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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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. Sound The DN-C boasts one set of balanced outputs and two sets of unbalanced one with fixed output, the 6c40 variable by the unit’s front panel jog wheel.
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 c6640 defined and punchier. Midrange Hz – 3,Hz. The DN-C was intended for use in radio stations, dance clubs, shopping malls playing background music, etc Videos Enjoy the Music.
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.
It is the unit’s network connectivity options that make it unique. There are two digital outputs: 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”.
The headphone output, equipped with its own volume pot, is excellent. I thought so, and Denon Professional’s PR agents were db enough to respond to cn request for a review sample.
The main control screen only shows 20 tracks at a time, with only “next” and “previous” buttons for navigation.
With the CD in hand, updating the firmware couldn’t be easier: When I first tried them, they were so noisy as to be unusable. 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.
Value For The Money. 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. 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. Differences were subtle, to be sure as they are between any two digital source components but still 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.
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.
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Review By Clarke Robinson Click here to e-mail reviewer. The cue feature common to pro rn, unheard of in consumer unitson the other hand, is mildly annoying until you modify its behavior in the player’s preferences. Soundscape Extension Into Room. Files LAN or Disc: The real reason to consider the DN-C is its network abilities, which I am geeky enough to be thoroughly excited by.
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The transport which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability Mid-bass 80Hz – Hz. 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.
Directories LAN or Disc: Playlists can be created and saved locally, but the unit lacks any kind of searching, shuffle play, or sorting by artist, genre, etc. The DN-C’s few caveats will be more serious to some than to others. Soundscape Depth Behind Speakers.
Sub-bass 10Hz – 60Hz. 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 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 future.