Two new networked audio products from Marantz


Marantz didn't only announce receivers, amps, and Blu-ray Disc players yesterday. The company also revealed two new network-based audio devices for high-end home theater systems, the NA7004 Network Audio Player and the M-CR603 Network CD Receiver.

The NA7004 Network Audio Player is a heavy-duty music source component, designed to pipe content through any network to DLNA-compatible devices. It can play audio from USB, coaxial, and optical inputs, and can decode several different file formats, including FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, and AAC. Like several of Marantz's new receivers, it can accept Bluetooth audio streaming with the optional RX101 accessory. The NA7004 will retail for $799.

On the other end of networked content, the M-CR603 can receive streamed audio content sent from the NA7004 or any other shared media, as well as online sources like Napster, Pandora, and Rhapsody. It serves as a CD player, AM/FM radio, and features a 100-watt amplifier for driving speakers. Marantz has not yet announced when the M-CR603 will be available, or its suggested retail price.

Will Greenwald