CINEMA CHOICE SAID;
man, was I wowed. I was wowed enough to want to spend the rest of my
life kicking back and enjoying one of the most sophisticated and
detailed multichannel sounds that has ever graced my listening room.
If Marantz has endeavoured to make a processor where every channel
will appeal to a serious hi-fi audiophile, then the company has
succeeded. It's rolled up its many decades of heritage and
high-fidelity expertise into one rather mean-looking black box."
Is all about the subtle, all about the the detail and all about
crafting a precision surround sound experience with nothing added and
nothing taken away. It's a clichéd phrase, but I reckon this
processor gets oh-so-close to how any director would have intended
their film to sound. The balance is so natural and immersive, and
free from added character, that this could easily be the reference
point for home cinema sonics."
the Marantz's Dolby Surround mode upscale the 5.1 and 7.1 soundtracks
to a 7.2.4 Atmos experience…It really is sublimely impressive how
even content with no original overhead material gains immense height
– or, rather, vertical depth. There is no vagueness to the sound
brought about by artificial channel processing – it's clean, crisp
and with added height. It's quite amazing."
to Dolby Atmos-encoded content and the sound steps up another notch.
"Gravity" on Blu-ray proves simply breathtaking – quite
literally….Those 11 channels subtly fool you into thinking you are
subtleties and detail massively reduce the fatiguing barrage of noise
of some of the more gung-ho movies…"
AV8802A brings audiophile-quality processing into a multichannel
environment and for a relatively reasonable cost. The only other
processor I have tested for HCC that achieves this was the Anthem
Statement D2V – a few years ago now – at near three times the
price. To put my money where my mouth is, I will be buying an AV8802A
and consigning my Denon AVP-A1HD to history. And, for the first time
ever in my three-decade love affair with home cinema, I'll bin my
high-end two-channel preamp as well. It is simply that good with