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The two players are built to much the same standard, however. While Denon has long been a major name in component high fidelity in the Far East, it has only recently re-established itself as a source of hi-fi components in Europe.
The Denon player is an excellent all-purpose design that can be used with virtually any low cost components system. The player’s strongest point musically is the midband, which is unexpectedly smooth, fluid and open, with broad perhaps too broad tonality and stable stereo imagery.
Denon DCD-500AE CD Player
In fact, the DCDAE is a surprisingly chunky player, with the mechanism and drawer mounted amidships, and with the same neatly rounded extruded alloy fascia. The main difference is that the DCDAE is stripped down, with a more limited feature set – it lacks some of the funkier features like pitch control.
The player really does look like a high-quality item, aided and abetted by an attractive fluorescent display and a well designed remote control, an impression reinforced by the smooth drawer action. Bluetooth System Network System. Anything less would mean too much compression was used at the cost of sound fidelity. In short, this is an exceptional ‘budget’ player, easily a match for any other player currently known to us at the price.
MP3 Playback A compressed audio format that is popular for downloading across the internet. Against A little soft around the edges, especially at the frequency extremes. For Tonally on the warm side Full bass and well contrived midband. Wireless Speakers Home Products home theatre speakers components. The control system has a limited set of well-disposed control buttons, and highly legible labels, rather than the grey on grey scheme that has become so unaccountably popular in some quarters.
It started at the high end a couple of years or so ago and is only now finishing its portfolio at the entry level, which includes the model tested here.
The most current version of the format is Windows Media Audio 10 which includes specific codecs for lossless, multi-channel surround sound and voice encoding in addition to the main lossy codec. The story here is a simple one. For a high fidelity home audio system, its recommended to use MP3s encoded at no less than kbps data ddnon.
The resulting file may have the filename suffix “wma” or “asf” with the “wma” suffix being used only if the file is strictly audio. Both constant and variable bit rate encoding are supported.
A compressed audio demon that is popular for downloading across the internet. The Denon is exceptionally well priced for a premium brand player, and exceptionally well turned out in the ways described above.
There is no hint of the thin imagery 50ae seems to be a speciality of some lesser CD players – it all happens with unfailing decorum. Almost certainly it is the bass that contributes to the warmth and also to the perceptibly rich, well varied tonality, but these are precisely the kind of qualities that will sit well in the kind of system the DCDAE was intended to complement. The other major difference is that where the senior players are built in Japan, the AE is made in China, with a predictable impact on the selling price.
Files in this format are mainly played using Windows Media Player, Winamp with certain limitations, DSP plugin support and DirectSound output is disabled using the default WMA plugin and many other alternative media players. The bass is unusual for a low-cost player in being on the full, slightly warm side of absolute neutrality.
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Premium Silver and Black. Our Verdict A high-value, well-made player that delivers warm, full sound with a fine midband. It also delivers a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, which should sit comfortably with virtually any lowish-cost components based system. It is part of the Windows Media framework.
No, it doesn’t have the raw power 500af more ambitious designs, but without a firm point of reference, it would be hard to pick holes. It was initially a competitor cenon the MP3 format, but with the introduction of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, it has positioned itself as a competitor to the Advanced Audio Coding format used by Apple.
There’s no lack of extension either, and the player starts and stops well so that, although it is no timing demon, it all happens with apparent ease and conviction.