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Yamaha Pianocraft Micro Systems Boasts Apple Connectivity

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Yamaha_MCR-332_speaker_system.jpgYamaha just unveiled its MCR-332 and MCR-232 PianoCraft micro component systems that stereo sound from just about any source, including Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad portable music players, USB devices, as well as from their built-in CD players and AM/FM tuners.

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The centerpiece of both systems is the CRX-332 CD/receiver, featuring an aluminum hairline design and a Yamaha-developed digital amp providing output to 2-way bass reflex speakers. A built-in, top-panel iPod/iPhone dock offers sound reproduction from Apple mobile devices via a fully digital connection that takes advantage of the CRX-332's DAC during playback. In addition, a USB port provides compatibility with MP3 players and flash drives, while a subwoofer port and AUX-in terminals enable easy system expansion with additional components.

The MCR-332 and MCR-232 systems both provide 2-way bass reflex speakers with deep cabinets supported by three legs. This design reportedly prevents external vibrations from affecting sound reproduction.

Yamaha integrates its proprietary Vibration Control Cabinet Structure (VCCS) technology that incorporates strategically placed pieces of composite material within each speaker in an effort to reduce vibration-related distortion.

Both systems offer large-size, screw type speaker terminals that ensure a reliable high quality connection. The MCR-332 speakers also offer banana clip connections.
The MCR-332 (MSRP $399.95), MCR-232 (MSRP $349.95) and CRX-332 (MSRP $299.95) are currently available at retail. The CRX-332 CD/receiver also will be sold separately at select retailers as part of alternate systems with other components.
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