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By Tony Ibrahim | Wednesday | 30/01/2013

Marantz is striving to raise the bar in audio-visual technology with the launch of their two new flagships.

Marantz AV8801

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Marantz's AV8801 is an AV pre-amplifier packed with state-of-the-art technologies, all working together to deliver a spirited home theatre experience. Featuring Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X technology, the AV8801 can be configured beyond the customary 5.1 or 7.1 arrangement, right up to an impressive 11.2 channels.

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The AV8801 is available now with a RRP of $5,570.

Marantz MM8077

Marantz also released a 7 channel power amplifier capable of 180 watts, the MM8077. The same amplifier technologies used in the company's reference class amplifiers have been inherited by the MM8077.

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The MM8077 is available now with a RRP of $3,590.

A full specification breakdown of both products follows over the page, compliments of Marantz's official press release.

Main features of the new AV8801 include:

· Current Feedback circuitry with Marantz HDAM
· 11.2 channel enhanced surround processing with Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X
· 11.2ch XLR balanced & RCA un-balanced output
· High grade build quality with 3 piece top cover and copper-plated chassis
· Full 4k compatibility - Scaling - Pass through - GUI overlay
· DLNA1.5 Network audio streaming and Internet radio
· FLAC HD 192/24 and Gapless playback
· AirPlay and Spotify music streaming installed
· Audyssey MultEQ XT32 Pro, Audyssey Sub EQ HT Dual subwoofer EQ processing and Audyssey LFC
· 6+1 HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (3D/ARC/CEC)
· Independent HDMI out for Zone 4
· Front HDMI input
· iPod / iPhone compatible USB input (including iPad charging)
· Multi room/Multi source including HDMI Video
· Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices
· Phono MM amplifier

Main features of the new MM8077 include:

· 7x 150W (8 ohm), 7x 180W (6 ohm) RMS power (20Hz-20kHz)
· Current feedback discrete power amplifier
· High current power supply with toroidal power transformer
· Marantz reference-grade power supply filter capacitors and high speed, high current discrete power transistors
· Low impedance continuous drive capability
· Highest sound quality design based on pure surround philosophy
· Copper plated chassis
· Gold plated, high grade speaker terminals
· Flasher input, DC trigger (in/out), Remote control (in/out)

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