I'm sorry to see this go, but I'm downsizing my system/life. I've since gone to a top-end Marantz unit that has all of the new decoding capabilities and HDMI and all that good stuff ------ and disappointed. Either for 2-channel critical listenting or, of course, for home theater; this is a spectacular unit. The performance is stunning all the way around, you're not going to see any compromises in performance here, unless you are comparing to 5-figure exotic components.
I'm the first-owner and have the original boxes, manual, remote, etc. I've been on Audiogon since '03 and eBay since '96 and have a spotless record of buying & selling. Good luck with the auction!
Lucas Film THX Ultra2 Certified
THX Surround EX 7.1 Channels
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS NEO, DTS 6.1
DVD-A / SACD multi - channel 8 way input
Zone 2 Audio and Video, with independent On-Screen Display
3 Component inputs with On-Screen Display (HDTV compatible without OSD)
Lip Sync delay up to 200ms for de-interlacer / frame scaler
Software upgradeable via RS232 interface
Acousteel damping, constrained layer case construction
The AV8 Preamp Processor is designed to be the center of a high quality home entertainment system. It offers excellent levels of Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS decoding with THX post processing from twin Crystal Semiconductor DSP chips.
The AV8 Preamp Processor features Arcam’s experience in outstanding audio performance coupled with comprehensive Home Theater functionality. Four Wolfson 24bit, 192kHz capable, multi-bit delta sigma modulator DACs handle digital to analog conversion, giving outstanding audio quality and performance. Full system operation speed of 96KHz is available for linear PCM and Pro Logic II.
Installation convenience is built in: full zone 2 support including on-screen display to give feedback to the user; a back lit learning remote control; independent tone, level and delay controls for each channel to help with troublesome speaker placement; RS232 or RC5 remote control; lip sync delay of up to 200ms for realigning sound when using a video de-interlacer or frame scaler.
The user interface of the AV8 is straightforward and logical. It incorporates two levels of operation. The first and simplest modes are for everyday use while the second level is aimed at providing extra features for the installation engineers or expert users. There are a total of five preset modes available for most commonly used settings. This allows the system to be optimised for sports, movies, night time, music videos and computer gaming.
The product software is upgradeable via an RS 232 connector to ensure the AV8's software can be easily upgraded in the future. The unit comes with a learning remote control that can control hundreds of models of TVs, tuners, plasmas, etc. from a built in library of consumer electronics' remote control codes and which also includes the advanced facility to learn commands for devices that are not in the standard library.
The AV8 was designed and manufactured in the UK and available in black or silver finish.
High quality full analog stereo bypass
Optional analog stereo bypass + subwoofer
Optional analog stereo bypass + ambience extraction and subwoofer
High quality DVD-A / SACD 8 channel analog input
Digital effect modes:- Music, Party, Club, Hall, Cathedral, Sports Stadium
5x nameable presets, each store complete system set up
Upgradeable modular design
Universal supply voltage of 85V-265V
Very low noise, semi resonant, audio clock synchronized, switched mode PSU
RS232 control of all commands
Software upgradeable via RS232
RC5 remote jack input for Main zone
RC5 remote jack input for Zone 2
Separate RC5 on, off, mute, un-mute commands
Selectable RC5 system codes 16 or 19 for each zone
Output of all received IR via cable or IR blinker, to control source components
12V current limited 100mA trigger outputs for main and zone 2
Audio Inputs and Outputs
8x analog stereo inputs
8x channel DVD-A / SACD input
Headphones output for main or zone 2
8x channel main output + 3 sub outputs
7x digital inputs, re-assignable
1x digital output, coaxial
Optional MM, MC Phono Stage
Video Inputs and outputs
5x composite inputs
4x composite outputs
1x Zone 2 composite output
1x VCR composite output
5x S-video inputs
2x S-video output
1x S-Video VCR composite output
3x component inputs, HDTV / progressive scan compatible
1x component output, HDTV / progressive scan compatible
Supplied with back-lit CR80 or CR100 learning remote control with support for up to 7 other components
Large, clear 12 character dimmable VFD front panel display
Ground lift switch
Size – 430mm wide, 360mm deep, 130mm high
Weight (net) 9kg