The Marantz AV8805 picks up a ‘Best Buy’ award from Home Cinema Choice

Jul 24, 2018

The Marantz AV8805 AV Pre-Amplifier has picked up a ‘Best Buy’ award and a 5-star review from Home Cinema Choice. When discussing the AV Amplifier, HCC said: “Marantz puts the audiophile into home cinema with a state-of-the-art 13.2-channel preamplifier that’s both capable and great value.”

The Marantz AV8805 13.2 channel AV Pre-Amplifier perfectly handles all high-resolution audio formats and produces exceptional surround sound quality, giving you 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 Marantz’s unique Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) for all channels independently, as well as full wireless multi-room audio, empowering integrators and users to seamlessly create a whole-home audio experience unlike any other on the market.

For those demanding the ultimate home entertainment experience, the AV8805 AV Pre-Amplifier 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 produces 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. Furthermore, thanks to in total eight top-of-the-line, premium grade AK4490 32-bit stereo DACs across all channels, the AV8805 perfects audio quality for optimal fidelity.

As a result of rigorous mechanical testing, the Marantz AV8805 offers an outstanding construction for the best, unaltered music and movie playback. The highly rigid base chassis - the foundation for all circuit boards carrying the sensible audio signal – leaves no chance for microphonic effects through unwanted vibration. The oversized toroidal transformer feeding the big main capacitors is set on an extra 5mm aluminium pedestal for extra stability. All the electronics are also supported by the copper plating on the main chassis, which guarantees best ground connection at any point, and significantly improves Signal to Noise behaviour. In total 17 single board HDAM modules are used to achieve the best channel separation for reference-setting audio performance. Finally, everything is well covered by a heavy top lid constructed out of three pieces.

Ideal for the custom integrator, the AV8805 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.

In addition, the AV8805 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 world-class home theatre and entertainment experiences will find a Phono MM as well, for the perfect 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 favourite music anywhere and everywhere around the home. Streaming capabilities are available with partners such as, Spotify, TuneIn Internet radio, Amazon Prime Music, JUKE, Soundcloud, TIDAL, Napster, Deezer, and Apple Airplay. With a future firmware update, the AV8805 will additionally be equipped with Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home Skill for Entertainment Devices, so consumers can utter voice commands to a connected Amazon Alexa device to natively control a variety of functions, including power on/off, volume, mute/unmute, music play/pause, external input switching and playback of supported streaming services (availability varies by country).

The Marantz AV8805 also features an advanced video section, with full 4K compatibility that's fully compliant 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 device and compatible TVs.

For remote control compatibility with other components in your home theatre 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 Crestron Connected certification for quick and easy integration with Crestron home automation equipment. IP control is featured too. Lastly, Marantz’s AV8805 also comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ to deliver the ultimate equalisation for your home theatre space.

Experience the AV8805 for yourself at your nearest Marantz Stockist.