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Marantz Sees The Networked Future

8/02/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

NEW YORK - Marantz acknowledged
audio’s past and positioned itself for
audio’s future with the launch of 15 new
products that include traditional twochannel
components as well as a greater
assortment of networked products.

The product launch is the brand’s
largest in more than 10 years.

The products include the brand’s first
stand-alone networked digital media
player (DMP), a networked CD-receiver,
and two networked Blu-ray/SACD/
DVD-Audio universal players. All are
DLNA 1.5-certified to stream content
from a networked PC.

The two universal Blu-ray players,
called universal media players by Marantz,
are the brand’s first BD players
to stream music, video and photos from
a networked PC as well as the first to
stream on-demand video from Internet
video services. The players, which
are the brand’s first 3D-capable Blu-ray
players (via a third-quarter firmware
update), connect to the NetFlix service
and YouTube.

Four new previously reported A/V
receivers (AVRs) and a new preamp
processor (see TWICE, July 19, page
1) are the brand’s first with 3D-capable
HDMI 1.4a connections and Audio
Return Channel.

The lineup also includes the brand’s
first networked AVR, the $1,599-suggested
SR7005, also the brand’s first
with embedded Internet radio.

Other new networked audio products
include the brand’s first CD-receiver,
the M-CR603 Network CD
Receiver at an unannounced price; the
stand-alone NA7004 Network Audio
Player at a suggested $799; and the
$1,499 AV7005 preamp processor.

The DLNA-1.5-certified NA7004
Network Audio Player can be added to
existing sound systems to add playback of
nontraditional music sources. Th e component,
for example, streams audio from
a networked PC, incorporates embedded
Internet Radio tuner, accesses Internet
music services, and features iPodcompatible
USB connection to play back
music sent in PCM digital form from a
docked iPod. The component also features
a back-panel M-XPort to connect
an optional Bluetooth stereo receiver.

The M-CR603 Network CD Receiver
offers all of the features of the Network
Audio Player but adds embedded
AM/FM tuner and CD player.

Other networked devices include two
universal Blu-ray players, which expand
the brand’s selection of universal Blu-ray
players to four. The new $499-suggested
UD5005 and $899 UD7005 join a
$2,999 universal model and a $5,999
universal model, but the two new models
add 3D capability as well as networking
to stream audio, video and photos from
a networked PC. The two new models
are also the brand’s first Blu-ray players
to connect to on-line video services.

The new $1,499 AV7005 preamp
surround processor, like its predecessor
streams audio and video from a networked
PC, but the new model adds
embedded Internet radio, HDMI 1.4a
connections, and HDMI Audio Return

In more traditional products, the
company added to its amplifier selection
with the $1,199-suggested
MM7055 multichannel amp, rated at
5x140 watts into 8 ohms, and the $799
two-channel MM7025 amp.

Four new products replacing previous
models are the $449 PM5004 and $999
PM8004 integrated amps, the $999
SA8004 two-channel SACD player,
and the $349 CD5004 CD player. The
SACD player features MP3/WMA
playback and a front-panel USB to connect
to music sources such as iPods.

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