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New Marantz Melody Media system has Wi-Fi and AirPlay

Marantz Melody Media system


We were big fans of Marantz's M-CR603 system; with stylish looks and streaming capability, it ticked a lot of boxes. Its successor, though - the forthcoming Melody Media M-CR610 receiver - has an even bigger feature count.

The M-CR610 adds Wi-Fi so streaming from PCs or NAS drives can now be done wirelessly as well as via Ethernet. (There's support for high-quality file formats, too.) And Apple's AirPlay now comes as standard so devices playing iTunes (iPods, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs) can also stream wirelessly to the unit. iPods and iPhones can also be plugged into either of the USB sockets (one on the front, one on the rear).

Support for streaming services, vTuner, Spotify and last.fm is built-in. A remote control is supplied but Marantz has produced a remote App to control the M-CR610 via iOS or Android devices.

Another new addition is the optical digital input. Older technology hasn't been forgotten, though; the new Melody Media system includes a CD player, and tuners for FM, DAB and DAB+. The front panel has a headphone jack and the rear of the unit features analogue connections plus a second pair of speaker sockets.

The M-CR610 isn't available for a month and we've yet to hear it. But, given the performance of everything Marantz makes, we're sure it'll sound terrific. And it outputs 60 watts per channel (into 6 ohms) when listening through one pair of speakers. (Power output is, understandably, reduced if listening through two pairs of speakers.)

The Marantz M-CR610 Melody Media receiver is available in two colour options: one that's all black and one with the centre portion of the front panel in white.

We'll be taking delivery of this eagerly awaited system from mid-August. Call Hi-Fi Stereo to get your name on our waiting list.

Date of article:24/07/2013

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