By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas – Marantz has developed a powerline-network system to distribute audio from a network-equipped A/V receiver to multiple table radio-style clients that incorporate speakers and amps.
Dubbed DAvED for Digital Audio via Electrical Distribution, the system is a $1,200-suggested package comprising the 7.1-channel ZR6001 A/V receiver and a ZC4001 client. Additional clients cost a suggested $299, allowing for the creation of a seven-zone two-source system with up to six clients. Because the A/V receiver is always one source, multiple clients simultaneously stream only one source, such as an audio server or CD megachanger, said Kevin Zarow, Marantz's marketing and product development VP and marketing VP of the Escient and Snell brands, all owned by parent D&M Holdings.
“This is for condos and apartments where installers can't pull wire and for customers who want a do-it-yourself system,” Zarow told TWICE. “It's for the Wi-Fi-fearful,” he added.
When the components ship in March, consumers will be able to use a supplied learning IR remote to send commands from a remote room to the A/V receiver through a client's IR input. The receiver features IR emitter outputs to control connected non-Marantz source units. From the clients and their remotes, consumers will be able to select remote sources, change volume, select discs, and select tracks through an up/down button. The clients do not show song or disc titles on their displays.
The clients, however, feature inputs to connect local sources such as CDs and TVs, 2x10-watt amplification, full-range speakers and SRS WOW technology that expands the stereo image, elevates the image to add height and extends perceived bass response.
The 7.1-channel receiver features component-video switching and built-in DAvED, a proprietary Marantz technology that transmits music digitally “hundreds of feet” over the same powerlines into which the receiver and clients are plugged, he said. One receiver will light up all outlets in a house that has only one circuit-breaker box. In large homes with two circuit-breaker boxes, DAvED would light up only about half the outlets, but large homes aren't the system's target, Zarow said.
In other introductions, Marantz showed a $649-suggested integrated stereo amp, the PM7001, due in April, and a $1,000 SA8001 two-channel SACD-only player due in March. Zarow said the company's two-channel music business is growing.
Marantz also unveiled a focused marketing relationship with The Julliard School, the New York performing arts conservatory. To coincide with Juilliard's year-long 100th anniversary celebration, Marantz has become the institution's “preferred audio/video brand” and will serve as the official audio/visual sponsor of the April 3 Gala Centennial Celebration at Juilliard. Marantz has donated products for educational uses and for world premiere performances at the school.
“This new marketing relationship between our two institutions will help us increase awareness of the Marantz brand among influential Juilliard performing arts students, professional musicians and alumni, while also giving us a way to recognize and honor the school's legacy of nurturing artistic achievement,” said Bill Lee, senior sales and marketing VP for Marantz, Escient and Snell:
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