Australia's First Marantz AV8805 Surround Pre-Amplifier
The second thing I was afraid of was firmware updates. In anticipation of integrating this into my smart home it is critical for this unit to be on the WIFI network. And it was pouring cats and dogs at the time. Who knows if it’s going to work?
But worked it did.
The firmware update happened twice. The second presumably is for Aura3D (see pic in pg 10) but I’m not too sure at this stage. Will find out what the changelog is later.
On first listen without calibration. It is obvious my two fronts are not positioned optimally for imaging. Never noticed this before back with Denon 3808A with Audyssey DSP applied so I expect this to go away after a quick calibration.
Otherwise the sound is surprisingly good. A tad on the bright side at this stage, but based on my experience with the 11 series, I know the HDAM modules will sound sublime once I placed enough hours into them. This is looking very promising indeed!
And that’s it for this post. The Audyssey information will be detailed in future article.
The rest of this article is the GUI screenshots of the setup process.
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