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Marantz Consolette

Powered speaker system with Apple® AirPlay® and iPod®/iPhone®/iPad® dock (Silver)

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Count on Marantz to deliver a wireless powered speaker system that blends innovative design with high-quality sound. The Consolette can handle just about any digital music source. You can wirelessly stream audio to it from your Apple® portable, Android™ smartphone, or home Wi-Fi network. Tune into an Internet radio station, or plug in a portable CD player or other device.

Outstanding sound

 The Consolette features two specially developed full-range speakers that create a 180-degree soundfield. Together, they deliver a spacious, naturally-sounding stereo image. Two 4” woofers provide rich, defined lows, giving your music fullness. Six 25-watt amplifiers power the speaker system, ensuring clean, clear sound from top to bottom.

Superior build quality

The Consolette not only sounds great, it looks great, too. The brushed-metal finish of the system harkens back to the look of vintage audiophile components. The sculpted back is made from richly finished walnut. The gyro control wheel turns easily yet stops precisely, letting you make very small volume adjustments. The center OLED porthole display shows text crisply, even when viewed off-axis.

Wireless convenience and Internet radio

The system includes NetLink, which lets you quickly integrate the Consolette into your home Wi-Fi® network. Built-in software lets you access Internet radio station worldwide, and features six presets to save your favorites.

You can also stream music wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone. The Cocoon's Wi-Fi connection is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

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The back is made of richly finished walnut.

Apple AirPlay®

The Consolette is AirPlay-compatible, a great option if you use iTunes®. Just open iTunes on your computer, select the Consolette in the AirPlay menu and start streaming music to the system. Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch® to control the iTunes menu on your computer. Or stream music directly from your Apple hand-held device to the Consolette.

More music choices

Here's another great way to enjoy the Consolette's amazing sound quality. A built-in USB port in the back lets you play music from a USB flash drive. The system can play uncompressed WAV and FLAC files either from your flash drive, or streamed from a device. So you can enjoy your best-quality digital music files played through the Consolette.

A powerful remote app

Marantz offers a free Consolette app for both iPhones and Android smartphones. It not only gives you control over the system's operation – such as volume control — but also helps you more easily select your music. Through the app you can browse and select music from all your connected digital libraries, whether they're stored on a Mac, PC, external drive, or even a USB drive. Use the app to search Internet radio stations by location, genre, or language. Or find and select podcasts with the app.

Highlights:

  • retractable dock for iPod, iPhone, or iPad
  • Wi-Fi wireless options
    • Apple AirPlay lets you stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or computer
    • DLNA for Android smartphones and compatible PCs
    • Wi-Fi for a home network
  • compatible streaming file formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, PCM
  • built-in Internet radio tuner with 6 presets
  • two full-range Balanced Mode Radiator drivers
  • two 4" woofers for bass
  • Class D amplifier with 150 watts of total system power
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input for other portable devices
  • Ethernet port
  • USB port for music playback and for charging smartphones and compatible devices
  • free remote control app from iTunes App Store and Android Market
  • remote control
  • AC power adapter
  • 20-3/16"W x 10-3/16"H x 7-3/8"D
  • weight: 15.9 lbs.
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • iPod speaker dock
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC001MS)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 10' Ethernet cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Safety Instruction Manual
  • Notes on radio
  • US Warranty Information
  • Canada Warranty Information

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Features

Marantz Consolette: The Marantz Consolette is a desktop powered speaker with a built-in iPod dock, Ethernet/WiFi network connection for AirPlay and DLNA connectivity, plus Internet Radio access. In order to access the unit's Network, AirPlay, DLNA, and Internet Radio functions, you will need to download Marantz's Consolette App onto your Apple iOS device or Android smartphone. The Consolette features a sleek, rounded shape, retro-style enclosure that complements any room. The Marantz Consolette Premium Speaker Dock packs audiophile-grade sound quality into a highly functioning, compact system.

Elegant Design: Available in black chassis/black grille and silver chassis/white grille configurations, the Consolette is an elegant addition to any decor, and is equally appropriate in the home or office. Its clean and symmetric front-panel is made out of a single piece of anodized aluminum. The aluminum construction also offers ultimate rigidity and eliminates vibrations that could harm sensitive audio signals. The stereo loudspeaker enclosure features a V-shaped back made of highly polished walnut that reminds you of the classic loudspeaker designs of the 1950's. The enclosure's unique design, constructions, & shape helps to provide the best acoustical results with 180-degree sound dispersion.

Two-Way Speaker Design w/ Room EQ: The Consolette reproduces music just as the artist intended, achieving precisely balanced low, mid, and high frequencies for premium performance at all volume levels. 150-watts of digital amplification deliver 50-watts per woofer (4.3125") and 25-watts per tweeter  (2.625") in a powerful, bi-amped configuration that is ready to meet any musical demand. Special Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers are deployed as tweeters. Operating in isolated sub-enclosures, these BMR drivers exhibit wide dispersion at high frequencies and enable the Consolette to render music with HiFi imaging and sound-staging. Depending on the conditions of your listening room, playback sound may be too resonant or either bass/treble may sound enhanced. Three sound quality modes are available on this unit to match your listening environment.

  • Pure Direct: Playback sound with no quality adjustment.
  • Low Bass: For weaker treble in a room with less resonance.
  • High Bass: For stronger treble in a resonant room.

Network Connection: The Consolette is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in WiFi feature that includes WiFi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. The unit's network connection lets you listen to music from your Apple device (via AirPlay) or Android smartphone (via DLNA), your music files stored on your Windows PC (via DLNA), and music content from Internet Radio (via vtuner & TuneIn).

Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection. When using a wireless LAN connection, your system must feature an wireless router/access-point.

Consolette App: Download Marantz's free Consolette app for incredible functionality and control of the Consolette from your Apple iOS or Android device. The Marantz Consolette App offers premium music playback via the Consolette for music stored on your Apple iOS or Android device, and also allows you to create playlists. But you're not limited to your own music; you can also listen to thousands of free internet radio stations from all over the world via vTuner and TuneIn. When connected to your home Wi-Fi network you can further expand your choice of music by using the Music Server to browse and play all the music that is stored on your PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive.`

  • Apple iOS Compatibility: iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5), iPad; all running iOS 5.0 or later.
  • Android Compatibility: Android smartphones with Android OS ver.2.3(or higher) or ver.4.0(or higher) is installed (Android OS ver.3.x. is not supported). This application does not support tablet devices. Confirmed Android devices include the Samsung (Google) Galaxy Nexus (OS4.0.4), Samsung (Google) Nexus S (OS4.0.4), and Sony Ericson Xperia Acro (OS2.3.4).
Note: The free app includes NetLink, a Marantz innovation that allows you to wirelessly connect the Consolette to your Wi-Fi network in seconds.

Internet Radio: The Consolette supports Internet Radio through Marantz's Consolette app and your Apple iOS or Android device. The online vTuner service offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, and Recommendations. The Tunein online service lets you listen to music, sports, comedy and news from around the world. With over 70,000 stations and two million on-demand programs, TuneIn places the sounds of the world right within your grasp. Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (48-192kbps) format are supported. You can store up to 6 favorite Internet Radio stations for easier access.

DLNA 1.5 Certified: The Consolette is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio streaming. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your Windows PC. The Consolette supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC music files stored on your PC. The included remote will operate basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next); however advance music navigation will still be done from your computer. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information; so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed along the unit's front-panel display. The Marantz Consolette supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its network connection.

Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav
MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac

Android Compatible: Using the free Marantz Consolette app and DLNA technology, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Android smartphone to the Consolette. You can also connect an Android device which is USB MSC (mass storage class) compliant to the unit's rear-panel USB (type-A) port.

iPod Dock: The Marantz Consolette features a retractable dock tray with a flexible 30-pin dock connector for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The unit supports audio playback of music stored on your iPod/iPhone/iPad, as well as from music apps (such as Pandora, Spotify, etc.) on your iPod/iPhone/iPad. The included remote control will operate basic playback functions (Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next); however advance music navigation will still be done from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information will scroll across the Consolette's front-panel display. The unit automatically charges your iPod or iPhone while it's docked, and the docking tray manually retracts when not in use for a streamlined look.

AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Marantz Consolette, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the Consolette or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.2.1 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network. You can add multiple Consolette speakers throughout your home & with AirPlay enjoy the same music from any or all of your speakers, simultaneously from your iTunes music account.

iPod Compatibility Chart: The Marantz Consolette is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible & supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 9/25/2013):

Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Dock Connector AirPlay Consolette App Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
iPad  1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
mini* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th* 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano
2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th* 1.02 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y
Note:
  • *If you have an iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad (4th gen), or iPad mini; the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable is required (both sold separately).
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

USB Port: A USB memory device (such as your Android smartphone, portable digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive) can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the rear-panel, allowing you to play various music files through the Marantz Consolette. The USB memory device must be mass storage class (msc) or media transfer protocol (mtp) compliant, and be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 500 folders and 5,000 files. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the unit's USB port (0.5A). The Marantz Consolette supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB (type-A) connection.

Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav
MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.

AUX Input: A stereo RCA auxiliary input lets you connect and play music from other audio sources, such as a portable CD player or MP3 player.

Organic EL Display (OLED): The dock's round Organic EL Display clearly indicates source, music information, volume level, or 12-hour clock. This display includes adjustable brightness.

Alarm Clock w/ Sleep Timer: The Marantz Consolette app features a digital alarm clock with sleep timer to help you wake up and go to bed.

Remote Control: An IR remote control provides wireless operation of basic functions; such as Power On/Off, Source Selection, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse, Previous/Next, and Internet Radio Station Presets.

Firmware/Software Updates: Using the Consolette's network connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware/software from the online Marantz server.

AC Power w/ Auto Standby: The Marantz Consolette operates off of standard household current using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord. This unit will automatically enter the Standby mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of stop mode with no operation.

 
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4 out of 5

Marantz Consolette

Written By Brian B, Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The construction and finish of the unit are exceptional. The sound quality is very good, but could use a bit more on the low end. The quick setup guide walks you through the wireless network connection very easily.

The Airplay feature is no longer active after the unit enters standby mode (like my Denon reciever) and requires you to turn on the machine and then wait as it goes through an automated 4 step network connection process before it is recognized and ready for use. It is a minor annoyance, but it takes at least a minute from turning the unit on until it is ready to play music via Airplay. The unit is definitely not worth the $1200 msrp, but it is worth the sale price.
Pros:
Construction, and sound quality
Cons:
Connection speed and the need to reconnect to Airplay prior to each use.
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4 out of 5

Marantz Consolette

Written By wagzier, Oregon on Saturday, February 22, 2014
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This is a beautiful piece of entertainment equipment although it seems they placed more attention on the rear of the unit than the front but still very eye pleasing sound quality is great that being said it was very difficult to set up but once you complete the process it proves to be well worth the effort
Pros:
Attractive unit with great sound
Cons:
A nightmare to setup
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4 out of 5

Can't be free

Written By Billy H, Malibu on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Got this free when I bought Marantz 7701. Gotta love Crutchfield. Being free I wasn't expecting much, but wow this is a beautiful piece. It sounds great and looks very good.
Pros:
Beautiful looks and sound
Cons:
Wifi drops out sometimes. I hooked it up to Ethernet and it's works perfect.
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5 out of 5

Large but excellent dock

Written By Dan, New Haven, CT on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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I received this free with an order of other Marantz equipment, and it promptly replaced my Bluetooth-based Bose SoundDock 10 in my home office. The Marantz is better looking, made from higher quality materials, and with AirPlay and its own iPhone app it works better with my Apple equipment. Both seem to be approximately equally powerful, but the Marantz is more neutral sounding whereas the SoundDock has the typical Bose sound of accentuated highs and lows. The remote is actually more stylish and beefy than the one that came with the high-end Marantz AV processor that the Consolette accompanied. The only disadvantages to the Marantz are that it takes up a fair amount of table space and it has an old 30-pin Apple connector rather than the new Lightning interface--but I use AirPlay all the time anyway. Also, this is really nitpicking, but I can't find a way to keep the useful digital clock displayed when the unit is off. Overall, a nice high-end sound dock and well worth what I paid for it.
Pros:
Excellent sound, nicely built with a hefty remote, supports AirPlay as well as physical docking and line in.
Cons:
Old 30-pin style Apple dock. Takes up a lot of tabletop space. Only displays time when unit is on.
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4 out of 5

The Sound of Music

Written By Mike P, Ny ny on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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I can not say enough about the incredible sound coming out of such a compact system. The best sounding and looking air play player out there bar none.
Pros:
Sleek look, great sound, marantz app works great.
Cons:
Took a while to set up ( over 2 hrs just to link to verizon fios)
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5 out of 5

Marantz Consolette

Written By Tracy McLane, Keedysville, MD on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Use with Apple Air Play is a great way to network to these high quality speakers...great solution for the high tech home!
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4 out of 5

Beauty and the Beast

Written By plwyman, Davis, CA on Monday, December 23, 2013
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First just let me say this unit is drop dead gorgeous. It also sounds better than expected. It fills a moderately-sized room with full balanced sound. All the hype is true.

Since I don't own an iOS device, however, I'm using the RCA inputs to connect my Logitech Touch. This accomplishes most of the streaming functions as a work around. It was fine by me.

I then purchased a second Consolette for a relative. She has an iPhone. She says it sounds great playing her music and streaming through her 5S phone. But like me, she can't seem to connect.

Here's the rub. It took me 24 hours to upgrade the firmware and get this unit to actually play. I'm old but pretty tech savy so this had me pulling my hair out. My niece has spent over a week trying to connect her router and iPhone with the app. No luck. She's followed the CD ROM instructions. She's factory reset the unit numerous times. It's all still a mystery even with three generations at work.

So, as a boombox or docking station this unit is simply amazing. Some users have even figured out how to get it to stream. I wish they would blog their caveats, however, since there seems to be a missing step in the manual or an instruction that's easily misinterpreted. I'm sure there's a key to unlocking the potential of the design. We just haven't found it yet. Even so, some report the app as being less-than-stellar once they do connect.

Three stars for function. Five for sound and looks. Four, overall.
Pros:
Great sound, amazing design. It's mid-century modern with 21st century technology.
Cons:
Can't seem to connect. They say this is a versatile unit for linking to iOS devices, Android, or a PC. No success for us with any of these, however. Requires adapter for newer iPhones and tablets.
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4 out of 5

Marantz consolette

Written By Anonymous, Pensacola beach, FL. on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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excellent range the quality is second to none. price is on the high end as compared to similar products.
Pros:
Crisp clean sound at both high and lower volume. Attractive and compact. Respectable warranty length. Great Crutchfield reps available to answer any questions.
Cons:
Takes some time to learn the set up given there is minimal instructions included. Requires a adapter to play ipod nano which is a pain.
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4 out of 5

Sound , design and build quality.

Written By Oscar, FL on Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Consolette has a very good sound and effective combination of shapes and materials. Admire voice clarity and detail, bass, sounds smooth and deep. But sophisticated music, regardless of genre, do not sound so pure and controlled as it should be . Consolette plays loud and much more efficiently fills a large room than its closest competitors . Additional features are DLNA to play songs over the network and Internet radio that allows you to listen to a huge number of FM radio stations from around the world. Customize Consolette with the application is not very easy. Covers displayed in extremely poor quality , and there is no convenient search functions and favorite lists. The software needs to be fixed . Additional features not fully implemented - in particular , music, high-definition broadcast on the network will not work , in addition, DLNA support allows users to devices running Android send a saved music from your phone to Consolette, but does not allow the application to broadcast the tracks. Can not see the folders on the USB- connected storage device. Overall, very pleased with this purchase.
Pros:
Clean and detailed sound , many features in addition to AirPlay.
Cons:
Not very easy to set up. Inconvenient phone application.
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5 out of 5

Very impressive

Written By Abuzer, St. Louis, MO on Monday, September 02, 2013
 
Here is my experience with the Consolette after two days of ownership: I put it in our home office where our wireless router is located so AirPlay is working without losing a beat. The free Marantz App is good enough. It could react a little faster and the Internet Radio does not keep your recent radio stations apart from the 6 presets. The sound quality is very impressive. It can get very loud with little, if any, distortion. I also tried Sonos Play 5 and B&W Zeppelin Air before purchasing the Consolette. The Consolette definitely looks/sounds/functions better than the other two. I have not tried B&W A7, which I think more comparable to Consolette. With the current price of $600, the Consolette is like a bargain compared to $800 A7. In summary, I do not think Consolette is worth the original MSRP of $1,200, but it is a great unit for $600.
Pros:
Great sound Better looking than the competition No problems with AirPlay
Cons:
It took sometime to connect it to my network wirelessly. I ended up using Ethernet cable to complete set up.
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3 out of 5

Cheaper models aren't worse

Written By utekai, Chicago, IL on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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Got this with the Denon Cocoon and B&W A7. Kept only the A7. The consolette is well built, was easy to setup and use and looks great. The back looks much classier than the front, perhaps a classic mistake. Sitting in the middle of the room on a table it may look ok, but generally you look at the front but paid for the back ... the mistake.

Compared to the Cocoon, the two are very equal. One is Denon and one Marantz but it must be the same company designing, building and packaging these two. The Denon has a louder base. The Consolette sounds great.

The two suffer from being high on specs but low on musicality. What do I mean be musicality? The ability to listen for long periods of time and not want to just turn it off or turn it down. The A7 has great musicality. Once you listen to it alongside the consolette and cocoon, you want to turn off the consolette and cocoon. Though the At has it's own brought frustrations due to poor setup instructions.
Pros:
Looks nice. Has great specs. Well built. Sounds great.
Cons:
Lacks an overall musicality. Yes, it's playing back the music, but somehow not in a pleasing way. It may be playing back the music very accurately, but somehow must not in a way pleasing to the ear. After a while, just wanted to turn it off or turn it down. The best looking part is the back, which generally is hidden, what a fantastically well-built MISTAKE in marketing play. Look at the brochure, you will see the back is the best looking part.
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5 out of 5

Pure Perfection

Written By LawrenceW, Jersey City, NJ on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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I fell in love with the Consolette the momemt I saw it on the Crutchfield Website but I was a bit timid because of the price. After several internal conversations I decided to go for it. I am glad I did. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but the sound quality is very impressive. This is an audiophiles dream. I love it so much that I purchase the white and the black.

I had a New Year's Eve party and my friends could not believe the sound that was coming out of the Consolette. I was able to use the AirPlay to access music on my iPhone as well as access my wireless network via the builtin Wi-Fi connection. Because of its sleek design, I have it displayed like a work of art. I love the fact that the docking station retracts for a seamless look. However, don't let the museum quality design let you think that the Consolette is just another pretty sound dock. I can go from listening to classical vocals to jazz instrumental without losing any of the nuance. It picks up the highs and lows without sacrificing the sweetness in the middle. Perfect for any room in the house.
Pros:
Impressive sound quality Great design Retractable docking station AirPlay Ethernet/Wi-fi
Cons:
The price is a bit of a sticker shock but I would not let that stop me from purchasing the Consolette.
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