Marantz celebrates its 60th Anniversary in 2013 and marks the occasion with two wireless systems from its Melody series. Both the £499 Melody Media (M-CR610) and £399 Melody Stream (M-CR510) offer “nearly unlimited” access to music sources. They will be available across Europe in either black or black/white from September onwards.
The bigger Melody Media plays CDs, comes with FM and DAB radio, as well as the full variety of network content, it can access internet radio via vTuner, and also provides direct access to the online music services Spotify and last.fm. You can also access a
music library on a computer or NAS drive. The Melody Media also supports AirPlay to directly stream music from iTunes and iDevices. A 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 are front and a rear USB ports for added connectivity. The USB port is iPod-digital-compatible and is Made for iPhone certified. Melody Media also supports lossless formats such as ALAC, as well as 192kHz/24bit high-resolution WAV and FLAC files with gapless playback.
The Melody Stream is a lot slimmer than the Melody Media and does not offer FM, DAB or CD playback but has all the network features of the Melody Media. Both units are specified as 60 watts per channel.