Marantz AV8801 Surround Processor & MM8077 Amplifier Specs


Marantz AV8801 Surround Processor
Audio Decoding:
Dolby: TrueHD, Digital Plus, Digital, EX, Prologic II/x/z
DTS: HD Master Audio, DTS Express, ES Discrete, ES Matrix, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:X
Audyssey: MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT, LFC, DSX, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ
3D: Yes
THX Certification: No
Video Processing: Analog Devices
Auto Setup/Room EQ: Audyssey
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 17.4 x 7.4 x 15.4
Weight (pounds): 30
Price: $3,599

Inputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (7), component video (3), composite video (4)
Audio: Coaxial digital (2), optical digital (2), 7.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog RCA (7), XLR (1)
Outputs: Video: HDMI 1.4 (3), component video (2), composite video (3)
Audio: 11.2-channel RCA (1), XLR (1) stereo analog (3), 0.25-inch Headphone (1)
Additional: RS-232 (1), 12-volt trigger (2), SiriusXM (1), four-port Ethernet hub (1), USB (1)

Marantz MM8077 Amplifier
Number of Channels: 7
Rated Power (watts per channel): 150 into 8 ohms, two channels driven
Specified Frequency Response: 8 Hz to 100 kHz (+/– 3 dB)
Dimensions (W x H x D, inches): 17.4 x 7.4 x 15.1
Weight (pounds): 39
Price: $2,399

Inputs: XLR (7), RCA (7)
Outputs: Five-way binding posts (7),
Additional: 12-volt trigger (2, 1 in/1 out), Remote Control (2, 1 in/1 out), IR Flasher (1)

Company Info
Marantz America, Inc.
(201) 762-6500

Marantz America, Inc.
(201) 762-6500

dmineard's picture

Here I am sitting with a great Integra 80.2 that is just over 2 years old and along comes a better sound processor. Then the reviewer admits it's better than his Integra 80.2. Man you are going to cost me money...retirement money no less.

Thanks for the review.

aopu.mohsin's picture

Hi David. Thanks for the review. The AV8801 does seem like one of the best pre/pros in the current market. I was, however, wondering if you noticed/found a great deal of sonic difference between AV8001 and AV7005. Thanks.

David Vaughn's picture
I haven't had an AV7005 in my room, so I can't compare the two. The AV880 does have MultEQ XT32 though, which is technically "better" than MultEQ XT due to more room filters and it should tame a bad room more proficiently.
mikicasellas's picture

Hello David,

How are you?

I need to ask for your kind support on my A/V SYSTEM UPGRADE, with your renown knowledge i hope you can help me out with this.

Thank you in advance for your kind attention to this:

I have the following system that i have been building over two years, i began with the Anthem MRX 700 but as the time were passing i started understanding a lot of which i did not know about the "audiophile world" and as it has been growing in CABLES, SPEAKERS, DAC, computer for audio etc etc. i began to get more involved with audio rather than home theater, as i feel that home theater is more easy to achieve than two channel audio.

1.- Anthem MRX 700 receiver as a preamp
2.- Crown XLS 2000 / 2 channel amp (using it in combo with the Anthem MRX 700 for my front speakers)
3.- Front speakers Golden ear Triton Two Towers (internally powered) (2 Power chords)
4.- Golden ear SuperSat 50c center
5.- Two Paradigm studio's 7 for surrounds
6.- Definitive Technology Super cube II Subwoofer
7.- Calyx 24/192 DAC (need to lower the noise)
8.- Oppo BDP 93 Universal player: for movies, SACD and DVD audio.
9.- MACMini for two channel music
10.- Transparent Music Link Super I/C's RCA
11.- Anti cables Speakers cables
12.- Transparent HDMI cables
13.- Transparent Power chord cable for Anthem receiver
14.- Ridge audio Street USB Poiema
15.- Panamax Power Conditioner

Note: My main goal to achieve: THE BEST "AFFORDABLE" TWO CHANNEL FOR MUSIC and a nice and good Home theater.

Choice #1

Sell the Anthem and get an audio preamp "The STP-SE from Wyred4Sound and two mono blocks from D-Sonic M2-600M 1 x 600 watts" and will work next to the Calyx DAC and my NEW Mac mini (SSD, 8Gb ram USB out put to Calyx DAC) with the rest of my system. And later get a good receiver or keep the Anthem.

Choice #2

Sell the Anthem and get a PRE PRO "The AV8801 from Marantz and two mono blocks from D-Sonic M2-600M 1 x 600 watts" and discard the Calyx DAC. and my NEW Mac mini (connected directly to the AV8801) with the rest of my system.


Note: "stock" Marantz AV8801 or "THE COMPANY UPGRADE" Marantz AV8801-SE??…From the David Schultz Upgrade it supposed to be in a superior level!

Best Regards

Miguel Casellas

David Vaughn's picture
Miguel, Thanks for looking to me for advice, but I'm not the best guy to speak to for 2-channel music. Outside of reviewing a product, I rarely will sit on the couch and listen to music...I'm a movie kind of guy. I suggest you head to and ask Kal your questions because I think he's better suited in this particular case.
sryounger83's picture

I was hoping to get your help. I currently have a hodgepodge system and am looking to get into a high end system for home theater. I currently have Kef Q7 floor speakers and Kef wall rears with a Def Tech Center and Sub. I am running a Pioneer Elite VSX-84TXSI receiver and B&W wall surround backs. (I know... Hodgepodge) I am looking at getting the following but need to buy it in pieces. What order should I purchase and do you have any recommendations?

1. Marantz AV8801 and MM8077 Pre-amp and Amp
2. Sonus Faber Venere 3.0 Floor speakers (front left and right) and Venere Center Channel
3. Rel R-528
4. Sonus Faber rears and surround backs (4 total)

Should I get the front left/right and center speakers first or the amp and pre-amp?

Your help would be most appreciated. I love this magazine!

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry for such a late reply and I hope you're able to read this. Unfortunately our system doesn't notify us when a new post is made in one of our reviews. As far as your purchase decision goes, I would get the speakers first since you will be living with them a lot longer than any source components you buy. In fact, my speakers are the oldest gear in my system by far and I doubt I'll be upgrading them for at least another 10 years. From there you can then test out amplifiers to find the one that mates best with the speakers, then move on to your pre/pro last. If it were me, I would go 2, 4, , 3, new amp and then 1.
mikicasellas's picture


Thank you for your kind reply, i just read it, sorry for my late response regarding to thank you!


tekmiester's picture

I enjoyed the review, however I really would love to hear how it sounds with all eleven channels. I'm curious if it is an insane over the top waste of money or not. Maybe your better half would let you borrow some speaakers...

tekmiester's picture

I enjoyed the review, however I really would love to hear how it sounds with all eleven channels. I'm curious if it is an insane over the top waste of money or not. Maybe your better half would let you borrow some speakers...

Hubert's picture

David, I have a 5.2 system with 5 Gallo Nucleus Reference Strada speakers and 2 Paradigm Seismic 110 subwoofers. The subwoofers have been set up with Paradigm's PBK-1 Perfect Bass Kit.

I am trying to decide whether to replace my Anthem AVM-20 with either the Marantz 7701 or the Marantz 8801 and I have a few questions that I am hoping you can advise on:

1. I don't plan to move beyond a 7.2 system, so the extra channels that the 8801 offers aren't of any value to me.
2. I understand that the addition of Audyssey Sub EQ HT will allow me to equalize and set the delay independently for each subwoofer. Since I am using PBK-1 and my subs are roughly equidistant from the listening position, I assume this is not something that adds value for me. Please correct me if I am wrong.
3. I understand that the upgrade from Audyssey MultEQ XT to Audyssey MultEQ XT32 is significant but that most of the significance is in the lower end. Since I am already using PBK-1, is this really worth more than doubling the price to go to the 8801?
4. Putting aside the difference between Audyssey MultEQ XT and Audyssey MultEQ XT32, is there a noticeable difference in the basic sound quality between the 7701 and the 8801? The price difference is pretty big, but I have been very pleased with the sound quality from my AVM-20 and would hate to be disappointed with whatever I replace it with.

Thank you very much for sharing your insights.

David Vaughn's picture
Sorry for the late response. In your case, I would try out the 7701 first and see how you like it. Buy it from somewhere that has a good return policy. In all honestly, the AV8801 is way overkill for my needs too, but I felt like splurging :)
romeo-sein's picture

Good afternoon David, I´m looking for this monsters to buy in a near future. I have a big room with tall cealing, so I think that the 11.2 would be impressive. I liked a lot your review (yes, will cost money) but I would like to understand in what kind of speakers do you made the test. I have infinity primus from my older 7.2 system, and I would like to know if is a good idea to start buying the new 4 speakers in another brand. Step by step, I plan to move the 7.2 to a smaller room, so would be nice to have a good idea of what speakers would soung good for this system.

Also, which amplifier did you use to power up those 4 channels. Marantz aldo don´t offer a 4 channel amplifier, so an aditional 5 channel amp would be needed of 2 amps of 2 channels each.

When you have lets say a movie (and of course, no movie right now have the 11.2 channles), how the system transfer sounds to the upper level of speakers? or this is only used to hear music? I think that must sound amazing, but not sure where the systema takes the sounds for the 4 upper channels.

Thank you in advance, great review.

yellowc4s's picture

The digital board went out on my AVP so Directv(Asurion) is replacing it with an AV8801. Will I be happy with this? I'm still 5.1 and my set up is:
Denon AVP-A1HDCI(a) now defunct
Oppo BDP83SE
B&W Nautilus 802D
B&W Nautilus HTM2D
JL Audio Fathom F113
Panasonic TCP-65VT30
Directv Genie

Thank you in advance for your help.


hk2000's picture

Looking at the measurements, RCA inputs result in better performance across the board, but specifically better THD+N, and I assume better sound quality than XLR inputs. I'm not sure if the reviewer got the results mixed up or XLR isn't such an upgrade as audiophiles seem to think it is.

hk2000's picture

Here's a question, the power measurements of this amp are almost identical to the Integra 50.2 which Sound&Vision reviewed and measured.If my only interest is the power section, would I be better off using the amp section in the Integra rather than getting this amp?