We often promote the merits of hi-fi separates over all-in-one systems, but we also see the attractions in the way streaming has delivered a new breed of just-add-speakers solutions, especially when they come from an established audio brand.

Both Marantz and Denon have won Sound+Image awards for such systems, so we’ll be checking out the new Marantz M-CR612 compact network CD receiver when it arrives in Australia this July. Priced at $1320, the M-CR612 includes streaming capabilities with the HEOS multiroom audio platform able to stream content from TuneIn, Spotify, TIDAL, locally networked files and more using the HEOS app.

There is also AirPlay 2, which provides a full streaming option for Apple users, and there’s Bluetooth on board as well.

When streaming, the Marantz unit can decode high-resolution audio ALAC, FLAC and WAV files up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks.

And there’s voice control, with the possibility of using Google assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple’s Siri with the M-CR612.

But this is a unit that doesn’t throw out the traditional sources, having a CD player catering to your archive of silver discs, and a DAB+/FM tuner for radio listening.

Additional inputs allow further equipment to be added, and can also automatically wake when sensing an audio signal from the television. It can even be programmed to work with a TV’s remote for volume, mute and source selection.

Marantz builds some of the best amplifiers in hi-fi, and here provides 2 x 60W into six ohms, with an option to connect two sets of speakers.

Marantz describes the unit as being “designed with the modern audiophile in mind and crafted with superior materials that elevate audio quality. Fully optimized to reproduce the best audio performance possible, the compact signal paths reduce distortion and improve sound. Premium passive and active components amplify precision sound and audio quality.”

The M-CR612 Network CD Receiver will be available in black or silver finish from July 2019, price $1320.

More information from QualiFi via www.marantz.com.au