Denon Professional DN-C Network CD Player Has some limitations, yet deserves serious consideration. Review By Clarke Robinson Click here to e-mail . Items 21 – 26 DN-C Serial No. CAUTION. RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN. CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,. DO NOT. The new DN-C from Denon Professional is, at the heart of it, a full-fea- tured, rack-mounted network CD player. But note the word “Professional” in the brand.
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Cool network feature 2: While the on-screen display is far more usable than the front panel of any CD player I know of, it is quite primitive compared to most any PC-based music application you may be familiar with, like iTunes or Winamp. Playlists can be created and saved locally, but the unit lacks any kind of searching, shuffle play, 6c40 sorting by artist, genre, etc.
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Mid-bass 80Hz – Hz. Midrange Hz – 3,Hz. Not much can be done about the unit’s cosmetics, but if a noisy digital out can be fixed with a firmware update, I assume the clunkier aspects of the unit’s UI can as well.
I only tried the fixed outputs, but found their sound remarkably good: Potentially even more crippling, the player cannot “see” more than files in a directory. It is the unit’s network connectivity options that make it unique.
Sub-bass 10Hz – 60Hz. There are two digital outputs: However, a new question is emerging among audiophiles faced with growing collections of music files on their hard drives: Differences were subtle, to be sure as they are between any two digital source components but still Videos Enjoy the Music. Acoustic treatments include wall-wall carpet, curtains, and a large overstuffed sofa. A s much as we all hoped or feared that the compact disc would be replaced by one of the new high-resolution formats, but it looks as if America ‘s music consumers have spoken, and they are choosing digital downloads in ever-increasing numbers.
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The manual doesn’t go out of its way to make this task d640 for the networking newbie, but if you know enough to set up a home router, you can probably pull it off without too much trouble. The CD may be on its way out, but it is still the most popular medium for music distribution for the time being almost 6x that of digital f640 sales inso you’re still going to need one for the foreseeable future.
High Frequencies 3,Hz On Up. Typical of a pro unit, it seems optimized for higher-impedance headphones like my ohm Sennheiser HDs but still performed well with my 32 ohm, current-hungry Grado SRs.
The cue feature common to pro players, unheard of in consumer unitson the other hand, is mildly annoying until you modify its behavior in the player’s preferences. Still, none of these detract from the usability of the player except to add a few buttons to the front fascia and the remote.
The real reason to consider the DN-C is its network abilities, which I am geeky enough to be thoroughly excited by. Running an Ethernet cable from the port on the rear of the DN-C to a network router automatically assigns a dynamic IP address to the player.
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Soundscape Depth Behind Speakers. While that is certainly more than you’re likely to listen to in any one session or any one week it is a limitation for those looking to use the DN-C as the main interface between their computer and audio system. It didn’t work if the remote directory was on a computer connected wirelessly to the network, but worked flawlessly with those connected by Ethernet cable.
Value For The Money. Review By Clarke Robinson Click here to e-mail reviewer. That said, if you can live with the unit’s dm and don’t need it to access a huge library of music files on your computer, the Denon deserves your serious db.
When I first tried them, they were so noisy as to be unusable. I couldn’t think of a way to effectively test the unit’s longevity other than playing it on “repeat” for a few weeks straight, which it did without breaking a sweat.
The transport which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability Files LAN or Disc: I thought so, and Denon Professional’s PR agents were nice enough to respond to dnn request for a review sample. After pointing this out to my contacts at Denon, I was informed that a firmware update had been released that cures the problem. The main control screen only shows 20 tracks at a time, with only “next” and “previous” buttons for navigation.
I know of no other player that does everything the DN-C does at all, let alone well, so it can be placed with confidence at the top of a very short audition list. The headphone output, equipped with its own volume pot, is excellent.
It did indeed fix the problem, although I occasionally heard the same noise when the player was stopped, music was perfectly clean with every DAC I tried. If you have files in your shared directory, you’ll have to click “next” 20 times before you see any tracks that start with the letter “M”. Compared to the best digital player I had on hand, rn aging but highly regarded in it’s day Perpetual Technologies P-3A, the Denon boasted a top-end that was smoother and more extended, with more lifelike instrument timbres in the midrange, and bass that was slightly better defined and punchier.
The DN-C’s few caveats will be more serious to some than to others.