Mahwah, NJ April 9, 2015– Marantz, a world leader in advanced audio technologies, just announced the offer of a hardware upgrade for their AV8802 flagship A/V preamplifier. As promised by Marantz in January, current owners of the AV8802 home cinema center will be able to upgrade it to support HDCP 2.2 copy protection protocol, needed to play back copy-protected 4k Ultra-HD content. The HDCP 2.2 Upgrade is expected to be available for owners of the AV8802 beginning in June.
The unit needs to be sent to a designated Marantz service location for hardware upgrade. More details will be announced on a FAQ section of the Marantz website prior to June 1st. In addition, Marantz expects to start shipping the factory-upgraded AV8802 which will be referenced as “AV8802A” (MSRP $3,999) beginning in the middle of June.
The Marantz AV8802 11.2 channel A/V preamplifier has been designed based on its highly-acclaimed predecessor to provide the ultimate music and movie surround sound experience. It features breathtaking 3D-sound options, including Dolby Atmos® and Auro-3D®(paid upgrade required), giving users the ability to add additional speakers for a truly expansive and immersive surround sound experience. As communicated at the product launch in January, Marantz did not want to compromise on the limited bandwidth and color capability of HDCP 2.2 implementations available at that time. Now, early adopters can rely on the promise that full HDCP 2.2 will be supported via a hardware upgrade, transforming their AV8802 into a maximum future-proof AV8802A model.
For owners of either AV8802A or AV8802, the unique Auro-3D software upgrade will continue to be available via http://upgrade.marantz.com/na/marantz/pages/home.aspx
On a separate note, Marantz announced a plan to offer a software update to add new DTS:X immersive surround sound format to the AV8802A and AV8802 later this year. Details will be revealed soon.
AV8802 Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®– Main Features
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in
- Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
- Toroidal transformer & Copper plated chassis
- Three piece top cover construction
- High performance power supply with 4x 10.000μF capacitors
- Audiophile 32bit / 192kHz DA-Converters
- Auro-3D upgrade-ready (up to Auro 10.1)
- Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4 configuration)
- Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
- Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
- Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1ch)
- 13.2ch pre-out (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and 11.2ch signal processing
- Latest HDMI version with 4k 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
- HDCP 2.2 upgradeable (requires hardware modification)
- 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
- HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
- ISF video calibration
- MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF
- HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
- Gapless Playback
- USB port
- Spotify Connect®, Pandora®, SiriusXM™* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
- Phono (MM) input
- Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
- 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
- Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android™ devices
*Some services may require a subscription.
Marantz AV8802 front
Marantz AV8802 trapdoor
Marantz AV8802 rear view
Marantz AV8802 remote
Marantz AV8802A – Chassis construction
Marantz AV8802A – HDMI board with HDCP 2.2 capable chipset
Marantz AV8802A – Toroidal transformer
Marantz AV8802A – Angled inside view
Marantz AV8802A – High grade audio components
Marantz AV8802A – HDAM boards
Marantz is a part of D+M Group. The company can trace its roots back to the dawn of the first mono LP, when Saul Bernard Marantz, a native of New York, was unhappy with the equipment available to play his cherished record collection on. So he had to build his own! Saul officially founded the Marantz Company in 1953. Then, as now, the company’s cornerstones were quality and innovation. For over half a century Marantz has been developing unique technologies and bringing landmark hi-fi and home entertainment products to market through its tireless and extensive R&D programs. Such commitment to audio and video excellence ensures each Marantz design delivers class-leading performance. Additional information is available at www.us.marantz.com
DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape - in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to the speaker layout that best fits the space, from a television’s built-in speakers to a home surround theater system to a dozen or more speakers in a commercial cinema. Brands representing more than 90 percent of the home AVR market will launch DTS:X-enabled products in 2015. For the most engaging experience on mobile devices, DTS Headphone:X delivers a spatially distinct, immersive audio experience over any set of headphones. With DTS technology, even the smallest screens will sound huge. Immerse yourself at www.dts.com/dtsx and www.dts.com/headphonex.
About D+M Group:
D+M Group is a global company dedicated to enhancing life through inspired sound solutions delivered anytime, anywhere. With a strong belief that “Performance is everything,” D+M is focused on innovation to meet the needs of customers in an increasingly digital world. Serving the consumer and professional markets, D+M Group brands include Boston Acoustics®, Denon®, and Marantz®. D+M Group has approximately 900 employees worldwide, with products and services marketed in more than 45 countries.
All product and brand names with a trademark symbol are trademarks or registered trademarks of D+M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries except: except Dolby Atmos which is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc.: Bluetooth which is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.; Pandora which is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.; Spotify which is a registered trademark of Spotify AB; SiriusXM which is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Radio Inc.; Auro-Matic and Auro-3D which are registered trademarks of Auro Technologies NV; Android which is a trademark of Google Inc.
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