Marantz's versatile hand-held iPod dock

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December 29, 2008 Marantz is set to release a best-of-both world's solution for those who want the convenience of a hi-fi docking station without giving up the use of the iPod's intuitive interface. The IS301 system effectively turns the iPod itself into a remote control via a detachable, Bluetooth-equipped hand-held module that lets you stroll about with your iPod while controlling the audio output from your home system.

The system uses an RX receiver unit that connects directly to your hi-fi and includes analogue audio, video and remote control inputs plus audio, component video, S-Video, and CVBS outputs. The three-piece set-up includes a conventional wall or table mountable cradle into which the extension module can be docked for recharging as well as access to video content.

The Marantz IS301 is compatible with iPod, iPod Classic, iPod video, iPod Touch, iPod Mini and iPod Nano and will be available in Europe from early 2009 at a cost of £219.90

In brief:

  • 3-piece new iPod docking station with Bluetooth (A2DP) module
  • Wireless audio streaming via BlueTooth v2.1 and wired via CAT-5
  • Wired video streaming via CAT-5
  • Composite, S-Video and Component video output
  • USB connectivity for synchronizing with iTunes
  • CAT-5 for controlability of audio and video
  • IR Flasher IN, IR-receiver and Marantz D-bus
  • RS-232
  • Dedicated remote
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