The moment you see the M-CR611 you’ll know that this latest incarnation is pure refinement. With a high-gloss jet-black finish and organically curved side panels, the immediate impression is style and elegance. The centre comes in either black or apple white and the front colour illumination can be changed to white, blue, green or orange for a customisable flourish. The M-CR611 not only looks superb, it’s also a superb performer, reproducing excellent CD-audio, FM, DAB/DAB+ and Network files.
Designed with ease of use in mind, the Melody Media features a simple “one-push” Wi-Fi connect. New Bluetooth with NFC boasts connectivity options further and iDevices can be hooked up via a front facing USB port, with an extra rear port for convenience. And there are two digital inputs for connection to a TV. The Melody Media now supports Spotify Connect, as well as a host of other digital media and streaming features. Alongside listening to millions of songs on the world’s most popular online music service, it allows playback of music libraries stored on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or a computer, provides access to thousands of free internet radio stations, and even supports Apple AirPlay.
Listeners can also take control via an Android and iOS compatible Marantz Hi-Fi Remote app. An additional new feature is the speaker A / B configuration, allowing individual volume control for A and B, or master volume control for A and B. Use the Melody Media not just to flood one room with music, but two. This is real versatility in elegant housing. The M-CR611 also supports ALAC, as well as 192kHz / 24bit high-resolution WAV, FLAC, AIFF files, 2.8MHz DSD file and Gapless playback.
4 Stars in What Hi-Fi? First Test Review
"There's no doubt that the M-CR611 is an extremely tempting buy based on its features list alone, but we do wish it had more attack to back it up. Yes, it's easy to listen to, and it offers a lot of features for its price tag, but it needs to hold our interest over longer listening periods. It's this that loses it a star. A tempting all-in-one box of tricks though"
- High quality power output 2 x 60 W
- CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / WMA / MP3
- Tuner: DAB / DAB+ / DMB-A / FM (RDS) / AM
- Streaming audio from computer
- Bluetooth / aptX / NFC
- Internet radio
- AirPlay Audio Streaming
- Windows 8/RT Compatible
- vTuner / Spotify* / last.fm*
- USB Audio (Front ) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone
- USB Audio (Rear) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone
- USB-A: DSD / WAV / FLAC / AIFF / ALAC 2.8 / 192 / 192 / 192 / 96
- Wi-Fi built in / Ethernet
- WiFi Setup WPS / WiFi Sharing
- DLNA certified o (v1.5)
- Lossy formats: MP3 / WMA / AAC
- Lossless formats: FLAC HD / ALAC / WAV / AIFF / DSD 192 / 96 / 192 / 192 / 2.8
- Gapless Playback o (FLAC, WAV, DSD)
- WMM (WiFi Multimedia)
- Marantz HiFi Remote App (Android & iDevice)
- Tone Control: Bass / Treble / Balance
- Low Noise OELD Display 3 line
- Illuminated front 4 colours selectable + off mode
- Sleep Timer
- Programmable Timer: Once/Daily/Weekda