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Marantz Adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth To Full-Size AVR

Mahwah, N.J. — Marantz announced its third networked home-audio component in a month, outlining plans for August availability of its first full-size A/V receiver with built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

The $899-suggested SR5009 will join the recently announced $699-suggested NR 1605 networked slim-line AVR, the brand’s first slim AVR with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The other recently announced networked component is the $1,199-suggested NA8005 network audio player/DAC with high-resolution audio support, also expected at retail in July.

Separately, Marantz unveiled its new PM5005 integrated stereo amplifier and CD5005 CD player at a suggested $499 and $399, respectively. They’ll also be in stores in July.

In the new full-size 7×180-watt SR5009 AVR, Marantz offers Apple AirPlay and DLNA to stream music from networked sources, access Internet radio stations, and access Spotify Connect. Supported high-resolution audio codecs that can be streamed over a network or played from a USB stick include 192/24 FLAC, DSD, and 96/24 ALAC.

Other supported formats include MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, and AIFF. The component also accesses the Flickr photo-streaming site.

Compared to its predecessor, the new model adds the DSD and AIFF codecs, adds gapless playback, and steps up Spotify to Spotify Connect.

Also compared to its predecessor, the number of HDMI inputs goes to eight from six, and HDMI outputs go to two from one. In addition, the new model adds HDMI 2.0 connectors to support 4K 50/60Hz video with 4:4:4 pure color passthrough.

Other key features include current feedback topology, new Marantz HDAM technology, Audyssey MultEQ XT room calibration, seven back inputs and one front HDMI input supporting, dual HDMI outputs, HDMI scaling to 4K 24/25/30Hz 1080p and to 50/60Hz 4K, gapless playback, four Smart Select buttons to select listening presets, 7.2-channel preouts, RS-232 port, new ECO mode, and ability to be controlled from a Marantz app for iOS and Android devices.

It also features multiroom, multisource capability and a video-off mode to shut off video circuits during music playback.

The slim-line NR 1605, compared with its predecessor, also added HDMI 2.0 connections supporting 60fps 4K video and 4:4:4 pure color passthrough.