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.
The 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.
Back-panel 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 at
, 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.
Proprietary Dynamic Audio eXpander technology improves the sound quality of compressed audio sources.
Marantz also 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.