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Marantz AV8003

Marantz AV8003
alaScore 84

50 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Marantz AV8003. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Marantz AV8003 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Marantz AV8003 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Chris Heinonen (

Marantz AV8003 SSP and MM8003 8-Channel Power Amplifier


The first receiver that I remember having in the house was a classic Marantz model. Unfortunately I was too young back then to realize the quality of that component, or even recognize the name, and at some point that receiver was replaced with a much...

High-end processors and amplifiers such as the Marantz usually wind up in systems with far more expensive, and often harder to drive, speakers than my Epos ELS 5.1 setup, so I was curious how much of a difference it would make compared to a good...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Brian Kahn (

Marantz AV8003 AV Preamplifier Reviewed


Marantz pulled out all the stops when they made the AV8003 AV preamp. Based on the SR8003 receiver platform they pulled out the amp section and added balanced outputs to allow this piece to handle even ultra high-end theaters. While now replaced by...

The AV8003's audio/video performance rivals units costing several times its price ; The ability to receive network media, HD, XM and Sirius radio all in one unit is really sweet. Seemingly every receiver would be able to receive these sources but oddly...

The glass fiber rounded front panel pieces feel like inexpensive plastic ; The AV8003 can only handle seven external sources, not nearly enough for my main theater system ; Setup of networking capabilities can be complex for the non-IT oriented...

The Marantz AV8003 is easy to recommend for one seeking better performance than what a receiver can offer but who is not yet ready to invest $10,000 in a single component. The Marantz AV8003 has all the bells and whistles that today's buyer is...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Adam Weinberg (

Marantz AV8003


The Marantz AV8003 delivers everything you want in a preamp, and then it gives some more - but you have to pay for it.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : uavKim Wilson (

Marantz AV8003 Preamp/Processor and MM8003 Multichannel Power Amplifier

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : uavKim Wilson (

Marantz AV8003 Preamp/Processor and MM8003 Multichannel Power Amplifier


The Marantz AV8003 pre/pro and MM8003 multichannel power amp certainly fall into this category. Together, they strike a stylish and elegant pose in their rich, black casings. A groove is etched about a quarter of the way into the front extrusion on...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : uavKim Wilson (

Marantz AV8003 Preamp/Processor and MM8003 Multichannel Power Amplifier


That is pretty much how I've always thought of A/V receivers compared with separate preamp/processors and multichannel power amplifiers. Of course, the gap between these two camps is getting narrower—AVRs have certainly come a long way with regard to...

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Kim Wilson ( Marantz AV8003 Preamp/Processor and MM8003 Multichannel Power Amplifier


In the world of cars, any make and model will get you where you need to go. Some will get you there faster, and others will get you there in style. However, only a select few exude an air of sophistication and grace. That is pretty much how I've always...

Exceptional sonic performance, Excellent surround decoder, Simple setup with Audyssey MultEQ, 4 HDMI inputs & 2 HDMI outputs, Transcode from any analog video source to HDMI, Powerful and clean amplification, Multi-zone capability, Balanced I/Os

Inadequate video processing, Complex remote-control programming, Expensive but not out of line for separates

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Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Brian Kahn (

Marantz AV8003 AV Preamplifier


The Basics The AV8003 signals Marantz's re-emergence into the ultra-competitive AV separates market. At $2,599, the AV8003 is one of the less expensive surround sound processors, positioned to attract those on the verge of buying separates or...

Jan, 2001

Consumer review (

Marantz AV8003


Audiophile grade Pre-Pro for $2200. I could not pass it up. The remote sucks but once I got use to the dis-functionality of the remote my opinion changed. When I first got it, I was pissed that Audyssey could not be used during DTS HD and DD HD. Well...

Mar, 2012

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Marantz AV8003 & MM8003 - (A/V Preamplifier)

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

As you would expect from a Marantz pre/pro/tuner, the AV8003 handles all the latest audio sources, even Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio, for the best no-compromise sound from today's advanced media. Connections abound for both contemporary and heritage sources, too, so you'll have no trouble connecting even tape or CD recorders. Audyssey's MultEQ automatically creates a surround sound field that's best matched to your main listening/viewing room. The AV8003 gives you extensive radio capabilities too. In addition to tuners for FM, AM, and HD Radio terrestrial broadcasts, it's also XM and Sirius satellite radio-ready! Just add an XM Mini-Tuner and dock or a Sirius Connect home tuner kit and you're ready to go. Of course, you'll need a subscription to enjoy these broadcasts but having easy connectivity is the major step. And the AV8003 has done that for you already. As impressive as these capabilities are, the real story behind the AV8003 is its networking prowess. The rear panel Ethernet port brings the world of streaming audio and video from your computer, NAS (network-attached storage) device, or Escient Fireball, etc., to your home theater system. And that includes photos - JPEG or BMP format - so you can display your vacation shots on the big screen with musical accompaniment!


Audio output channels:7.1
Pre-out channels:7.1
Pre-out connectivity: Yes
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):105

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / Dolby TrueHD / DTS 96/24 / DTS decoder / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES decoder / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 / DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 / DTS-HD High Resolution / DTS-HD Master Audio
Functions (KA):Digital signal processor / Preamplifier / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround Sound Effects:Dolby Headphone / Neural Surround
Surround System Class:7.1 channel
Type:AV network processor

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Coaxial Digital Output: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Output: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.7
Power consumption (typical):85

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA / MP3, WAV, WMA
Image formats supported:JPG


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Marantz


AC (power) in: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:6
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:4
Composite video in:4
Digital audio coaxial in:3
Digital audio optical in:3
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI in:4
Remote (IR) input:1
S-Video in:4
S-Video inputs quantity:4

MD System

Type: None


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No

Other Features

Audio input channels:7.1
HDMI ports quantity:6
Remote Control Type:RC2001


Audio (L,R) out:4
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:2
Composite video out:3
Digital audio coaxial out:1
Digital audio optical out:1
HDMI out:2
Number of HDMI outputs:2
Remote (IR) output:2
S-Video out:3
S-Video outputs quantity:3

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
User guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

12V trigger: Yes
12V trigger ports quantity:2
AM antenna ports quantity:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired
FM antenna ports quantity:1
Multichannel pre out connectivity:RCA
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
Speakers connectivity type:RCA
Wireless technologies:Wired


Power consumption (standby):0.7
Power consumption (typical):85


Internet radio: No
Supported bands:AM, FM / FM
Supported radio bands:AM,FM / FM
Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility: No
Audio decoders:Dolby Digital EX,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Pro Logic IIz,Dolby TrueHD,DTS 96/24,DTS-ES,DTS-HD / Dolby Digital EX,Dolby Digital Plus,Dolby Pro Logic IIz,Dolby TrueHD,DTS,DTS 96/24,DTS-ES,DTS-HD,DTS-HD Master Audio,THX Surround EX
Bi-amping: Yes
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby TrueHD, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES, DTS-HD
Color of product:Black
Deep color support:Y
Deep colour support: Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):Y
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG): Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes
HDMI version:1.3a
Multi-Zone capability: Yes
Multi-Zone quantity:2
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes
Volume Control:Rotary


Type: None


3D compatibility: No
Supported graphics resolutions:1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Supported video modes:1080p
Video upscaling: Yes

Weight & Dimensions