Denon has come out of the digital music network server gate with a bang. The DNP-720AE is a well conceived multifunctional unit that plays just about all digital sources wired or wirelessly, discs excluded. Besides sporting Napster, Rhapsody and Pandora services, the AIrPlay function opens up iTunes libraries, a USB port accesses music storage devices or iPods. There's even a built-in AM/FM tuner for analog fans. i-device owners can also take advantage of the Denon Remote App.
Denon has introduced an unusual piece, the S-5BD, which combines a top-notch Blu-ray player with a high performing A/V Receiver. This "ray-ceiver" acquitted itself well in both viewing and listening tests. A smart solution to home theater systems limited in space and for those desiring simple set up and operation.
Denon unveiled 10 AVRs ranging in price from $249 to $1,999 all featuring HDMI 1.4a at a press event in New York City earlier this week and a host of networking features including Pandora Music Direct, and remote access.
At CES in Las Vegas today Denon announced it will offer its existing customers the opportunity to experience enhanced audio performance that goes “beyond 5.1-channel surround sound” with an advanced Audyssey DSX Firmware Upgrade on specific models.
Marantz (owned by D&M Holdngs), not to be outdone by US manufacturer Oppo whose BDP-83 universal Blu-ray player (tentatively priced at US$499) is expected sometime this spring in the US and by Denon ( also owned by D&M Holdings) whose DVD-A1UDCI universal Blu-ray player is priced at US$3,800 has been pushed back to later this year, has been working on their own universal player.