Marantz has unveiled its new wireless connected music systems under its Melody Series monicker. Described as lifestyle network systems, the two units (the £499 M-CR611 Melody Media and £329 M-CR511 Melody Stream) boast 2x 60W power output, come with Spotify Connect functionality and provide compatibility with hi-res formats including: ALAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF and (in the case of the Melody Media) DSD. Both units feature ‘one-push’ wi-fi Connect (with a claimed high-speed connection of 11n), Bluetooth, NFC and a front-facing USB port for hooking up portable devices.
The Melody Media comes equipped with a CD player alongside DAB/DAB+ and FM radio tuners and features a brace of digital inputs for connection to a television set.
Both the Melody Stream and Melody Media can hook up to a NAS drive or a computer on your home network in order to access and stream music libraries and Apple’s AirPlay is supported for owners of iOS devices. A Marantz Hi-Fi Remote app has been developed for control via Android and Apple devices and the Melody Media offers a bi-amping option. For those that like a lightshow, its front panel illuminates and can be changed to white, blue, green or orange to suit its surroundings. The Marantz Melody Series is available to buy now, find out more here.
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