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Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha added network capabilities for the first time to one of its tabletop music systems.
The $649-suggested three-piece MCR-N560, part of the PianoCraft series of micro-component systems, incorporates AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 to play music from networked computers, NAS drives and mobile devices. It also streams Internet radio stations and plays back WAV and FLAC files with up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution.
The system comes with Ethernet port but connects to an optional $99-suggested Wi-Fi adapter. It also connects to an optional $69 Bluetooth adapter.
The system’s center unit, which comes with aluminum front panel, features FM tuner, front-load CD, 2x32-watt amplifier (rated at 1kHz with 10 percent THD), and optical and coaxial inputs to connect a TV or Blu-ray player. A front-panel Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad USB port plays music from a connected Apple device and from mass-storage devices. The speakers are two-way models with 4.75-inch woofer and 1.25-inch dome tweeter.
Consumers can choose computer-stored songs to play via the included remote and front-panel user interface or through Yamaha’s Network Player Controller app, which also controls the system’s functions.
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