THX-Certified AV8003 Networking A/V Pre Amp; MM8003 Power Amplifier
Marantz America, a provider of advanced home entertainment solutions, will showcase the advanced networking capabilities of its AV8003 A/V Preamplifier/Processor (SRP: $2,599.99) and MM8003 8 Channel Power Amplifier (SRP: $2,399.99) at CEDIA 2008. Featuring brand new chassis designs and a host of features and capabilities, the products provide users with whole-home entertainment connectivity, and compatibility with today's advanced high-resolution audio and video formats.
AV8003: Multi-Zone Processor and Controller Offers Streaming A/V Capability
The Marantz AV8003 Networking A/V Preamplifier is a THX-Certified, 1080p scaling, multi-source/multi-zone processor that allows users to distribute ultimate-quality audio and video entertainment to three separate zones within the home. Thanks to its built-in digital media player, the AV8003 allows users to stream audio and high-definition video throughout their home via an Ethernet port from a networked PC. Marantz' first built-in video scaler enables enhanced video performance with upconversion and scaling to 1080p from all analog and digital sources and it features a host of audio and video processing technologies, including HDMI Version 1.3a (4-in/2-out), plus Dolby True HD, dts HD Master Audio, Deep Color and more. In addition, it is HD, XM, and Sirius Radio ready (subscription required for XM and Sirius) and includes a built-in digital media player with Ethernet capability for streaming Audio and video content throughout a networked home.
For ease of setup, the AV8003 features HDMI 1.3 repeating capability, eliminating signal loss and allowing it to repeat 1080p video signals from HDMI input to HDMI output, as well as decode a variety of audio signals via HDMI.
With its copper plated chassis and new styling, based on Marantz' Reference chassis, the AV8003 Reference Preamplifier echoes the voice of the company's founder, Saul Marantz. For more connectivity flexibility, the AV8003 features XLR Pre Output terminals, XLR audio inputs for SA-CD, Component Video outputs for multi-room, RS-232c, Direct IR Inputs and DC Triggers.
MM8003: Ideal for Use With Either 7.1- or 5.1-Channel Systems
The MM8003 is a 140 watt x 8 channel power amp that follows closely in the footsteps of Marantz' PM-11S1 and the SR9600. Combining the sonic features of those products along with new flexibility such as 8-channels, XLR input terminals, output channel relay on/off control and slow start to power-on as well as the new chassis, the MM8003 is ideal for meeting the demands of any multi-channel home theater system, including both 7.1-channel and 5.1-channel systems. (In the case of 5.1-channel systems, the additional channels may be used for "vertical bi-amping," which provides improved dynamics, bass response and sheer presence.)
The MM8003 features an audiophile-grade toroidal transformer, custom filter capacitors, hand-selected customized components throughout, copper chassis and wide bandwidth current feedback technology. Boasting 140 watts per channel, the MM8003 will provide clean and stable power to any speaker package available, according to the company.
Additional information is available at www.marantz.com.