I currently have the Marantz MCR 603 which I am very happy with the sound quality but despite saying on this very forum that the lack of gapless playback didn't bother me, well after a year it does! As a number of the other Marantz units have had gapless firmware upgrades I enquired as the possibility of this with the 603 only to receive this reply.
Thank you for your inquiry.
The M-CR603 will not be receiving a firmware update to support gapless playback - as it is the case that this particular feature is dependent upon a certain set of hardware requirements that just were not economically available for possible integration at the time of development.
The hardware has now been integrated in to some of the just newly released products, so it is possible for potential upgrades to support gapless playback.
Marantz Customer Support
Having recently read the review of the Piccolo I went to the Denon website to discover the magic word GAPLESS
Looking at the unit it appears to be pretty much an MCR 603 with the FM Tuner, DAB Tuner and CD player removed (all features I have only used once on day one to check it all worked properly)
My question is has anyone out there made a like for like comparison of these 2 units?
Would it be worth swapping as I estimate that I could probably do a cost neutral swap via a well-known auction site.
My other option is, when funds allow, to upgrade to something like a Linn Sneaky, Naim UnitiQute or possibly the Simple Audio Room Player I?
I am still running the speakers from my previous system which is a pair of Tannoy Mercury M2s which I would like to upgrade at some stage but that is further down the pecking order than acquiring gapless playback.
I am streaming FLAC from my NAS running Twonky, this is mostly ripped from CD (using the wonderful dBpoweramp) with the odd Hi-Res download.
I would appreciate anyones thoughts/experience.