Mahwah, N.J. – Marantz is adding
Apple AirPlay technology as a free upgrade for a limited time to its $799-suggested
NA7004 network audio player.
The upgrade will be free through
Dec. 31, after which the upgrade returns to its $49.99 price.
DLNA-1.5-certified NA7004 can be added to existing sound systems to add
playback of nontraditional music sources. Via its Ethernet port, the
component-size player streams audio from a networked PC, Internet radio
stations through a networked broadband modem, and the Pandora, Rhapsody and
Napster music-streaming services. It also features front-panel
iPod/iPhone-compatible USB connection to play back music sent in PCM digital form
from a docked iPod or iPhone. A back-panel Type B USB port allows for
connection of a music-storing hard drive. The component also features a
back-panel M-XPort to connect an optional Bluetooth stereo receiver.
digital inputs allow for the connection of a CD player, turning the player into
a high-performance 24-bit/192kHz DAC.
The AirPlay upgrade, available to consumers
lets users stream songs over a home network from their iTunes music libraries
on a Mac or PC. Music stored on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can also be
streamed via the devices’ Wi-Fi to a home network to the player.
Dynamic Audio eXpander technology improves the sound quality of compressed
offers a $49.99 AirPlay upgrade for its $699-suggested M-CR603 network CD receiver,
which offers all of the features of the network audio player but adds embedded
AM/FM tuner and CD player.