Marantz who is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2013, has announced two new wireless music systems born from its Melody series – the £499 Melody Media (M-CR610) and £399 Melody Stream (M-CR510). They will be available across Europe in either black or black/white from September onwards.
Both units can be connected to a home Wi-Fi network with the push of a single button. Wi-Fi Sharing or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) can be selected with a single button-press.
The bigger Melody Media has a 120W amplifier, it plays CDs, comes with FM and DAB radio, as well as the full variety of network content. The Melody Media plays thousands of Internet radio stations from all over the world via vTuner, and also provides direct access to online music services Spotify and last.fm. You can of course also access your own music library on your computer/NAS (Network Attached Storage).
The Melody Media also supports AirPlay to directly stream music from iTunes and iDevices. To keep control of those playback options, the Marantz Remote App is available for iOS and Android devices. It comes with a digital input to connect a TV set or set-top-box, plus there is a front and a rear USB port for added connectivity convenience.
As standard at Marantz, the USB port is iPod-digital-compatible and is “Made for iPhone” certified. The Melody Media also supports lossless formats such as ALAC, as well as 192kHz/24bit high-resolution WAV, FLAC HD files, and Gapless playback as well.
The Melody Stream is a lot slimmer than the Melody Media. It is dedicated to new digital media and it does not offer FM, DAB or CD playback. It is a pure open doorway to an endless supply of new digital media, either streamed from a computer or directly accessed from the Internet. It has all the qualities and network features of the Melody Media.
Marantz also offers the M-LS502 Melody Speakers.