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The Marantz AV8801 11.2 channel A/V pre-amp/processor is packed with the latest audio and video technologies, all designed to provide you with the ultimate music and movie surround sound experience.Equipped with our advanced multi-DSP audio processor, the AV8801 features a broad range of surround sound decoding modes, including support for high resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AV8801 also features expanded multi-channel decoding, including Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X, giving you the ability to add additional front height and width channels for a truly expansive and immersive surround sound experience. The AV8801 further enhances audio quality by delicately handling all signals via the Marantz-own HDAMs in Current Feedback topology before being passed to the XLR outputs and separate power amp.
An Awesome Pre-Amplifier!!!
Pros: Great Mid-range and Overall Sound! A Huge improvement over my previous Marantz AV7005. I bought this for its ability to Calibrate Two Subwoofers, for in improved tight bass that is harmonious to each other, per Marantz' website advertisement/specification, and also for its Audyssey XT32 function, which calibrates 32 Times More than the XT version, taking into consideration your room reflection and contours, for a better more natural sound stage. The sound after running the Audyssey, in all 8 maximum calibration positions, gave very Natural Sound that is So Real! Simply put, an amazing sound quality, for both listening to the Music and Watching Movies. The AV8801 automatically converts the 5.1 HD soundtracks to my 7.2 setup, in either the Dolby TrueHD or DTS MA-HD. I have not tried its capability to feed 11.1 setup system; but I am sure that it will convert the 5.1 source to the full 11.1 outputs in its natural Dolby TrueHD or DTS MA-HD modes, without changing the formats to Pro-Logic IIz or DTS Neo:X (The Display or the Info reads just Dolby TrueHD or DTS MA-HD, even if 5.1 sourse is produced as 7.2 in my setup, for example). Anyway, totally worth the purchase, with as much in the overal sound improvement, as when I got two subwoofers; just pristine quality, with so much increase in the audio realism. If I have to pick One word to describe this Pre-Amp, then it would be "REAL", for how your sound from the speakers would sound like.
Cons: The Price, of course;it should have been priced at 2/3 its MSRP, in my opinion, which you can get at for a New unit, if you search the internet around, nowadays.
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