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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    Selling my Marantz AV8801

    My Marantz AV8801 is up for sale over at AVS: For Sale: Marantz AV8801 - Mint Condition - AVS | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews

    Send me a message if interested.
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    What are you buying to replace it?

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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    8802 most likely. I will be installing my Atmos speakers this weekend and have the 8802 in for review. I don't think it will be leaving
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    You should audition the Krell and the Classe.

    More money but you get a good deal as a reviewer.

    The Krell and Classe aren't packing Atmos yet but will by end of the year. From an audio perspective and I've compared the Krell with the Marantz when I did the Krell review - its not even close.

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    I loved the Krell Foundation and I totally agree. I will say this...the 8802 closes the gap considerably.
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    So I had an 8801, I replaced it with a used SSP-800, dual processor and the dealer did the upgrade to 1.4.

    No idea if they will launch software for Atmos... if they do maybe I'll give it a whirl but then I'd need another amp.

    I purchased the SSP-800 with a CA 5200.

    Honestly, I have been in heaven ever since. I've had ZERO thoughts of upgrading at all. Paired with my Salk Soundscape 8's - done deal for me (have the SS7 center also).

    Nice thing for me on the SSP-800 is that it had 5 months warranty remaining and it was transferable (since I got the original receipt). It went to Classe for a touchscreen repalcement (fully covered) and they went over the entire unit.

    It's smooth and detailed all at the same time. I never thought that was possible. It's incredible. The CA5200 is a beast. WAY more than I need for my rears, but for the front 3 it is spectacular.

    I liked the 8801, but felt it was a bit bright at louder volumes (but it did a lot right). Musically, the Classe has been no comparison. For me, music matters most.

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    For the price, the 8801 is a bargain. That being said, the Krell blew it away on two-channel music and I'm sure the SSP-800 will as well. Does the 8801 sound bad? Absolutely not! The Krell just sounds better (with an over 50% premium in cost too!).
    David Vaughn
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    When you make that large of a jump in price, I would full expected to be blow away by the difference.

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