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Denon ASD-3N

Networking iPod® dock for Denon receivers and systems

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  • Denon ASD-3N

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by Ralph Graves
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This dock lets you enjoy songs and video clips from your iPod on your Denon audio/video system, and its Ethernet jack connects to your wired home network for even more flexible entertainment options. Get easy access to music and photos stored on PCs in your network, or tune in Internet radio stations through the dock without turning on your computer.

The ASD-3N displays a menu screen on your TV, making it easy to browse through the songs and playlists stored on your iPod or computer. Control everything with your Denon receiver's remote, or use the included remote if you have a different brand of audio/video receiver.

Highlights:

  • for docking iPods, including 120 GB iPod classic, curved screen iPod nano and iPod touch
  • compatible with iPhone™ and iPhone 3G
  • limited video output from iPhones and iPod touch
  • allows iPod control with Denon remotes
  • access Internet radio without a PC (broadband connection required)
  • access music and photos from a networked computer
  • iPod recharges automatically when docked
  • RCA stereo audio output
  • S-video output
  • audio, S-video, and control cables included
  • Ethernet port
  • remote control
  • AC adapter
  • 4-1/4"W x 1-1/4"H x 4-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
PC Requirements:
  • Windows® XP (Service Pack 2 or higher); Windows Vista™
  • Windows Media Player 11
  • 300MB or more free disk space
 

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  • Black ASD-3N Network Dock for iPod
  • RC-1088 wireless remote control with installed CR2025 lithium cell battery
  • 4th generation 20/30 GB iPod photo adapter insert
  • 60 GB iPod photo adapter insert
  • iPod mini adapter insert
  • 6.5' A/V cable (with stereo RCA/stereo mini/S-video plugs on each end)
  • AC adapter with attached 6' output cord (6 volt/1.5amp)
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Span/Fren/Ger)
  • Warranty information
  • Denon service network information
  • Instruction supplement

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Features

Overview: The Denon Control Dock for iPod ASD-3N network client device allows your iPod to be connected to your home network system via Ethernet connection. MP3 and non-protected AAC Audio files from your iPod can then be streamed for listening over your home network. Additionally, viewing video pictures and still image photos with video compatible iPods is also possible. The ASD-3N is DLNA certified and is PlaysForSure compliant for ease of setup and use. The unit's standard D-dock port is also supplied for current model receiver integration and is compatible with previous receiver models that have the Denon D-dock port for command and control. Your iPod will also stay charged while docked in the ASD-3N keeping it ready to go. A remote is also supplied with the ASD-3N for use easy operation.

Denon Compatibility: The ASD-3N is compatible with Denon receivers and Denon mini-component systems featuring the dock control jack.

Additional Component Compatibility: The ASD-3N can also be used with components not having the dock control jack but do have audio/video inputs. You are still able to control the iPod from the ASD-3N's remote control or the iPod, itself.

iPod Compatibility: The ASD-3N is compatible with select iPods having a dock connector. Adapters are included for the 20/30 GB and 40/60 GB iPod Photos; and the iPod mini. The adaptors for the 5th generation iPods and newer are included with those units. This add-on dock (w/ firmware upgrade) is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions when used with a compatible Denon AV receiver (as of Dec. 2009):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock-connector 3rd N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th Y N Y Y TV TV Y
mini 1st Y N Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
video 5th Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
 classic 80GB Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
120GB Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
160GB Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
nano 1st Y N Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y N Y Y TV TV Y
3rd Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
4th Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
5th Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
6th Y N Y Y TV TV Y
 touch 1st Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
2nd Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
3rd Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
4th Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
iPhone 2G Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
3G Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
3GS Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y
4 Y S-Video Y Y TV TV Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

iPod Photo and Video Playback: The ASD-3N supports iPod photo and video playback using the included S-video cable.

Network Audio Playback: The ASD-3N can be used to play Internet radio stations or music or still picture (JPEG) files stored on your computer through your connected Denon receiver.

  • Network Music/Photo File Playback: The ASD-3N can access Windows Media Player (version 11 or later) and iTunes (non-DRM files only) to get music, photos and playlists from your PC and play them through your connected Denon receiver and television. The ASD-3N supports MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, WAV (LPCM) and FLAC music audio file formats and JPEG still images
  • Internet Radio: The ASD-3N allows you to access a list of over 7,000 radio stations (MP3/WMA format) via "vTuner" service and enjoy your favorite music channels when connected to your PC's network and your compatible Denon receiver. Stations can be selected by genre and region.

GUI (Graphical User Interface): To allow for easier browsing and playback of your files, the ASD-3N provides an intuitive GUI with album artwork via S-Video connection to your television. Multi-language for both GUI and Meta Data are available including English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

Remote Control: The ASD-3N comes supplied with an IR wireless  remote control for operating your docked iPod. The remote control included with your compatible Denon receiver can also be used to control your iPod. If you prefer the controls on your iPod can be used as well.

Note: When the Dock Control terminal is connected, the ASD-3N no longer accepts remote control commands. To use the remote control unit, point it at the remote control sensor on the connected Denon receiver when operating it.

System Requirements: A broadband line connect to the Internet is required in order to use the ASD-3N's Internet radio function and firmware update. When using the ASD-3N, it is recommend you use a router equipped with the following functions: Built-In DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server, Built-in 100BASE-TX switch. A CAT-5 or greater Ethernet cable is recommended for making the connection. Your computer should me the following system requirements.

  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack2, Windows Vista
  • Software: .NET Framework 1.1 and Windows Media Connect (Windows XP, Windows Media Player ver. 11, DLNA-compatible server software
  • Internet Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later
  • Memory: 300 MB or more free disk space
  • Connection: LAN port

Connections: The ASD-3N Dock has the following connections:

  • iPod dock connector: proprietary 30-pin Apple iPod dock connector for connecting your iPod
  • Ethernet: LAN port/Ethernet connector for connecting unit to your PC's network (Ethernet cable not supplied)
  • Control: 3.5mm (1/8") mini jack for supplied control-A/V cable
  • S-Video Out: S-Video jack to display photos, video, and song info using supplied control-A/V cable
  • Audio Out: Left and right RCA jacks for supplied control-A/V cable
  • DC In (6V/1.5A): Round DC power connector for supplied AC adapter
 
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Denon ASD-3N

Written By middlefingur, placerville, CA on Sunday, October 03, 2010
 
I bought this dock hoping it would work with the iPhone- and it works great, but no you cant view your pictures or videos on your tv like I had hoped for on the iPhone. It's a sleek little unit with a nice remote (and yes fellow Logitech remote users your remote will operate it). The on screen user interface is pretty nice but button response time is a little slow. Also has ethernet connectivity for easy firmware updates and internet radio, which is a must for todays a/v add-ons. Another cool feature is the track information/song title shows on the display of your Denon reciever so you dont really need to have you monitor on once you get it fired up.
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Denon ASD-3N

Written By Larry, Southern California on Saturday, February 28, 2009
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This dock is awesome! I connected it to my Denon AVR-2809ci. I plugged in the cables including my LAN cable and it connected to the Internet without any effort on my part. Easy firmware update occurred with a few simple selections.

The integration with my iPod and iPod Touch are great. The response time from pushing a button on the remote to the action occurring has a very slight delay. You're affecting several devices i.e.: the remote, the dock, the receiver, and then these actions are being displayed using a GUI on your TV. Sound is awesome and being able to select your playlists, songs, albums, artists, etc in a fully integrated home theatre system is too cool.

I don't get radio reception because of the topography around me. I can only listen to AM/FM while driving out of this area. But I was able to get all my favorite channels through the Internet with this dock. I added my favorites and now just push a button to listen to them in crystal clear audio.

The videos on your iPod will not display that sharp on your TV, iPods and the video they play aren't designed to provide you with large screen playback, it's an iPod. Don't blame the Denon dock for that.

In summary if you want to integrate your iPod with your home theater system and control it via a graphical user interface on your TV, have crisp sound and enjoy your favorite radio stations & podcasts static free, this unit just might fit your needs. It sure exceeded my expectations.
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Denon ASD-3N

Written By Russell, Wake Forest, NC on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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I bought the Denon ASD-3N thinking it would work great with my ipod and my Denon receiver. I was wrong. Couldn't get it to connect to my receiver. Spoke with Denon Tech support and they told me to purchase new cables, the ipod dock cable may be bad. I spoke with Crutchfield support and they offered to replace the unit, and I instead ordered the ASD-1R which worked right out of the box, no issues!
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