connecting a laptop to the Marantz M-CR603

daveyjay

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2008
126
7
18,595
Visit site
Hello all,

I've posted a couple of questions on the forum regards connecting my laptop to my M-CR603, but haven't had any replies. maybe I'm asking really dumb questions, or perhaps y'all think there is so much info on these pages re the Marantz, that I ought to be able to find out the answers myself. Anyway, one last try...

I've seen on a Youtube vid that it's possible to connect a laptop/pc to the Marantz using an ethernet cable and in doing so be able to play Spotify through the unit. My instincts tell me that this isn't possible (please bear in mind that my knowledge of all things computer based is extremely limited). I'm thinking that the only way to hardwire a pc/laptop to the Marantz is via a Toslink cable, but for that there would have to be an optical out on the computer, and I ain't got one. I'm looking at ways of not having to do things wirelessly, you understand.

I know, to an awful lot of you out there, this all sounds like really basic stuff, but I ain't got a clue, I'm afraid.

Any help very gratefully received.
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
I believe this is possible, I have not got a cr603 myself but I seem to rememeber reading a post which stated that the marantz would pick the laptop up as a music streamer.

EDIT - http://www.whathifi.com/forum/hi-fi/marantz-m-cr603-1
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
Sorry just re-read your post, the ethernet cable goes into the marantz from your router and the connection is wireless form your laptop.

The only way to do what you want is via a cable http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1-5m-3-5mm-Jack-2-x-RCA-Phono-Audio-Cable-Gold-Lead-Jack-Male-2RCA-Male-/130607026591?pt=UK_Computing_CablesConnectors_RL&hash=item1e68c9119f or a DAC (Digital to analogue convertor)
 

daveyjay

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2008
126
7
18,595
Visit site
So, hardwire the router to the marantz via ethernet, and whatever you 'stream' into your laptop plays on the Marantz - i don't think it works like that, does it?

Heeeeeelp, I'm lost...
 

chebby

Well-known member
Jun 2, 2008
1,255
26
19,220
Visit site
It is still free but is not 'shipped' with the box.

You need to follow the instructions from here...

https://airplay.marantz-upgrade.eu/en/mzupgrade-s1a/

... don't rush it. Ensure you have all the required info and that your M-CR603 is already connected to your wireless router with an ethernet cable before starting.

Once everything is completed, the only outward sign that it has now got AirPlay is the word 'upgrade' showing briefly on power up. ('Upgrade' - in this case - doesn't indicate it needs upgrading, but that it has been upgraded.)

Now you can press 'music server' and once it has initialised, you can use AirPlay devices (including iTunes on non-Apple PCs and laptops so long as they have wireless communication with your home wireless network.)
 

daveyjay

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2008
126
7
18,595
Visit site
Hey Chebby. Yeh, just upgraded for free - went as smooth as silk. I'm now one happy chap - been putting off upgrading since I bought the unit, three weeks ago (didn't want to spend the 40 quid unnecessarily). Streaming i-tunes as I write...

So, do I need Airfoil to stream Spotify.

Thnaks for your help so far, guys...
 

chebby

Well-known member
Jun 2, 2008
1,255
26
19,220
Visit site
daveyjay said:
Hey Chebby. Yeh, just upgraded for free - went as smooth as silk. I'm now one happy chap - been putting off upgrading since I bought the unit, three weeks ago (didn't want to spend the 40 quid unnecessarily). Streaming i-tunes as I write...

So, do I need Airfoil to stream Spotify.

Thanks for your help so far, guys...

Glad it all worked well.

I defer to JD on all matters concerning Spotify. (I don't use it.)
 
A

Anonymous

Guest
And you don't need a wire connected your laptop and marantz :) was there any particular reason you wanted to avoid a wireless connection originally?
 

daveyjay

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2008
126
7
18,595
Visit site
Hi Yaya2. Yeh, I wanted to hardwire everything in order to avoid dropouts - we've got four laptops, an ipod and an iphone all operating at the same time in our house - you're all going to tell me that this shouldn't make any difference, aren't you. Thing is, when streaming Spotify through the iphone (attached to Logitech dock), it drops out on a regular basis, and I assumed that this was to do with the wireless connection, so didn't want the same problems spoiling my fun with the Marantz.

UPDATE

After my early success with Airplay - download went perfectly. Got itunes streaming to the Marantz at the first attempt. And with Airfoil - downloaded trial version. Got Spotify to stream to the Marantz, again, at the first attempt.

Now I've got problems - Using the music server option, the screen on the Marantz says '(Empty)'. I've unplugged everything and plugged it all back in again, but nothing. When it did seem to pick something up, late last night, before I got really frustrated with the whole thing and gave up, it had my step daughter's computer name scrolling across the screen. When I look at the network settings on my laptop, all the other computers in the house are shown , but not the Marantz (it was there before). Airfoil doesn't show the Marantz as an option, either (again, it did before).

Flippin' nightmare...
 

chebby

Well-known member
Jun 2, 2008
1,255
26
19,220
Visit site
It will show 'empty' until you select it (the Marantz) from the list of AirPlay devices on your laptop/iPhone/iPad/PC or whatever.

It sits there and waits to be 'picked'. You can't pick an AirPlay device from the Marantz.

Don't know about Airfoil Sorry.

Try D&M technical support if you are in a real pickle...

02890 279830
 

daveyjay

Well-known member
Dec 2, 2008
126
7
18,595
Visit site
Mmh, thanks Chebby. I've tried to select the Marantz from the Airfoil drop down list, but it's not available anymore (it was there the first time I used it, but not since). Can't see were the Airplay devices list is on the laptop (sorry if this sounds a bit dunch).

Reckon I might be calling that number...
 

TRENDING THREADS

Latest posts