Network & Tuner Functions
Preamp/Processor Advantage: Delegating the amplification duties to a
separate component allows the Marantz AV8801
AV Surround Preamplifier to keep a
healthy distance between noise-inducing high voltage/high current circuits and
sensitive low-level circuits. This means that the radio frequency and
electromagnetic interferences that are found in most AV receivers simply don't
exist in a preamplifier/processor, or are reduced by several orders of
magnitude. The result is less distortion and less signal degradation in general.
Note: The Marantz AV8801
AV Surround Preamplifier does
not feature a built-in amplifier and requires a separate power amplifier,
such as the Marantz MM8077 seven-channel power amplifier (642M8077,
Current Feedback Topology: The Marantz AV8801
high-speed current feedback amplifier circuit for its preamplifier so that audio
signals from a Blu-ray Disc player and other equipment that support
high-definition audio formats can be listened to with high fidelity. Current
Feedback technology offers faster signal handling and extended frequency range.
Current feedback circuits track rapid sonic changes more accurately and thus
sound more natural. Current feedback topology insures astounding accuracy and
control even under high-drive conditions.
HDAMs (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules): The AV8801
proprietary HDAM (Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Module) circuits for dynamic music and
soundtrack reproduction. HDAMs combine the short signal path advantages of ICs
(integrated circuit) and op-amps (operational amplifier) with the superior sound
quality of separate circuit components. Because HDAMs are discrete designs, Marantz engineers are free to
choose the parts best able to preserve the sonic details of your favorite
Optimized Components: The carefully-optimized audio/video signal paths rest on separate circuit boards for maximum performance as well as isolation from interferences generated by
high-speed video processing. The Marantz AV8801 is also equipped with a Hybrid
PLL Jitter Reducer that is capable of reducing jitter and phase noise that
negatively affect sound quality. The Hybrid PLL Jitter Reducer improves the sound localization, reproducing a natural
sound field. In addition, Marantz surround preamplifier employs a high current linear power supply with an
torodial power transformer for
high-quality sound playback.
32-Bit/192kHz DACs: To handle today's wide-bandwidth and
high dynamic range content, the audio section of the AV8801 is equipped with the
latest high resolution 32-bit/192kHz DACs on all channels. The 192kHz
sampling and 32-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 recordings.
Audyssey Technology: The AV8801 features a full package
of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic
Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey DynamicEQ improves
your system's surround effects during low volume levels. Audyssey MultEQ XT32
automatically sets speakers and subs to suit your room's listening environment
and the speakers' characteristics. The AV8801 also features two Audyssey
technologies (Sub EQ HT & LFC) designed to optimize bass performance. The AV
preamplifier/processor even offers Audyssey DSX which adds front speaker effects.
- Audyssey MultEQ XT32: Audyssey MultEQ XT32 technology
helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the
included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 measures sound levels and
adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This
room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included
microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your
listening environment at up to 8 measurement points and automatically
tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ XT
to one of the following modes.
- Audyssey: Optimizes the crossover point, output
level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker
frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics.
- Audyssey Bypass L/R: Optimizes all speakers except
front left and right.
- Audyssey Flat: Optimizes frequency response of all
speakers to flat.
- Manual: Adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker
individually using the manual equalizer settings (63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz,
500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz); from -20 to +6 dB .
- Off: Turns equalizer off.
- Audyssey Sub EQ HT: Audyssey Sub EQ HT provides
individual tailoring for each subwoofer in a dual subwoofer setup,
delivering the optimum combination of highest deep bass output and lowest
- Audyssey LFC: Audyssey LFC processing analyses and
processes bass content on a continuous basis and custom tailors the sound
via advanced psychoacoustic algorithms to deliver dynamic bass response
within the listening room without annoying family members or neighbors in
- Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie
soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening
levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices
change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping.
Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain
consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact,
resulting in rich sound at any volume. You can set the Dynamic EQ to 0, 5,
10, or 15 dB.
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves
the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs,
commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic
Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie
soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the
results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and
soft whispers are heard clearly. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ
also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality. You can set
the Dynamic Volume to Day (low), Evening (middle), Midnight (high), or off.
- Audyssey Dynamic Surround Expansion (DSX): Audyssey DSX
adds front effect speakers to improve spatial sound reproduction. Starting
with a 5.1 channel system, DSX adds front Wide and/or front Height channels
for better sound staging (although both wide and height speakers can be
added, only one pair is used at a time). DSX also applies Surround
Envelopment Processing to enhance the blend between the front and surround
Digital Signal Processing (DSP):The Marantz
is equipped with a high-resolution SHARC 32-bit 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. The AV8801 is
equipped with various surround modes to reproduce a variety of surround sound
effects, according to the content of the source to be played. The AV surround
preamplifier features Dolby Digital
and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6,
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV preamplifier via a digital
audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby
Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the preamp must be connected to
your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in
the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements
you can adjust:
- Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the
surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective
when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be
turned on/off in the menu.
- Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field
forward or backward.
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image
feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the
center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less
dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel,
especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 7
(nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the
Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
- Stage Height/Width: Adjust the sound stage width/height
(+/-10dB) when using Front Height or Front Wide speaker in Audyssey DSX.
Direct Modes: The Marantz AV8801 offers two Direct sound modes which
offer high-quality sound by bypassing the preamp's DSP & video circuitry.
In this mode the 2ch audio signal is played in its
original form, without any surround or tone processing. Multichannel audio
signal is played in its original form, without any tone processing.
This mode is for playback in higher sound quality
than in Direct mode. The display and analog video circuitry are turned off
to minimize the possibility of any noise being added to the signal.
Stereo Modes: The Marantz AV8801 surround preamplifier also provides
two-channel stereo and multi-channel stereo playback, as well a virtual surround
from two stereo speakers.
This is the mode for playing in 2-channel stereo;
bass and treble can be adjusted and sound is output from the front left and
right speakers, along with a connected subwoofer.
This mode lets you enjoy stereo sound from
Enjoy surround effects using only the front
speakers or headphones.
Dolby Headphone Mode: You can also enjoy listening to
multi-channel surround sound through headphones using these Dolby HP modes -
Dolby Pro Logic Headphone, Dolby Headphone Bypass (stereo).
M-DAX: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows
Media Audio) and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal
components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The M-DAX function generates
the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near
those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of
volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals.
HT-EQ: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be
excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio equipment in the home.
This is because film soundtracks were designed to be played back in large movie
theater environments. Activating the AV surround preamplifier's HT-EQ feature when watching a
film made from movie theaters corrects this and restores the correct tonal
Dialogue Enhancer: This feature adjusts and enhances the
frequency band corresponding to the human voice at the center channel speaker to
make voices and dialogue clearer. It can be set to Low, Medium, High, or Off.
Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks
have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud
sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is
lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the
sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing
program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
Tone Control: You can adjust the tonal quality of the sound by
adjusting the AV surround preamplifier's bass and treble independently from -6 to +6 dB.
Bass Sync: For multichannel content (such as Blu-ray discs),
the recorded low frequency effects (LFE) may be out of synch and delayed. This
function corrects (0-16ms) such a delay of low frequency effects (LFE).
Level Adjustments: The AV8801 provides the following level
- Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level
of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if
there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources.
You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
- Dialogue Level: You can adjust the output level
(+/-12dB) to clarify the dialogue output from the center channel.
- Subwoofer Level: You can set the preamp's subwoofer
output level (+/-12dB) independent from the other speaker levels and
system's main volume.
Volume Settings: The AV8801 offers the following volume
- Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute
volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
- Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0dB
(80), -10dB (70), or -20dB (60) to limit the preamplifier's total volume output.
- Turn-On Volume: You can define the volume setting that
is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
- Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for
the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute
(sound turned off entirely).
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Marantz AV preamplifier/processor
offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Balanced/Unbalanced Preamp Outputs: The Marantz AV8801 is
fitted with both
unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR 11.2ch preamp outputs. The AV8801 features Front
left/right Center, Surround left/right, Surround Back
left/right, Height left/right, Wide left/right, and dual Subwoofer preamp outputs to connect an external
home theater power amplifier. The dedicated
front height & wide preamp outputs and surround back preamp outputs let you
enjoy Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, and Pro Logic IIz without reconnecting speakers.
- Note: If you are connecting the AV8801 to a "vintage" amplifier
via XLR, please make sure the pin-out configuration of the amplifier is the
same as the preamplifier (Pin 1-Ground, Pin 2-Hot, Pin 3-Cold).
- XLR Inputs: The AV8801 has a pair assignable XLR left &
right inputs for connecting a high-quality audio component.
- Assignable Digital Inputs: There are 2 coaxial digital
inputs and 2 optical digital inputs. The inputs accept digital
audio signals from a compact disc, DVD, Blu-ray, or other digital source
component. Each input can be assigned to
any of the different input sources except Tuner.
- 7.1 Channel Input: The AV8801
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.
- Phono Input:
The AV8801's phono (MM) input lets you connect to a turntable
and offers the amplification that this weaker signal requires. The preamp's phono circuitry prepares the signal from the turntable for amplification,
letting you enjoy your vinyl collection at full volume without tonal distortion.
- Headphone Output: The AV surround preamplifier 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 v1.4 (7 in/3 out): With seven HDMI ver.1.4
inputs (6 rear/1 front), the AV8801 allows you to route multiple high-definition
devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you
to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its
three 3 HDMI outputs; two parallel and one discrete), reducing cable clutter.
The two parallel HDMI outputs distribute the same video signal simultaneously to
two separate displays. The discrete HDMI output allows you to play a different
audio/video source in another zone. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different
input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with
4K, 3D, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.
Front-Panel HDMI (MHL) Port: The front-panel HDMI port is
designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable
electronic devices using the new MHL standard. Simply plug your MHL compatible
smartphone into the preamplifier's front-panel HDMI port using the HDMI cable
that is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p
video and still images on your HDTV with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound.
By programming the AV preamp's supplied remote control with the appropriate
numeric code, you can use it to operate your connected MHL-enabled smartphone.
Your connected smartphone is also recharged upon connection, and no separate
power supply for the device is necessary while connected to the receiver. The
AV preamplifier is compatible with Android smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and
LG (must support MHL standard); as of 12/17/2012.
Analog Video Inputs: The preamplifier/processor features
four composite video inputs (3 rear/1 front), one composite video record output,
one composite video monitor output, and one Zone 2 composite video output. The
composite video monitor output can also be assigned to Zone 3. There are also
three component video (60MHz) inputs, one component video monitor output, and
one Zone 2 component video output.
Analog-to-HDMI Conversion w/ Video Scaling (4K): The AV8801
is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming analog
video signals to HDMI and scales them to a higher resolution, so only one video
connection is required from the AV surround preamplifier to the TV. HDMI input video signals can
also be scaled to a higher resolution. The scaled output resolution is set in
the AV surround preamplifier's menu.
- Composite Video to HDMI: Composite video signals (480i
only) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K through the preamp's
- Component Video to HDMI: Component video signals
(480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p or 4k
through the preamplifier's HDMI output.
- HDMI to HDMI: HDMI video signals
(480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p/4K) can be scaled to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or
4k through the preamp's HDMI output.
Note: You can also convert a composite video signal
to a component video and vice-versa (without scaling). HDMI can only be
output via HDMI. The AV surround preamplifier's multi-zone HDMI output doesnot
support analog-to-HDMI conversion.
3D Pass-Through: The AV8801 is able
to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect
doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television
broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV
to the AV8801, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy
high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to the preamplifier through the same HDMI cable
already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the
need for extra cables connected to your television
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby
Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV preamplifier is "On" or in
"Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your
television, via the preamp's HDMI monitor output. You can select between three
HDMI through function modes.
- HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-4) for which the
HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
- Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on
the input source selected at the time of setting the AV preamplifier to the
- Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is
InstaPrevue Technology: HDMI InstaPrevue Technology
provides live video thumbnails of the available content on your devices
connected to the preamplifier/processor via HDMI 1 through 6 inputs (the HDMI 7
input does not support InstaPrevue). As a result, you can preview audio/video
streams coming from up to 4 HDMI inputs previously assigned to input selectors
on your HDMI connected TV, while enjoying viewing another source input.
Auto LipSync: This feature automatically compensates for the
timing shift between the audio and video of the AV preamp. If needed, the audio
signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV8801 also supports
Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than
standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
Picture Mode: The Marantz AV8801 offers 6 Picture Modes
(Standard/Movie/Vivid/Streaming/Custom/Off) which can be set for each video
source. In Custom mode, you can adjust the picture quality for each video
source; Contrast (+/-6), Brightness (0-12), Chroma Level (+/-6), Hue (+/-6), DNR
(Low/Middle/High/Off), Enhancer (0-12).
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source
on the preamplifier/processor while listening to a different audio signal.
Network + Tuner Functions
Network Connection: The Marantz AV8801
preamplifier/processor is equipped with four Ethernet (RJ-45) ports so you can
use the unit as a hub and connect your other network components to your router
through the AV preamplifier. When connected to your home network, the AV8801
lets you listen to Internet radio and a host of other online music sources from
your broadband internet provider, as well as play audio files & display still
images from your computer via its network connection (DLNA 1.5 certified). The
AV8801I also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes.
Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports
10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher
cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection.
DLNA 1.5 Certified: The AV8801 is DLNA (Digital Living
Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio and photo networking.
This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and
still-images (JPEG) stored on your Windows PC. You can use your PC to play
high-bit rate music content through the AV preamplifier and view still-images on
your connected TV, or use the AV8801
's remote control to browse music & photo
files on your hard drive. The preamp also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META
tag information; so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the
unit's front-panel display or on-screen menu. In addition the unit will display
Album Art on a connected television. The Marantz AV8801
supports the following
audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network
Compatible Audio Formats||Sampling
Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
Lossless Audio Codec)||
Lossless Audio Codec)||
Note: Your computer must meet the following system
requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media
DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player
Online Services: The Marantz AV8801 lets you access Internet
Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband
Internet connection. Currently the AV8801 supports Internet Radio from vTuner,
Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM; as well as the Flickr
online photo sharing site (as of 1/11/2013). The Marantz AV
preamplifier/processor offers on-screen menu display and control over these web
vTuner||The online vTuner service which
offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner
enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an
extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content.
Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (48-192kbps)
format are supported. You can browse content by Genre, Location,
Language, and Favorites. You can store up to 56 Internet Radio
stations as presets. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of
the most recently played stations. |
|Once the network audio player is
registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the
automated music recommendation and Internet Radio service. You can
create up to 100 personalized radio stations. You can sort tracks
within these radio stations. You can skip up to 6 tracks that are
being played back within 1 hour. You can also thumbs-up/thumbs-down
and bookmark tracks. In Pandora, you can search for the track name
or artist name using "keyword" searches. When the search is
complete, tracks that have a similar rhythm or sound are streamed.|
Spotify||Spotify is a digital music service
that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music
libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting).
Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share
music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album,
track, or most popular; and create your own music library with
customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.|
|SiriusXM||SiriusXM Internet Radio
lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free
music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. |
Flickr||Flickr is an online photograph
sharing service that started in 2004. You can use this unit to view
photographs on a connected TV that have been made public by Flickr
users. You will need to setup an Flickr account to download, upload,
and view photographs.|
Favorites: You can add up to 100 items as "Favorites" from
Internet Radio, online music services, and your media server for easier, quicker
Built-in HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard
analog AM and FM broadcasts, the AV8801 features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD
Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio
stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services.
HD Radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts;
typically FM HD Radio stations are CD quality while AM HD Radio sound similar to
analog FM stereo. AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data
such as artist names and song titles. Many HD Radio stations also offer more than
one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting. You can store up to 56 radio stations
presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks) and name each preset with an 8
character ID. You can even enter the receiving frequency directly to tune in a
station, using the supplied IR remote control. More than 2,000 radio stations
are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free
service. Go to HDRadio.com
to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Web Control: You can control this AV preamplifier from a web
control screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The AV8801
and your PC must be
connected to the same home network.
Software Updates: Using the preamp's network/internet
connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online
Marantz server. Visit
Marantz's Owner's Circle for access to downloads to keep the Marantz
preamplifier up-to-date. The tested Marantz AV8801
contained firmware version
3325-0792-1404 (as of 1/10/2013).
USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB
(type-A) port located on the preamplifier's front- or rear-panel, allowing you to
play various music files and JPEG still-image files through the
preamplifier/processor. The USB memory device must be mass storage class (msc)
or media transfer protocol (mtp) compliant, and be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32.
The unit can recognize up to 500 folders and 5,000 files. In addition to music
and still-image playback, the AV preamplifier supports basic playback control,
song/artist information display, and charging of your connected USB mass storage
class device. The Marantz AV8801 supports the following audio formats, sampling
frequencies, and bit rates via its USB (type-A) connection.
Compatible Audio Formats||Sampling
Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
Lossless Audio Codec)||
Lossless Audio Codec)||
Note: You cannot use the USB ports on the front- and
rear-panel simultaneously. USB memory device will not work via a Hub.
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite
songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes
library on your PC or Mac to the Marantz AV8801
over your home network
connection. By downloading
Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you
don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to
play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will
even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist
info via the Marantz preamplifier's on-screen menu (via HDMI). To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or
Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless
home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.2 or later
installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
iPod/iPhone Direct: With its front-panel USB (type-A) port,
supports digital music playback from an iPod or iPhone. Using a
USB-to-Dock or Lightning cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be
played directly from your iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's D/A
converter. The iPod/iPhone can be controlled by the preamp's remote, or you
can continue to use the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist
information, Album Art, and elapsed playing time appear on the AV8801
on-screen display. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while
connected to the preamplifier. The AV8801
is "made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and
supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions via its front-panel USB
port (as of 9/21/2014):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connection Type ||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|USB ||AirPlay ||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Artist/Song Text||Track Info |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If
this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Front Panel Design:The AV surround preamplifier's front panel features a combination
of aluminum extrusion and glass-reinforced resin which shields internal
circuitry and absorbs internal and external resonances. The front panel is
clean, precise, and inviting. Volume and input selection knobs flank a round
volume/source display. A drop- down door hides secondary controls and connectors
to maintain that classic look while providing easy access to the extensive
features of the AV8801. In addition to the round
volume/source display centered on the front panel, there's a second and even more
comprehensive source of information behind the panel's drop-down door. This
display shows menu choices for custom setup and other data to help you get the
most out of your new AV surround preamplifier.
On-Screen GUI w/ Setup Wizard: The AV surround preamplifier incorporates an on-screen
color GUI (Graphic User Interface) menu system which makes various operations
and menu selections visible on your connected television set. The AV8801 also
features an on-screen Setup Wizard that provides easy-to-follow setup
instructions. To view
the on-screen GUI & setup Wizard, you will need to connect the Monitor Out jack of the
AV surround preamplifier to the composite, component video, or HDMI input of your television.
4 Zone/4 Source: Marantz
Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you select different audio/video sources
for listening and viewing in different locations of your home. The AV8801
features a Main Zone (audio/video), Zone 2 (audio/video), Zone 3 (audio/video
only), and Zone 4 (HDMI only). The
source can be the same for all zones, or you can enjoy 4 different sources in
those zones if you prefer.
- Main Zone (9.2ch Audio/Video): The Main Zone offers
9.2ch playback of all your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room.
- Zone 2/Zone 3 (Audio/Video): Zone 2 and Zone 3 allows
stereo audio/video playback of an analog AV source connected to the
preamplifier in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio terminal
output connections and composite or component video (you must assign the
preamplifier's composite or component video monitor outputs to Zone 3).To
enjoy a video source in Zone 2 or Zone 3, you must connect the same video
connection to your second display monitor as connected to your preamplifier for
that particular source (there is no video-conversion for Zone 2/3).
- Zone 4 (HDMI Only): The AV8801 incorporates true
multi-zone HDMI audio/video distribution for Zone 4 with the inclusion of
its HDMI matrix switching functionality. The preamplifier can send two different
HDMI video feeds to two displays at the same time directly from the
preamplifier. HDMI Zone 4 will also output audio signals (2ch only) for the HDMI
input source selected. The HDMI Zone 4 function is only compatible with the
HDMI 1-6 input connectors (not compatible with the HDMI 7 input connector).
HDMI Zone 4 does not offer the following setting adjustments (Picture
Adjust, Auto Lip Sync, Video Mode, Video conversion, i/p Scaler, Progressive
Mode, Aspect Ratio, or Setup Menu Display).
Notes: *Compatible Sources - Only tuner, analog, USB, and Network sources can
be played in both Zone 2 & Zone 3. To hear AirPlay
in Zone 2/3, you must first start playing Airplay in the Main Zone. Once you
have selected AirPlay in Zone 2/3, you can then switch the source of the
Main Zone. *Incompatible Sources - You cannot select different
AM/FM radio stations or different Network content for different zones. Digital audio from optical and coaxial inputs cannot be output to
Zone 2/3/4 (Zone 2/3 do not support HDMI sources).
All Zone Stereo Function: The All Zone Stereo function
allows you to enjoy the AV preamplifier's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2 &
Zone 3, simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types - analog or
digital). During the All Zone Stereo, 2ch playback is automatically selected for
all zones and each zone will play at the same volume level. This is useful when
you want to enjoy the same music at the same time in multiple rooms during a get
together or party. The All Zone Stereo function is not supported by the preamp's
Lock Functions:You can lock all the controls on the front
panel of the unit, accept for the Power button, to prevent anyone else from
changing the settings on your AV surround preamplifier. You can also lock the
AV surround preamplifier's settings, so they are not inadvertently changed.
Source Rename/Delete: You can change the display name (up to
8 characters) of a selected input source. If an input isn't being used, you can
delete it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change
Dual Backup Memory Function: This AV surround preamp stores
its settings in a nonvolatile memory even when the main power supply is turned
off. Using the Dual Backup Memory function, you can write settings information
to another memory area to back up saved settings for recovery anytime as needed.
- Personal Memory Plus: This function sets the settings
(input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, audio
delay, etc.) last selected for the individual input sources.
- Last Function Memory: This function stores the settings
which were made before going into the standby mode. When the power is turned
back on, the settings are restored.
Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set
the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the
sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode automatically
when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time (30 or 60 minutes).
Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is displayed on the
front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.
Learning Remote: The provided IR wireless remote control is
a universal learning remote control. The remote features a backlit
LCD window which displays information about the sources selected from
the remote control. The remote control's buttons are also backlit with a press
of a button. This remote is preset with remote codes for Marantz AV components. The remote also contains codes
for other manufacturers which can be programmed. In addition, the remote control
is capable of learning and storing codes used by other remote controls (this
remote is capable of learning around 160 codes).
Marantz Remote App: The Marantz Remote App lets you control
the Marantz Network AV preamplifier using your Apple iOS (4.3 or later) or
Android device. This free Remote App lets you control the Marantz AV preamp's
basic functions (power, volume, input, surround modes) from your Apple iOS or
Android device. The multi-zone control page of the Remote App lets you adjust
power, volume and input selection for all zones from a single screen (when
applicable). You can even navigate the AV preamplifier's network and Internet
content from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. For added convenience,
there are eight customizable home screen short cut buttons that allow you to
tailor the look and function of the Marantz Remote App to suit your needs.
Note: Download the free Marantz Remote App from the
iTunes App Store for the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (iOS 4.3 or later).
Or, download the free Marantz Remote App from the
Android Market for your compatible Android device (1.5-up). The AV
preamplifier will need to be connected to the same network as your Apple iOS or
HDMI Control: When you make an HDMI connection between the
Marantz AV surround preamplifier and a HDMI control-function compatible TV or Blu-ray/DVD
player, you can perform the following operations.
- The AV surround preamplifier can be turned off with the TV's remote.
- You can switch audio output devices from the TV remote.
- You can adjust the AV surround preamplifier's volume with the TV remote.
- You can switch the AV surround preamplifier's input sources through the TV remote.
- When playing a Blu-ray/DVD player, the AV surround preamplifier automatically
switches to the input source of the player.
Remote Connections: The AV surround preamplifier offers a
variety of remote inputs and outputs.
- Flasher In: This 3.5mm input is used to control the AV8801
from each of its zones from an external key-pad (sold separately)
- DC Trigger Output: The two DC trigger outputs (3.5mm) allow
you to connect two external devices so they can be turned on by the AV8801.
- Remote In/Out: These RCA input/output connectors allow you
to connect the AV8801
to a Marantz component equipped with remote control (RC-5)
- 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
Bluetooth Adapter (optional): Through its proprietary M-Xport,
offers Bluetooth capability. Simply add the optional RX101 Bluetooth
sold separately) to the AV8801
and you can play the music stored on any
Bluetooth-enabled portable device (your iPhone, iPod Touch, or PDA for example)
through your home theater system. The optional RX101 doubles as an IR (infrared)
preamplifier so you can place all your components out of sight and still maintain
full remote control.