Denon D-M39 Microsystem

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 superfluous: FM/AM-tuner, CD-player, amplifier and speakers. The only modern feature - USB-connector, to which you can connect to a portable Apple devices or flashes with mp3 and WMA files. There are inputs for external devices (digital Toslink and RCA), headphone outputs, and subwoofer and this is very important, as compact speakers cannot afford a deep bass. Connectors for acoustic are screw, like the speakers, that will connect the subwoofer to a high voltage.

Circuit technology CD-receiver RCD-M39 is designed in accordance with the principle of Simple & Straight ("simple and in brief"), which provides, according to the documentation, the clean and uncolored sound. As you can see, the ideology of the shortest path of the signal is not an attribute of only technology of High End class.

2-way monitors SC-M39 are made with a bass reflex acoustic design (port is brought back). The stated range from 45 Hz to 40 kHz is provided by 120 mm (4.7") LF-driver and a inch fabric tweeter, but there is not information about at which unevenness, the range is reached. Grills are removable; screw sockets can use bare wire as well as the wire ("bananas" or "blades"). The complete set, except the simplest speaker cable, includes the foam plugs for the ports - probably in case of availability of subwoofer. But I must say that without it the system sounds quite bass.

The tonal balance is smooth; the tops are clean without coloring, bass is not very deep, but clearly. The dynamics and energy are good enough, even symphonic music plays expressively.

After protracted listening the device is hardly warm, so the digital amplification is really good. However, there are not any signs peculiar to low cost amplifiers of class D: no specific digital "shades", no veils at the top of the range. It may be noted some sterility, cool sound, but the responsibility for this rests upon DAC (digital analogue converter). Moreover, I know the adherents of such a sound. The budget status of a system is shown in a certain lack of physicality, "meat", and stressed irrelevant details, for example, shortcomings of the old records - tape hiss, etc. Although, it seems to me that the sound system can be significantly improved by replacing the speaker cables, since the speaker connectors permit it.

Denon D-M39 Microsystem photo