The Marantz AV8003 is equipped with all of the latest high resolution audio formats,
including, 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; the AV8003
is also THX Ultra2 certified, with additional THX surround sound post-processing
functions. Able to handle a variety of input sources and formats, the AV8003
features a quartet of latest specification v1.3a HDMI inputs, which provide high
resolution audio format compatibility as well as supporting Deep Color and xvYCC
extended video formats, for the ultimate picture and sound quality with high
definition sources such as Blu-Ray. For whole home entertainment, the AV8003
features three zone A/V signal distribution, including high definition video via
HDMI for the main zone, component video to the second zone, with third zone
independent audio program capability. The AV8003 also features a built-in video
processor that provides de-interlacing and up-conversion to 1080P. Multiple
power supplies and extensive internal shielding, along with a full copper-plated
chassis provide maximum audio and video signal integrity. A built-in digital
media player makes it easy to stream Audio, Video and Photos from your PC or NAS
device to your theater. Combined with the Marantz MM8003 8 channel power
amplifier, the AV8003 delivers the ultimate home theater viewing and listening
Note: The Marantz AV8003 preamplifier/processor does not feature a
built-in amplifier and requires a separate power amplifier such as the
Marantz MM8003 8 channel power amplifier (642MM8003,
Optional Add-on Devices
Digital Signal Processing (DSP):
The Marantz AV8003 is equipped with a high-resolution 32-bit floating point
Digital Signal Processor (DSP). All elements of the Surround Processor are
optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and
discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the
sophisticated DSP surround decoder.
24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AV8003 uses 24-bit/192-kHz
Digital-to-Analog converters for all channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit
word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution
recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those
Independent Power Supplies:
Independent power supply circuits are incorporated for the FL display, audio and
video sections for maximum separation, clarity and dynamic range.
Auto MultEQ Setup: This Audyssey MultEQ technology adapted by this
preamplifier/processor provides the best listening environment for multiple listeners. The
Auto MultEQ Setup feature of the AV8003 measures sound characteristics of your
speaker system and room where the preamplifier/processor is used and automatically optimizes
settings. To do this, the Auto Setup feature measures a test tone emitted by
each channel in a maximum of 6 listening positions, using the supplied
microphone. The measurement results are analyzed using an original algorithm and
environmental settings are made to improve the sound characteristics of your
Manual Speaker Setup: If you prefer, you can manually setup up your
speaker configurations. You can select the size and presence of each speaker,
the distance of each speaker from your normal listening position, and the level
of each speaker in your system.
Surround Modes: The AV8003 is equipped with various surround modes to
reproduce a variety of surround sound effects, according to the content of the
source to b played. In addition to the preamplifier/processor Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby
Digital, and DTS decoders, the Marantz AV8003 is also THX Ultra2 certified.
- Auto: When this mode is selected, the unit determines whether the
digital input signal is Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby
digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, or PCM audio.
- Source Direct: In the Source Direct mode, the tone control
circuit Acoustic EQ and bass management configuration are bypassed for
full-range frequency response and the purist audio reproduction.
- Pure Direct: The Pure Direct mode further reduces sources of
noise in addition to effect of the Source Direct mode, by blocking output
from the video jacks and turning of the unit's display.
- Stereo: This mode bypasses all surround processing. In stereo
program sources, the left and right channels play normally when PCM audio or
analog stereo is input. With Dolby Digital and DTS sources, the 5.1 channels
are converted to two channels stereo. 96kHz PCM source material can be
played back in stereo mode.
- HDCD: When listening to HDCD recordings, you hear more dynamic
range, a focused 3-D sound stage, and extremely natural vocal and musical
- Dolby Headphone: This mode simulates the waveforms of the actual
sounds heard from the speakers when listening to the preamplifier/processor's audio
through a connected pair of headphones.
- Dolby Virtual Speaker: Dolby Virtual Speaker technology use
proprietary technology of Dolby Laboratories to create a virtual surround
sound-field using only two speakers for the front channels, allowing the
user to experience sound as if surround speakers were actually being used.
- Multi-channel Movie/Music: This mode is used to create a wider,
deeper and more natural soundstage from two channel source material. This is
done by feeding the left channel signal to both the left front and left
surround speaker and the right channel signal to both the right front and
right surround speakers. Additionally, the center channel reproduces a mix
of the right and left channels.
- Circle Surround II (Cinema/Music/Mono): Circle Surround is
designed to enable multi-channel surround sound playback of no-encoded and
multi-channel encode material. Backward compatibility provides listeners
with up to 6.1 channels of surround performances from an entire collection
of music and film, including broadcast, video tape, and stereo recorded
music. Depending on source material , you can select Cinema, Music or Mono
mode. Circle Surround also offers the following parameter adjustments.
- TruBass: TruBass produced by your speakers is an octave below
the actual physical capabilities of your speakers adding exciting, deep
- SRS Dialog: This feature allows dialogue to easily be
discerned from the surround audio effects.
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo-
or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a
seamless, natural surround sound-field that immerses you in the
entertainment experience. Dolby Pro Logic IIx has 5 modes:
- Movie: This mode provides 6.1 or 7.1 channel surround sound
from Dolby Surround, encodes stereo movie soundtracks.
- Music: The Pro LogicIIx-Music mode creates a rich and
enveloping ambience from stereo sources such as CDs. In this mode, the
AV8003 includes three controls to fine tune this sound-field.
- Panorama: Panorama wraps the sound of the front left and
right speakers around you, for an exciting perspective.
- Dimension: This feature adjusts the sound-field either
towards the front or towards the rear of your system. This can be
useful to help achieve a more suitable balance from all the speaker
with certain recordings.
- Center Width: The Center Width feature allows you to
gradually spread the center channel sound into the front left and
- Game: This mode restores the impact low-frequency surround
effects by routing them to the system's subwoofer.
- 5.1ch + PLIIx Movie: This mode provides 7.1 cannels surround
sound from 5.1 channel movie soundtracks.
- 5.1ch+ PLIIx Music: This mode provides 6.1 or 7.1 channel
surround sound from 5.1 channel music soundtracks.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1
multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus is an improved
Dolby Digital surround format that is compatible with up to 7.1-channels of
discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality due to extra data bit
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio
technology, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the
sound of the studio masters.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1
multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both
commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features two 6.1
multi-channel formats: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1(6.1-channel discrete digital
audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround
sound) and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 (discrete 6.1 channel digital audio format
inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix
- DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding
technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel
sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema
and Neo: 6 Music. You can also adjust the Center Gain to expand the sound
image from the center channel.
- DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling
high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96
kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution
Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24
signal formats that is compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz
and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate
performance provides high quality sound.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless
audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The
lossless audio coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the
- Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite
Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and live
events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency
domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with
superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.
- THX Ultra2 Cinema: THX Ultra2 Cinema mode plays 5.1 movies
using all 7.1 speaker give you the best possible movie watching experience.
In this mode, ASA (Advanced Speaker Array) processing blends the surround
L/R speakers and surround back speakers, providing the optimal mix of
ambient and directional surround sound.
- THX Cinema: THX Cinema accurately translates the sound
from the movie theater environment into the your home by correcting the
tonal and spatial errors that occur. When the Home THX Cinema mode is
selected on the AV8003, THX post-processing is automatically added after the
Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.
- THX Surround EX: With the AV8003, Dolby Digital EX
soundtracks further undergo Home THX Cinema processing to achieve a THX
Surround EX system. This mode gives you more detailed imaging behind you,
allowing for 360-degree surround sound effects.
- THX Music Mode: THX Music mode can be used for playing
5.1 multi-channel music sources. In this mode THX processing is applied to
the surround channels to provide a wide and stable rear soundstage.
- THX Games Mode: Two channel stereo and multi channel,
analog and digital signals are compatible with THX Games Mode. ASA is used
to accurately place all game audio information, providing a full 360°
playback environment. THX Games Mode is unique as it gives you a smooth
transition of audio in all points of the surround field.
THX Ultra2 Certification: This unit has been built and
tested to conform to the high standards of sound and build quality set by the
THX Ultra2 Certification program. THX is the unique collaboration between
Lucasfilm Ltd. and audio equipment manufacturers. THX Ultra2 certification
provides a rigorous set of performance standards, along with proprietary
surround sound post-processing technologies, designed to enhance the surround
sound playback experience in the home theater. When the THX Ultra2 mode is on,
the following THX post-processing is added:
- Re-Equalization: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack
tends to be excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio
equipment in the home because film soundtracks are designed to be played
back in large movie theaters using very different professional equipment.
Re-Equalization restores the correct tonal balance for watching a movie
soundtrack in a typical home environment.
- Timbre Matching: The human ear changes our perception
of a sound depending on the direction from which the sound is coming. In a
movie theater, there is an array of surround speakers so that the surround
information is all around you. In a home theater only two or four surround
speakers are used. The Timbre Matching feature filters the information going
to the surround speakers so that they more closely match the tonal
characteristics of the sound coming from the front speakers. This ensures
seamless panning between the front and surround speakers.
- Adaptive Decorrelation: In a movie theater, a large
number of surround speakers help create an enveloping surround sound
experience, while in a home theater there are usually only two or four
surround speakers. This can make the surround speakers sound like headphones
that lack spaciousness. The surround sounds will also collapse into the
closest speaker as you move away from the middle seating position. Adaptive
Decorrelation slightly changes one surround channel's time and phase
relationship with respect to the others. This expands the listening position
and creates the same spacious surround experience as in a movie theater.
- ASA (Advanced Speaker Array): ASA is a proprietary THX
technology which processes the sound fed to the two side and two back
surround speakers to provide the optimal surround sound experience.
- BGC (Boundary Gain Compensation): The BGC feature
provides overall improved bass balance of your home theater system by
compensating for room and wall boundaries.
Acoustic EQ: The A/V preamplifier/processor features 5 Acoustic Equalizer modes to
- Audyssey: This mode adjust the frequency characteristics of all
speakers so as to create the best listening environment for the sound
characteristics of your listening area.
- Front: This mode matches the characteristic of each speaker to
those of the front speakers.
- Flat: This mode flattens the frequency characteristics of all
speakers. It is suited for playback of multi-channel music such as Dolby
Digital and DTS.
- Preset: This mode independently adjusts the preamplifier/processor's 9-band
graphic equalizer (63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, 16kHz)
for each of the amplifier's channels.
- Off: The graphic equalizer is not use.
Bass & Treble: You can adjust the preamplifier/processor's Bass and Treble
independently to suit your listening tastes or room acoustics.
Surround Channel Level: The channel level can be independently set for
Multi-Channel Stereo, CSII and other modes. You can adjust the Center level,
Surround level and Surround Back level from -12 to +12 in 0.5 dB increments. The
Subwoofer level can be adjusted from -18 to +12 in 0.5 dB increments.
LFE Level: This function selects the output level of the LFE signal
included in the Dolby Digital signal or the DTS signal. You can select from 0 to
M-DAX: This function makes up for lost audio content in MP3 or AAC
sources during playback.
Dialogue Normalization: Dialogue Normalization is a feature
of Dolby Digital which is used to keep the programs at the same average
listening level so the user does not have to change the volume control between
Dolby Digital programs.
Night Mode: Useful at night or when loud noise is undesirable, this
mode compresses the dynamic range, making it easier to hear quieter audio
content without increasing the overall volume of your system. Night Mode is only
effective for Dolby Digital content.
Multi-Room System: The AV8003's Multi-Room System mode
allows the same source or different source to be played in two rooms other than
where the preamplifier/processor is installed. The Marantz AV
preamplifier/processor features a Main Zone (Main), Audio/Video Zone (Zone A)
and Audio Only Zone (Zone B). The Main Zone contains 7.1-channel playback of
your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. The Audio/Video Zone A
allows audio/video playback of another audio/video source connected to the
preamplifier/processor in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio
output and composite video connections to a separate amplifier and display
monitor. Video playback of the same source can also be seen in Zone A using the
preamplifier/processor's component video monitor 2 output connected to a
separate video display. Audio Only Zone B allows you to play a stereo audio
source connected to the preamplifier/processor in a 3rd room of your house via
left/right RCA audio connections to a separate amplifier. When connected to the Marantz MM8003 8-channel power amplifier, you can use the Surround Back Channel
of the power amplifier to power one of the preamplifier/processor's zones.
Bi-Amp Connection: A bi-amp connection is possible with speakers that
have two set of inputs by combining the Front and Surround Back channels. This allows you to drive the treble and bass units with separate
channels amps, which enable better sound quality. The Surround Back speaker
connections and Front channel speaker connection of your amplifier (MM8003) will need to be
connected to your speakers.
Digital Inputs/Outputs: There are 3 coaxial digital inputs and
4 optical digital inputs (one on front). The inputs accept digital audio signals from a compact
disc, LD, DVD or other digital source component. There is also 1 coaxial digital
output and 1 optical digital output. The digital outputs can be connected to MD,
recorders, CD recorders, DAT decks, or other similar components.
Balanced Inputs: The AV8003 features a pair of balanced XLR inputs for
connection for a Super Audio CD player or similar time device.
Preamp Outputs: The AV8003 features Front left, Front right, Center,
Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right and
Subwoofer preamp outputs to connect the preamplifier/processor to an external power amplifier
such as the Marantz MM8003. The AV8003 features both unbalanced RCA and balanced
XLR preamp outputs.
7.1 Channel Input: The AV8003 features a 7.1 Channel input (Front
left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left,
Surround Back right and Subwoofer) for connecting a DVD Audio player, Super
Audio CD multi-channel player, or other component that has a multi-channel port
so you can playback the audio with 5.1 channel or 7.1 channel surround sound. If
you will not be using the 7.1 channel input with a multi-channel decoder,
you can use the front and left inputs as an auxiliary input.
Headphone Output: The preamplifier/processor features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack
on its front panel for connecting a pair of optional headphones. The unit's
speakers will automatically be turned off when a set of headphones are
HDMI (version 1.3): This unit has 4
HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. The 4 HDMI inputs are assignable from the
preamplifier/processor's on-screen menu. The dual HDMI outputs cannot be used
Component Video: This unit has 4 component video inputs
to obtain the color information (Y, Cb, Cr) directly from the recorded DVD
signal or other video component; and 2 component video outputs to output the
video signal directly into the matrix decoder of your television. By sending the
pure DVD component video signal directly, the DVD signal forgoes the extra
processing that normally would degrade the image. the result is vastly increased
image quality, with incredibly life like colors and crisp detail. The 2
component video outputs will display the same video signal.
Video Up/Down Conversion: The AV8003 can take an analog
video input (composite, S-video, component) and up-convert it to HDMI so the
video signal can be passed through the preamplifier/processor's HDMI terminal to your
television via a single HDMI cable using the unit's Anchor Bay Precision Video
Scaler with full 10-bit video processing. The AV8003 can also take any of the
preamplifier/processor's analog video inputs and up-convert or down-convert them to any of the
unit's analog video monitor outputs (composite, S-video, component). The
preamplifier/processor's HDMI inputs cannot be down-converted.
I/P Conversion: The video circuit of the preamplifier/processor is equipped
with an I/P conversion feature. When this feature is active, 480i analog video
signals input from a playback device can be converted to 480p and progressively
output to the component video or HDMI monitor out terminals on the AV8003.
Auto Lipsync Correction: Video signals may take longer to
process than audio signals depending on the connected video equipment. When the
unit is connected to A TV or Projector which supports Auto Lipsync Correction in
HDMI 1.3, audio and video can be automatically synchronized using this function.
On-Screen Display: The preamplifier/processor incorporates an on-screen menu system which makes various operations
and menu selections visible on your connected television set.
AM/FM Tuner With RBDS: The Marantz AV8003 features a built-in AM/FM
tuner which can automatically or manually store up to 60 AM/FM presets that can
be labeled. The preamplifier/processor's tuner is equipped with RBDS to assist in the
selection of FM stations using station and network names, rather than broadcast
frequencies. Additional RBDS functions include the ability to search for program
types. Some RBDS stations broadcast Radio Text, which is additional information
on the station and program being broadcast. Radio Text information will appear
as scrolling text along the preamplifier/processor's display.
HD Radio: The AV8003 features a separate, built-in HD AM/FM
tuner. HD radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM
broadcasts. HD FM stations sound as great as CD quality while HD AM sounds a
rich as analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and
select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs.
Built-In Network Player:
The Marantz AV8003 is equipped with a network player for playing music, photo
and video files. You can connect the AV8003's network connector (RJ-45 Ethernet
Port) to a network device and play music, photo or video files that are stored
on the device. This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and
requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Server, and
Internet connection. The AV8003 can playback files from a Hard disk with a
built-in DLNA server function; HDD recorder or audio system that supports DLNA;
or a Computer with Windows Media Player 11 or a server software that supports
DLNA. The unit allows you to customize your own music, photo and video file
playlists; as well as perform operations such a Image Rotation, Photo Slideshow,
Video Skip Play, and Music sort by Artist/Album/Genre. You can configure the
AV8003 so you can listen to the unit's built-in network player in your main room
as well as Zone A and B (Zone B is audio only). The AV8003 supports the
following file formats.
- Music: MP3 (up to
320kbps), LPCM (up to 16-bit), WAV (up to 16-bit), WMA (up to 320 kbps), and
AAC ( up to 640 kbps).
- Photo: JPEG (up to 6,
7108,864 pixels) or BMP (no restrictions)
- Video: MPEG (up to 15
Mbps), MPEG-2 (up to 23.1 Mbps), Windows Media Video (up to 10 Mbps), or
MPEG-4 (up to 5 Mbps)
Note: This unit does
not support MPEG4-AVC or AVCHD.
Learning Remote: The provided IR wireless remote control is a
universal learning remote control. The remote features a adjustable backlit LCD
window which displays information about the sources and modes selected from the
remote control. The remote control's buttons are also backlit with a press of a
button. This remote is preset with a total of 12 types of remote codes including
Marantz TV, DVD, VCR, DSS, Tuner, CD/CD-R, MD, Tape, Aux, and amp. The
remote also contains codes for other manufactures which can be programmed. In
addition, the remote control is capable of learning and storing codes used by
other remote controls; up to 1,000 codes. You can use the remote control to program a series of
button operations in sequence. A single button on the remote can be programmed
to perform up to 20 steps in sequence. A total of 20 buttons on the remote can
be programmed with macros.
Multi-Room Remote: This included remote control can be used in
multi-room systems. Using this remote control, you can operate the AV8003
through an optional infrared preamplifier/processor or the infrared receptor of Marantz products
in multiple rooms. This remote features illuminated buttons so it is easy to use
in the dark. This remote is preset with a total of 12 types of remote codes
including Marantz TV, DVD, VCR, DSS, Tuner 1, Tuner 2, CD/CD-R, MD, Tape, Aux1
and Aux2. The remote also contains codes for other manufactures which can be
programmed. In addition, the remote control is capable of learning and storing
codes used by other remote controls.
Wizz.it 3 PC Editing Software: The downloadable Wizz.it 3 editor
software can be used to make the settings for the IR Command, LINK, JUMP, One
Touch Operation (Macro) and other functions in the supplied RC2001 remote
control via its miniUSB type-B port and the supplied USB cable. This enables a
customized user interface, optimized for your
audio/video environment. You can also backup settings of the RC2001 remote to
your PC. The Wizz.it 3 editor software can be downloaded from
www.marantz.com. The computer must meet the
following system requirements to use the Wizz.it 3 Editing Software.
- Operating System: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
- CPU: 500 MHz Intel Pentium III workstation or equivalent
(minimum), 1.2 GHz Intel Pentium IV workstation or equivalent (recommended)
- RAM: 128 MB (minimum), 512 MB (recommended)
- Free Hard Disk: 250 MB (minimum), 500 MB (recommended)
- Connection: USB port
RS-232C: The RS-232C port is to be used in conjunction with an
external controller to control the operation of the unit by using an external
device. The RS-232C port may also be used in the future to update the operating
software of the unit so that it will be able to support new digital audio
Emitter Out: These two 3.5mm outputs allow you to control external
devices using the AV8003 preamplifier/processor.
IR Input: This 3.5mm input allows connection to an external IR
Flasher In: This 3.5mm input is used to control the AV8003 from
each of its zone from an external key-pad (sold separately)
DC Trigger Output: These two 3.5mm outputs allow you to connect
external devices so they can be turned on by the AV8003.
Remote In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect
the AV8003 to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5) terminals
including the Marantz MM8003 8-channel amplifier.
Optional Add-on Devices
Satellite Radio Ready: The
Marantz AV8003 supports both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio via optional tuners
- XM Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner
(220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the
XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack
on back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum
reception, and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus
live sports, new, talk, and exclusive entertainment. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name,
and song title on the front panel.
- Sirius Ready: The AV8003 can be connected to the optional
SiriusConnect Home Tuner kit (607SCH1
220SCH2P, sold separately), which allows
you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. Sirius Satellite
Radio has over 120 channels of entertainment and music. In addition to the
more than 65 original channels of commercial-free, Sirius offers more than
55 channels of sports, news, and entertainment. During Sirius playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name,
and song title on the front panel.