Top positive review
Compact but powerful with extra features.
26 February 2017
I was originally looking for a replacement sound/speaker system to connect to my home desktop gaming PC that could also play music at a decent sound level to make doing the housework a bit more bearable!
I couldn't find a combined speaker amp system I liked the look of (it has to look good as well as sound good!) so I started looking at small amplifiers to pair with bookshelf speakers and came across the Marantz M-CR510.
Not only is this a small, goodlooking little amplifier it also connects to my home network (using wireless or ethernet) and has the ablility to access a whole number of internet radio stations, including my local independant station. When I first turned it on it connected to my network and did a firmware upgrade which didn't take long and has been rock solid since. I have a USB stick connected to my router with music on, it also found this under the input 'Music Server' and I'm able to play the songs on there by chosing the album or letting it play them in random mode.
I've got it connected to my pc via the soundcard output into the amp using the analogue input (3.5mm to Phono cable) and paired with Q Acoustic 3010 speakers and a Canton Subwoofer. The music quality is really good, every thing sounds so much better than it did with my previous PC speaker setups and gaming has far more 'presence' with sounds catching me out as if there is someone else in the room behind me at times,Fallout 4 has never sounded so good or scared me so much!
What is also a nice feature is that any other pc/laptop in the house I have running iTunes can also 'see' the device and they are able to play music to it by just selecting it from the audio output setting, and it all works flawlessly.
The device itself is quite compact and the connections are hidden at the rear with 2 sets of speaker screw type outputs (60 watt) and subwoofer output, analogue and digital inputs and a USB port at the back and another at the front. It also has a RJ45 (ethernet) port at the rear and a WPS button for wireless connection if your router supports that. The remote control is a similar size to a TV remote and has quite a good range with large buttons.
All in all, I'm really impressed with this device and find myself listening to music much more now and not having to have the pc powered on to do so also helps me save a few £'s of electricity. My only gripe, and its a small one, is that 'forwarding' past a song I don't like when playing on random isn't immediate but that may not be due to the player, the small delay could be down to my routers media player or the USB stick containing the songs. It still gets a well deserved 5 stars from me.