Audio and visual electronics specialists Marantz has brought to market the world's first audio system with Apple AirPlay music streaming capability.
AirPlay lets users stream music throughout your entire house – wirelessly, with a number of leading manufacturers signing up to integrate the software into speaker docks, AV receivers and stereo systems. AirPlay works over Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, or a combination of both.
The Marantz Melody Media 'all-in-one' music system, allows users to stream music from their iTunes collections to the Marantz system simply.
The Melody Media comes with a CD drive - supporting regular, as well as CDR/RW, and MP3 and WMA encoded discs. The unit comes with a 50 pre-set-equipped DAB/DAB+ and FM/AM tuner for listening to radio channels.
A direct USB digital connection for iPod or iPhone, promises to take a pure audio signal straight from the device to the Melody Media's high-grade audiophile circuitry. Marantz adds the system comes with two stereo amplifiers, each with 2 x 60W, able to deliver a 'chassis-defying' 120W.
The Marantz design offers connectivity to the Internet or your Mac/PC via the rear panel’s Ethernet input. The DLNA 1.5 certified Melody Media plays thousands of internet radio stations free-of-charge, as well as every music file stored on your PC or NAS drive claims the audio specialists.
The unit comes Napster and Last.fm- enabled as well, with Last.fm intelligently recommending new music via its unique 'scrobbling' technology. The service lets users keep a record of what they listen to, harnessing 43+ billion pieces of music taste information to recommend music to more than 40 million users across 12 languages in more than 200 countries.
Finally, the M-XPort allows you to stream computer-stored music via Bluetooth using the optional RX101 Bluetooth Receiver.
The Marantz Melody Media will be available from later this month for £499.90. Marantz notes, AirPlay is activated via an optional £40 firmware upgrade from November.