Marantz Consolette MS7000 Test: Retro-Rocker

in 1952, the first Consolette by Marantz made her debut in the form of a revolutionary pre-amplifier. 60 years later is the new Marantz Consolette with vintage items in the future of HiFi – included AirPlay, DNLA streaming, Internet radio and iPod dock.

A bit of nostalgia hurts never, certainly not, if you can look back on 60 years of proud history. The original “audio Consolette” was the first product of Saul Bernard Marantz Marantz records. A preamplifier, which should finally get the different recording qualities of LPs in the handle. The self-made product from the cellar sold amazingly well and led to the founding of the Marantz company in 1953. A historical name so that Marantz gives his new all-in-one complete system . A tribute to the good old days, certainly. But maybe also the silent clue that the future belongs not only classic HiFi components, but more and more the multifunctional and easy complete solutions is reflected in the choice of name. And as they did the Consolette should set the standards.

Marantz to put all levers, which could only muster. The designer himself devised an unusual appearance with great flair of nostalgia: facial features – from the display window until the lettering – the rounded, triangular speaker cabinet sits on a kind of miniature amplifiers with brushed aluminum front and typical Marantz. Also the gyro knob known by many ur amplifiers is missing not; Thus once the FM frequencies were centered, serves as a sensory experience for touchscreen bored fingertips in its digital version. With high-grip surface and a fine, but noticeable resistance, volume, input, and presets can be wonderfully old-fashioned check. The arched back of Consolette shines in noble Walnut real wood piano lacquer finish, the front Grill is either white or black and of course sunhood – and washable – if curious visitors leave unwanted marks.

Under the hood, you can see a serious Dreingaben of the Development Department. The two strangely flat mid-high range speakers , for example, were specially developed for use in the Consolette – by none other than Karl-Heinz Fink, the similar BMR driver (balanced mode radiator) already for Naim designed among others. Mounted in its own housing firmly on the back wall this speaker variant combines bending waves technology with familiar dynamic piston motion for a broad coverage. They each get support in the low frequency of stately 11-cm woofers, which can more or less be reined at will and setting up a signal processor. The duo of BMR speakers and woofer are accommodated per channel in separate chambers of housing and are driven separately by their own switching amplifiers.

The Consolette serves iPods, iPhones and iPads also extending a finger pressure drawer as a convenient docking station, although still with the older 30pin connector, not with the latest lightning Jack. This dominates the Marantz Consolette in addition to AirPlay, the probably currently the hippest music radio, even Internet radio via Wi-FI or Ethernet and is DNLA streaming client. Because the supplied remote control is indeed immensely precious, but for so many features then it is not sufficient, there is the matching Controll App called “Marantz Consolette” for iOS and Android included. This has become also a total insanely nice even if it fights with a few teething problems in the operation but quickly remedied with a few specific updates to be missed. The app is indeed indispensable for use as a network client. You crawl the media server available on the network and ultimately takes over the communication between server and client.

This is on the one hand easy to manage, but reduces the Consolette to the simple and the app dependent command receiver in terms of DNLA. In practice, this means: don’t want the app, the music is not playing. The Consolette not even remembers also playlists (you can not again so the play button after changing the sources) and gapless playback is not possible. For the occasional bite of music from the local network the DNLA ability is of course welcome, over AirPlay, as dock or externally connected source the Consolette makes a superior figure.

Because the sound is simply amazing. Especially the wide stereo image the Consolette conjured up a much larger plant with closed eyes in the spirit, underpinned by the robust level of strength and the solid foundation of the basic shade. To the silky smooth naturalness, the amazing dynamic and finely differentiated, but never excited soaring above details. Without nostalgia: A stopped completely system there will not be so quickly.

Review conclusion

1,000 euros for a docking system certainly some HiFi fans driving tears in the eyes. But let me reassure: the Consolette is actually a HiFi-system, not a plastic toy. She brings optical, haptic and sound everything, you need a small stainless steel secondary system. Who that is too costly: the Denon cocoon offers a similar functionality for smaller budget.