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Marantz Consolette docking station on sale in November

Introduced earlier this year at the High End 2012 exhibition in Munich, Marantz has announced that its new all-in-one docking station, the Marantz Consolette, will go on sale in the UK from November at £900

Taking its name from the original 'Audio Consolette' that launched the Marantz brand 60 years ago, the new model comes replete with a series of cutting-edge features, a retro-inspired design and the latest acoustic technologies.

Inside, the Consolette's Balanced Mode Radiators (BMR) help deliver a wide stereo image with 180 degree sound dispersion. They are accompanied by two 11cm woofers.

Marantz Brand Ambassador Ken Ishiwata developed the amplification, which consists of six amps: two (in BTL mode) to drive each woofer, and one fro each BMR.

The new model can be controlled by any Apple iOS and Android device as well as offering USB input and line audio connections.

In terms of streaming capability, the unit has AirPlay compatibility and will also be able to stream any kind of network stored music, meaning users will be able to listen to music from their PC, NAS and Android devices.

The Marantz Consolette comes in either silver black or silver white colour configurations and retails for £900.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.