Marantz launches Melody X all-in-one hi-fi system

Marantz launches Melody X all-in-one hi-fi system

When space is limited, there's a lot to be said for all-in-one systems like the new Marantz Melody X.

Also known as the M-CR612, this box of sonic tricks squeezes in CD player, music streamer, DAB/FM radio plus voice control and multi-room smarts, courtesy of its built-in Heos technology.

The M-CR612 has four channels of amplification meaning you can drive two different pairs of speakers in different rooms and adjust their volume independently. Alternatively, you can bi-amp or double the output power to one pair using the system's PBTL Mode.

Partner the Melody X with the Heos app for iOS and Android and you can access a number of streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal and Deezer. Using the app, you can also use it as part of a multi-room system by combining it with other Heos-compatible products from Marantz (and Denon).

You can also use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri virtual assistants to to control the system through their respective apps.

There's high-res audio support up to and including 24-bit/192kHz and double DSD (5.6MHz). Alternatively you can go wireless with Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2.

The Marantz Melody X M-CR612 launches on April 15th and will be available in black or silver-gold for £629.


Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.