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.