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Denon DCD-A100

100th anniversary stereo SACD/CD player

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Item #: 033DCDA100
 

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Our take on the Denon DCD-A100

by Steve Kindig
Denon
 Denon 5 Year Warranty

This special-edition player celebrates a century of great sound

For 100 years Denon's primary focus has been faithfully reproducing music. The DCD-A100 upholds that tradition, offering music lovers a seductive stereo listening experience with both standard CDs and high-resolution Super Audio CDs. From the silky glide of the disc tray to its rich, revealing sound, this player spins your discs with note-perfect precision.

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A solid foundation for your music

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Denon's engineers selected every part to maximize sonic transparency and minimize noise and vibrations.

Beneath its elegant glossy exterior, the DCD-A100 is fine-tuned to enhance every minute of music listening. This hefty 32-pound player features an advanced disc drive that provides a stable platform for your discs, to ensure error-free playback without the muddying effects of vibrations.

The power supplies for the digital and analog sections are completely isolated from each other to eliminate cross-interference. Signal paths are as short and direct as possible to maintain signal purity. These steps help keep the sound as transparent and distortion-free as possible. Denon backs the DCD-A100 with a 5-year warranty, and includes a signed certificate of authenticity from the chief production engineer who hand-crafted the player.


Hear greater sonic realism from your CDs and SACDs — even your iPod®

Drop in an SACD to savor the relaxed, richly detailed sound this high-res format is known for. Did you know there are tons of new classical SACD releases, as well as tasty new and reissued titles in jazz and rock? The player's ultra-precise digital-to-analog converters will breathe new life into your CD collection. And when you plug your iPod into the front-panel USB port, you can actually bypass the iPod's made-for-earbuds audio circuitry and hear clearer, more dynamic sound from your music files.

The DCD-A100 makes a great match, both sonically and visually, for Denon's 100th anniversary PMA-A100 stereo integrated amplifier.


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    Key Features:
    • plays CDs and SACDs
    • high-precision 32-bit 192kHz digital-to-analog converters
    • Advanced AL32 processing provides greater audio dynamic range
    • Advanced S.V.H. (Suppress Vibration Hybrid) disc drive mechanism ensures stable disc rotation
    • remote control (also operates PMA-A100 amplifier)
    Technical Specs:
    • SACD specs:
      • frequency response: 2-50kHz
      • signal-to-noise ratio: 119 dB
      • dynamic range: 114 dB
    • CD specs:
      • frequency response: 2-20kHz
      • signal-to-noise ratio: 119 dB
      • dynamic range: 100 dB
    • audio outputs: stereo RCA, coaxial digital, and optical digital
    • audio inputs: coaxial digital and optical digital
    • USB port for connecting to an iPod® or thumb drive
    • detachable power cord
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-3/8"H x 14-1/8"D
    • weight: 32 lbs.
    • warranty: 5 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Disc Capacity
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    1
    Disc Exchange
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    N/A
    Track Programming
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    20
    Random Play
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    Single Disc
    Disc Naming
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    No
    Direct Track Access
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    Remote
    Direct Disc Access
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    N/A
    Remote
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    Included
    Display Color
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    Blue
    Multiple CD Player Control
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    Parts Warranty
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    5 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    5 Years
    Compatibility
    CD-R Playback
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    Yes
    CD-RW Playback
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    Yes
    MP3 Playback
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    Yes
    SACD Playback
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    2-Channel
    Specifications
    CD Frequency Response
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    2-20,000 Hz
    Signal to Noise Ratio
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    119 dB
    SACD Frequency Response
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    2-50,000 Hz
    SACD Dynamic Range
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    114 dB
    SACD THD
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    0.0008 %
    Outputs
    Digital Optical Output
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    1
    Digital Coaxial Output
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    1
    Headphone
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    None
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Single-Disc CD/SACD player
    • 74" AC power cord
    • Wireless remote (RC-1138)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 58" Stereo RCA patch cord
    • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ French)
    • Warranty information
    • Denon service network information
    • Protective cover note
    • 100th Anniversary Thank You note
    • 100th Anniversary certificate of authenticity
    • 100th Anniversary book

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    Features

    Direct Stream Digital (DSD) Encoding: The Super Audio CD standard is based on DSD technology. The DSD format is a 1-bit system that has a digital sampling frequency 64 times that of conventional audio CD, 2,822,400 samples per second. The result is a frequency response from 2 Hz to 50 kHz and a 114 dB dynamic range over the entire audible spectrum. Mixed with as many of the original frequencies as possible, the audio information audible for human ears sounds much more natural.

    AL 32 Processing: The DCD-A100 utilizes Advanced AL32 Processing, Denon's proprietary analog waveform reproduction technology. AL32 processing converts conventional 16-bit digital data to a 32-bit digital format to enhance the reproducibility of low level signals. A 32-bit/192 kHz digital to analog converter completes the analog conversion.

    Construction: In the Advanced S.V.H. (Suppress Vibration Hybrid) mechanism the individual parts are made from different metallic materials, each designed to minimize vibration. Direct Mechanical Ground Construction is also utilized to eliminate the impact of internal and external vibration.

    Disc Compatibility: The DCD-A100 can play SACD, CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, 12cm and 8cm.

    MP3/WMA Playback: MP3 and WMA files can be played from CD-R or CD-RW discs, and from a USB memory device. MP3 bitrates from 32-320 kbps and WMA bitrates from 64-160 kbps on CD and 64-192 kbps on USB flash drive are supported. File and folder names appear on the display. A total of 1,000 folders and files can be read from a CD-R/W; USB drives support up to 255 folders and 255 files per folder.

    Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.

    Pure Direct: For the best sound quality using the analog outputs, the Pure Direct mode turns off the digital outputs and the display to minimize the possibility of interference.

    Wireless Remote Control: In addition the unit's front panel controls, the player comes supplied with a dedicated full-feature IR wireless remote control for easy operation of the DCD-A100 and select Denon amplifiers.

    Digital Inputs: Using the optical and coaxial digital inputs on the rear panel you can take advantage of the DCD-A100's 32-bit/192 kHz digital to analog converter with a signal from another component; CD transport, MD recorder, etc. The input will accept PCM signals with sampling frequencies of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 64 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 128 kHz, 176.4 kHz, and 192 kHz.

    SA-CD Text Compatible: This unit can display the disc name, artist name, and current track name for SA-CD Text discs. Note: Standard CD Text information is not displayed.

    iPod Compatibility: The DCD-A100 is Made for iPod compliant; using a USB to iPod Dock cable plugged into the front panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod, bypassing the iPod's D/A converter. The iPod is controlled by the receiver and elapsed time or text (song, artist, album) appears on the display. A remote mode can also be engaged to use the controls and display on the iPod. iPod compatibility is as follows (as of November 2010):

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

    Note: Apple iPod software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod 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.

     
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    A/B TEST DCD A1OO vs. SIM AUDIO MOON 650D

    Written By kentmp, Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday, February 23, 2011
     
    A/B TEST: DCD-A100 vs. SimAudio Moon 650d $6000

    Good: Warm tonal quality, clear, solid base, mid-tones clear, highs-- crisp; not overly brilliant. Bass: Deep, tight. Overall flat response (good thing)-- Removes listening fatigue. Strings & horns-- texture.
    Essentially no lost tonal quality or richness using unit as an external DAC vs standard CD. Source: compressed files from Itunes & Pandora. Some lost tonal quality compared to SACD-- Marginal. Upconversion does an excellent job.
    Bad: No variable out. (ie. cannot adjust volume using remote-- Unless using AVR- a100 integrated amp)
    SimAudio unit-- $6000.00 & no use as an external DAC. NO Difference in audio quality (Blind folded & wife switching equipment).

    Equipment
    Amp: Denon POA 1500 x 2 (Biamped)
    Pre-amp: PRA 1000-B (tube pre-amp)
    Speakers: Infinity IRS V
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