AV8003 AV Preamp/Processor

UAV8003 Networking AV Preamp/Processor and matching MM8003 8 Channel Power Amplifier

 AV8003 AV Preamp/Processor

Digital Media Player for Ethernet Audio, Video and Photo (supporting DLNA)

Video scaling and processing by Anchor Bay Technology – Precision Video ScalerTM allows up to 1080p scaling

  • Full 10bit Video Processing
  • HDMI V1.3a: 4-in/2-out
  • Dolby TrueHD, dts HD, Deep Color
  • DSD (SA-CD), Auto Lip Sync
  • XLR Pre Output Terminals
  • XLR Audio Inputs for SA-CD
  • Multi Room Component Video Out
  • RC2001 Main Remote (PC Programmable, Learning)
  • RC101 Sub Remote (for Multi Zone Control, Learning)
  • HD Radio / XM Ready / Sirius Ready
  • THX Certified
  • Copper Plated Chassis
  • Toroidal Power Transformer
  • New Clean Front Panel

It’s great to see Marantz finally bringing surround sound to their Reference Series. Equipped with all of the latest high resolution audio formats, the forthcoming AV8003 is the perfect centerpiece for the ultimate home theater system. Featuring 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, the AV8003 is also THX Ultra2 certified, with additional THX surround sound post-processing functions. Able to handle a variety of input sources and formats, the AV8003 features a quartet of latest specification v1.3a HDMI inputs, which provide high resolution audio format compatibility as well as supporting Deep Color and xvYCC extended video formats, for the ultimate picture and sound quality with high definition sources such as Blu-Ray.

For whole home entertainment, the AV8003 features three zone A/V signal distribution, including high definition video via HDMI for the main zone, component video to the second zone, with third zone independent audio program capability. The AV8003 also features a built-in video processor that provides de-interlacing and up-conversion to 1080P.  Multiple power supplies and extensive internal shielding, along with a full copper-plated chassis provide maximum audio and video signal integrity. A build in digital media player makes it easy to stream Audio, Video and Photos from your PC or NAS device to your theater. Combined with the companion MM8003 8 channel power amplifier, the AV8003 delivers nothing less than the ultimate home theater viewing and listening experience.

MM80038 Channel Power Amplifier


  • 140W x 8ch (YES EIGHT!) (8 ohms) Power Amplifiers
  • Low Impedance Continuous Drive Capability
  • Current Feedback Amplifier Circuit
  • Massive Toroidal Power Transformer
  • Slow Start to Power On
  • 8ch XLR Input Terminals
  • DC Trigger Control Inputs, DC Power Status
    Outputs, IR Flasher Input Terminals
  • Output Channel Relay On/Off Control
    by Remote Signal (to Multi Zone Use)
  • Copper Plated Chassis
  • Gold Plated Speaker Terminals
  • Marantz Designed Storage Capacitors for Quick
    Response to Rapidly Varying Sources
  • New Clean Design Front Panel

The perfect complement to the AV8003 preamplifier/processor is the matching MM8003 eight channel power amplifier. It features a massive toroidal main power transformer that provides high current, low impedance capability along with cooler-running reliability. Equipped with both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA input jacks, the MM8003 also features audiophile grade gold plated speaker connectors.

With 140 watts per channel output, the MM8003’s eight channel configuration can power a complete 7.1 channel speaker system, including a passive in-wall subwoofer, for example. The stylish chassis features internal copper plating for maximum signal integrity, and the elegant front panel smartly matches that of the companion AV8003. Remote control input and output jacks allow external component control along with output channel relay on/off and slow start to power-on mode. Power, precision and audio purity are the hallmarks of the reference class MM8003, the ideal power amplifier for virtually any deluxe home theater speaker system.

Al these specs are great, but as Ken points out – how it sounds is the most important thing! Come hear it today.


In case you were wondering why this stuff sounds so good…An interview with 30 year brand director Ken Ishiwata

An overview of the combo’s powerful features