Respected audio and video electronics manufacturer Marantz has introduced four products with Apple AirPlay music streaming capability via a feature upgrade. The quartet of network-capable audio/video components are the world’s first to include AirPlay capability. The feature allows users to easily stream music from their iTunes collections to their Marantz components with just the tap of a finger. It will be available in November via the Marantz website with an optional €49 firmware upgrade.
Marantz’s AirPlay certified products comprise
• SR7005 A/V Receiver
• AV7005 A/V Preamplifier
• NA7004 Network Audio Player/Tuner
• Melody Media (M-CR603) Networked CD Receiver
Stream iTunes Music from Mac or PC to Home Entertainment Networks
With the incorporation of AirPlay on Marantz products, users can now open up their iTunes to a whole new experience, enjoying not only the ability to stream iTunes music from their Mac or PC on their home network, but access to artist information, album art and elapsed and remaining time. The inclusion of AirPlay capability on Marantz products has been made possible through the advanced networking technologies applied. AirPlay has previously only been available on products such as the Apple AirPort Express.
Noted Ken Ishiwata, brand ambassador of Marantz, “Marantz has always been at the forefront of every music packaged media playback, be it mono LP, stereo LP, CD and SACD. However people’s lifestyle and needs changed. Nowadays the use of iPod and iPhone is very popular and rapidly increasing. That is why it is quite a natural step for Marantz to make AirPlay possible on our products and we strongly believe this way of listening music will bring Marantz closer to people. AirPlay uses Apple’s lossless format and this allows high quality music playback from the Marantz systems. AirPlay adds yet another great dimension to the content enjoyment experience made possible through Marantz’s relationship with a variety of streaming partners. Our consumers, as well as valued retail partners, have always depended on Marantz brands for the most advanced innovations and leading-edge technologies that take the home entertainment experience to the next level and provide creative solutions for maximum enjoyment and flexibility.”
In addition, Marantz has announced the free, but unfortunately-named, ‘Wizz App’ for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing control of its cutting-edge SR7005 network AV receiver and AV7005 network preamp on to Apple touch screens.
Marantz’s Wizz App transfers control of its feature-packed Marantz SR7005 AV networking receiver – as well as the AV7005 network preamp – into the palms of iPhone and iPod touch owners. A simple GUI combines with an intuitive layout enabling an easy way to control Marantz products via a home network.
The app comes preloaded and ready to use. Key functionalities include: main zone power on/off; volume up/down; mute on/off; input selection; tuner control; surround modes; menu control by cursor; and zone 2 and 3 basic control. It features class-leading response times and the app’s bi-directional feedback with the AV/SR7005 enables super-fast status reports on features such as volume, source, and surround mode.
Additionally Wizz App delivers control of Networked/USB-connected sources. Playback controls – such as file selection, play and stop – of connected PCs and NAS drives, are accessible via the app and users can swiftly browse internet radio stations via their iPhone/iPod touch. Wizz App even lets you flick through PC/NAS-stored music libraries, selecting tunes by artist, album, genre, etc. For ultimate ease and looks Wizz App displays ‘currently playing’ cover art. Wizz App also opens up iPhone and iPod touch control of additional Marantz equipment – such as Blu-ray and CD players – connected to the AV/SR7005 via Marantz’s remote D-bus system.
Wizz App is available free of charge for download from Apple’s iTunes App Store now. It will initially be compatible with the AV7005 pre-amp/SR7005 AV receiver (after a software update scheduled for end of September) and there will be a Demo Mode available too. Further Marantz products will soon be added to the Wizz App-compatible list.
More info about and download link for the Marantz Wizz App (free) via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.