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Marantz AV8801

11.2 Channel 4K & 3D Pass Through AV Preamp/Processor with Networking and AirPlay

Retail Price: $3,599.00


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The Marantz AV8801 is the Ideal Center of Any Serious Home Theater System

Offering numerous upgrades and design improvements over its predecessors, the Marantz AV8801 A/V 7.2 Channel Preamplifier helps you make the most of Blu-ray players, turntables, and other components. When paired with an amplifier, this preamp delivers immersive and faithful surround sound performance across 7.2 channels. It also features 4K upscaling and pass-through, so you can enjoy the latest HD video content to the fullest.


  • 4k/2k Video: Displays are here and content is coming and the AV8801 is ready.
  • 4-port Ethernet Hub: This built-in hub can be used for Ethernet-based products like set-top-boxes, gaming consoles, and Blu-ray players and eliminates the hassle of installing a 3rd party hub.
  • HDMI 6+1 in/ 2+1out (Dual HDMI out & Zone out): More devices feature HDMI outputs, and with a total of 7 HDMI inputs the AV8801 can easily handle all of your different source components. With a two zone matrix HDMI output, you now have true two zone capability. There is also a 3rd HDMI output that will mirror the output of the main zone.
  • InstaPrevue: Remember "picture-in-picture"? InstaPrevue allows the end user to preview content on each of the HDMI inputs.
  • Three Zone Audio: Each of the three audio zones can be controlled via IR, IP/App and/or RS232.
  • Integration: Because Marantz has strategic partnerships with all of the major control companies, you can be assured that both RS232 and IP protocol will be both reliable and lightning fast.
  • Shallow depth chassis, DC triggers, discrete IR commands and IR flasher inputs are among the features incorporated to insure that the installation goes smoothly.
  • Mobile App control with advanced media browsing: Whether you are a fan of Apple or Android, Marantz has apps that allow for full control of the AV8801. Both apps are elegant looking and easy to operate.
  • 11.2-channel processing with DTS Neo:X & Audyssey DSX.

Copper-plated chassis
A copper plated steel chassis creates a barrier for maximum isolation from external vibration as well as electromagnetic and radio frequency interference, allowing the AV8801 to communicate the most delicate audio program with absolute clarity. For even more rigidity, the top cover is made up of three individual pieces attached to both sides of the chassis. In addition, the AV8801 utilizes a double brace that attaches the front and back together for "tri box" construction which further strengthens the unit.

32-bit/192k Digital-to-Analog Converter 
With significantly higher resolution and wider dynamic range than a CD, audiophiles and music lovers will appreciate the analog-like textures that the AV8801's extremely sophisticated DAC delivers.

HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module)
High Speed, discrete (part-by-part), custom circuits that utilize Current Feedback in order to preserve fine musical detail. HDAM circuits are custom tuned to individual products and enhance performance in ways that no off-the-shelf component can. For the AV8801, Marantz chose 13 HDAM devices specifically geared to providing the best sound possible.

Toroidal Transformer
The AV8801's Toroidal Transformer serves a dual purpose. First, it operates more efficiently enabling the power supply to flawlessly respond to demanding musical transients. Second, it produces less spurious magnetic energy which helps lower the noise floor for ultra-quiet operation.

Balanced XLR terminals
Balanced XLR terminals offer +40dB rejection of induced noise in the cable while providing a superior mechanical connection. The AV8801 incorporates dedicated balanced Inputs for sources such as SACD, making the UD7007 a perfect companion as it features balanced outputs.

Audyssey XT32 
The newest and most accurate room correction solution available today, Audyssey XT32 utilizes more than ten thousand individual control points allowing finer details of the room's problems to be captured and corrected.

Video Section
Standard video connectors
    Input/output level and impedance: 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm
    Frequency response: 5 Hz – 10 MHz 0, –3 dB
Color component video connector
    Input/output level and impedance:
         Y signal — 1 Vp-p, 75 ohm
         PB signal — 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohm
         PR signal — 0.7 Vp-p, 75 ohm
    Frequency response: 5 Hz – 60 MHz — 0, –3 dB

FM Tuner
(Note: μV at 75 ohm , 0 dBf = 1 x 10–15 W)
Receiving Range: 87.5 MHz – 107.9 MHz
Usable Sensitivity: 1.5 μV (14.8 dBf)
    MONO 78 dB (IHF–A weighted, DIRECT mode)
    STEREO 68 dB (IHF–A weighted, DIRECT mode)
    HD 85 dB
Total harmonic Distortion (at 1 kHz):
    MONO 0.1 %
    STEREO 0.2 %
    HD 0.02 %

AM Tuner
Receiving Range:AM: 530 kHz – 1710 kHz
Usable Sensitivity: 20 μV
S/N: HD 85 dB
Total harmonic Distortion (at 1 kHz): HD 0.02 %

Input sensitivity/Input impedance
    Unbalanced input: 200 mV/47 k ohm
    Balanced input: 400 mV/94 k ohm
Frequency response: 10 Hz – 100 kHz — +1, –3 dB (DIRECT mode)
S/N: 105 dB (IHF–A weighted, DIRECT mode)
Distortion: 0.005 % (20 Hz - 20 kHz) (DIRECT mode)
Rated output: Unbalanced pre-output: 1.2 V
Balanced pre-output: 2.4 V

D/A output: 
    Rated output: 2 V (at 0 dB playback)
    Total harmonic distortion: 0.008 % (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
    S/N ratio: 102 dB
    Dynamic range: 100 dB
Digital input: 
     Format: Digital audio interface
Phono equalizer (PHONO input)
    Input sensitivity: 2.5 mV
     RIAA deviation: ±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
    S/N: 74 dB (A weighting, with 5 mV input)
    Rated output: 150 mV
    Distortion factor: 0.03 % (1 kHz, 3 V)

Power supply: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power consumption:
    90 W
    0.2 W (Standby mode)
    0.5 W (CEC standby mode)
    5.1 W (network standby mode)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 21/64" x 7 9/32" x 15 21/64"
Weight: 30 lbs 


Height (inches) 7.36
Width (inches) 17.13
Depth (inches) 15.98
DLNA Certified No
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs -
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Outputs -
Audyssey XT32
AirPlay Yes
HDMI Standby Passthrough No
USB Front/Rear No
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Outputs 1
Channels 7.2
Watts Per Channel -
HDMI Inputs 7
HDMI Outputs 6


4.55 / 5

3 Customer Reviews

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So far it's been great... (Posted on 10/9/2013)
I have this unit for over two weeks and the SQ is amazing. Over the last 3 years I have been upgrading AV gear every year and hope this unit will put an end to that for atleast another 3 years to come. I have performed a side/side comparison playing the same movie sequence with AV8801/MM8077 with denon 4810 and Yamaha 3010 and Marantz combination is a clear winner. One differentiating factor is the XT32 vs XT and YPOA. Bass is pretty tight, It was boomy with Denon 4810. Also like the Airplay feature for effortless audio streaming from IOS.
Great product (Posted on 4/2/2013)
This is an absolute beast. I was in between the Denon 4520 and this unit. I returned the Denon for this. Being that this unit is a standalone preamp sold me. D and M Holdings makes the Marantz and the Denon, so they are brother.
Will help You in acheiving an Aural Nirvana!!! (Posted on 2/23/2013)
OMG= Oral Mouse Gemeinshaft!!!
Anyway, an awesome sound overall!!!
I did not purchase this from,, or, like I normally would have, because I could not spend $3,600 for a Pre-Amp, that is not McIntosh anyway.
I gave 2 Stars for the Price section, because I think Marantz over-priced this unit at $3,600 MSRP; it should have been $2,600, instead for sure. I do not know what they were thinking!!! In 2 years it will come down below $3,000, but I did not wait until then.
If you can find this unit for less than $3,000 range, then I strongly recommend you to get this piece as the Pre-Am for your Home Theatre System!
I had been using Marantz AV7005 for a year prior to upgrading to this Marantz unit; and this AV8801's New Sound Calibration system provides an audible aura, compared to the AV7005.
I do not use this unit's Front Height or Front Width pairs of speakers and probabily will not anytime soon, if not ever.
But, this unit's 36-bits DAC processors, as supposed to AV7005's 24-bits, make a definite sonical difference to my ears!
Most of all, this unit's ability to calibrate two subwoofers was one of the biggest reasons that I bought this Pre-Amp, instead of spending almost $3,000 for a new High-Performance Subwoofer, e.g. Velodyne DD Plus 18 with its own Digital Calibrator, but this wieghs over 120 Lbs each, and will be very cumbersome to deal with its proper placement in my apartment).
Its Aduyssey XT32 just makes a sonic difference in my opinion; basically the 32 in XT32 means that it processes 32 times more than the XT version on other Marantz models, e.g. AV7005 or AV7701.
Thank you.

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