It seems like Marantz is paying increased attention to the digital and streaming music space as a centerpiece for entertainment. Marantz has just announced two new stereo receivers, the M-CR510 and the M-CR610. According to Marantz, the difference between the two modes lies in the CR610’s built-in CD player, AM/FM tuner and four channels of amplification instead of only two available in the M-CR510.
The two receivers specifically tout their networking capabilities, which include built in WiFi, AirPlay music streaming, and built in support for the major streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. What’s really interesting is that the new unit’s aren’t even classified as a hi-fi component like their traditional two-channel gear. Instead, Marantz has now created an entirely new product category called, “wireless music systems”.
Times they are a changin, aren’t they?
Marantz’ full news release follows:
Marantz, a world leader in advanced home entertainment solutions, announces the launch of the latest models in its acclaimed line of M-CR Series Network Stereo Receivers: the M-CR510 and M-CR610. The new wireless music systems deliver exceptional sound quality from a variety of music sources. Both feature a compact, elegant design that enables users to wirelessly access music from home networks, cloud streaming services and mobile devices.
“The incredible sound and beautiful design that users get from these systems, while being able to access all their favorite content sets them apart in the marketplace. The M-CR wireless music systems are an easy answer for those looking to simplify their listening experience without compromising on sound quality or looks.” said Paul Belanger, technical product manager, D+M Group.
Highlights of the M-CR Series Network Stereo Receivers include:
Also with the M-CR610 users gain a CD player, AM/FM tuner and four channels of amplification instead of two available in the M-CR510.
Marantz M-CR610 (MSRP: $699)
The Marantz M-CR610 is a network CD receiver with AM/FM radio that lets you enjoy not only music from CDs and your smartphone or tablet device but also Internet radio stations from around the world and streamed high-resolution music, all in exquisite sound quality. This receiver can be connected to a network either wirelessly via Wi-Fi or wired via an Ethernet cable, and it includes a Wi-Fi diversity antenna system and Wi-Fi Multi Media certification for improved communication quality. The M-CR610 also features AirPlay, allowing users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.* If you choose to cable connect your iPhone or iPod touch to one of the USB ports on the front or rear of the M-CR610, you can listen to music while the device’s battery is being recharged.
The M-CR610 is equipped with a 4-channel digital amplifier that delivers 60 watts of power per channel in stereo. Compatible with bi-amp capable speakers, the separate amps for the high and low ranges in each stereo channel provide improved sound quality, and the M-CR610 also supports simultaneous drive for two separate pairs of speakers if desired (at 30 watts per channel). You can use the supplied remote controller to operate the M-CR610, or you can download the Marantz Remote App and operate it from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
The M-CR610 has been designed to enhance your listening space with Marantz tradition and distinction, and it is equipped with a luxurious black front-panel design that features a wide-angle, easy-to-read organic light-emitting diode (OLED) multi-line display.
Marantz M-CR510 (MSRP: $599)
The Marantz M-CR510 is a network receiver in a slender, compact design that lets you tune in to Internet radio from around the world as well as Spotify, Pandora, and other music-streaming services in a clean, robust sound. This receiver also features AirPlay, allowing users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.* Connection to the network can be achieved wirelessly or via a wired local-area network (LAN), using an Ethernet cable.
Because the M-CR510 also supports high-resolution music streaming in 192kHz/24-bit WAV/FLAC format, you can listen to high-quality sound that surpasses the quality of CD. With the receiver’s optical digital input jack, you can even enjoy high-quality sound from your TV or other digital audio sources. You can use the supplied remote controller to operate the M-CR510, or you can download the Marantz Remote App and operate it from your mobile device.
The M-CR510 with its slim body and lustrous deep-black cosmetics has been designed to grace your listening space with Marantz tradition and sophistication.
Sixty Years of Excellence in Audio Technology
In 2013, Marantz is celebrating its 60th anniversary of providing consumers with premium-quality home entertainment products featuring pristine audio reproduction. Since its’ founding in 1953 by music lover and audio innovator Saul B. Marantz, the company’s design engineers have continued to push the boundaries of technical excellence in sound quality. Each incremental breakthrough is celebrated by the company as a forward step that brings music reproduction closer the artist’s vision.
The M-CR510 and M-CR610 stereo receivers have suggested retail prices of $599 and $699 respectively. The new products are available as of July 2013 in store and online at Marantz dealers.
** Some services may require a subscription
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Note: AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.