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Marantz Consolette

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

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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.

Marantz Consolette black

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.

Marantz Consolette White

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.

Good price on sale not worth MSRP.

Rock N Ron, Meriden,CT

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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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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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Hi Darren, Yes I think it would work yes. It has RCA jacks in the back and USB so I'm guessing you can wire it direct to computer. You may plan to simply use wireless capabilities which, while not easy to use, should be good. The male end of the docking station is iPhone 4 or earlier, and we've never been able to get a converter to work, so I caution you with that. Sound is pretty darn good, but intuitive nature is pretty poor. best of luck, KEvin [ KEVIN C  Jul 19, 2014 ]
it works perfect for this application [ JAMES  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Hi Darren, I don't move my consolette around. I guess you could, but it is such a nice system, I keep it in a central spot of my house and use it there. I am lucky and have an open floor plan and I can listen to it in my kitchen, living room, the loft(my office) and my front porch(with the windows open). The only hassle of moving it would be disconnecting and reconnecting the power cord and the ethernet cable(if you didn't use wireless). If you used wireless, hopefully it would be a good signal. When you lift the unit you can tell it was made with quality, and the sound it produces surprised me even for Marantz. It really does produce excellent sound. I am very comfortable with computers and electronics, but the configuration(especially getting wireless) configured was a challenging puzzle. The instructions say to use the Marantz Consolette App on Apple, but the App Store won't list it in a search. I found it though on a Google search and it linked me to the App in the Apple store. I found it funny google was able to find the link for the app in the Apple store that Apple couldn't find. It is essential to get that App to complete the config. Good luck and I hope that you enjoy it. I love mine. [ JEFFREY  Jul 19, 2014 ]
The sound would be wonderful on your PC and streaming music.. It's so heavy that I think it would get cumbersome to move it back and forth. Give it a try because the unit sounds great. Good luck. [ FRED  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Darren, Probably. It weighs about 25 pounds, so although you can move it, it is not a simple pick up and carry item. It is also rather large, so unless you have a really big desk, it wouldn't fit in the right place easily to use as a PC speaker system. All that said, though, it is a GREAT sounding room stereo. [ Mike  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Haven't opened the box. [ Walter  Jul 19, 2014 ]
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