samples to 43.6khz. However, most home theatres do not allow you to use anything above 20khz. Hence in that instant it may not make a differenc anyway. However, sampling in 192khz may actually be worse for this purpose. It is real technical but that is what I found. SO do not judge by the 48khz alone. Overall the Marantz 8805 is the best piece under $8,900.
Grassy posts on March 03, 2018 16:30
I find the 8805 confusing that you cannot use the audyssey pro kit with it but instead the send you out a cardboard mic stand on a flagship product. Seems to me they have gone backwards.Why would we not have the opportunity to use a well built mic and processor and go to a 20 dollar app with a cardboard stand. Sorry marantz no real reason for me to upgrade.
gene posts on March 01, 2018 16:17
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Adaboy posts on February 26, 2018 20:37
John Daddabbo, post: 1233579, member: 74275
I just received confirmation from Marantz that the new Top of the Line AV8805 at over $4000 dollars! ($4,500 to be exact) will still only come with Audyssey running at 48 kHz.

Oh contraire (Where's that comment coming from? Do you get Kick-backs from Marantz or what?), Marantz has NOT made the right choice, as this current AV8801 owner will be making the jump to Emotiva (with it's Dirac Live running at 192 kHz for all channels)… and as I would imagine many current Marantz AV8801 and AV8802 owners shall do at an asking price of nearly 5Gs! Thank you.
John Daddabbo, post: 1233579, member: 74275
I just received confirmation from Marantz that the new Top of the Line AV8805 at over $4000 dollars! ($4,500 to be exact) will still only come with Audyssey running at 48 kHz.

Oh contraire (Where's that comment coming from? Do you get Kick-backs from Marantz or what?), Marantz has NOT made the right choice, as this current AV8801 owner will be making the jump to Emotiva (with it's Dirac Live running at 192 kHz for all channels)… and as I would imagine many current Marantz AV8801 and AV8802 owners shall do at an asking price of nearly 5Gs! Thank you.


Lol if you wanw to be a beta tester for Emotiva be my guest! They have a less than stellar history when it comes to processors. I'd never drop serious coin on them do to all their issues that take months/years to resolve if they decide they want to.

Lol can't believe you compare them to Marantz
John Daddabbo posts on February 19, 2018 10:19
I didn't miss anything, but Thank you for sharing having thought that I may have. Chris, as usual, speaks to the capabilities of Audyssey and not what is implemented by most manufacturers, and that is Audyssey processing at 48 kHz for all channels and all frequencies (i.e. down-sampled). So as you suggest, I have been looking elsewhere and I have been doing so for quite some time, so here's hoping that Emotiva pulls off the RMC-1 in all manners for which they have been promising.
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