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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 consumption
50 Watts

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 30.2 x 28 x 11.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
  • Item model number: MCR603/T1SG
  • ASIN: B004CLRR18
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Nov. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,641 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product description

Product Description

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.

Box Contains

Remote control
R03/AAA batteries
AC Power cord (Cord length: Approx. 2 m)
AM Loop Antenna
FM Indoor Antenna
iPod Stand
User Guide
DAB Antenna


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My much-loved separates system finally had to be replaced after the speaker cones went and I had problems getting the left channel when I played my netbook (with most of my music collection on it) through it, so I was in the market for something with power, excellent sound and the ability to play radio, take my netbook input, Ipod input and anything else I might need in the next ten years or so (since my last system had served me well for something like 15 years).

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.
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My much-loved separates system finally had to be replaced after the speaker cones went and I had problems getting the left channel when I played my netbook (with most of my music collection on it) through it, so I was in the market for something with power, excellent sound and the ability to play radio, take my netbook input, Ipod input and anything else I might need in the next ten years or so (since my last system had served me well for something like 15 years).

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.
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This Marantz is very smart and compact. It has a nice quality of build and finish. It is huge fun and has very good sound quality. Easy to set up (pop an ethernet cable from your router in the back before powering on just for the intial set-up & downloads if nothing else). Just a few minutes while you have a cuppa and it sorts itself out with the latest firmware etc. and you are ready to go. I recommend a roof aerial for the best from FM or DAB radio but that has always been the case with any hi-fi tuner or receiver.

Don't stint on speakers just because this is a mini system. I mean don't stint on cost & quality. (Not size.) The Marantz will suit high quality and efficient bookshelf speakers rather than monster sized party speakers! The M-CR603 will suit the 'space challenged' user who wants to fill a small-medium sized room with excellent quality sound rather than head bashing volumes.

Easy to use and excellent value for money.
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A compact, smart, sophisticated looking system with a beautiful build quality that comes with great sound that's able to handle all types of music with great effect. M-CR603 is able to play CD and the many various types of CDR formats of today, and also great for radio listening with the ability to play FM/AM/DAB and Internet Radio stations from around the world - all with great clear sound. MCR603 can also stream wirelessly from PC/NAS HDD and also use Apple's offical Airplay; allowing you to play all your music stored on PC/NAS and Itunes(inc Iphone, Itouch, Ipad) wirelessly by sending it straight to your Mantraz 603 . Airplay also allows you manually control your music by using Itouch, Ipad or Iphone. A USB port for Ipods is also supported which can be controlled with the Marantz remote. The CR603 has various built Input/Output connections giving you the option to attach extra equipment(eg:TV) if requied, with also with the ability to attach a total of four speakers all together(2 in different rooms if wanted). The whole system is an attractive eye catcher itself with a gorgeous clear elegant LED display, displaying informative information esp with DAB/Internet Radio...A great hi-fi built with all the modern requirements for todays listening styles. MCR603 is the whole all in one music system without compromising build, quality, sound and features. Overall a great system that's easy to use and comes with great sound and features.

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.
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