$699 Marantz Hi-Res Network CD Receiver Streams Via Alexa, Google Assistant

M-CR612 Hi-Res Network CD Receiver from Marantz delivers voice-controllable playback from digital and analog sources.


Not everyone has the space to accommodate a huge audio system. Apartment dwellers, condo owners, and homeowners interested in creating an intimate listening environment demand great sound from a smaller package. Marantz caters to this crowd with the recent release of its M-CR612 hi-res network CD receiver.

The hi-fi mini system offers voice-accessible streaming and multi-room listening capabilities. It can stream content from TuneIn, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL, local file content and more via the HOES app, AirPlay2, and Bluetooth.

It also incorporates a built-in CD player to offer users an opportunity to enjoy both new and old audio content.

Additionally, the receiver can connect via two digital audio inputs to a TV or cable/satellite set-top box to provide digital audio playback of movies and TV shows.

Marantz says dealers can program the M-CR612 to work with a TV’s remote for volume, mute and source selection. Or, the product can be controlled via leading voice assistants, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri.

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The M-CR612 decodes hi-res audio ALAC, FLAC, and WAV lossless files up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks. It will also play CD, WMA/MP3 (CD-R/RW), and features an AM/FM tuner.

Power and connectivity is flexible, too: 60W x 2 channels (6 ohms), or 4 x 30W for speaker A/B with individual volume settings with the option to connect a pair of audiophile bi-amp compatible speakers as well.

The compact M-CR612 features a durable acrylic top plate cover. Deluxe vertical lighting accents on the front panel offer four user-selectable choices to match the cosmetics of the room. Also on the front panel is a three-line OLED display.

The M-CR612 Network CD Receiver carries a suggested retail price of $699.

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Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

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