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Marantz AV8802 Surround Processor Review Test Bench

COMMENTS
etrochez's picture

David, do you find that the AT IC-6 speakers blend well with the MK system?
Thanks.

David Vaughn's picture
yes...I find they blend quite well. I wall s150s would have been better, but I couldn't justify the extra expense for them.
Cos's picture

Not sure when this review was written, but the Upgrade for HDCP 2.2 starts June 1st the information and forms necessary to complete the process are online on their website.

David Vaughn's picture
i wrote the original article in February and it didn't hit the new stands until last week. Marantz didn't have the timetable set when we went to print, which was a while ago (lead time for print is much longer than online).
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Hi David. Okay, please do me a favor and ease me off the ledge I'm ready to jump off...I just bought the previous generation 8801 processor. (haven't even unboxed it yet) Are the sonic upgrades enough that I should buy the new one? I'm not ready to go Atmos any time soon, but all the improvements you write about make me wonder if I should just grit my teeth and get the new one. What's your opinion?

David Vaughn's picture
Jonas, if I wasn't upgrading to Atmos, I would have happily kept my 8801 since I rarely listen to 2-channel music unless I'm doing a review (I just don't have the time!). If you're big into 2-channel, then the 8802 is quite a bit better in this regard (if you can listen to the two right after another). For movies, the 8802 is slightly better with surround imaging placement (but that could be the Atmos-effect I'm hearing). Also a thing to consider, you probably bought the 8801 for a very good price (at or below $2k) and you'll pay substantially more for an 8802 (as much as 2x as much) and when you take that into consideration, the 8801 becomes a much better value. As you are probably aware, the law of diminishing returns definitely take hold when comparing AV gear! Let me know if you have any further questions...I'm happy to answer.
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Thanks David. Yes, I bought it for 1800.00, so I got a good deal for sure on a great piece. Its actually my first venture into separates, so I was quite excited. But when the new one came out, I turned a little green with envy at the thought of a radical overhaul. I was hoping the difference was going to be just a Dolby Atmos sticker slapped on the front of it, but they hit it out of the park.

hk2000's picture

I don't mind it when commentators make this mistake, but the reviewer should know better.

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry for the typo...I know it's DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). I'll contact the webmaster and get it fixed. You should be a copy editor because it made it through 3 different people (maybe 4) before it hit the newsstands and web and no one caught that...first of all, ME!
Bob Ankosko's picture
...that has now been fixed.
David Vaughn's picture
Thanks Bob!
hk2000's picture

So can anyone point to me the benefit of getting this instead of the Onkyo PR-SC5530? Comparing the 2, I was unable to find any thing that The Marantz offers that the Onkyo does not, quite the opposite. So why is this worth $1,500 more?

David Vaughn's picture
Onkyo/Integra have had severe reliability issues the past five years with their HDMI boards. The good news is they've stood behind their products, the bad news is that end users have had to send their gear in for repair (sometimes multiple times).
hk2000's picture

Yeah, I kind of agree based on what I've seen on forums and such but I've had their very first one (SC885) since 2011 w/o any issues. That and the price difference is just huge. I also missed the Audyssey aspect mentioned by another poster here. I for one would go for the Onkyo sc5509 with Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 /Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume, considering I'd never use more than 5 channel surround and to me Atmos and DTS equivalent are no more than gimmiks, but that's just me.

David Vaughn's picture
I had the 885 as well and it was great. My next Integra (80.2) wasn't so good. Went through three of them (thankfully Integra replaced them) in less than a year due to HDMI issues. I thought I was alone until the thread popped up at AVS and I was able to see how widespread the problem had become.
hk2000's picture

I'm actually hoping for mine to die,(I hate the hassle of selling). I'm researching all available options out there, I usually don't go for the luxury upgrade (Lexus over Toyota, Elite over Pioneer,..etc)but in this case that goes double, The Integras look awful.. this Marantz on the other hand looks gorgeous, but not $1500 worth of gorgeous to me.

David Vaughn's picture
If you're looking to save some coin, check out the Marantz AV7702...I have a couple of friends who used it before the 8802 and they were very impressed with it for the price.
jnemesh's picture

I had a mid range TXNR609...very first piece of electronics where I said "YES! It's finally broken!". To say I was disappointed in the performance and operation of this unit would be an understatement. I upgraded to the Marantz SR7007, and haven't regretted it one bit. Now, I did jump up (quite a bit) in cost, but Marantz, in general, will ALWAYS sound better than Onkyo/Integra.

Cos's picture

Multiple reasons, some already stated
1. Reliability / Build Quality
2. Room Correction - Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 vs. Onkyo Accu-EQ
3. Onkyo's HDCP 2.2 solution is not full bandwidth and will not do 4:4:4 60hz 4k Video
4. Better User Interface

The forth may be personal opinion, but the rest are pretty substantial reasons to go with the Marantz IMO. I had a DHC 80.3 Integra, and it was a great pre pro, but I think Onkyo/Integra started to go downhill from there.

Douglas Kelly's picture

I've become more interested in DSD recordings which are becoming more plentiful. I didn't see any information on the DACs used in the 8002 and whether the unit will play 64fs, 128fs and 256fs. Could you elaborate on the 8802's ability to play DSDs?

UltimateGuitar's picture

I've got just a 2 (maybe 3) channel system, is a Receiver like this wasted on such a system ?

Any idea how much idle/active power it consumes ? I was attracted to the Pioneer Ice-Power for it's power efficiency. Just wondering how the Marantz compares in efficiency.

David Vaughn's picture
This is a pre/pro, not an AVR, so there are no amps in the box, just processing power.
harbir's picture

4 grand for a unit that can't handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels and will be obsolete in 2 years?

No thanks.

Jonasandezekiel's picture

I'm certain it can handle two subs, my 7708 receiver can do that. The price is intimidating though.

harbir's picture

It has only one subwoofer channel that has two outputs individual level controls. So you can attach two subs and playback at different levels, but they'll play exactly the same signal. That's
very different from a unit that can set a discrete left and right channel to a pair of subs, band also different from adjusting EQ, distance And phase individually for each sub depending on the effects of the location of each.

It's tough to do because the subs interact with each other in complex ways, but a $4000 pre pro that can't handle this job just isn't acceptable to me.

David Vaughn's picture
It can handle two discrete subwoofer channels and most everything in the A/V world will be obsolete in 2 years, but no one says you have to buy a new one then.
jnemesh's picture

You are optimistic! :) I always assume the tech I am buying is obsolete out of the box. Best thing to do is stop reading about new gear after a purchase...but what fun would that be?

harbir's picture

If it can handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels, then this in the text of the review needs to be clarified:

"This includes dual subwoofer outputs with XLR and RCA connections for each. These are on a single channel, but there are independent level settings for each subwoofer. "

David Vaughn's picture
It's the .1 of a 5.1, 7.1, 7.4.1, etc. system. There are no discrete .2 signals that I know of for dual subwoofers. What the unit does is take the LFE information, split it in two for the two outputs (if you enable the second subwoofer in the setup menu), then allows for distance and volume level for each subwoofer. Additionally, if you engage Audyssey, it will calibrate each sub independently. Hopefully this clears things up for you.
acemt's picture

Thanks for the review David. Maybe I am missing it somewhere on the website, but can you please tell me what AMPS you used with your test setup and the Marantz. Thanks

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Marantz AV8802 Surround Processor Review Specs

COMMENTS
etrochez's picture

David, do you find that the AT IC-6 speakers blend well with the MK system?
Thanks.

David Vaughn's picture
yes...I find they blend quite well. I wall s150s would have been better, but I couldn't justify the extra expense for them.
Cos's picture

Not sure when this review was written, but the Upgrade for HDCP 2.2 starts June 1st the information and forms necessary to complete the process are online on their website.

David Vaughn's picture
i wrote the original article in February and it didn't hit the new stands until last week. Marantz didn't have the timetable set when we went to print, which was a while ago (lead time for print is much longer than online).
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Hi David. Okay, please do me a favor and ease me off the ledge I'm ready to jump off...I just bought the previous generation 8801 processor. (haven't even unboxed it yet) Are the sonic upgrades enough that I should buy the new one? I'm not ready to go Atmos any time soon, but all the improvements you write about make me wonder if I should just grit my teeth and get the new one. What's your opinion?

David Vaughn's picture
Jonas, if I wasn't upgrading to Atmos, I would have happily kept my 8801 since I rarely listen to 2-channel music unless I'm doing a review (I just don't have the time!). If you're big into 2-channel, then the 8802 is quite a bit better in this regard (if you can listen to the two right after another). For movies, the 8802 is slightly better with surround imaging placement (but that could be the Atmos-effect I'm hearing). Also a thing to consider, you probably bought the 8801 for a very good price (at or below $2k) and you'll pay substantially more for an 8802 (as much as 2x as much) and when you take that into consideration, the 8801 becomes a much better value. As you are probably aware, the law of diminishing returns definitely take hold when comparing AV gear! Let me know if you have any further questions...I'm happy to answer.
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Thanks David. Yes, I bought it for 1800.00, so I got a good deal for sure on a great piece. Its actually my first venture into separates, so I was quite excited. But when the new one came out, I turned a little green with envy at the thought of a radical overhaul. I was hoping the difference was going to be just a Dolby Atmos sticker slapped on the front of it, but they hit it out of the park.

hk2000's picture

I don't mind it when commentators make this mistake, but the reviewer should know better.

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry for the typo...I know it's DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). I'll contact the webmaster and get it fixed. You should be a copy editor because it made it through 3 different people (maybe 4) before it hit the newsstands and web and no one caught that...first of all, ME!
Bob Ankosko's picture
...that has now been fixed.
David Vaughn's picture
Thanks Bob!
hk2000's picture

So can anyone point to me the benefit of getting this instead of the Onkyo PR-SC5530? Comparing the 2, I was unable to find any thing that The Marantz offers that the Onkyo does not, quite the opposite. So why is this worth $1,500 more?

David Vaughn's picture
Onkyo/Integra have had severe reliability issues the past five years with their HDMI boards. The good news is they've stood behind their products, the bad news is that end users have had to send their gear in for repair (sometimes multiple times).
hk2000's picture

Yeah, I kind of agree based on what I've seen on forums and such but I've had their very first one (SC885) since 2011 w/o any issues. That and the price difference is just huge. I also missed the Audyssey aspect mentioned by another poster here. I for one would go for the Onkyo sc5509 with Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 /Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume, considering I'd never use more than 5 channel surround and to me Atmos and DTS equivalent are no more than gimmiks, but that's just me.

David Vaughn's picture
I had the 885 as well and it was great. My next Integra (80.2) wasn't so good. Went through three of them (thankfully Integra replaced them) in less than a year due to HDMI issues. I thought I was alone until the thread popped up at AVS and I was able to see how widespread the problem had become.
hk2000's picture

I'm actually hoping for mine to die,(I hate the hassle of selling). I'm researching all available options out there, I usually don't go for the luxury upgrade (Lexus over Toyota, Elite over Pioneer,..etc)but in this case that goes double, The Integras look awful.. this Marantz on the other hand looks gorgeous, but not $1500 worth of gorgeous to me.

David Vaughn's picture
If you're looking to save some coin, check out the Marantz AV7702...I have a couple of friends who used it before the 8802 and they were very impressed with it for the price.
jnemesh's picture

I had a mid range TXNR609...very first piece of electronics where I said "YES! It's finally broken!". To say I was disappointed in the performance and operation of this unit would be an understatement. I upgraded to the Marantz SR7007, and haven't regretted it one bit. Now, I did jump up (quite a bit) in cost, but Marantz, in general, will ALWAYS sound better than Onkyo/Integra.

Cos's picture

Multiple reasons, some already stated
1. Reliability / Build Quality
2. Room Correction - Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 vs. Onkyo Accu-EQ
3. Onkyo's HDCP 2.2 solution is not full bandwidth and will not do 4:4:4 60hz 4k Video
4. Better User Interface

The forth may be personal opinion, but the rest are pretty substantial reasons to go with the Marantz IMO. I had a DHC 80.3 Integra, and it was a great pre pro, but I think Onkyo/Integra started to go downhill from there.

Douglas Kelly's picture

I've become more interested in DSD recordings which are becoming more plentiful. I didn't see any information on the DACs used in the 8002 and whether the unit will play 64fs, 128fs and 256fs. Could you elaborate on the 8802's ability to play DSDs?

UltimateGuitar's picture

I've got just a 2 (maybe 3) channel system, is a Receiver like this wasted on such a system ?

Any idea how much idle/active power it consumes ? I was attracted to the Pioneer Ice-Power for it's power efficiency. Just wondering how the Marantz compares in efficiency.

David Vaughn's picture
This is a pre/pro, not an AVR, so there are no amps in the box, just processing power.
harbir's picture

4 grand for a unit that can't handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels and will be obsolete in 2 years?

No thanks.

Jonasandezekiel's picture

I'm certain it can handle two subs, my 7708 receiver can do that. The price is intimidating though.

harbir's picture

It has only one subwoofer channel that has two outputs individual level controls. So you can attach two subs and playback at different levels, but they'll play exactly the same signal. That's
very different from a unit that can set a discrete left and right channel to a pair of subs, band also different from adjusting EQ, distance And phase individually for each sub depending on the effects of the location of each.

It's tough to do because the subs interact with each other in complex ways, but a $4000 pre pro that can't handle this job just isn't acceptable to me.

David Vaughn's picture
It can handle two discrete subwoofer channels and most everything in the A/V world will be obsolete in 2 years, but no one says you have to buy a new one then.
jnemesh's picture

You are optimistic! :) I always assume the tech I am buying is obsolete out of the box. Best thing to do is stop reading about new gear after a purchase...but what fun would that be?

harbir's picture

If it can handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels, then this in the text of the review needs to be clarified:

"This includes dual subwoofer outputs with XLR and RCA connections for each. These are on a single channel, but there are independent level settings for each subwoofer. "

David Vaughn's picture
It's the .1 of a 5.1, 7.1, 7.4.1, etc. system. There are no discrete .2 signals that I know of for dual subwoofers. What the unit does is take the LFE information, split it in two for the two outputs (if you enable the second subwoofer in the setup menu), then allows for distance and volume level for each subwoofer. Additionally, if you engage Audyssey, it will calibrate each sub independently. Hopefully this clears things up for you.
acemt's picture

Thanks for the review David. Maybe I am missing it somewhere on the website, but can you please tell me what AMPS you used with your test setup and the Marantz. Thanks

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Marantz AV8802 Surround Processor Review Page 2

COMMENTS
etrochez's picture

David, do you find that the AT IC-6 speakers blend well with the MK system?
Thanks.

David Vaughn's picture
yes...I find they blend quite well. I wall s150s would have been better, but I couldn't justify the extra expense for them.
Cos's picture

Not sure when this review was written, but the Upgrade for HDCP 2.2 starts June 1st the information and forms necessary to complete the process are online on their website.

David Vaughn's picture
i wrote the original article in February and it didn't hit the new stands until last week. Marantz didn't have the timetable set when we went to print, which was a while ago (lead time for print is much longer than online).
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Hi David. Okay, please do me a favor and ease me off the ledge I'm ready to jump off...I just bought the previous generation 8801 processor. (haven't even unboxed it yet) Are the sonic upgrades enough that I should buy the new one? I'm not ready to go Atmos any time soon, but all the improvements you write about make me wonder if I should just grit my teeth and get the new one. What's your opinion?

David Vaughn's picture
Jonas, if I wasn't upgrading to Atmos, I would have happily kept my 8801 since I rarely listen to 2-channel music unless I'm doing a review (I just don't have the time!). If you're big into 2-channel, then the 8802 is quite a bit better in this regard (if you can listen to the two right after another). For movies, the 8802 is slightly better with surround imaging placement (but that could be the Atmos-effect I'm hearing). Also a thing to consider, you probably bought the 8801 for a very good price (at or below $2k) and you'll pay substantially more for an 8802 (as much as 2x as much) and when you take that into consideration, the 8801 becomes a much better value. As you are probably aware, the law of diminishing returns definitely take hold when comparing AV gear! Let me know if you have any further questions...I'm happy to answer.
Jonasandezekiel's picture

Thanks David. Yes, I bought it for 1800.00, so I got a good deal for sure on a great piece. Its actually my first venture into separates, so I was quite excited. But when the new one came out, I turned a little green with envy at the thought of a radical overhaul. I was hoping the difference was going to be just a Dolby Atmos sticker slapped on the front of it, but they hit it out of the park.

hk2000's picture

I don't mind it when commentators make this mistake, but the reviewer should know better.

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry for the typo...I know it's DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). I'll contact the webmaster and get it fixed. You should be a copy editor because it made it through 3 different people (maybe 4) before it hit the newsstands and web and no one caught that...first of all, ME!
Bob Ankosko's picture
...that has now been fixed.
David Vaughn's picture
Thanks Bob!
hk2000's picture

So can anyone point to me the benefit of getting this instead of the Onkyo PR-SC5530? Comparing the 2, I was unable to find any thing that The Marantz offers that the Onkyo does not, quite the opposite. So why is this worth $1,500 more?

David Vaughn's picture
Onkyo/Integra have had severe reliability issues the past five years with their HDMI boards. The good news is they've stood behind their products, the bad news is that end users have had to send their gear in for repair (sometimes multiple times).
hk2000's picture

Yeah, I kind of agree based on what I've seen on forums and such but I've had their very first one (SC885) since 2011 w/o any issues. That and the price difference is just huge. I also missed the Audyssey aspect mentioned by another poster here. I for one would go for the Onkyo sc5509 with Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 /Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume, considering I'd never use more than 5 channel surround and to me Atmos and DTS equivalent are no more than gimmiks, but that's just me.

David Vaughn's picture
I had the 885 as well and it was great. My next Integra (80.2) wasn't so good. Went through three of them (thankfully Integra replaced them) in less than a year due to HDMI issues. I thought I was alone until the thread popped up at AVS and I was able to see how widespread the problem had become.
hk2000's picture

I'm actually hoping for mine to die,(I hate the hassle of selling). I'm researching all available options out there, I usually don't go for the luxury upgrade (Lexus over Toyota, Elite over Pioneer,..etc)but in this case that goes double, The Integras look awful.. this Marantz on the other hand looks gorgeous, but not $1500 worth of gorgeous to me.

David Vaughn's picture
If you're looking to save some coin, check out the Marantz AV7702...I have a couple of friends who used it before the 8802 and they were very impressed with it for the price.
jnemesh's picture

I had a mid range TXNR609...very first piece of electronics where I said "YES! It's finally broken!". To say I was disappointed in the performance and operation of this unit would be an understatement. I upgraded to the Marantz SR7007, and haven't regretted it one bit. Now, I did jump up (quite a bit) in cost, but Marantz, in general, will ALWAYS sound better than Onkyo/Integra.

Cos's picture

Multiple reasons, some already stated
1. Reliability / Build Quality
2. Room Correction - Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 vs. Onkyo Accu-EQ
3. Onkyo's HDCP 2.2 solution is not full bandwidth and will not do 4:4:4 60hz 4k Video
4. Better User Interface

The forth may be personal opinion, but the rest are pretty substantial reasons to go with the Marantz IMO. I had a DHC 80.3 Integra, and it was a great pre pro, but I think Onkyo/Integra started to go downhill from there.

Douglas Kelly's picture

I've become more interested in DSD recordings which are becoming more plentiful. I didn't see any information on the DACs used in the 8002 and whether the unit will play 64fs, 128fs and 256fs. Could you elaborate on the 8802's ability to play DSDs?

UltimateGuitar's picture

I've got just a 2 (maybe 3) channel system, is a Receiver like this wasted on such a system ?

Any idea how much idle/active power it consumes ? I was attracted to the Pioneer Ice-Power for it's power efficiency. Just wondering how the Marantz compares in efficiency.

David Vaughn's picture
This is a pre/pro, not an AVR, so there are no amps in the box, just processing power.
harbir's picture

4 grand for a unit that can't handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels and will be obsolete in 2 years?

No thanks.

Jonasandezekiel's picture

I'm certain it can handle two subs, my 7708 receiver can do that. The price is intimidating though.

harbir's picture

It has only one subwoofer channel that has two outputs individual level controls. So you can attach two subs and playback at different levels, but they'll play exactly the same signal. That's
very different from a unit that can set a discrete left and right channel to a pair of subs, band also different from adjusting EQ, distance And phase individually for each sub depending on the effects of the location of each.

It's tough to do because the subs interact with each other in complex ways, but a $4000 pre pro that can't handle this job just isn't acceptable to me.

David Vaughn's picture
It can handle two discrete subwoofer channels and most everything in the A/V world will be obsolete in 2 years, but no one says you have to buy a new one then.
jnemesh's picture

You are optimistic! :) I always assume the tech I am buying is obsolete out of the box. Best thing to do is stop reading about new gear after a purchase...but what fun would that be?

harbir's picture

If it can handle 2 discrete subwoofer channels, then this in the text of the review needs to be clarified:

"This includes dual subwoofer outputs with XLR and RCA connections for each. These are on a single channel, but there are independent level settings for each subwoofer. "

David Vaughn's picture
It's the .1 of a 5.1, 7.1, 7.4.1, etc. system. There are no discrete .2 signals that I know of for dual subwoofers. What the unit does is take the LFE information, split it in two for the two outputs (if you enable the second subwoofer in the setup menu), then allows for distance and volume level for each subwoofer. Additionally, if you engage Audyssey, it will calibrate each sub independently. Hopefully this clears things up for you.
acemt's picture

Thanks for the review David. Maybe I am missing it somewhere on the website, but can you please tell me what AMPS you used with your test setup and the Marantz. Thanks

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Marantz AV8802 Surround Processor Review


Audio Performance
Video Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $3,999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
11.1 channels with Audyssey MultEQ XT processing
Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X surround
Full 4K video processing upgradable to HDCP 2.2
Minus
Limited range for remote sensor

THE VERDICT
Noticeably improved sound quality over its predecessor plus Atmos, Auro-3D, and DTS:X surround processing make the Marantz AV8802 a top-notch upgrade.

It’s been a little more than two years since I reviewed the Marantz AV8801 surround processor, and I liked that model so much, it never left my system. At the time, I thought it was the best-sounding pre/pro I had ever owned, and I had no real desire to upgrade anytime soon. That all changed last fall when Dolby announced that Atmos for the home was on its way. I started thinking how I could finagle four extra speakers into my room—because for some reason, I have this overwhelming desire to stay on the cutting edge of home theater technology, regardless of the personal expense.

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