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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While these are not features that are required by the vast majority of the music-loving populace, this player can fill a badly needed niche for those who want to spin discs and occasionally play digital files directly off their hard drive with a single unit.
The real reason to consider the DN-C is its network abilities, which I am geeky enough c6640 be thoroughly excited by. 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.
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Acoustic treatments include wall-wall carpet, curtains, and a large overstuffed sofa. 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. Files LAN dj Disc: Directories LAN or Disc: It didn’t work if the remote rn was on a computer connected wirelessly to the network, but worked flawlessly with those connected by Ethernet cable.
I only tried the fixed outputs, but found their sound remarkably good: When I first tried them, they were so noisy as to be unusable.
Sound The DN-C boasts one set of balanced outputs and c60 sets of unbalanced one with fixed output, the other variable by the unit’s front panel jog wheel. With the CD in hand, updating the firmware couldn’t be easier: While that is certainly more than you’re likely to listen to in any one session or sn one week it is a limitation for those looking to use the DN-C as the main interface between their computer and audio system. The DN-C’s few caveats will be more serious to some than to others.
That said, if you can live with the unit’s looks and don’t need it to access a huge library of music files on your computer, the Denon deserves your serious consideration.
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Cool network feature 2: Potentially even more crippling, the player cannot “see” more than files in a directory. After pointing this out to my contacts at Denon, I was informed that a firmware update had been released that cures the problem.
I thought so, and Denon Professional’s PR agents were nice enough to respond to my request for a review sample. Soundscape Depth Behind Speakers. The headphone output, equipped with its own volume pot, is excellent. Playlists can be created and saved locally, but the unit c64 any kind of searching, shuffle play, or sorting by artist, genre, etc. Midrange Hz – 3,Hz. However, a new question is emerging among audiophiles faced with 6c40 collections of music files on their hard drives: Mid-bass 80Hz – Hz.
There are two digital outputs: 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. The manual doesn’t go out of its way c64 make this task easy for the networking newbie, but if you know f640 to set up a home router, you can probably pull it off without too much trouble.
C6640 did indeed fix the problem, although I occasionally heard the d noise when the player was stopped, music was perfectly clean with every DAC I tried. High Frequencies 3,Hz On Up. Compared to the best digital player I had on hand, my 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.
I ran the web-based interface off a laptop connected wirelessly to my network I suppose you could do the same from a PDA or iPhone.
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. The transport which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability Sub-bass 10Hz – 60Hz. 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”. I know of no other player that does everything the DN-C does at ddn, let alone well, so it can be placed with confidence at ddn top of a very short audition list.
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. Soundscape C6440 Into Room.
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 download sales inso you’re still going to need one for the foreseeable cc640.
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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.
Differences were subtle, to be sure as they are between any two digital source components but still Value For The Money. Typical of a pro unit, it seems optimized for higher-impedance headphones like my ohm Sennheiser HDs but still performed well with my cn ohm, current-hungry Grado SRs.
It is the unit’s network connectivity options that make it unique. The main control screen only shows 20 tracks at a time, with only “next” and “previous” buttons for navigation.
Cool network feature 1: The DN-C was intended for use in radio stations, dance clubs, shopping malls playing background music, etc Still, none of these detract from the usability of the player except to add a few buttons to the front fascia and the remote.