Marantz has rolled out the Model M-CR612 high-resolution network CD receiver ($699), optimized for smaller listening spaces. It is being billed as a feature-rich but uncomplicated hi-fi mini system that enables users to stream content from favorite sources including TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL, local file content and more via the HEOS app, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth, alongside a built-in CD player. It has the capability of driving two pairs of speakers with independent volume control, or a single pair with double the output power.
The model also offers voice-controllable playback, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Besides playing standard CDs, the network receiver will also play WMA/MP3 (CD-R/RW) content, and it features an AM/FM tuner.
Users can also connect a TV or cable/satellite set-top box to one of the two digital audio inputs for digital audio playback of movies and TV shows. The component can also automatically wake when sensing an audio signal from a TV, and be programmed to work with a TV’s remote for volume, mute and source selection.
The Marantz M-CR612 decodes high-resolution audio ALAC, FLAC and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192-kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks. Power and connectivity is aboard to suit the listener’s audio preference: 60W x 2ch (6 ohms), or 4x 30W for speaker A/B with individual volume setting with the option to connect a pair of audiophile bi-amp compatible speakers.
“Music enthusiasts want easy access to as much content as possible without sacrificing performance, quality or adding boundaries to entry. This is especially true in an age where content can be accessed by simply asking a voice assistant,” said Emmanuel Millot, global brand director at Marantz. “The M-CR612 delivers that unique musical Marantz sound listeners love, while also offering voice-accessible streaming and multi-room listening capabilities.”