Marantz Melody Media Network CD Receiver MCR603 - Silver
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- 2x 60 Watts RMS 6 ohm
- FM, AM, DAB and DAB+ tuners built-in
- Streams music from PC, laptop, NAS-drive via the network
- Internet radio supporting vTuner and last.fm
- iPod/iPhone compatible USB input
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On-mode power consumption50 Watts
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The Melody Media is not only a good-looking, good-sounding CD Receiver, it also gives you effortless access to a myriad of different music sources. Firstly, it gives you high-quality playback of CD content as well as MP3 and WMA files from CD-R/RW. And as it is a receiver, a radio is built-in and you can select analogue FM radio with RDS or take advantage of digital radio broadcasting DAB and DAB+, which offer superior sound quality and supplementary information. The USB port is iPod-digital-compatible and is “Works with iPhone” certified. But it doesn’t stop there: you can also connect it to the Internet or your PC via the Ethernet input on the back. The DLNA 1.5 certified Melody Media plays thousands of free-of-charge Internet radio stations from all over the world via vTuner. You can even access your own music library on your PC. Whatever you want, the powerful 60W rms x2ch plays music loud and clear... and effortlessly, because the large display makes operation easy. The Melody Media has it all.
AC Power cord (Cord length: Approx. 2 m)
AM Loop Antenna
FM Indoor Antenna
Top Customer Reviews
My shortlist was the Marantz, the Arcam Solo Mini and the Denon DM38DAB. I immediately dropped the Arcam as it just hasn't kept up-to-date with developments in Ipod/USB/Streaming/Internet radio terms - and far too expensive for what was a good sound, but no better than the other two, with appropriate speakers (more on those later).
So, a straight fight between the Denon and the Marantz. And it was a close-run thing. Given the right speakers both systems sounded great, though the Marantz edged it for me. The Denon is a good buy and the price is very keen, but in the end the Marantz won on sound, looks and features. Firstly, it connects to your router for Internet Radio, and this is a BIG plus for me. There are a huge variety of stations from all round the world that cater for specific talk or musical tastes. Some are so good that I go to them rather than play my own collection of music. The only drawback on the internet connection front is that it isn't wireless - you are supposed to connect it via an ethernet cable to your router. But my router is at the opposite end of the house. Solution - I used Homeplugs which connect via your home mains wiring - result! One Homeplug connects to the router and the other to the Marantz. Easy.Read more ›
AIRPLAY: - When using this feature be sure too put the media volume low on the Apple product(Iphone..etc) - so it doesn't blast from the M-CR603 speakers at high volume if the system volume is set at medium or high volume setting. The volume control can be used and adjusted individually by any Airplay Apple product.
The unit has a good 60 Watt amplifier and can, if required, also run two sets of speakers individually or bi-wired. An IPOD can just be plugged in and played through the unit with the IPOD display being reflected on the unit's display. There is an aux input for other MP3 players which works fine. One can also plug in outputs from an external unit such as a mini-disc player.
Sleep timer and also an alarm clock so could be used as an upmarket alarm clock! The remote works well.
The unit can be connected to the internet to play on-line radio and also to update the systems software. I used an ethernet cable to my router for this.
Neat, versatile and, I think, probably justifies the highish price!
Perhaps we're old fashioned but 80% of the usage is going to be listening to good old FM radio, we swap between BBC R4, BBC R2 and Classic FM. We also sometimes listen to Radio 4 Extra on DAB. Why does this receiver need both a DAB and FM aerial attached? You get more than enough DAB signal pickup from a vertically polarised FM dipole aeriel and most other units have the intelligence to supply the FM feed to the DAB tuner section - not the Marantz, both aerials must be connected, also the whole tuner section shares the same list of pre-sets (setting of which is not very intuative - I had to refer to the manual, which is alarmingly thick by the way), so if you want BBC Radio 2 FM on pre-set 2 and BBC Radio 4 FM on preset 4 - seems logical to me, then you cannot use pre-set 4 for BBC Radio 4 on DAB, because it is in use for FM. We have other DAB/FM sets from Roberts and Pure in the house and they have a set of pre-sets for each tuner function, so on DAB you can have BBC R4 on button 4 and on FM BBC R4 on button 4.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has most of the features I wish. I miss a timer function like "sleep"; in this way I could leave the radio on while going to sleep.Published on 9 Nov. 2013 by claudiobernardino
Great device that does everything that I imagined!
Good sound, easy to handle (after a short learning phase)
Surprisingly it came with AirPlay, I thought I would have to... Read more
Brilliant sound, sophisticated features, easy to use, and not too big a package. The sound quality easily matches, if not surpasses, my trusty Technics separate CD, DAB and... Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by Cobra 1961
This is a well built unit - looks the part, connectivity is excellent and being able to connect to sets of speakers is a useful function. Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Sandford
It does, what an higher price range receiver should do. It works! Even all promised software/hardware features work. And is sounds great! Read morePublished on 10 May 2013 by cgo
I dont like it so much cuz it's not compatible with Spotify.Works good with Itunes though.Something's wrong when it turns off all of a suden after like 70 min. Read morePublished on 29 April 2013 by mors32
Cannot fault the sound quality of this Marantz. For its size it packs a punch. Easy to set up and great price.Published on 13 April 2013 by Vanessa Kay
Good value. I'm using mine with Wharfdale Diamond 9.1 and can't fault this little unit. DAB is brilliant and there's some weird radio stations on the Internet. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Kooter
What a nice piece this was. High quality all the way and the sound is excellent for the price. Only thing missing is the possibility to let the clock show time all the time as it... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2013 by Mats Thor