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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Playlists can be created and saved locally, but the unit lacks any kind of searching, shuffle play, or sorting by artist, genre, etc.
With the CD in hand, updating the firmware couldn’t be easier: 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.
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. Files LAN or Disc: Not much can be done about x640 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.
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. Review By Clarke Nd Click here to e-mail reviewer. The dnn which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability The manual doesn’t go out of its way to make this task easy 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 DN-C was intended db use in radio stations, dance clubs, shopping malls playing background music, etc 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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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.
Acoustic treatments include wall-wall carpet, curtains, and a large overstuffed sofa. 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. After pointing this out to my contacts at Denon, I was informed that a firmware update had been released that cures the problem.
Potentially even more crippling, the player cannot “see” more than files in a directory. Sub-bass 10Hz – 60Hz. 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.
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Soundscape Extension Into Room. 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.
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. The DN-C’s few caveats will be more serious to some than to others. Sound The DN-C boasts one set of balanced outputs and two sets of unbalanced one with fixed output, the other variable by the unit’s front panel jog wheel. However, a new question is emerging among audiophiles faced with growing collections of music files on their hard drives: Cool network feature 2: Differences were subtle, to be sure as they are between any two digital source components but still Value For The Money.
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”. Videos Enjoy the Music. 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.
I thought so, and Denon Professional’s PR agents were nice enough to respond to my request for a review sample. There are two digital outputs: Cool network feature 1: 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 real reason to consider the DN-C is its network abilities, which I am geeky enough to be thoroughly excited by. It is the unit’s network connectivity options that make it unique.
Soundscape Depth Behind Speakers. When I first tried them, they were so noisy as to be unusable. The main control screen only shows 20 tracks at a time, with only “next” and “previous” buttons for navigation.
Still, none of these detract from the usability of the player except to add a few buttons to the front fascia and the remote. 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. High Frequencies 3,Hz On Up.