CES 2018: Marantz Remasters Home Theater with AV8805

During the 2018 Consumer Electronics Showcase, Marantz unveiled the latest in masterful home cinema — the AV8805, a 13.2 channel pre-amplifier. Unrivaled by any other pre-amp, the AV8805 is the first in the world to feature 13.2 channels and full 4K Ultra HD network support, plus integrations with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. It has already generated excitement amongst HiFi enthusiasts and other press in the audiophile community.

Beyond the Marantz suite, a recurring theme across the floor at CES was the steady incline toward voice automation. Polk Audio revealed the Command Bar, the first sound bar with Alexa built-in. It’s likely to revolutionize how we perceive home theater and smart home connectivity, and affirms the demand for voice control in all aspects of our lives.

The Marantz AV8805, as well as other Marantz AVRs and pre-amplifiers, is no stranger to voice automation. The AV8805 can be voice-activated via integrated HEOS technology that works with Amazon Alexa. With it, you can use your voice to switch inputs between media players, pause or play a song, turn the volume up and more.

If you were unable to attend CES or follow along online, take a look at some of the highlights from the Marantz suite and become more familiar with the AV8805.

The SR8012, an 11.2 channel full 4K Ultra HD AV surround receiver, debuted in 2017 at CEDIA and continues to wow with its formidable power.


Three Marantz best-sellers configured together (from top to bottom): the ND8006 HiFi complete digital music source player, the NR1608 7.2 channel full 4K Ultra HD network AV receiver and the PM8006 integrated amplifier with Phono-EQ.


The Marantz suite at the Venetian featured the TT-15S1, a belt drive turntable and cartridge that serves as a high-performance source component for your favorite vinyl.


The Venetian suite also showcased the 13.2 channel AV8805 pre-amplifier. The AV8805 (back panel seen below) features 13.2 channel processing with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs and flexible pre-amplifier stages for advanced home cinema enthusiasts.


Yoshiro Yamada, Technical Category Manager for Marantz and Denon, spent time with AVS Forum to discuss the features in both the Marantz AV8805 and Denon AVR-X8500H that redefine home theater. The full interview is available here.


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