Marantz Expands AirPlay, Networking

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MAHWAH, N.J. –

Marantz is expanding its selection of A/V receivers (AVR) with network capabilities and Apple AirPlay technology, continuing a networking focus it launched last year.

Four new AVRs include two slim-line models with 4.13- inch height. They are the $399-suggested NR 1402 and the $649-suggested NR1602. The latter features Apple AirPlay and home-networking capability to stream thousands of Internet radio stations, stream music from a networked PC, and access the online music services Pandora, Rhapsody and Napster.

Two new SR-series AVRs are the7x110-watt SR6006 at a suggested $1,199 and the 7x100-watt SR5006 at $799. Both feature Apple AirPlay, and the SR6006 adds networking capabilities to stream Internet radio stations, Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, the Flickr photo-sharing service, and music and photos from a networked PC. The SR6006 also features built-in HD Radio tuner, expanding the selection of AVRs with HD Radio.

The SR models feature the brand’s star and porthole display, multiple HDMI 1.4a inputs for compatibility with all HDMI-mandated 3D formats, HDMI audio return channel, optional stereo Bluetooth streaming via a $99 accessory, HDMI-signal up-scaling to 1080p, front-panel iPodcompatible USB ports, and playback of MP3, WMA and WAV files. Their remotes provide iPod playback control of the play, stop, fast-forward, rewind, skip forward, random and repeat play functions, and the AVRs show music track info on their new graphical user interface.

The SR5006 has six HDMI inputs, and the SR6006 has seven, plus two HDMI outputs. The SR6006 also adds DLNA 1.5 certification. The SR6006 features three-zone output, while the 5006 has a two-zone output. Both support audio bitstreams up to 320kbps and feature Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing and Dolby True HD and dts HD decoding.

In the slim-line AVRs, Marantz is offering 3D-capable HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, optional stereo Bluetooth streaming, a dedicated 2.1-channel preamp output, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey MultEQ.

The NR1602 adds two-zone output, AirPlay, networking, full RS232 control and an iPod-compatible front-panel USB connection.

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