Marantz has introduced the brand’s first 13-channel AV pre-amplifier, the AV8805
The AV8805 supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D decoding. Auro 3D will be added via a future firmware update at no extra charge.
Eight AK4490 32-bit stereo DACs are included across all channels plus a large toroidal transformer which 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. In total 17 single board HDAM modules are used too.
A balanced XLR stereo input is included as well as assignable 15.2 balanced XLR outputs, which includes two subwoofer outputs, front height/width outputs and overhead channels.
In addition, the AV8805 handles all signals via the Marantz HDAM modules in Current Feedback topology, before passing to the XLR or RCA outputs and separate power amp. There’s also a phono MM as well, for vinyl lovers. As is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 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 you 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 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).
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, it includes an RS-232C serial port with Crestron Connected certification. IP control is featured too. Lastly, Marantz’s AV8805 also comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ.
The AV8805 is priced at £3,599 and will be available March 2018.
For more information, visit: www.marantz.eu.