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It is a preamp/processor separate designed to be coupled with the Marantz MM8003 8-channel power amplifier.

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Pros

1080p upscaling with Anchor Bay chipset

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Copper plated chassis to reduce signal interference

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High definition audio decoding

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3-zone A/V signal distribution

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Cons

Too few inputs.

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Anchor Bay chipsets don't perform as well as either the Reon or Realta chipsets.

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Expensive

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The Marantz AV8003 is a preamp/processor separate designed to be coupled with the Marantz MM8003 ($2399.99) 8-channel power amplifier. The AV8003 is THX Ultra2 certified and supports the latest v1.3a HDMI standard along with high resolution audio format decoding (Dolby TrueHD, dts HD-MA). It features a set of both balanced and unbalanced 7.1 channel audio pre-outs to be sent to the connected power amplifier separate. It supports 3-zone A/V signal distribution with HDMI in the first zone, component video in the second, and audio-only to the third zone. It has a suggested retail price of $2599.99 and has a release date of July 2008.

Features
  • Digital Media Player for Ethernet
    - Audio, Video and Photo (supporting DLNA)
  • Video scaling and processing by Anchor Bay Technology
    - Precision Video Scaler 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
  • price: $2600
  • release date: July 2008
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