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Denon DCD-CX3

Single-disc CD/SACD player

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Item #: 033DCDCX3
 
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Our take on the Denon DCD-CX3

by James Ralston
Denon

Denon's compact, elegant DCD-CX3 dishes out natural, richly detailed sound from your CDs and Super Audio CDs, and yet it only takes up a fraction of the space of most component CD players. It features a handy Pure Direct mode, which enhances sound quality by turning off the front-panel display to eliminate a source of potential noise and interference. Played loud or soft, all the details in your favorite tunes will come through with accuracy and realism.

A range of music options

The 'CX3 handles regular CDs and recordable CDs you burn at home. You can also pop in a disc filled with MP3 or WMA files for hours of non-stop music. This player even lets you enjoy the warm, dynamic sound of high-resolution Super Audio CDs.

Rock-solid construction

The sturdy CD/SACD drive mechanism features an aluminum tray and a vibration-fighting design to ensure error-free playback. Aluminum panel construction adds to the well-built feel. Rugged machined brass, gold-plated RCA terminals are another nice plus.

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  • front-loading design
  • plays CDs, SACDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA discs
  • Pure Direct mode for optimum sound quality
  • stereo RCA output with gold-plated, machined brass terminals
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs (not for SACD playback)
  • aluminum construction
  • 11-7/8"W x 3-3/16"H x 13-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • 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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Yes
Direct Disc Access
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N/A
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Red
Multiple CD Player Control
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Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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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2-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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118 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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2-50k Hz
SACD Dynamic Range
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109 dB
SACD THD
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0.0007 %
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?

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  • Single-Disc CD/SACD player
  • 75" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote (RC-1059)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 38" RCA stereo patch cord
  • Owner's manual (English/ Spanish/ French)
  • Warranty information
  • Denon service network information

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Features
Output Notes

Features

Construction: The DCD-CX3's vibration-resistant chassis features independent power supplies for the analog and digital sections, including separate power transformers for each, eliminating interference for the widest possible dynamic range and musical detail.

DAC: Denon's top grade D/A conversion stage features their exclusive AL24 Processing.

Disc Compatibility: The Denon DCD-CX3 Single Disc CD Player can play CD, SACD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, 12cm and 8cm.

MP3/WMA Playback: The DCD-CX3 plays MP3 and WMA files recorded on CD-R or CD-RW discs. MP3 bitrates from 32-320 kbps and WMA bitrates from 64-160 kbps are supported and file names appear in the 8-character display.

Gold Plated Outputs: The CD player features gold plated machined brass outputs in order to offer the best connection for your system. The terminals are chassis-mounted so they can take the strain of audiophile interconnects.

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 from panel controls, the single CD player comes supplied with a dedicated full-feature IR wireless remote control for easy operation of the DCD-CX3.

Playback Options: The DCD-CX3 provides the following options for disc playback:

  • Direct Search: enter the track number on the remote control to play the desired track
  • Track Skip: skip to the next or previous track or the beginning of the current track
  • Forward/Reverse Search: search within the current track, forward or backward
  • Folder Skip: skip to the next or previous folder when playing MP3 or WMA files
  • Repeat Play: repeat a single track or the entire disc; random and programmed playback can also be repeated
  • Random Play: play all tracks of the disc in random order
  • Program Play: play tracks in a specific sequence; up to 20 tracks can be programmed

Output Notes

Digital Outputs: Two digital outputs, one optical (Toslink) and one coaxial (RCA), are provided for sending signal to the digital input terminals of a receiver, outboard D/A converter, or digital audio recorder.

Analog Output: The CD player also features a stereo RCA output for analog connection.

 
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