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Marantz Updates Flagship A/V Preamp

Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz updated its flagship A/V preamplifier with the addition of Dolby Atmos surround decoding, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and ability to upgrade to HDCP 2.2 copy protection and Auro-3D surround.

The $3,999 AV8802, available in February, also adds ISF video calibration and AIFF music playback compared to its predecessor.

Marantz said it held off on installing HDCP 2.2 because it “does not want to compromise on the limited bandwidth and color capability of currently available HDCP 2.2 implementations.” The HDCP 2.2 upgrade will require a hardware modification.

The component also plays back high-resolution FLAC 192/24, DSD, and 96/24 ALAC files from DLNA network sources and through its USB input, with 192/24 WAV available through optical and digital inputs.

For surround playback, the component supports Dolby Atmos 5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, and 7.1.4. A paid-for Auro-SD upgrade will support up to Auro 10.1.

Other key features include HDMI 2.0 with 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution, 1080p upscaling to 4K 50/60Hz, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio, Audyssey DSX and 11.1-channel DTS Neo:X surround, Audyssey Pro-ready MultEQ XT32 room correction, Audyssey LFC to reduce the transmission of low bass through walls to other rooms, and Audyssey Sub EQ HT to integrate two subwoofers in a home theater.

The component also features 13.2-channel XLR and RCA preouts, eight HDMI inputs (one in front), and three HDMI outputs (two simultaneous and one second-zone) supporting 4K 50/60Hz, 3D, audio return channel, and deep color.

The component also adds new HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology said to deliver superior low-noise wideband performance, an ultra-fast slew rate for wideband response, and maximum dynamic range for high-resolution audio formats.

The component also features gapless playback, iPod/iPhone USB port, moving-magnet phono input, Spotify Connect, Flickr, and Internet radio.