Marantz M-CR610 Wireless Network CD Receiver
Marantz has put versatility and sound quality as top priority with their M-CR610 stereo receiver. This two-channel receiver delivers 60 watts per channel, and bi-amping 30 watts x four channels. While there are receivers costing less and delivering more watts per channel, the M-CR610 focuses on quality over loudness, with clean and clear sound.
Connectivity is excellent with the M-CR610, with front and rear USB ports that can be used for hooking up an iPhone/iPod, or for USB playback. iPhone/iPod and Android products can also be used with the Marantz Remote App. The M-CR610 offers DLNA and AirPlay capability, built-in WiFi, and the ability to stream music files and internet radio. There is a digital optical input for TV, a subwoofer output, and two analog audio inputs.
Unfortunately, there are no HDMI connections or an optical digital out and the lack of video capability does make this receiver seem rather pricey. However, audio options are excellent, with an included CD player, AM/FM tuner, and plenty of audio control. The M-CR610 is easy to set up and use while performing very well for its intended purpose - top-notch sound output. Its lack of video capability and the high price of around $700 makes this receiver best suited for more specialized applications, but it’s overall an excellent pick thanks to connectivity, sound quality, and ease of use.