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Marantz IS301

Wireless iPod® dock

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  • Marantz IS301

    Extender (left), remote, and base with handset (right) — iPod not included

  • Marantz IS301

    Base and handset (iPod not included)

  • Marantz IS301

    Connections detail - base (left) and extender (bottom and right)

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    Included cables

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    Wireless handset (iPod not included)

Item# 642IS301
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Imagine having the freedom to move around your room with your iPod, and hearing the music you select through your home audio system. That's what you get with the Marantz IS301 wireless dock. Your iPod rests in a portable Bluetooth® handset that sends audio wirelessly from your player to your system up to 32 feet away. And you can connect the handset to your computer via a USB connection to sync your player.

You can also pair your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, PDA, laptop, or other compatible devices with the IS301 for more wireless music options. When you place the handset in its base, you can also enjoy video from your iPod on your TV.

How it works
The IS301 includes an extender that connects to your audio/video receiver and serves as a hub for the system's input. The extender receives Bluetooth audio from the portable handset, as well as your other compatible Bluetooth devices. When you place the handset in the base unit, a wired connection to the extender lets you output video from your iPod. The extender features composite, S-video, and component video outputs so you can make the best possible connection to your TV.

Highlights:

  • for docking iPods including 160GB iPod classic, 5th generation iPod nano, and 3rd generation iPod touch
  • portable Bluetooth® handset:
    • dock connector for iPod
    • wireless audio output
    • range: up to 32 feet from extender
    • high-speed USB connection
    • pass-through iPod syncing
    • built-in rechargeable battery
    • 2-/11/16"W x 5-3/16"H x 4-3/16"D
    • weight: 2.4 oz.
  • base unit:
    • connects to extender via dual CAT-5 cables for audio, video, and remote control signals (cables included)
    • charges handset and docked iPod
    • wall-mountable (mounting hardware not included)
    • AC adapter
    • 4-7/8"W x 1-15/16"H x 4-13/16"D
    • weight: 8.1 oz.
  • extender:
    • stereo RCA audio output (A/V cable included)
    • composite, S-video and component video output
    • RS-232C port and IR input for third-party controllers
    • RC-5 terminal for control through other Marantz components
    • wall-mountable
    • AC adapter
    • weight: 8.1 oz.
    • 7-9/16"W x 1-7/16"H x 3-1/2"D
  • system can be controlled through other Marantz components
  • remote control
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Handset
  • Base unit
  • Extender module
  • 2 AC adapters with attached 6' DC cord
  • 2 USA/Japan AC plug adapters
  • 2 Europe AC plug adapters
  • IR wireless remote control with CR2032 battery installed
  • Antenna
  • 40" USB cable with a USB type-A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on other end
  • Two 5' CAT-5 cable with RJ-45 connectors on each end
  • 43" RCA cable with a male RCA connector on each end
  • 43" AV cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connectors on each end
  • 4 Mounting screws
  • User Guide (Eng/Spa/Fre)
  • US Warranty sheet
  • Canada Warranty sheet
  • Disposal of batteries note
  • "Display box (Assembly) cardboard cut-out
  • USB Connector Addendum Sheet
  • Bluetooth Communication Addendum Sheet

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Features
Specifications and Dimensions

Features

Overview: The Marantz IS301 iPod docking station allows easy and flexible integration of select docking style iPods to your home audio system; in addition to using your television to display your iPod's Music and Video library. By connecting an iPod and your home audio equipment via the IS301, you can play back audio files stored in your iPod on your audio equipment and video files from your iPod on your TV. The Marantz IS301 consists of a wireless Bluetooth handset (with iPod dock), wired base unit, Bluetooth extender module, and IR wireless remote control. The IS301 offers wired or wireless installation and is designed to be table-top or wall mounted so you can integrate the Marantz iPod docking station into your home AV system quickly and easily.

Wireless Bluetooth Handset: The Marantz IS301 features a wireless Bluetooth handset which features an integrated iPod dock. The handset can be used to wirelessly transmit your iPod's audio to your home audio system in conjunction with the supplied extender module or hardwired to your A/V system for audio and video playback of your iPod when connected to the included base unit and extender module. The wireless handset features a mini-USB connector and comes supplied with a USB cable to connect the unit to a PC and synchronize your iPod with iTunes. The handset features an integrated battery which is charged while docked in the base unit.

Base Unit: The base unit of the Marantz IS301 allows you to dock and charge the supplied wireless handset as well as your iPod. The base unit features two RJ-45 ports and comes supplied with two CAT-5 cables which allow audio/video connection to the include extender module. There is a video switch on the base unit which allows you to choose what type of connection you will be using on your TV for your iPod's video: Composite, S-video, or Component. The base unit operates off of AC power using the supplied AC adapter. The base unit can be table-top mounted or wall-mounted using the supplied mounting screws.

Bluetooth Extender Module: The IS301's Bluetooth extender module provides a wireless connection to the system's handset and a wired connection to the system's base unit and your home A/V system. The extender module receives wireless audio transmission from your iPod when docked to the handset via Bluetooth technology. The extender module also features two RJ-45 inputs which allow you to connect the base unit of the system for audio and video playback of your iPod. The extender module then features the following audio/video outputs to transmit signal to your home audio system and television from the handset and base unit: Stereo RCA, Composite video, S-video, and Component video. The extender module operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter. The unit can be table-top or wall-mounting using the supplied mounting screws.

Wireless Remote Control: The Marantz IS301 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control which allows you to control basic functions of your iPod when it is docked to both the system's handset and base unit. The IR remote features controls such as Play, Pause, Next, Previous, Shuffle, Repeat, and Menu.

Wired or Wireless Connection: The Marantz IS301 iPod docking station can be hooked to your home audio system either wirelessly or using a wired connection for audio playback. The IS301 requires a wired connection for video output to your TV.

  • Wired Connection: The Marantz IS301 can be connected to your home audio system and TV using the supplied base unit and handset (which features an integrated dock connector), in conjunction with the extender module. The base unit provides a dock for the handset (which features the integrate iPod dock) and has two RJ-45 ports which connect to the extender module using the two supplied 5' CAT-5 cables. One CAT-5 cable carries the audio signal of your iPod, while the other CAT-5 cable carries the video signal to the extender module. The extender module then outputs your iPod's audio/video signal to your connected home receiver and TV using its stereo RCA outputs and one of its video outputs (composite, S-video, or component). While docked in the handset and base unit, you can enjoy: audio/video playback on your home A/V system from your iPod, control of your iPod using the supplied IR wireless remote control (or iPod itself), and charging of your iPod's battery.
  • Wireless Connection: The Marantz IS301 can also wirelessly transmit audio from your iPod to your home audio system using the supplied handset (when disconnected from the base unit) and the extender module. The wireless handset iPod dock and extender module feature Bluetooth wireless communication. When your iPod is docked in the handset, the handset will wirelessly transmit your iPod's audio to the extender module which then transmits the iPod's audio signal to your home audio system via a stereo RCA connection. The handset can be up to 32.8 feet away from extender module.

iPod Compatibility: The Marantz IS301 supports IR remote control, charging, and playback of select iPod models. Your home A/V system needs to feature a Stereo RCA input and a composite video, S-video, or component video input. The Marantz IS301 is "Made for iPod compatible" and supports the following iPod model functions(as of 9/27/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A Y N Y Y N N Y
mini 1st N/A Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd N/A Y N Y Y N N Y
video 5th 1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y Y Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y Y Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y Y Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
7th 1.2 N N N N N N N
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N N Y
4th 6.0 Y Y Y Y N N Y
5th 6.0 N N N N N N N
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N N N N N N N
3G 4.2.1 N N N N N N N
3GS 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
4 6.0 N N N N N N N
4S 6.0 N N N N N N N
5 6.0 N N N N N N N
iPad 1 5.1.1 N N N N N N N
2 6.0 N N N N N N N
3 6.0 N N N N N N N
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Other Bluetooth Device Compatibility: The included extender module can be connected with other Bluetooth devices with the A2DP/AVRCP profile. You can pair up to Bluetooth enabled 8 devices. This allows you to wirelessly transmit audio from your Bluetooth enabled PC, cell-phone, or other digital audio device to the IS301's extender module which is then connected to your home audio system via a stereo RCA connection.

Specifications and Dimensions

Wireless Handset:

  • Terminals: USB mini-B
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth ver. 2.1 (A2DP/AVRCP) 32.8 ft range
  • Power Supply: 5 V DC
  • Dimensions: 2.625" wide x 4.125" tall x 1.165" deep
  • Weight: 2.4 oz

Base Unit:

  • Terminals: RJ-45 x 2
  • Power Supply: 8 V DC
  • Dimensions: 4.805" wide x 1.9375" tall x 4.805" deep
  • Weight: 8.1 oz

Extender Module:

  • Terminals: Video Output (S-video/composite/component), Audio Output (stereo RCA), Remote terminal (mono RCA), RS-232C terminal (3.5mm), and RJ-45 x 2
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth ver. 2.1 (A2DP/AVRCP) 32.8 ft range
  • Power Supply: 8 V DC
  • Dimensions: 7.535" wide x 1.4375" x 3.475"
  • Weight: 8.1 oz

Remote Control:

  • Remote Commands: IR (Infrared)
  • Power Supply: CR2032 3V Lithium battery
  • Dimensions: 1.685" wide x 0.325" tall x 1.675" deep

 
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5 out of 5

Anticipated surprise.

Written By howardm2004, Chicago, IL on Monday, January 16, 2012
 
Honestly, I'm an entry-level audiophile. Facing the facts, I appreciate the detail in audio quality I bring into my home, yet (admittedly) am slightly hard of hearing at 30YO. This only means I pick up on every detail of music. This piece of product by Marantz is incredible. I was a bit hung up on the analog-only input into my Marantz receiver. But, am pleasantly surprised at how well it picks up on the sounds of my iPhone's collection. Much better than the audio jack to analog in that I had previously (which, has me stumped). YES, I'm using it perfectly on the iPhone 4, and can also stream sounds from Youtube, etc., which isn't an expected application. No, no, it doesn't match the sound quality of the discs I play on my Marantz BluRay player; but, let's play a compromise to the facts of versatility. Without wires, I can hold my iPhone and change my music, AND hear quality reproduction (I listen to a lot of classical and pop music). It was worth every cent I paid for it. Just try it; if it doesn't work out for you, return it! Although, I'll be hanging on to this piece with tied fists.
Pros:
quality sound reproduction into a Marantz receiver, take-along style without cords, control of my audio volume and inputs to allow the magic.
Cons:
only analog (I wish HDMI or at least beyond analog output!)
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1 out of 5

A step down from the is201

Written By RyanS, Greensboro, NC on Saturday, April 16, 2011
 
The Marantz is301 does almost everything you would want. One of the key features
that this piece lacks is the ability to impose the menu of the ipod that is
currently docked, onto the screen of your entertainment system. A very important
feature to have when the dock is tucked away with the rest of your equipment.
The is201 worked perfectly, but it seems that the engineers over at marantz
decided that this absolutely necessary feature is no longer needed. To replace
this feature Marantz has included bluetooth, in the form of a clunky add on to
the ipod. The Bluetooth dongle hardly stays attached, and zaps the battery power
of the ipod. Removing the perfect feature in order to make room for a severely
limited bluetooth dongle. when using the dongle, which almost anyone would be
forced too, due to the lack of menu integration on the tv screen, your limited
to 30 feet away from the main dock. This in itself is a huge limitation. All in
all you end up paying twice as much for is the is301, for half the product
compared to the is201.
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4 out of 5

Marantz IS301

Written By MikeH, Lees Summit, Mo on Monday, April 04, 2011
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Great for the music stored on your I-pod
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5 out of 5

Marantz IS301

Written By mkd, Colorado Springs on Sunday, July 19, 2009
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Set up was simple (after first getting the paring completed) and afterwards it does everything advertised, sending audio from your iPod wirelessly via Bluetooth to the extender which is wired to your receiver. Both audio and video can be done, but the iPod has to be docked in the base unit. It would have been nice if the connection were HDMI instead of component/composite. All in all though, a great product.
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