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Denon DCM-380

5-disc CD changer

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Item #: 033DCM380
 

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by Tom Mathew
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Looking for stellar sound from your audio CDs? Denon's DCM-380 5-disc changer delivers audiophile-quality sound with loads of convenient features. A Multilevel Noise Shaping D/A converter fights jitter and helps bring out the subtlest musical details on your CDs. And the DCM-380 includes 20-bit HDCD® decoding! On HDCD discs, you'll hear the full richness and detail of the original recording, with more dynamic range and a focused 3-D soundstage. There are thousands of HDCD discs available today (you may already have some in your collection). And best of all, the HDCD high-precision digital filter actually improves the sound quality on all your discs!

This 5-disc changer is solidly built, and it handles CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and long-playing MP3 CDs. The tray rotates both clockwise and counter-clockwise for easy loading and unloading of your discs. Three random play modes and 32-track programming help keep your music sounding fresh. And a coaxial digital output lets you hook up an external CD-R recorder to make digital recordings of your favorite discs.

The DCM-380 comes with a remote control that includes direct disc and direct track access. You can also connect the DCM-380 to a compatible Denon receiver via the remote control input/output and operate the changer using the remote sensor on your receiver.

Details:

  • 5-disc carousel design
  • disc exchange
  • HDCD decoding
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • tray rotates clockwise or counter-clockwise for faster disc access
  • 32-track programming, repeat, and random play
  • remote with volume control and direct disc/track access
  • coaxial digital output
  • headphone jack
  • remote control input/output (for use with Denon receivers with a compatible remote control in/out jack)
  • Multilevel Noise Shaping D/A converter
  • signal-to-noise ratio 108 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-5/8"H x 16-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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Features and Specs
General
Disc Capacity
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5
Disc Exchange
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Yes
Track Programming
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32
Random Play
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All Discs
Program
Disc Naming
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No
Direct Track Access
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Yes
Direct Disc Access
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Yes
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Blue
Multiple CD Player Control
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No
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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No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response
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2-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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112 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range
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Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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None
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
Headphone
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Standard
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 5-Disc CD changer
  • RC-258 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3' Audio cable (left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Denon Service Network" sheet
  • Transit screw note (taped to the front of the unit)

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

HDCD Decoder: The DCM-380 features an HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital) decoder. HDCD is an encoding/decoding technology that greatly reduces the distortion occurring at the time of digital recording while maintaining compatibility with the conventional CD format. HDCD allows 20-bit data to be converted to the 16-bit data of current CDs with no loss in sound quality. HDCD-compatible CDs are automatically identified by the player, and the optimum digital signal processing is used.

Advanced Multilevel Noise Shaping DAC: The DCM-380 features a Multilevel Noise Shaping DAC. This multi-level modulation powerfully removes the adverse effects of jitter, and because it is built into the output amp, a clean analog output with suppressed high-frequency interference can be directly obtained.

Disc Exchange: You can exchange up to 4 discs while playing a fifth; once the drawer is open, 3 CDs can be changed, then you must use the disc skip button to remove the remaining one.

Variable Headphone and Line Outputs: The output levels are controlled by remote only (controlled using the volume +/- buttons). The line and headphone output levels are affected simultaneously, so the line output level cannot be changed without changing the headphone output level (and vice versa). If the variable line output level is changed while recording a CD from the analog outputs of this unit, the recording levels will be affected.

Music Calendar: The player has a 20-track music calendar.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1 and level 2 formats. A maximum of 99 folders can be played on the DCM-380. Folders over 8 layers down, however, cannot be played. The maximum number of files is also 512. If there are 513 files, only the first 512 are played. This unit allows you to choose Full Random Play or Disc Sequential Random Play. When Full Random Play is selected, all the tracks on the loaded discs are played in random order. When Disc Sequential Random Play is selected, you can select the CDs to be played in random order. Up to 5 disc can be selected, and the same disc can be selected two or more times. Using Repeat Play, you can repeat the current track, current disc, or all discs.

Program Play: Up to 32 tracks can be programmed and played in any order.

Random Play: This unit allows you to choose Full Random Play, Program Random Play, or Disc Sequential Random Play. When Full Random Play is selected, all the tracks on the loaded discs are played in random order. When Program Random Play is selected, all the programmed tracks are played in random order. When Disc Sequential Random Play is selected, you can select the CDs to be played in random order. Up to 5 disc can be selected, and the same disc can be selected two or more times.

Repeat Play: The DCM-380 allows you to repeat the current track, current disc, or all discs. In addition, you can repeat Program Play and Random Play.

Direct Selection: Using the supplied remote, you can directly access discs and tracks.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Synchro: You can connect the Synchro jack with a Denon cassette deck that is equipped with a Synchro jack, then make a synchronized recording.

Control In/Out: The DCM-380 has a mini-jack input and output on the rear panel to allow you to connect a Denon receiver with remote control in/out jacks. With this connection, you can control the CD player with the receiver's remote.

 
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2 out of 5

a Denon disappointment

Written By Gary, Pooria, Il on Friday, May 19, 2006
 
Like several others, when it worked properly its sound was quite nice. But that was also short-lived. It skipped on brand new CDs frequently, failed to recognize CDs loaded in the trays, and the tray itself developed an unnatural sound. Denon makes some great products, but this is "not" one of them, and definitely is not worth the $300 I would not recommend this player to anyone.
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2 out of 5

Great sound / lousy reliability

Written By Mark Lazar, Menlo Park, CA on Thursday, May 11, 2006
 
I've been a Denon afficionado for years and have many of their products. Given my more recent experience, I'm very worried about their product quality

I've bought two of these CD players and both have failed. The sound staging is just excellent but after a few months, both players stopped recognizing CDs in the carosel. I've given up on this product and will buy from a different manufacturer.
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1 out of 5

Denon DCM-380

Written By tyree, bowie,md on Friday, February 10, 2006
 
This unit I purchased a little over a year ago and when it tracked properly for the first two months it sounded great. I even had it hooked up to my Rotel seperates. After two trouble free months it began skipping on new cd's. It now skips on any cd you place inside of it. Imagine having company over to listen to your 5K plus stereo and the cd player is skipping like the Harlem double dutch team. Please save yourself some heartache DO NOT PURCHASE!!!
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2 out of 5

disapointed

Written By Steven, Paragould, Arkansas on Friday, January 20, 2006
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I purchased this CD player with great hopes that with it's better D/A stage that it would be "the one". Well, it sounded pretty darn good and did pretty good for the first few months. Six months into my owning it, with an average of no more than eight hours of play each week, it began to fail to recognize discs, skipping and the plastic transport became rather noisy. Can't say I can recommend it, although it sounded better than other players I auditioned at three times the price.
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2 out of 5

Problems after 8 month

Written By Andrzej, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, December 05, 2005
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Very good player, much better sound that any other that I own/have owned. Unfortunately, after 6 month started to be very "selective" - reads some CDs, some not. Even brand new, juts out of the box create problems. It seems that firts time I will check how Crutchfield extended service plan works. Recommended with reservations.
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2 out of 5

Denon DCM-380

Written By Cindy, Boston, MA on Monday, July 18, 2005
 
I bought one of these as a replacement when my old Sony single-disc player died. The sound quality was the best I've ever heard. It had more PRESENCE than any CD player I've ever heard-- all except the poorest recordings sounded as if the musicians were playing in my living room. Unfortunately, once a little dust began to get into the player, it began skipping every few seconds, even with brand new discs, no matter how often I cleaned it. No, I didn't touch the lens. I finally gave up and replaced it with another Sony which sounds like doggie doo, but at least I can listen to an entire song at a time without skipping. What a shame.
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