The Marantz AV8802 is awarded with the BEST AV PROCESSOR award for 2015/2016

Monday, 21 December 2015 |

Sound & Image is very excited about the new Marantz AV8802. You’ll enjoy a whole new world of content thanks to the many built-in network features, which includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and support for internet radio along with subscription streaming services including Pandora®, SiriusXM™ and Spotify Connect®.Enjoy the ultimate in cinematic surround sound with Dolby Atmos®, the most advanced motion picture surround sound system ever developed. Dolby Atmos features object-based soundspace creation and reproduction, with the ability to place sound elements with pinpoint precision via front, side and surround speakers along with overhead speakers or up-firing Dolby Atmos enabled speakers.

The Marantz AV8802 is awarded with the BEST AV PROCESSOR award for 2015/2016.


“With both film and music sources it sounds imperious, with a natural balance and huge soundstage among its standout performance traits. Enjoying this gifted presentation is made easy by Marantz’s slick user interface and step-by-step setup guide. An obvious upgrade to any separates-based system – roll on movie night!” 

AV Tech media is the publisher of HOME CINEMA CHOICE, HI-FI CHOICE AND HI-FI NEWS magazines and the Awards are publicized in all three titles.

AV8802 Multichannel A/V Preamplifier with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth –
Main Features:

• Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
• Current Feedback topology and new Marantz HDAM
• Toroidal transformer & Copper-plated chassis
• Three-piece top cover construction
• High-performance power supply with 4x 10.000μF capacitors
• Audiophile 32-bit/192-kHz D/A Converters
• Auro-3D upgrade-ready (up to Auro 10.1)
• Dolby Atmos (5.1.2, 5.1.4, 7.1.2, 7.1.4 configuration)
• Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio
• Audyssey MultEQ XT32, LFC, Sub EQ HT, Pro ready
• Audyssey DSX; DTS Neo:X (11.1ch)
• 13.2ch pre-out (13.2ch XLR, 13.2ch RCA) and 11.2ch signal processing
• Latest HDMI version with 4k 50/60Hz 4:4:4 resolution
• HDCP 2.2 upgradeable (requires hardware modification)
• 7+1 front HDMI in / 3 HDMI out (2 + 1 zone) (4k 50/60Hz, 3D, ARC, Deep Color)
• HDMI scaling 1080p, 4k 50/60 Hz
• ISF video calibration
• HD Audio streaming: FLAC 192/24, DSD, ALAC
• Gapless Playback
• USB port
• Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM* (* where available), Flickr, Internet Radio support
• Phono (MM) input
• Setup Assistant and Advanced GUI
• 4 Smart Select buttons for fast selection of listening presets
• RS232
• Marantz Remote App for iOS and Android devices

Sound & Image are great advocates of Marantz products – we guarantee that the AV8802 won't disappoint!!!

Excellent review for both Rotel RB-1590 and RC-1590

Monday, 14 December 2015 |

There is no substitute for experience. More than fifty years of designing, engineering, and manufacturing audio/video components has put Rotel at the top of the audio field. They have always been a family owned business. That is why they take the time to build, test, and critically evaluate each new model before it goes into production.
The RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier and RB-1590 Power Amplifier have been engineered to the highest audio standards while providing the user with an incredible level of control flexibility. It includes extensive arrays of both analog and digital inputs, to accommodate the needs of a modern music system. 

We are very pleased to announce that both the Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and the RB-1590 power amplifier have received an outstanding review on

Some of the review highlights include:

"The RB-1590 is a very good thing in its own right. I fell under this amp's spell so quickly it was reminscent of a teenage girl swooning over a favourite boy band or, in my age group, the Beatles."

"The soundstage is wide and deep, the highs are clean and crisp without being shrill and the bass is tight and deep without being boomy. The system also offers great clarity and refinement and didn't seem to care whether they were asked to play rock, classical, jazz, concerts, movies, or whatever. They just sat there, happily gobbling up whatever signal I fed them, giving me beautiful and bountiful sound in return, from the most glorious music to the most outrageous movie sound effects. Naturally, this performance is also affected by the source material, but I fed it good signals and the Rotel repaid me in kind."

"In short (well, I guess that ship has sailed…), this is a wonderful pair of audio components that, given Rotel's history, should serve you well for many years, or at least until the neighbours show up with torches and pitchforks to force you to turn it down."

You can read the full review here.

For music enthusiasts who won't accept compromise, the RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1590 power amplifier are in a class of their own, at prices that belie their incredible performance. Available from our Sound and image stores.