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Marantz MM8003

8-Channel power amplifier

Item # 642MM8003

Marantz's MM8003 offers the superb sound quality and power you need to drive virtually any home theater speaker...

Marantz's MM8003 offers the superb sound quality and power you need to drive virtually any home theater speaker...

Discontinued item

Item # 642MM8003

About the Marantz MM8003

Marantz's MM8003 offers the superb sound quality and power you need to drive virtually any home theater speaker system to its full potential. This potent 8-channel amplifier delivers 140 high-current watts per channel for stunning sonic depth and detail. Its classic good looks and high-quality construction make it an ideal companion for Marantz's outstanding AV8003 preamp/processor.

Marantz's MM8003 offers the superb sound quality and power you need to drive virtually any home theater speaker system to its full potential. This potent 8-channel amplifier delivers 140 high-current watts per channel for stunning sonic depth and detail. Its classic good looks and high-quality construction make it an ideal companion for Marantz's outstanding AV8003 preamp/processor.

Marantz packed some impressive audiophile features into the MM8003's rock-solid frame. The amp's massive power supply includes a toroidal transformer and large, custom-designed capacitors mounted in anti-vibration brackets to ensure your sound stays powerful, accurate, and dynamic at all times. A copper-plated steel chassis helps shield signals from electromagnetic and radio frequency interference so that sounds emerge from a dead-quiet background. The MM8003 includes both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA input jacks, so you can enjoy the best-quality signals from a variety of preamp/processors.

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Product highlights:

  • 8-channel power amplifier
  • 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20 kHz at 0.08% THD)
  • frequency response (analog in): 8-100,000 Hz (±3 dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 105 dB
  • one RCA and one XLR input for each channel
  • bi-amplification capability using Front and Back Surround speaker connections
  • DC trigger input/output
  • IR flasher input
  • massive toroidal power transformer and copper-plated chassis
  • gold-plated binding post speaker terminals
  • 1 switched AC outlet
  • detachable power cord
  • weight: 39.5 lbs.
  • 17-5/16"W x 7-3/16"H x 16-5/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # MM8003

What's in the box:

  • 8-Channel Power Amplifier
  • 5.5' Power cord
  • 4' Mono-RCA cable
  • User Guide (English/French)
  • USA Limited Warranty sheet
  • Canada Limite Warranty sheet

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Product Overview

Overview: A perfect complement to the Marantz AV8003 preamplifier/processor, the matching Marantz MM8003 eight channel power amplifier features a massive toroidal main power transformer that provides high current, low impedance capability along with cooler-running reliability. Equipped with both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA input jacks, the MM8003 also features audiophile grade gold plated speaker connectors. With 140 watts per channel output, the MM8003's eight channel configuration can power a complete 7.1 channel speaker system, including a passive in-wall subwoofer. The stylish chassis features internal copper plating for maximum signal integrity, and the elegant front panel smartly matches that of the companion Marantz AV8003 preamplifier/processor (642AV8003, sold separately). Remote control input and output jacks allow external component control along with output channel relay on/off and slow start to power-on mode. Power, precision and audio purity are the hallmarks of the reference class MM8003, making it an ideal power amplifier for virtually any deluxe home theater speaker system.

Audio Features

Current Feedback Discrete Power Amplifier: The MM8003 features in all 8 channels the current feedback type of power amplifier, which uses the complementary push-pull circuitry. This improves the amplifiers operating stability and enables it to achieve high-density, high-speed sound reproduction across a wide sound range. In the rear section the power amplifier is a current/voltage conversion amplifier unit that employs a Wilson current mirror circuit for amplifying sound up to the treble range at low distortion levels.

Instantaneous Current Supply: In the rear section of the power amplifier is the LAPT (high-performance power transistor) which improves the amplifier's instantaneous current supply capability. Copper bus bars are featured in the unit that supplies the power to each channel. The power supply unit has a large toroidal transformer that delivers low levels of noise and leakage flux thanks to its internal structural features such as its laminated core, silicon steel-plated core ring and the use of its shielded casing.

Highly Efficient Heat Dissipation: A chimney-type heat sink and extremely quiet cooling fan deal with the heat that is discharged from the 8-channel amplifier to a high degree of efficiency. A high-precision temperature sensor IC is used to adjust the rotational speed of the cooling fan in response to the changes in the amount of heat generated by the amplifier.

Copper Chassis: The amplifier's chassis is copper-plated to protect the analog audio circuitry from high-frequency noise. This is an important technological aspect for reproducing sound without compromising the delicately nuanced sound fields of your music.

Audiophile Audio capacitors: Top of the line audio capacitors, film capacitors and other high-quality components are used to achieve a high-sound quality design.

8-Channel Surround Sound: The MM8003 features 8-channels (Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left, Surround Back, Surround Back Left, Surround Back Right, and Subwoofer) for up to 7.1- channel surround sound listening. The MM8003 is rated at 140 Watts RMS x 8-channel in 8-ohms or 170 Watts RMS x 8-channel in 6-ohms.

Bi-Amplification: A bi-amp connection is possible with speakers that have two set of inputs by combining the Front  and Surround Back speaker connections of the amplifier. This allows you to drive the treble and bass units with separate channels amps, which enable better sound quality. The surround back channels of the preamplifier (AV8003) will need to be turned off to bi-amp your front speakers.

Multi-Zone Operation: The Marantz MM8003 8-Channel amplifier can be configured for multi-zone operation. The amplifier can be configured to a operate a 5.1-channel surround sound speaker system in your main room and a 2-channel speaker system in your secondary room. The MM8003 can also be configured to operate four independent 2-channel zones for music listening in four different rooms of your house by combining the following channels.

  • Main Zone: Front Left (CH 1) and Front Right (CH 2)
  • Zone A: Surround Left (CH 3) and Surround Right (CH 4)
  • Zone B: Surround Back Left (CH 5) and Surround Back Right (CH 6)
  • Zone C: Center Channel (CH 7) and Subwoofer (CH8)

Connections

Speakers: The 8 pair of speaker outputs are binding posts. They are not 5-way posts, but will accept single banana plugs and pin connectors up, and bare wire. The MM8003 can accommodate 6 to 8 ohm speakers.

Unbalanced and Balanced Inputs: The amplifier features a single unbalanced gold-plated RCA input and single balanced XLR input for each channel. Each of the amplifier's channels feature an Unbalanced/Balanced switch on the rear panel of the unit.

Flasher In: This 3.5mm input is used to control the amplifier from various rooms using a key-pad or other device.

DC Control Output: This 3.5mm output is used to control external components in tandem with the power on/off operation of this amplifier.

DC Control Input: This 3.5mm input allows the amplifier's power on or standby mode to be select in tandem with the power on/off operation of the component that has been connected to this connector via its DC Control output connector.

Remote Control: These RCA input/output connectors allow you to connect the MM8003 to the Marantz AV8003 for control purposes.

AC Outlet: The amplifier features an unswitched, 2-prong, AC outlet (1.24A/150W) on the rear panel of the unit for plugging in an external AV component.

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