Marantz M-CR511 Melody Stream Network Receiver With Airplay : Great – but make sure you say ‘yes’ to the firmware update!

Hardware good – software staggeringly bad. . First, the good – it sounds pretty good. For my taste i would like a bit more attack in the mid-range, but at this price this is a good amp. I play it through a pair of q acoustics 3020’s and they work well together, though i would like the amp to bring to the fore the huge detail in the mid-range that i used to get from the speakers when i had them connected to an onkyo streaming receiver. There are all the features you need to stream just about anything from any source. Spotify connect from a computer or mobile phone works well, as does internet radio. Next, the bad – marantz have put together a very nice piece of hardware and not bothered with the software to make it work well. Streaming stored music from a nas (a trouble-free doddle on my onkyo tx8150) is a nightmare. The android app simply doesn’t work. On the rare occasions when it can connect to the player, it is slow.

Great – but make sure you say ‘yes’ to the firmware update. This is exactly what i needed to replace my ageing jvc mini hifi in my kitchen. The ‘quick setup’ guide made getting going a breeze, and delving into the manual (included on cd, but i downloaded it via the richer sounds product page) helped fine tune the settings to my preferences, although to be honest the default settings will be fine for most people. The sound quality is really good and it is plenty loud enough for my kitchen diner. I’ve not even got passed 50% volume. I’m no audiophile and perhaps don’t have the most discerning ear, but i still reckon it’s very good. The supplied remote is straightforward and makes it easy to switch between the various sources. The wi-fi connection has been rock solid which is obviously essential for this device (unless you go for a wired connection). I have tried almost all the sources and they’ve all worked fine (with the proviso below regarding the firmware update). So that’s airplay/front and back usbs/internet radio/bluetooth/media streamer/analogue aux/optical aux.

Marantz M-CR511 Melody Stream Network Receiver With Airplay, Spotify, Bluetooth and Internet Radio – Black

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  • 60W x2ch (6 ohms) output with Marantz HiFi sound performance
  • Music streaming including Airplay, Spotify Connect, Internet Radio and DLNA 1.5
  • 2 USB inputs for iPhone/iPod and USB memory play (Front and Rear, Type-A)
  • Digital Optical input for TV
  • Built in Wi-Fi network module and built in antenna

***** hardware, *** software. Firstly, this sounds fantastic and i guess that is what really matters. It seems that marantz have wrapped all of the network-shenanigans around an excellent amplifier rather than this being just another clever black box with somewhere to plug speakers into. My only niggle is with the software. The marantz (android) app is shockingly bad. The menus on the device are often a bit slow, especially at start up (with wired, fast broadband) and the unit seemed to behave a bit inconsistently on initial set-up although this has now resolved itself (possibly after firmware update). Internet radio works well and no problems with spotify connect (which is what i’ll be using 70% of the time). As i said at the outset, it sounds fantastic and gives largely reliable access to music in ways we could only have dreamt of ten years ago.

***** hardware, *** software. Firstly, this sounds fantastic and i guess that is what really matters. It seems that marantz have wrapped all of the network-shenanigans around an excellent amplifier rather than this being just another clever black box with somewhere to plug speakers into. My only niggle is with the software. The marantz (android) app is shockingly bad. The menus on the device are often a bit slow, especially at start up (with wired, fast broadband) and the unit seemed to behave a bit inconsistently on initial set-up although this has now resolved itself (possibly after firmware update). Internet radio works well and no problems with spotify connect (which is what i’ll be using 70% of the time). As i said at the outset, it sounds fantastic and gives largely reliable access to music in ways we could only have dreamt of ten years ago.

I have nothing bad to say about this product. In summary, i have nothing bad to say about this product. Insanely easy to set up wireless connectivity (connects to laptops, tablets, chromebooks and streams spotify and mobile music apps seamlessly) and internet radio, all whilst providing great sound quality at all volume levels.

Marantz M-CR511 Melody Stream Network Receiver With Airplay, Spotify, Bluetooth and Internet Radio – Black : Very happy with marantz streamer and speaker combo. . Really pleased with quality of build. More importantly is the sound. Paired with wharfedale diamond 9. 1 speakers and very pleased with results. Minor grumble is slow start up. Bluetooth is ok but loading from usb is slow. Internet radio and spotify is fine. Good value for price paid and good service for all products purchased via amazon.

A good replacement for separates if you want to stream music. Great bit of kit – so easy to set up with my iphone/ipad and then use with spotify etc – the internet radio function is great – sound is fine through the built in amp – not brilliant (i’m using it with mordaunt short bookshelf speakers) but good enough for £250.

Upgraded to this from the previous model & wow what a product. Ive had it around three weeks now, and nothing to complain about, setup was a breeze, i used the ethernet for network access as our wifi isnt the best. All the connectivity you could hope for, with a fantastic sound. Ive partnered it with a pair of q accoustics 2020i the spotify connect integration works well too which is what we use for most of our music.

A good replacement for separates if you want to stream music. Great bit of kit – so easy to set up with my iphone/ipad and then use with spotify etc – the internet radio function is great – sound is fine through the built in amp – not brilliant (i’m using it with mordaunt short bookshelf speakers) but good enough for £250.

Sound great connected to my floor standing speakers.

Sound is wonderful with a pair of mission. Sound is wonderful with a pair of mission bookshelf speakers, remote control is useful, ios app even better. A few odd software oddities drop it a star for me- e. Cannot make a media server playlist a favourite for example, just get one song.

Good value great spec for those that don’t want multi room audio. Great well spec’d good value hifi. I teamed with 3020’s and it sounds incredible. App is ok, you can save your favourite online radio stations, airplay works well. It does require a decent wifi router and connection, my shi**y sky internet struggles a bit sometimes.

Good value great spec for those that don’t want multi room audio. Great well spec’d good value hifi. I teamed with 3020’s and it sounds incredible. App is ok, you can save your favourite online radio stations, airplay works well. It does require a decent wifi router and connection, my shi**y sky internet struggles a bit sometimes.

Excellent product powerfully compact and good sound. Excellent product powerfully compact and good sound.

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  1. Internet radio has very good sound quality and. Internet radio has very good sound quality and spotify connect is great. General sound is fantastic simply connected this up to old pamasonic speakers.
    1. Internet radio has very good sound quality and. Internet radio has very good sound quality and spotify connect is great. General sound is fantastic simply connected this up to old pamasonic speakers.