Marantz AV8801 11.2 Surround Sound Processor (SSP)


Introduction to the Marantz AV8801 SSP

While Marantz was showing off their new AV7701 preamplifier at CEDIA 2012 last September, there were already quiet rumors at the show that something else was in the works. I remember being at the show wondering why Marantz wasn't showing any products with the latest Audyssey room correction while their partners over at Denon were offering new products with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 functionality. Just two months later, Marantz put the rumors to rest by officially announcing the AV8801 AV preamplifier/processor. The AV8801 features support for 11.2 channels and includes the latest Audyssey MultEQ XT32 processing. The AV8801 enters the market at a price point which is still well below the premium processors on the market while offering a wide array of functionality. Let's take a closer look at the features of the AV8801 and see how well Marantz's flagship processor performs.


  • Design: 11.2 A/V Processor
  • Codecs: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS, DTS-ES (Discrete, Matrix), DTS 96/24, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Audyssey: MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, DSX, LFC
  • DACs: Texas Instruments PCM1795 32-Bit/192kHz
  • DSP: Analog Devices ADSP21487
  • 4-Zone Operation
  • AM/FM/HD Radio Tuner
  • Video Connections: HDMI 1.4a (6 Rear In, 1 Front In, 3 Out), Component (3 In, 2 Out), Composite (4 In, 3 Out), No S-Video
  • Audio Connections: Stereo Inputs (7 RCA In, 1 XLR In, 3 Out), Optical (2 In), Coaxial Digital (2 In), 7.1 Multi-channel (1 In), Pre-amp out (11.2 RCA and XLR), USB (1 Front)
  • Other Connections: Ethernet (Internet Radio, DLNA, Streaming and Firmware), 12V triggers (2), RS-232, IR (1 In), 2nd Zone (Composite Video, Component Video, Stereo Audio), 3rd Zone (Stereo Audio), 4th Zone (HDMI), Headphone Jack (6.3mm), AirPlay
  • Dimensions: 7.28" H x 17.32" W x 15.33" D
  • Weight: 30.6 Pounds
  • MSRP: $3,599.99 USD
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