Specifications. Disc format: CD, MP3 (5 disc multi play). Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz. Dynamic range: 98dB. Signal to Noise Ratio: dB. Channel. Find great deals for Denon DCMAE CD Changer. Shop with confidence on eBay!. Find great deals for Denon DCDAE CD Player. Shop with confidence on eBay!.

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There is no hint of the thin imagery that seems to be a speciality of some lesser CD players – it all happens with unfailing decorum. Bluetooth System Network System. Both constant and variable bit rate encoding are supported. The Denon player is an excellent all-purpose design that can be used with virtually any low cost eenon system.

Denon DCMAE CD Changer | Product overview | What Hi-Fi?

Wireless Speakers Home Products home theatre speakers 500we. 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. No, it doesn’t have the raw power of more ambitious designs, but without a firm point dsnon reference, it would be hard to pick holes.

The other major difference is that where the senior players are built in Japan, the AE deno made in China, with a predictable impact on the selling price. 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.

How low can you go?

Anything less would mean 500a much compression was used at the cost of sound fidelity. 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.


It also delivers a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, which should sit comfortably with virtually any lowish-cost components based system.

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 is part of the Windows Media framework. Our Verdict A high-value, well-made player that delivers warm, full sound with a fine midband. The two players are built to much the same standard, however. 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.

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 bass is unusual for a low-cost player in being on the full, slightly warm side of absolute neutrality. 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.

It was initially a competitor to 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.

Premium Silver and Black. The player’s strongest point musically is the midband, which is unexpectedly smooth, fluid and open, with broad perhaps — broad tonality and stable stereo imagery.


The resulting file may have the filename suffix “wma” or “asf” with the “wma” suffix being used only if the file is strictly audio. 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.

Denon DCD-500AE CD Player

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 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 story here is a simple one. MP3 Playback A compressed audio format that is popular for downloading across the internet.

In short, this is an exceptional ‘budget’ player, easily a match for any other player currently known to us at the price. For a high fidelity home audio system, its recommended to use MP3s encoded at no less than kbps data rate.

Against A little soft around the edges, especially dm the frequency extremes. For Tonally on the warm side Full bass and well contrived midband. A compressed audio format 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.