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Marantz Networked AV Systems at CES 2011

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Marantz is showcasing two networked audio/video systems, featuring four of its recently launched products at CES 2011. The two Marantz audio/video systems being showcased include one centered on the company's M-CR603 Network CD Receiver (SRP: $699), which shipped just last month, and another that features the innovative "game-changing" NA7004 Network Audio Player (SRP: $799). In addition to the M-CR603 and NA7004, Marantz will showcase its SR7005 A/V Receiver (SRP: $1,599) and AV7005 Preamplifier (SRP: $1,499). All four products are available.

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Marantz will demonstrate the new AirPlay music streaming capability with its compatible Marantz components at CES. AirPlay allows users to stream songs directly from their iTunes music libraries, as well as music and photos though their Wi-Fi networks from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices. The AirPlay upgrade, available for use with all of the new, IP-based Marantz products, including the Model SR7005 A/V Receiver, AV7005 A/V Preamplifier, NA7004 Network Audio Player and M-CR603 Networked CD Receiver, is priced at $49.99.

In addition to its 50-watt per channel digital amplifier and AM/FM radio, the component features a CD player, plus access to thousands of Internet radio stations, and allows for streaming of popular music services Rhapsody, Napster, and Pandora. The M-CR603 may be used as a connected zone player for users who already have a receiver-based home theater system in their family room, allowing for easy control of different zones of audio throughout the home. Features such as a front panel USB input for iPod add to the M-CR603's convenience and flexibility, and it can also be used as a D/A converter for those who have downloaded music on their PCs.

The Marantz NA7004 is a component that serves as a digital-to-analog converter for people with large collections of downloaded high-resolution music on their computers or other external storage devices who want to listen through their home audio systems.

The NA7004 incorporates a built-in Internet radio, and streams popular music sources such as Napster, Rhapsody, and Pandora. Among its key performance and convenience features are a USB front-panel input for digital connection to iPod and iPhone devices and a back panel M-XPort for wireless Bluetooth streaming with optional RX101 Bluetooth Receiver. The NA7004 also includes access to over 14,000 Internet Radio stations. File types supported include FLAC, 96/24FLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, MP3, MPEG-4 and AAC. The USB Audio interface supports resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz; COAX and OPTICAL digital audio inputs are also supported.

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