Denon reviews

Denon AVR-1500 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-1500

The AVR-1500 might look like a typical midprice A/V receiver, and in many ways that's exactly what it is, standing, as it does, precisely at the midpoint of Denon's A/V receiver line. But in a couple of very important respects it is more top-drawer than run-of-the-mill. Let's start with the typical...
Denon AVR-1706 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-1706

Denon AVR-1706 receiver differs by advanced switch for connection of analog audio/video sources, has not the most budget digital processor, powerful supply system (a huge transformer is well seen through the vented holes) and a seven-channel amplifier with convincing passport characteristics. The presence...
Denon AVR-1800 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-1800

The receiver Denon AVR-1800 feel the power and class, which are perceived as a given, with obvious satisfaction. The receiver applied to analog converter and capable of processing a signal of 24 bits/96 kHz. Sly freaks console with its own LCD display, replacing the set of on-screen menus are overcome,...
Denon AVR-1906 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-1906

In front of us - a typical Denon. Solid body, aluminum front panel with a wide informative scoreboard - the design on the top five. Not forgotten and sufficiently representative set of connectors on the front panel of inputs there are even optical. At the rear pleasantly pleased with the three component...
Denon AVR-2106 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-2106

I want to call the design of AV-receiver Denon AVR-2106 nostalgic: the faceplate with triangular groove and many of control elements return us to the era of "Matrix" and "Titanic". AVR-2106 is the most inexpensive model and by the specifications stated it shows fight to its opponents. Therefore, it will...
Denon AVR-3600 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-3600

To judge from Denon's well-equipped and well-performing AVR-3600 A/V receiver, manufacturers are at last beginning to get the hang of incorporating Dolby Digital (AC-3) decoding into their products. While a few early components have exhibited notable (and easily avoidable) flaws, Denon has done nothing...
Denon AVR-5600 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-5600

Denon's AVR-5600 comes as close to fulfilling my A/V receiver wish list as anything I've seen. First of all, it's a powerful beast, rated at 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms with all five of its channels driven. As with most A/V receivers, the five-channel rating is specified at 1 kHz (with 0.7% distortion),...
Denon AVR-X2100W AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Denon AVR-X2100W

Denon AVR-X2100W stays true to its design which is adorned with the last models of receivers, and operates very simply. The front page has a clean and neat lines, a central part of which is located below readable display, further indicated mirrored plastic cover, which gives it a certain appeal and elegance....
Denon D-F109 Microsystem review
Microsystem Denon D-F109

The main structural difference between D-F109 is that the CD-player placed in a separate frame and there is another source - separate network streamer. Sale system is sold as a whole, or in parts, the combinations of receiver and CD-player or receiver and streamer are available. In general, you choose...
Denon D-F88 Microsystem review
Microsystem Denon D-F88

Denon D-F88 is the result of the invasion of the mini to the area Hi-Fi, where were standard (19-inch) units previously. And it is not a set with a common power supply, but a set of high-grade units, which can operate autonomously (except a remote control). "Native" acoustics is included in the complete...
Denon D-M39 Microsystem review
Microsystem Denon D-M39

The design of D-M39 is classic, even the light emitting diode of power is shining by nostalgic green, not fashionable blue. In the Standby regime, by the way, nothing is shining - a tribute to save the energy. Quality of finish for Denon is traditionally very high. As for functionality, there is nothing...
Denon DA-500 DAC review
DAC Denon DA-500

As refinements in the design of conventional digital-to-analog (D/A) converters have narrowed the gap between actual performance and theoretical ideal, equipment manufacturers have increasingly sought unconventional means of expanding the performance envelope and, not coincidentally, differentiating...
DENON DCD-1015 CD-player review
CD-player DENON DCD-1015

This model is known as the cheapest device equipped with a digital processor ALPHA. Although I take all the improvements that expand the limits of physical abilities (especially those with big names) with a grain of salt, the ALPHA system is very respectable. It offers such modes as an auto-edit, auto-spacing,...
Denon DCD-1100 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-1100

This is the middle-priced model in Denon's series of three CD players which claim a number of advances over earlier designs. After all, Denon's professional arm has been involved in digital recording and processing longer than anyone else, so there should be plenty of digital know-how back at the Nippon...
Denon DCD-1290 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-1290

When listening to acoustic music or serious quality most fully manifested in Denon DCD-1290, and I even dare say that the quality Allows playback of sound it far exceeds the standard in its category. When listening to rock, pop and jazz music, unlike other CD players sound DCD-1290 becomes less bright. Mechanics...
Denon DCD-1500AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-1500AE

As before such popular brand is faithful to the traditions in design, performance quality and content. Strict, high black case, huge display on polished, machine-cut front aluminum panel, minimal necessary set of buttons and, like club badge on the lapel of the coat, gilt nameplate. Chic and shine! Everything...
Denon DCD-1510AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-1510AE

DCD-1510AE is not the most expensive Denon product, but its respectability and perfect quality of how all the elements fit each other are truly impressive. Much of a mass of the device is an anti-vibration construction and a massive power system based on a transformer with an EI-shaped core. Besides,...
Denon DCD-2000AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-2000AE

In the model lineup Denon players have very different purpose and prices. For the best music system was repeatedly recognized DCD-SA1. However, there is a more affordable alternative - DCD-2000AE. Outwardly, he is not very different from the flagship, staffed same elegant remote control with small but...
Denon DCD-2010AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-2010AE

Beautifully built and finished, this SACD-capable CD player sports a classy brushed aluminium chassis, spanning 434x137x336mm and weighing a chunky 13.5kg. The fascia has a USB port to connect an iPod or memory stick, plus a source button. Pure Direct button bypasses much of the internal signal circuitry...
Denon DCD-2020AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-2020AE

The device supports not only CD-Audio media but also the more advanced media such as SACD. It should be noted that if you choose the multi-channel track, the record is mixed into two channels and replayed in stereo variant. The device is maximally massive and is mounted on the signature anti-vibration...
Denon DCD-335 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-335

On the inside Denon DCD-335 surprises by the amount of boards and mainboard cables in it (relatively, compared to the other models tested, but as we assume, improvements in construction affect the price). The player's shell is designed strictly and simply, all the control buttons are on the right side...
Denon DCD-425 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-425

The display of CD player Denon DCD-425 winks when receiving signals from the remote control. This is only a ghost of pedantry, which fully asserts itself in sound. The instruments are meticulously laid out, the picture is unified and full with timbres; imagination can easily localize virtual sound sources...
Denon DCD-500AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-500AE

The highest quality workmanship. In addition to the older "seven hundredth" model looks she did not differ: the same beautiful and solid aluminum front panel, elegant design, located in the center of the mechanism developed in Denon. In the path of the choicest used electronic components. Playback functions...
Denon DCD-580 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-580

A 20-bit converter, instead of the usual 16 or 18-bit, designed with the help of the experts at Burr-Brown. The idea is to reproduce low signal voltages more accurately, by processing the digital signal in smaller, manageable chunks. Bitstream's technical advantage is its innately accurate resolution...
Denon DCD-615 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-615

Denon produces a detailed, dimensional sound. There are still some flaws, though. But sound is natural and good localized. The device is well equipped too. It is possible to set the level on a switchable LED for a lower sound at night. The control is very easy, although working with remote control is...
Denon DCD-700AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-700AE

Meeting DCD-700AE in life clears any suspicions. We can see a modern, cool device, capable of satisfying any audiophile ambitions. The shell is traditional - steel relief chassis, strong casing and a massive front panel provide the necessary vibroprotection. The mechanism is an own production of the...
Denon DCD-710AE CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-710AE

By the standards developers DCD-710AE refers to the average level of digital sources, Denon, line which has recently been significantly updated. In addition to traditional CD, player capable of playing komressirovannye record in the popular mp3 and WMA, as well as access to content via USB on the front...
Denon DCD-725 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-725

The front panel design is simple (although it is not just the same as the others, but a bit inside-out), but the indicator on the bottom of the front panel sits too deeply so you have to place the player somewhere up above to work with it. On the other hand, the sound is very satisfactory. A 20-bit transformer...
Denon DCD-735 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-735

Unlike the other companies, in Denon's range the DCD-735 is only the second. Neveretheless, even the appearance of the device is serious: the transport is placed at the center, there are minimum instruments on the front panel and the device is still very functional as lots of options can be controlled...
Denon DCD-825 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-825

Reading the press release which preceded the arrival of this new Denon CD player gave me considerable pause for thought. In past reports I have spotlighted the use of British design teams harnessed to far east-usually Taiwanese economies of manufacture. However, historians will know that the Japanese...
Denon DCD-960 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-960

Visually, the one outstandingly different feature of the DCD-960 is how bland the designers have managed to make it look. If blandness was the intention, Denon has done an outstanding job, closely pursued by Kenwood with the DP-5030. Ergonomics has also taken a nosedive since most of the fancy features...
Denon DCD-A100 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-A100

Mark round date - the centenary of its founding - Denon has decided to release an entire line of components anniversary series. Among them are advanced SACD-player. Except for the black lacquer finish, which features all the "hundredths" components, the device is made in the best traditions of gold audiophile...
Denon DCD-SA1 CD-player review
CD-player Denon DCD-SA1

Denon player next-generation successor to the reference DCD-S1 of 1994, already one weight to expectations. Solid machine, do not say anything. Four-chassis construction, heavy steel isolators, double damped inside the enclosure - machine looks even more serious than its predecessor. Well, is not that...
Denon DCM-260 CD-changer review
CD-changer Denon DCM-260

Listen to CD-changer Denon DCM-260 is easy and pleasant, nothing to distract the listener's attention, except that some programs noteworthy underline the high frequencies, which, however, will not significantly each system. Panorama slightly stretched, and the center of the stereo image a bit away, but...
Denon DCM-440 CD-changer review
CD-changer Denon DCM-440

The Denon DCM-440 can be programmed in the usual way to play as many as twenty individual tracks from five CD's, but it also has a track-memory feature that can store as many as six tracks per disc (for up to a hundred discs) that you don't want to hear, on the plausible theory that there will normally...
Denon DCM-460 CD-changer review
CD-changer Denon DCM-460

The DCM-460 changer is the lowest-priced CD player to incorporate Denon's new Alpha processing digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion system. The Alpha processor translates the 16-bit data from a CD to 20-bit data, interpolating an extra 4 bits into each sample based on the low-level characteristics of the...
Denon DRA-325R Stereo Receiver review
Stereo Receiver Denon DRA-325R

As can be seen from the specification the DRA-325R is quite compact considering its facilities, although quite heavy. The thought given to panel layout and general ergonomics makes it an easy unit to set up. Once this is done daily usage could not be simpler and it certainly makes an ideal centre-piece,...
Denon DRM 740 Cassette deck review
Cassette deck Denon DRM 740

In the cassette DRM-740 is implemented closed path, which form two capstan and drive for each node podkatushechnogo used two separate engine. The results were soon manifest itself in one of the lowest values of the coefficient of detonation test devices: the firm points to 0.1 %, and according to our...
Denon DRM-660 Cassette deck review
Cassette deck Denon DRM-660

Opportunity management functions and DRM-660 occupies an intermediate position: two push-station and one four-digit counter with very apparent large numbers, showing not real time, but only some conventional units. But in fact, counter memory is every broach, and only one indicator, so storing and finding...
Denon DRM-710 Cassette Deck review
Cassette Deck Denon DRM-710

The DRM-700A's replacement is also a three-head deck, of course, which provides the user with the security that comes from being able to confirm the integrity of recordings as they are being made. The other benefit of the three-head package-deal is specialised record and playback heads, rather than composite...
Denon DRS-610 Cassette Deck review
Cassette Deck Denon DRS-610

This DRS-610 is the second least expensive machine and yet it is the only one which shares their most eye-catching feature with the top-of-the-range DRS-810. I refer to the gliding drawer arrangement which loads the cassette horizontally into the machine just like a front loading CD player. Denon claim...
Denon DRS-810 Cassette deck review
Cassette deck Denon DRS-810

The device differs by horizontal location of the magnetic-tape mechanism. And not the whole mechanism but only a special tray goes outfor load. At the loading a tape in the tray goes in and is rigidly and accurately fixed on the basis by pressure arm like a CD in the drive of CD player. Yes, there is...
Denon DRW-660 Cassette deck review
Cassette deck Denon DRW-660

This is a beautiful device with perfect ergonomics and interesting design. An amazing effect of relief is created on the absolutely flat faceplate; I mean that the aim, for which the others remove bevels and make grooves or ledges, is achieved here per se. And relatively to ergonomics I want to emphasize...
Denon DVD-1400 DVD-player review
DVD-player Denon DVD-1400

This is an interesting combination of rationality and luxury. There are no any frills and prettiness on the metallic front panel of DVD-player Denon DVD-1400. Large buttons with clear symbols instantly form for the user into two operational zones - playback control and selection of menu options. Only...
Denon DVD-3930 DVD-player review
DVD-player Denon DVD-3930

Denon once did a great job on improving digital sound reproducing equipment, so an unusually extensive range of sources - five CD-player, six universal and a couple of sets of class High End - not surprising. This time we will test DVD-3930, which is able to meet all the parameters, not only the most...
Denon PMA-1510AE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-1510AE

Denon PMA-1510AE is projected by principle of "double mono", that means that every channel is powered from own transformer with EI-shaped core, and both of them are situated in the isolated cell of massive body. The engineers of Denon used the original circuit technique of output cascades, patented...
Denon PMA-2000AE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-2000AE

Based on the index, although this model is just a notch PMA-1500AE, but if you focus on the dimensions and weights are new items, no doubt remains that the "two-thousand" - this is another step up. Extremely solid and heavy machine! And if you take into account the structural features, the quality of...
Denon PMA-250SE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-250SE

Amplifiers of this company are renowned neutral sound without audible coloration and good transmission dynamics of music. For the most demanding audiophile company produces improved versions of their production models, which are compared with the base model differ mainly in the SE version using higher...
Denon PMA-255UK Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-255UK

Amplifiers don't come much more straightforward looking than this. The front panel is home to a volume control, bass and treble controls, a source direct switch, a balance control and an input select rotary for the five inputs, all of which are at line sensitivity, and one of which is a tape circuit....
Denon PMA-350II Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-350II

If you haven't noticed how competitive the market for budget amplifiers is, then you're out of touch. Simple as that. Yet according to Denon's market research, many of those budget wonders are out of touch with what users really want. Facilities don't always go amiss. So the thinking behind the PMA-350/II...
Denon PMA-350SE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-350SE

Who doesn't dream about an amplifier? Truly, ones want to have complete set of regulations, the others are ready to endow with everything if it allows making the sound a bit better. For example, an equalizer at middle position of regulators doesn't change the amplitude-frequency characteristic, but the...
Denon PMA-500AE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-500AE

I wonder if add an extra zero on the price tag of PMA-500AE will buyers notice the trick? Nowadays certainly they will. But five-ten years ago, when all low-budget "hi-fi" looked like some black mass, I'm sure many would think that such nice and elegant amplifier should cost so much. The design of amplifier,...
Denon PMA-525R Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-525R

Smooth adjustment of loudness is implemented in Denon PMA-525R. When "SOURCE DIRECT" button is on, it turns off as well as controls of balance and timbre. By the way, about timbres. The results of measurements showed that this device has absolutely equal rise and slope - 9 dB in basses and tops that...
Denon PMA-700AE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-700AE

"700th" causes only respect. The device is made in the best traditions of the brand - you can't fault it. Everything that we get used to see in electronics with mark "Made in Japan" is in this device. Profiled front panel made of aluminum is paved with handles of different sizes, which rotate gently,...
Denon PMA-710AE Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-710AE

Denon PMA-710AE has replaced quite successful PMA-700AE. The amplifier almost hasn't been changed externally and can be easily confused with its predecessor. Well, the design of the novelty is tested by time: a large transformer with separate windings for control circuits and audio path, qualitative...
Denon PMA-725R Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-725R

This device with typically Japanese design has almost all set of functions, which are necessary for qualitative sound and copying the recordings. Existing record selector allows easy connecting to any of two tape recorders with through path (one of them can be DAT) of four signal sources and copying...
Denon PMA-735R Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-735R

There are at least two original technical solution used in PMA-735 amplifier. Denon pays much attention to those issues. The first one is a high current output transistor with special construction. Located in capacity amplifier it provides two times greater value of output current on the picks. And the...
Denon PMA-737 Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-737

The PMA-737 has a domestically more than adequate power rating of 55 watts-per-channel into 8 ohms, and versatile facilities. Thus there are no fewer than six source selector keys: tape 1 and 2, tuner, video/aux, DAD (CD player) and phono, this last being switchable for moving-magnet or moving-coil cartridge....
Denon PMA-925R Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PMA-925R

Full amplifier Denon PMA-925R is very similar to PMA-525R and PMA-725R. Of course, model with greater sizes has also better properties besides PMA-525R height is significantly greater than junior models have. Huge massive body is pretty old fashioned and looks like typical Japanese amplifier with big...
Denon POA-4400 Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon POA-4400

Denon make two single-channel (monophonic) power amplifiers which, price apart, basically differ in the number of paralleled output transistors employed and therefore in output power. This report refers to the lesser of the two, although in this regard lesser is a relative term and perhaps not entirely...
Denon PRA-S10/POA 3200 Amplifier review
Amplifier Denon PRA-S10/POA 3200

This luxurious Japanese amplifier can be related to the category of "ultra-hard Hi-Fi" by both the price and massive-size characteristics. Since people always meet on clothes, exactly this amplifier made an impression (very positive!) on the experts. In actual fact you see metallic boxes (very big and...
Denon TU-215RD Tuner review
Tuner Denon TU-215RD

Denon TU-215RD is low, light and shallow. The body is of beautiful light gray color with golden shimmer. The display is very sharp and easy to read, large and convenient buttons leave a great impression. Only two rounded buttons EON and Radio-Text for direct call of ticker on display make some dissonance....
Denon TU-260L II Tuner review
Tuner Denon TU-260L II

An audio classic that has provided high quality sound at a very reasonable price for many years, the Denon is a very important benchmark for hi-fi tuners. The TU-260L II is the smallest tuner here measuring just 434x75x239mm and weighing 2.5kg. At the front is a basic, though good display which is clear...
Denon TU-425RD Tuner review
Tuner Denon TU-425RD

Tuner Denon TU-425RD, released in the Czech Republic (!), pleasantly pleased Eye strict black dress with orderly rows of rectangular buttons, and the thirteen-digit display, on which letters and numbers are drawn thin blue lines. To indicate receipt of the Radio Data System RDS, fine-tuning, and STEREO...
Denon TU-580RD Tuner review
Tuner Denon TU-580RD

The tuner is made in the style of "slim-line", it is very slim, i.e. small in height but normally of big sizes in plan and stands on the four thick legs with gold rims. The display of average sizes is located to the left, rectangular keys and control buttons are put in the right part of the front panel,...
Denon TU-680NAB Tuner review
Tuner Denon TU-680NAB

AS our regular readers probably know, AM performance is perhaps the least of the concerns of most tuner designers. Of the hundreds of tuners and receivers I have tested and used over the past thirty-five or more years, those with AM quality adequate for anything more than speech reproduction could easily...