Marantz Kicking Out AV8003 Pre-Amp And MM8003 Power Amp
Marantz is launching a new pre-amp, the AV8003, and power amp, MM8003, employing what Marantz calls its "future design direction". Meant to be teasers for their 2009 lineup, the two new amps look to combine the aesthetics of the Reference Series with the newest home A/V technologies. The AV8003, which can be used as a multizone processor and controller, is networkable, THX Ultra 2-certified, and thanks to its built-in video scaler can scale and upconvert up to 1080p. The pre-amp supports Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio, and Deep Color and is satellite radio-ready with a subscription to either XM or Sirius. Crammed with inputs and outputs include 4 HDMI 1.3a inputs and a couple more outputs, XLR Pre Output terminals, XLR audio inputs for SACD, component video outputs for multi-room, RS-232c, Direct IR inputs, DC triggers and flasher outputs, the Marantz AV8003 pre-amp will be available next month tagged with an MSRP of $3150.
The MM8003 power amp actually has 8 channels, each 150 Watts, combining the "best sonic features" of the PM-11S1 and SR9600 according to Marantz. With XLR input terminals, output channel relay on/off control, custom filter capacitors, and ultra-wide bandwidth current feedback technology, the Marantz MM8003 power amp will hit shelves priced at $1850.
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Posted by Justin Davey at May 27, 2008 7:30 AM