Marantz AV8805 A/V Preamp/pro­ces­sor

Sound & Vision - - NEWGEAR -

OK, you can stop sali­vat­ing now.

Yes, the new AV8805 flag­ship pre/ pro from au­dio pi­o­neer Marantz is a beast. Al­low us to dip into its vast reser­voir of fea­tures, start­ing with the 13.2-chan­nel ar­chi­tec­ture (with 15.2-chan­nel XLR and RCA out­puts for flex­i­bil­ity), which sets the stage for over-the-top 9.2.4 or 7.2.6 speaker lay­outs with Dolby At­mos or DTS:X object-based sur­round pro­cess­ing (both on board). Or you can go with Auro 3D pro­cess­ing, which will be avail­able as a free firmware up­date in the fu­ture. From there, think state-of-the-art in tech­ni­cal de­sign, pro­cess­ing, and con­nec­tiv­ity. Fu­ture­proof:

When you’re drop­ping se­ri­ous coin on new gear, the last thing you want to worry about is ob­so­les­cence. Marantz told us AV8805 own­ers will be able to up­grade to HDMI 2.1 when the spec is fi­nal­ized. It won’t be free, but you won’t be left out in the cold, ei­ther. Price: $4,499

Marantz • (800) 654-6633 •

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