The moment you see the M-CR611 you’ll know that this latest incarnation is pure refinement.
With a high-gloss jet-black finish and organically curved side panels, the immediate impression is style and elegance. The centre comes in either black or apple white and the front colour illumination can be changed to white, blue, green or orange for a customisable flourish.
The M-CR611 not only looks superb, it’s also a superb performer, reproducing excellent CD-audio, FM, DAB/DAB+ and Network files. Designed with ease of use in mind, the Melody Media features a simple "one-push" Wi-Fi connect. New Bluetooth with NFC boasts connectivity options further and iDevices can be hooked up via a front facing USB port, with an extra rear port for convenience. And there are two digital inputs for connection to a TV.
The Melody Media now supports Spotify Connect, as well as a host of other digital media and streaming features. Alongside listening to millions of songs on the world's most popular online music service, it allows playback of music libraries stored on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or a computer, provides access to thousands of free internet radio stations, and even supports Apple AirPlay.
Listeners can also take control via an Android and iOS compatible Marantz Hi-Fi Remote app.
An additional new feature is the speaker A / B configuration, allowing individual volume control for A and B, or master volume control for A and B. Use the Melody Media not just to flood one room with music, but two. This is real versatility in elegant housing. The M-CR611 also supports ALAC, as well as 192kHz / 24bit high-resolution WAV, FLAC, AIFF files, 2.8MHz DSD file and Gapless playback.
- High Quality 2 x 60w Power Output
- CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / WMA / MP3
- Tuner: DAB+ / FM (RDS)
- Streaming Audio from Computer
- Bluetooth / NFC
- Internet Radio
- AirPlay Audio Streaming
- Windows 8/RT Compatible
- vTuner and Spotify Connect Compatible
- USB ports on front and rear "Made for iPod" "Made for iPhone"
- USB-A: DSD (2.8MHz) / WAV (192kHz) / FLAC (192kHz) / AIFF (192kHz) / ALAC (96kHz)
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet
- Wi-Fi sharing and WPS
- DLNA v1.5 Certified
- Lossy format support: MP3 / WMA / AAC
- Lossless format support: FLAC (HD) / ALAC / WAV / AIFF / DSD
- Gapless playback with FLAC, WAV and DSD
- WMM (WiFi Multimedia)
- Marantz HiFi Remote App
- Bass, Treble and Balance control
- Low Noise OLED Display (3 Line)
- Illuminated front (4 colours selectable + off)
- Clock and Sleep timer
- Programmable Timer (Once + Daily)
What's In The Box?
- Stereo mini-system
- Warranty sheet
- Quick start guide
- DAB & FM antenna
- Remote control w/ batteries
- Figure-8 power cable
Inputs / Outputs
- 1x Analog Input
- 1x Analog Output
- 2x Digital Optical Input
- 2x iPod / iPhone compatible USB Input
- Subwoofer PreOut
- Main PreOut
- Screw type Speaker Terminals
- Headphone Output
- Speakers A / B (Individual Volume)
- Powered multi-room for one extra room
Power Output (6 ohm, 1kHz) 60 W Number of channels 2 Freq. Response (Analogue In) 5 Hz - 22 kHz Signal to Noise Ratio (audio) 90 dB Total Harmonic Distortion (audio) 0.10% Receiving Range (Band III / Band L) o / - Signal to Noise Ratio DAB (Mono/Stereo) 95 dB Total Harmonic Distortion DAB 0.02% Frequency response DAB 20Hz - 20 kHz Stereo Separation DAB 75 dB Frequency Range FM 87.5 - 108 MHz Signal to Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo) FM 74 / 70 dB Total Harmonic Distortion (Mono/Stereo) FM 0.3 / 0.4% Power Consumption 55 W Standby Power Consumption 0.3 W Dimensions (W x H x D) 292 mm x 111 mm x 305 mm Weight 3.4 kg
Vinyl vs Digital
One of the most commonly asked question is what is better? Vinyl or Digital music.
Short answer is both have their pros and cons.
I will go through the differences are we see them and try to list the pros and cons as comprehensively as we can.
- Delivers analog sound. This is what is refered to as a 'warm' sound. Analog sound is what we hear with our ears. The vibration of the styli (needle) in the groove of the record creates sine waves that is then reproduced by the amplifier and speakers. There is no digital conversion that is an estimate of the music.
- Can last a lifetime.
- Cartidges and styli can usually be upgraded.
- Delivers a wider frequency range including ultrasonic frequencies (above 20 kHz) that have been shown to help the body release endorphines that brings on that 'feel-good' feeling.
- Potentially more accurate sound.
- Can come with booklets with band photos and lyrics.
- Can be easily damaged.
- Large music collections can take up alot of space.
- Not 'toddler friendly' (though they DO make good frisbees)
- Needs more maintenance.
- Not a portable media.
- Large collections in very small space.
- Can be used in multiple devices. (computers, phones, MP3 players, CDs, USB sticks, etc)
- Much less suseptible to physical damage than vinyl.
- Can be organised much more efficiently. (search entire music libraries with a simple click)
- Digital devices can be improved by external Digital to Analog Convertors. (DACs)
- Can be digitally remastered after recording. (Usually done is a studio)
- Easy to make copies of files.
- Can lose entire collections if hard discs fail.
- Doesn't have the 'warmth' that vinyl has.
- Is not an exact copy of the music. Digital music is an estimate that is accomplished with 'sample rates' (the higher the sample rate the closer to the original)
- A lot of digital music is compressed. (lower sound quality)
- Potential compatability issues with different file types on different hardware.