However, a new question is emerging among audiophiles faced with growing collections of music files on their hard drives: how do I play all that stuff on my "real" audio system? Sound interesting? The DN-C was intended for use in radio stations, dance clubs, shopping malls playing background music, etc The transport which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability
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However, a new question is emerging among audiophiles faced with growing collections of music files on their hard drives: how do I play all that stuff on my "real" audio system? Sound interesting? The DN-C was intended for use in radio stations, dance clubs, shopping malls playing background music, etc The transport which seems to be an off-the-shelf Tohei unit is designed for high-reliability 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 real reason to consider the DN-C is its network abilities, which I am geeky enough to be thoroughly excited by. 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. Cool network feature 2: once you have the player up in browser, you can assign any shared directory on your network to the DN-C 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 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 main control screen only shows 20 tracks at a time, with only "next" and "previous" buttons for navigation.
Playlists can be created and saved locally, but the unit lacks any kind of searching, shuffle play, or sorting by artist, genre, etc. Potentially even more crippling, the player cannot "see" more than files in a directory. Differences were subtle, to be sure as they are between any two digital source components but still There are two digital outputs: one coaxial and one XLR.
When I first tried them, they were so noisy as to be unusable. After pointing this out to my contacts at Denon, I was informed that a firmware update had been released that cures the problem.
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. The headphone output, equipped with its own volume pot, is excellent. 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.
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.
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.
Denon DN-C635 Manuals
This operation only works while the power is on. Press the power operation switch qto turn on the power. Do not touch the signal surface, i. If the PLAY 1 button is pressed, playback will start immediately upon the disc contents having been read. Otherwise malfunction may occur.
Denon DN-C635 CD Players
Denon DN-C635 User Manual