Summary: I have looking to upgrade my Rotel RSP1066 after after 10 years. I researched Rotel, Denon and Marantz and by far this AV8801 wins hands down. The Audyssey speaker set up was remarkable in delivering impeccable sound for my home theater 5.1 configuration. I'm ready to step up to 7.1. The amount of control and internet connectivity far surfaces any other unit on the market as well as for future program updates. this unit represents the future of home theater and sound.
Summary: I have had the Marantz AV 8801 for 1 year. This continues to be provide amazing results. The detail and clarity of the receiver is incredible. There is a noticeable difference in this receiver playing digital music. Previous DAC used was a 24kHz Burr-Brown. Very pleased. Great Airplay reception. Iphone app easy to use and very reliable.
Pros: Sound stage, Airplay reception, Iphone app as remote control, mutli room control with iphone
Summary: setup was a breeze because I previously owned the 7701 for almost a year. Listening in to channel Cd mode I noticed a wider soundstage and appeared not as forward. Treble was sharper also, cymbals were more detailed and sharper. When volume was cranked up everything blended nicely and seems like the sound stage increased in more depth. This experiment was done while listening to a Parliament Funkadelic CD. Video evaluation was done while watching Iron Man 3 Blu ray.
Summary: There is nothing so far to dislike. I am new to AV equipment as I have not updated since the mid 80s. This unit is light years ahead of my old Yamaha unit. It sounds great. Would buy it again.
Summary: The AV8801 Does just about everything anybody would want it to do except provide the power that an amplifier would do. It helped to improve the sound of my present setup and contributes greatly to my enjoyment of listening and seeing my 4,000 discs of various types (classical music, movies, jazz, etc) I really have no complaints to make. Also, the people at Crutchfield are friendly and very nice to deal with.
Pros: See above
Cons: The user manual at times seems more complicated than it has to be.
Summary: OMG= Oral Mouse Gemeinshaft!!! Anyway, an awesome sound overall!!! I did not purchase this from Crutchfield, because I could not spend this amount for a Pre-Amp, that is not McIntosh anyway. If you can find this unit for less, then I strongly recommend you to get this piece as the Pre-Am for your Home Theatre System! I had been using Marantz AV7005 for a year prior to upgrading to this Marantz unit.
Pros: Soung Qaulity. Subwoofer Calibatrion, especailly if you have two subwoofers.
Cons: Manufacturere's Price; it should be much lower, in my humble opinion.
Summary: Excellent sound quality and the best I've heard in my system and setup. A definite upgrade from my previous processor which was a Yamaha RX-V3800 AVR. The Marantz, while connected to the same source using the same connection type (HDMI) and in pure direct mode, sounds fuller and more dynamic than the Yamaha which was an above average audio performer in it's own right.
Pros: Ease of use, sound quality, build quality, very effective (at least in my room) Audyssey MultEQ, tons of connection options
Cons: Couldn't get 'Airplay' to work but it's probably something I'm doing wrong. That's it!
Summary: This is the sixth processor I've owned over 18 years in the HT hobby. This replaced my trusty Anthem AVM50, which has been in my system for 7 years. Setup was a breeze, including Audyssey calibration. This is my first processor with room correction, and my initial reaction is that I'd hate to go back. The front soundstage, even in 5.1 mode, is MUCH more expansive, wider and taller.
Pros: Great Audyessy processing, Easy setup, 11.2 Expansion capability
Cons: You may be paying for more channels than you need Very crowded rear panel