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Denon DNP-720AE

Network digital music player with built-in Apple AirPlay® and Wi-Fi®

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by Marshall Chase
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Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Unleash a world of digital music

Many music fans find themselves in a quandary. They have great-sounding systems that they don't want to replace, but feel like they're missing out on today's wide variety of digital music choices. Denon's DNP-720AE is an easy solution to this problem. This versatile component will expand your digital music library in no time at all. Connect the '720AE to your Ethernet or Wi-Fi® network and get ready for countless hours of entertainment.

AirPlay® all day

Built-in Apple AirPlay technology lets you stream music from your iTunes® library for playback on your favorite home audio system. You can access your music either from a networked computer or directly from your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Not only do you get a fast and convenient way to listen to your favorites, but friends and family members can share music from their portable Apple devices, too. Your device can also double as a Wi-Fi® system remote so you can control the '720AE from any room in the house. Requires a wireless home network.

Internet radio and more

The '720AE streams online stations from around the world, as well as podcasts and music streaming services like PANDORA® Internet radio and Rhapsody®. The '720AE also accepts audio files from wherever they're stored on your network, like your computer, or networked hard drive.


High-res audio

Denon puts sound quality first

The '720AE has a built-in, audiophile-quality 192kHz/24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) delivering clear, detailed sound with all of the music that comes through the player. It supports all the most popular digital formats — MP3, FLAC, FLAC-HD, WMA, WMA-lossless, WAV, and AAC. Plus, this tuner doesn't just make digital files sound great— your favorite AM and FM radio stations will come through clean and clear, too.

From our Denon DNP-720AE network music player review:

I had a lot of fun playing with the DNP-720AE and its many ways to connect with digital music. The wealth of tunes this player can add to a system is intoxicating. There are so many options to discover and enjoy a seemingly endless supply of artists, songs, and styles.

— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • plays music from your computer, your iPod, and the Internet on your home audio system
  • built-in Wi-Fi® connects to your wired or wireless home network
  • Apple AirPlay®-ready with firmware upgrade from Denon — ultra-convenient iTunes® music playback
  • supports playback of WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, and FLAC files
  • plays Internet radio stations
  • DLNA-certified — plays music stored on a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • connections:
    • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
    • front-panel USB input for iPod®, thumb drive, or portable hard disk drive
    • optical digital audio output
    • stereo RCA analog audio outputs for connecting to a receiver or amplifier
  • remote control
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 2-7/8"H x 12-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: You might experience network dropouts when using AirPlay with an iPhone 4S. Apple is working to fix this software problem.

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  • Network audio player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-1159)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • W-LAN antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • 47" Stereo audio cable
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Network Setup Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty Information
  • Denon Service Network sheet

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Network Functions
AirPlay Technology
USB/iPod Connectivity
Audio Section
AM/FM Tuner
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Network Functions

Overview: An ideal device for online music enthusiasts, the Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player allows you to access online audio content from any room in your house. This versatile player connects to your home network via Wi-Fi (WPS enabled) or Ethernet, allowing you to enjoy Internet Radio & online music services (such as Pandora, Rhapsody, & Napster) remotely. It also supports iTunes AirPlay technology, which lets you stream music wirelessly from your iTunes account (via your computer) or Apple mobile device. The Denon DNP-720AE also includes a built-in AM/FM tuner & front-panel USB port. And with its masterful sound engineering & Denon circuits, the Network Audio Player is capable of producing stunning sound performance. The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player offers stereo analog & digital outputs to connect to virtually any home A/V component.

Network Connection: The Denon DNP-720AE is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in Wi-Fi feature that includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup for safe &secure connection to your wireless home network. When connected to the Internet, the device can stream free Internet Radio & music from online services (such as Pandora, Napster, & Rhapsody). It can also connect to your home network's own music library stored on your computer, giving you remote access to your entire music collection.

  • Ethernet Port: The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is fitted with a Ethernet (RJ-45) port for a hardwired Internet connection.
  • WiFi (with WPS): The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is equipped with a WLAN antenna, which allows it to communicate with your home network via WiFi (IEEE 802.1b/g).  Additionally, thanks to its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), the DNP-720AE allows for easy & secure establishment of a wireless home network.

Note:  This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection. When using a wireless LAN connection, your system must feature an wireless router/access-point.

DLNA Certified: The DNP-720AE is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 & Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access & enjoy digital music stored on your PC or smartphone (like Android). You can use your PC or smartphone to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the DNP-720AE to browse & play music files on your hard drive.

Music Server: The Denon DNP-720AE lets you play music files stored on your computer via a network connection. MP3, WMA, AAC , WAV, & FLAC audio files stored on your computer can be played through the DNP-720AE via its wired or wireless network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the DNP-720AE's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) & META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display. The Denon DNP-720AE supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, & bit rates via its wired or wireless network connection.

Compatible Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav
MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/96 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac

Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11)

Internet Radio: The Denon DNP-720AE lets you access Internet Radio stations from around the world. Internet Radio stations in MP3 & WMA format are supported. You can choose from approximately 12,000 Internet Radio stations & sort them by Keyword, Popularity, Local Stations, Recommended, Location, or Genre. You can store up to 3 Internet Radio stations as presets. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of the most recently played stations. This network audio player's Internet Radio Station list is created using a free radio station database service, known as "vTuner". This database service provides a list edited & created for this unit. Not available in all countries.

Online Music Services:  You can listen to your favorite music through the following online music services.

  • Napster: The monthly music subscription service Napster is accessible. You can search for particular tracks (by artist, album, or song) on Napster and register your favorite tracks to the "My Napster Library".
  • Pandora: Once the network audio player is registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the automated music recommendation and Internet Radio service. You can create up to 100 personalized radio stations. You can sort tracks within these radio stations. You can skip up to 6 tracks that are being played back within 1 hour.
  • Rhapsody: Rhapsody is another paid music broadcast service accessible through the network audio player. You can search for particular tracks (by artist, album, or song) on Rhapsody and register your favorite tracks to "My Library". You can also search for similar music to the music you are currently listening to.

Favorites: The Favorite function allows you to register your favorite Internet Radio broadcast stations & computer audio files in the unit's Favorite List in advance so that you can select and listen to the stations or files right away, whenever you want. The contents that you can register & select are Internet Radio stations & music files stored on your PC. You can register up to 50 items in the Favorite List.

Note: When you attempt to register the 51st station or file in the Favorite List, the last station or file is automatically deleted.

Party Mode Function: The same network audio (Internet radio, Media Player, or iPod/iPhone) can be played on multiple Denon products equipped with the Party Mode function & connected to the same home network. The party mode consists of one organizer and up to 4 attendees. When one unit starts the party mode as the organizer, up to 4 devices on which the party mode function is activated automatically participate in the party as attendees.

Firmware Updates: Using the player's network/internet connection, you can check for & update the latest firmware from the online Denon server.

AirPlay Technology

AirPlay Certified: The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is compatible with iTunes' AirPlay technology. With AirPlay, the device can connect wirelessly to any AirPlay-enabled Apple device. This allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's (Mac or PC) iTunes library; via your WiFi network.

Note: AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later & iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad with iOS 4.3 or later. Wi-Fi network is also required.

iTunes Streaming: The DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is able to streaming audio from your computer's iTunes account AirPlay technology. When connected to the same network as a computer running iTunes, the DNP-720AE can appear as an output option in the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes window. You can then browse your iTunes collection on your computer & stream music to the Denon Network Audio Player.

Note: To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network.

Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the Denon DNP-720AE. So there's no need to dock your Apple device, unless you want to charge it.

Note: The AirPlay feature works with iPod touch, iPhone, & iPad with iOS 4.3 or later - connected to the same wireless network.

Apple Remote App: Using the Apple Remote App (FREE download from iTunes) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles & artist info on your Apple device.

USB/iPod Connectivity

Front-Panel USB Port: The Denon DN-P720AE is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for easy, direct connection of a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device, USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device, or external HDD (hard disk drive) with audio files. The front-panel USB (type-A) port supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, & FLAC audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT 32 onto a USB (MSC/MTP) device. You can control music playback from the network audio receiver & remote control. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information so song title, artist name, album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display. The unit can recognize up to 1,000 files.

Compatible Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
WAV 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-bit .wav
MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/96 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac

Note: Copyright-protected files cannot be played. USB memory devices will not work via a USB hub. It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the unit's front-panel USB port.

iPod/iPhone Direct: The Denon DNP-720AE's front-panel USB port can be used to connect your compatible iPod or iPhone for music playback. The DNP-720AE supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, & charging of select iPods/iPhones.

  • Audio Playback: You can listen to music files from your iPod/iPhone by simply connecting your iPod/iPhone to the DNP-720AE's front-panel USB port, using the USB/Dock cable that came with your Apple iPod/iPhone.
  • Music Navigation: You can choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone from the DNP-720AE's front-panel controls, remote control, or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The Denon DNP-720AE lets you browse by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. It also offers Play/Pause, Stop, Skip/Back, Repeat, & Random functions.
  • Music Information Display: The Denon network audio player will display Track #, Elapsed playing time; as well as Song, Artist, & Album name. You can also choose to view the music information on your iPod or iPhone.
  • Charging: The DNP-720A will charge your connected iPod or iPhone when the Network Audio Player is powered up.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The Denon DNP-720AE is "Made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following specific iPod/iPhone models (as of 9/27/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Artist/Song Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y N
mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Audio Section

Denon Sound Technologies: The DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is loaded with Denon's sound technologies. The receiver's "simple & straight" circuit design minimizes sound interference & helps eliminate noise & feedback, ensuring crisp &clear playback.

Digital Processing: The Denon DNP-720AE features full digital processing, which allows for a pure signal transfer & optimum audio performance from all sources.

24-Bit/192-kHz DAC: The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player features a precise 24-bit/192-kHz DAC (digital-to-analog converter), which helps preserve the fidelity of your recordings. The result is richly textured, detailed sound reproduction that is faithful to its source.

Audio Outputs: The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player is fitted with analog (stereo RCA) & digital (optical) audio outputs to connect to your home AV gear..

  • Analog Audio Outputs: The Denon DNP-720AE features a set of gold-plated stereo analog RCA outputs to connect your analog stereo receiver.
  • Digital Output: The DNP-720AE features an optical digital output to connect your digital A/V receiver.

Audio Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 24-48,000 Hz (fs: 96 kHz) / 2-20,000 Hz (fs: 44.1 kHz)
  • Dynamic Range: 98 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 110 dB
  • THD: 0.003% (1 kHz)
  • Output Level: 2Vrms (100k ohms)

AM/FM Tuner

AM/FM Tuner: The Denon DNP-720AE Network Audio Player features an AM/FM tuner, giving you access to traditional radio stations. The unit offers manual, seek, and preset tuning.

Preset Tuning: This unit can be preset with a total of 99 FM & AM broadcast stations, in any combination. You can choose to manual preset all your FM stations, or have the DNP-720AE automatically select your presets for you. AM stations can only be manually preset. Preset stations can be recalled, using the unit's remote control.

Preset Station Naming: You can give each preset station a custom 8-character name.

External Antennas: The Deon DNP-720A comes with an external FM wire antenna (coaxial) and an AM loop antenna (spring-clips).

Convenience Features

Easy-to-Operate Design: The DNP-720AE Network Audio Player was designed with ease of use in mind. It has a clean, uncluttered front-panel that gives you quick access to basic playback functions & volume control. For more complete control, you can use the included remote control, which allows you to seamlessly switch between songs, playlists, & devices. The receiver also sports a convenient OEL display.

3-Line OEL Display: The Denon Network Audio Player features a 3-line OEL (Organic Electroluminescence) display. The unit will display song information from its network, USB, and iPod/iPhone connection.

Note: There is no video monitor output for on-screen display.

Dimmer: The display brightness can be set to 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, or Off.

Last Function Memory: This function stores the unit's settings as they were immediately before going into the standby mode. When the unit's power is turned back on, the settings are restored to where they were before going into the standby mode.

Auto Standby: This unit will automatically enter the standby mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of stop mode with not operation.

Remote Control

Simple Remote Control: The Denon DNP-720AE includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the network audio player, Internet Radio, online music services, stored music files on your computer, a connected USB device, & a connected iPod/iPhone.

Denon Remote App: The DNP-720AE supports the Denon Remote App, which offers iPod touch & iPhone users an additional way to control the Network Audio Player. This free-to-download app from iTunes allows you to operate the Network Audio Player using your Apple device's touchscreen, giving you complete control over volume, playback, & source selection. You can even search your source's music library using the convenient "search-by-character" function.

Note: Download the "Denon Remote App" from the iTunes App Store for FREE. The network audio player needs to be connected to your network & the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad needs to be connected to the same network by Wi-Fi (wireless LAN).

 
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2 out of 5

So far, mixed user experience

Written By GJ, Mobile, AL on Monday, April 14, 2014
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I am somewhat happy with this component because it allows me to hear my iTunes library through my main stereo. However, since the day it arrived, my experience has been mixed. Right out of the box...unit freezes during a firmware update. Stayed in that condition overnight. Next morning I disconnected power supply and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then reconnected power supply and tuned unit on. This time it completed the firmware update. The unit connected to my wireless network with no problems and as far as using it for AM/FM Radio and as a music server, I have been pleased. I am not as pleased using this with Apple AirPlay. This is my first experience using AirPlay and have not had time to chase down the answers to resolve my issues, but I suspect that my issues have more to do with bugs in AirPlay and/or iTunes than this unit. One thing I will mention, however, is that the Denon remote controller that comes with the unit does not seem to have any control over iTunes. The remote controller does work, however, when the unit is in music server mode (playing non-iTunes library). So far using the Apple Remote app for iOS on my iPhone and iPad has been buggy...both devices lose the connection to the iTunes library and will not reconnect without closing, then reopening iTunes on the computer hosting the library. I am using the latestes version of both iTunes and iOS. Denon remote app for iOS is buggy...the app seems prone to freeze. Unit itself proned to freeze at times.
Pros:
Allows streaming of iTunes library from computer.
Cons:
Prone to freeze when changing function. Hand held remote does not control iTunes.
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5 out of 5

Streaming Beauty

Written By BirchwoodBill, Birchwood, MN on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Speaker received intact - Crutchfield did a great job shipping the product out (it came 2 days earlier than expected). Connected the speaker to a wired LAN port - upgraded the firmware. Then moved it over to the stereo (wireless connection). Tested it with the iPhone, NAS, Pandora and DenonRadio. The iPhone App needs some work - functional but "clunk" interface. The unit is connected up to a Denon DRA-395 and Boston Acoustics CSII speaker. Love that jazz!
Pros:
Good streaming for "older" stereo receivers.
Cons:
iPhone App needs to be updated.
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4 out of 5

A Great Component For A System Upgrade

Written By Anonymous, San Francisco, CA on Monday, March 24, 2014
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The Denon DP-720AE is the perfect upgrade for those still in love with their analog system but would like to add the digital DAC format to their hifi. Its a simple system that has the Denon quality name behind it. I added this to my mostly Audiophile components including Arcam AVR-300 receiver, Marantz CD and a pair of Wharfedale 10.1's. As an avid CD listener- I was surprised to get some good sounds from the wireless streaming radio but also from my USB drive! The sound though not near CD quality provides a 8 out of 10 experience.
Pros:
- Easy to Install after upgrading the firmware - Tunes right into your account for Pandora or other stations - Sound quality is at 8/10 for my current setup
Cons:
- Make sure you switch your Wireless Router to WTS for communications with the Denon DNP-7220AE (just advice) - No complaints at all!
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By DGA, Lexington, Ky on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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I was looking for something that I could play my cd collection using my home internet network and using my personal audio system that is not wireless. I happened to see the Denon DNP-720AE at Crutchfield and did some research on it. Sounded like this is what I wanted and would give it a try. Am I glad I did! Came expertly packaged from Crutchfield and very simple to set up. Connection to my home network was flawless and my music sounds wonderful. I was a little skeptical at first as I am very particular on sound and didn't know if I would get that with a wireless system. But I was amazed at how the player reproduced the music as I didn't think that was possible. I also listen to the internet radio which is crystal clear with never any problems. This machine is highly recommended!
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Anonymous, New York, NY on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Great sound but sometimes finnicky with my home network. Apps crash often on iPad and iPhone.
Pros:
Great sound Compatible with AirPlay Terrestrial as well as internet Radio
Cons:
Usually have to reconnect to the network when starting up Apps for iPad and iPhone freeze/crash frequently
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4 out of 5

Solid unit

Written By Mark, Irvine, CA on Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Product worked as advertised
Pros:
Easy setup, iPhone app, works seamlessly. Can make playlists for different occasions. Love the fact it connections with my wireless.
Cons:
Screen on player a little smaller than needed. But iPhone app is very helpful to adjust for this.
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5 out of 5

More stations than I thought.....

Written By dominic, Tampa, FL on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Wanted a tuner for a system to put in a new addition to the house. Already had spare power amp, speakers, and CD player and abysmal as radio is, I figured there would be times when I would want to listen to the overnight jazz program on the local NPR station. Went looking for a tuner and came across the Denon with Wi-Fi. Have had good luck with Denon in the past and the price and features were compelling. Arrived quickly with one snafu; no power cable. Crutchfield quickly rectified the situation and with excellent communication, I might add. Hooked up the tuner and after a few brief fits and starts due to not reading the instructions, I got the hang of dialing in the list of college stations. Pretty impressive, and the stations load quickly. Still working the ipad app, I am sure that will be very helpful vs. the small screen on the tuner.
Pros:
Easy set up, intuitive.....lots of stations
Cons:
I have been out of the high end component stereo world for a while, so I am not sure how the Denon compares with other tuners, but I was just after the Wi-Fi capability
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5 out of 5

Pleasantly surprised

Written By Serge, St Augustine, FL on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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Great device. I used to have a laptop connected to my Denon AVR-5805. This was not ideal since i needed the laptop for something else. This device has a ton of feature. I had the time to try the Internet Radio, Music Server and Online Music. Internet Radio is fabulous. You can go online on denonradio.com and register you device and select your favorite stations. Then on the device, you can select the favorite channels. You can select up to 28,000 stations all around the world. About the Music Server, this was pretty simple, you can browse any Windows 7+ machine that has the sharing enabled and you can play all your MP3s. Finally, the Online Music is also simple and great. I used Pandora several hours and the sound is great. I DO NOT have a yearly membership with Pandora and I do not get any ads. With the laptop I had, we use to get ads every 15-20 minutes.

I am using the device with a LAN. I am not using the wireless feature. The firmware update worked flawlessly. I took about 20 minutes. I strongly suggest that you run the Firmware update connected on the LAN and all the electronics connected on a UPS in case the is a power outage.
Pros:
- Simple to setup - Great music quality - Access to thousands of music online feeds
Cons:
I do not know why Denon added the AM/FM radio on this??? They should have added Sirius/XM satellite radio instead.
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Anonymous, Tennessee on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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I would give this product 5 Stars but due to the trouble setting up the wireless adapter and limited help from Denon technical support I went with just 4. The product is very nice and works great with my DLNA server and was priced exceptionally well. I believe hard wiring would provide excellent results and illeviate the trouble going wireless.
Pros:
Price, quality, design and features.
Cons:
Poor wifi
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1 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE firmware update failed twice.

Written By Terry, NY, NY on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Firmware update froze twice. First time I was able to reset the microprocessor, but not the second time. It was connected to my LAN via cable not wireless. It was able to successfully connect before update froze. So internet connection is not the problem. Both Crutchfield and Denon tech support did not have any ideas. I have read positive reviews from other people, but my experience was completely different.
Pros:
Nothing
Cons:
Firmware update failed twice. Now the thing is completely dead.
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5 out of 5

Great Sounding Unit

Written By TribU2, Colorado on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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******RUN THE FIRMWARE UPDATE THEN REBOOT**** After that, relax and enjoy one of the best bargains in hi-fi! This is a great sounding unit. I bought two. One for my McIntosh system and the other for my Marantz Reference System. I could not be happier. I assumed that I'd use these in a pinch as the sound quality was going to be on par with an iPod. I mean, what can you expect at this price? I was very pleasantly surprised. Denon did a great job with this and Crutchfield's pricing is off the hook!
Pros:
Great sound. Amazing value. Easy to set up. Possibilities are endless.
Cons:
You're helpless without the remote.
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5 out of 5

Just what I was looking for

Written By HC, Cranberry Township, PA on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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I bought this unit because I can't get decent reception of the local PBS station in nearby Pittsburgh. Since they have an internet presence, I can now listen to them any time. Plus, as I knew, there are many other stations which play the sort of music I enjoy (mostly classical). Functions flawlessly (except for one hiccup) with good to very good sound (depending on the internet station). Also works great for streaming music from my home computer's hard drive, so I'm thinking of getting an NAS/Media server. The iPhone remote app is somewhat limited, but useful nonetheless. I haven't fooled with Pandora or the other built in services yet.

My one hiccup was when I turned it on after having it for about a week, and the display said "No Network Connection." After checking everything was still plugged in, I tried switching cables and it went back to working. However, when I put the original cable back in place as a test, it still worked and has been working ever since, so I'm not certain what happened.
Pros:
Easy setup and operation.
Cons:
The one hiccup I mentioned (maybe not related to the unit) plus the lack of a volume control, which would be handy in my setup with an older non-remote integrated Denon amp.
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Dave R., New Castle Pa. on Sunday, January 26, 2014
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This is an excellent product. It connected with my wireless network very easily. Internet radio stations from all over the world are easy to receive. Many have high quality sound. The unit plays music stored on my PC with very good fidelity.The only problem I encountered was in getting on to Pandora. I called the Denon help number and a technician told me how to update the software and now Pandora works just fine. I could not be happier with this tuner. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to greatly expand the amount and variety of music that can be accessed.
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP 720AE

Written By Fbalbo, Roseville CA on Saturday, January 11, 2014
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Couldnt get any better if you want to Stream Music from your Computer or any other radio source. I love it.
Pros:
Works Great! Apple Air play, Stream from Computer. Finds radio stations around the world. Good FM reception.
Cons:
Set up a little touchie. Needed high Gain Antanna but only because of position relitive to the source.
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Bob K, Rochester, NY on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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I am completely satisfied with this purchase! Great sound, great functions and at a great price! Would recommend it without reservations.
Pros:
Clarity of sound Functions: AM/FM (over antenna), Pandora, MP3 via USB - many more, but these are the ones I use
Cons:
none at this price
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4 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By C-Lo, Burbank, CA on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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I used this to replace my Roku Soundbridge. Easy to set up once an update occurred. Very happy with product overall
Pros:
Wifi setup
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5 out of 5

Didn't Know What I've Been Missing...

Written By Kirk, Houston, TX on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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I had thought about upgrading to a more expensive receiver in order to get internet & iPod capability. But my good ole B&K PT III series 2 tuner/preamp was still going strong, so I decided to look at media servers & came across the Denon DNP-720 AE. After reading reviews, both pro & customers, I decided it was the best value, especially @ this reduced price. I've had this product for over a month and I'm absolutely loving it! Setup was a breeze and now I have full access to thousands of stations & my iTunes library. The built in airplay is AWESOME! I can now control all my music & audio thru my iPhone with the Denon app! Oh, did I mention the sound? Near cd sound on all my music (of course depending on the source). The Denon DNP 720AE has breathe new life into my aging, but still good, system! I highly recommend it!
Pros:
Easy to set up & use...Great sound...Built in airplay is AWESIM!!!
Cons:
Some redundancy in the remote & Denon app in that the screen does not "scroll"...
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Anonymous, Golden, CO on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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This unit does a great job of letting me play my whole iTunes library, access internet radio stations, and allow for USB connection for iPods or other media storage. A point of note, if you plan on using the FM or AM stations you have to use the RCA - analog outputs. Not a big deal but my receiver only has one Analog input and it is used by my turntable. The unit locked up on me once. I had to unplug to get it reset. Lets hope that doesn't happen often.
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5 out of 5

Fit the Bill !!

Written By Chris, Charleston, SC on Monday, October 28, 2013
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Total troglodyte when it comes to technology, but desperation over terrible FM drove me to get on board if I was going to play more than all my CD's! Still working on all the options - Pandora, etc! Don't think I have scratched the surface!
Pros:
Once it's set up, pretty easy (for even me) to navigate
Cons:
Set up documentation a little hard to work with (small print !!!) but once you're in, works great!
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4 out of 5

I'm In Music Nirvana...

Written By Kirkindog, Houston, TX on Saturday, October 26, 2013
 
I've been wanting to upgrade to internet music & iPod capability on my system for awhile but didn't want the expense of a new receiver. Besides my b&k pt3 seriesII am/fm preamp tuner is still going strong after almost 10 yrs of outstanding service. I came across the denon 720 while doing research on media players and went with it based on price, solid reviews and the "denon" reputation. Set up was simple and after experimenting with it for a few days, I am in music nirvana! Not only do I now have access to thousands of internet radio stations all over the world but my iPhone has become my default music server thanks to the denon's built in airplay capabilities! I can effortlessly stream all my audio on my iPhone from iTunes, Pandora, Sirius Xm , even YouTube , to my main system and the sound is awesome! I highly recommend this for those wanting to add iPod and Internet service to an older unit, that you don't want to replace, especially if you have an apple product.
Pros:
Simple setup, Airplay on this unit is awesome, Great sound, depending on the source, and great price...
Cons:
The denon app for iPhone tends to cause the unit to freeze. at times,and have to turn it off to reboot the unit...
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720ae

Written By Anonymous, Woodstock ny on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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Love it! Was looking for a way to get rid of the monthly bill for Sirius at elite and pandora over my home receiver. The setup took minutes, including syncing it with my wireless home network. Sound quality from Pandora stations is just fine. Great price on a scratch and dent model, and no more monthly bills.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Easy to use
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By LYoung, Metro-Detroit on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
 
I bought this unit a few years ago at a much higher price. The perils of being an early adopter.

I didn't find the set-up too difficult. I am not using a Smart Phone so I don't know what the apps are like.

I find that the sound is best when playing lossless Flac files and such through the USB port. The internet radio function is great, but plays back at various levels of MP3 quality. I think the Denon does a reasonable job at decompressing the MP3 level playback through my entry level audiophile system.

The FM tuner is way better than I thought it would be. You have to use an amplified antenna.

My biggest gripes are not being able to access Spotify, Songza and other online services or being able to use it as an outboard DAC.
Pros:
Many great features and capabilities for the price.
Cons:
I think the Cambridge and other higher priced units would sound better. Wish I could use it as a DAC for my CD player
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By kip, roanoke va on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Great product for price
Pros:
Easy set up and most features of more expensive models
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1 out of 5

Denon DNP 720

Written By GAW, Chicago on Saturday, August 03, 2013
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Crutchfield team was great - good service and prompt shipping. But that can't make up for the DNP, as in "Does Not Play." The unit keeps dropping the wifi connection, which makes it useless as a music streamer meant to be added to a traditional component system. For comparison, a Kindle Fire placed about three times the distance from the router never lost the connection. The Crutchfield support was good and helpful, but the unit is going back.
Pros:
Looks good, carries the Denon reputation.
Cons:
Needs better wifi circuitry. User interface is clunky. Web interface for internet radio and streaming services management is poor.
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5 out of 5

Taking computer based music to analog hifi

Written By Irving, Monkton, MD on Friday, August 02, 2013
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This Denon works flawlessly. However setup requires a tech. The major lacuna is that volume cannot yet be controlled through iTunes on the iPad .
Pros:
Great technology for connecting wifi to an older hifi system.
Cons:
The amateur needs setup help. Also, the iTunes iPad interface needs updating.
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1 out of 5

denon dnp-720ae a real disappointment

Written By Bob, Pleasant Valley, New York on Saturday, July 27, 2013
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Listening to music via the Denon DNP-720 internet tuner was like listening to a glorified transistor radio. The sound is flat, tinny, and disjointed. If torture is what you have in mind, and not music, then the Denon DNP-720 will fit the bill perfectly.
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4 out of 5

Denon 720

Written By Chuck, Buchanan, Ga. on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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First impressions, sound wise the Denon compares with my Squeezebox Touch. Like the Touch, the 720's analog output is a bit too bright/harsh to my ears for long term or critical listening. That's why we have external dacs. The Denon op panel is easy enough to navigate, but the remote is a bit busy at first.

Setup was a snap. Simply follow the prompts and you're streaming in only minutes. The included am/fm tuner is a welcomed bonus, as I still enjoy a couple of quality fm signals in my area.

A conventional browser interface would be nice, as I'm not an fan of the Iphone/Ipad. I've downloaded the Iphone app but haven't spent any time with it yet.

Once acclimated, I found the Denon 720 to be a feature filled and relatively easy to use unit. At the "special purchase" price I believe it also to be a good value.
Pros:
Lot's of features. Easy to install. Bonus am/fm tuner! Digital outputs.
Cons:
The analog output's sound is just average. The unit's internal dac doesn't do it for me.
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5 out of 5

What I have been looking for....

Written By EricM, Saint Louis on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
 
I have been looking for a stereo component for my system that could provide a USB/IPOD connection with near CD quality sound and found it.....This unit was my third attempt after first trying an IPOD Docking station, and next a Nuforce Icon Ido (DAC) , which both sounded like crap going through my Denon Receiver..The additional benefits include: great quality Internet radio stations (getting ready to upgrade Pandora to enjoy the higher bits...) and controlling the system via my Iphone (ability to select songs on IPOD from Iphone).I plan on down loading the App to my wife's Iphone to also give her control (or maybe not)..Next step is to integrate Network player to my home intercom/music system giving me the ability to play my music by the pool with control from the Iphone. Very happy with this purchase..
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4 out of 5

Nice unit overall.

Written By Scooter, Georgia on Sunday, July 14, 2013
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I ended up settling for this Denon when I found out the Marantz I was looking for was no longer available. I purchased this unit to specifically stream iTunes to my 2 channel and 5.2 system. Setup was fairly straight forward, except for the network. When I say it wasn't easy, it just did not work under a manual configuration for me. I have a very strong networking background, yet the manual just wouldn't take. It kept reporting no network found. Now mind you, the unit is less that 20 feet from the router. I entered the SSID, the encryption method and the passcode, yet it would not find. Only when I selected WPS and enabled the router for it, did it connect. Once connected it has been flawless. I connect via Airplay (after the firmware update) and use the apple control interface via iPad. It's very easy and fun to use. Most of my music is in Apple lossless format and sounds clean. Not as clean as my iPod, to my Wadia, to my DAC. Streaming sounds good, but not my favorite overall listening environment, The display is NICE. (I) can read it from 10-12 feet away. I really do like that! As far as the other DAC outputs and features, I have yet to evaluate. I simply wanted to use Airplay in this configuration and it works fantastic. For the money, you would be hard pressed to find a more feature rich, quality sounding unit. My 2 cents.... :-) enjoy!
Pros:
Feature rich, it actually works, reasonable price, great display and sounds good.
Cons:
None really other than having to do the wireless setup via WPS. That's not a bad thing mind you, however, the manual config should have worked. All other devices I have working just fine with my router via manual settings. Maybe just a quirk. I tried 4 different attempts.
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5 out of 5

One of my best purchases ever! Very Happy*

Written By Jason, Newark, NY on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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I can honestly say that it's one of the best audio purchases I ever remember making. Admittedly, I'm dazzled more by "what" it does, and I don't have any other experience with "how well" Denon does it compared to other makers; but hooked up to my Marantz receiver and entry level Polk speakers & sub I am very happy with the sound quality.

Initially I bought it for streaming: with the DNP-720 I'm able to play music from my ipod (most stored on cloud) through my main system and it sounds great. (Prior to this I was streaming my ipod thru my Roku, but Roku only plays what's stored on the device & not what's in the cloud). It will also play audio from YouTube videos that I bring up on my ipod.

But I wasn't expecting how much I would enjoy playing internet radio on this thing! The choices of stations - especially classical - have been amazing! Another unintended benefit: a jazz station in Rochester is hard to pull in here in the small town where I live (about 25 miles away), but because the station broadcasts on the Internet I can listen on the Denon! The standard tuner seems very good also. Comparing our local classical station's FM broadcast to the streaming version and the tuner is noticeably better. This said, I believe there are premium internet stations that will provide CD-quality stream for a few bucks a month which would probably rival the FM tuner.

Connected easily to wifi with no issues.

I love it!

(*The app sucks though.)
Pros:
Great sound, all-in-one way to stream internet radio (also Pandora); plays ipod/iphone music, youtube, tunein.
Cons:
App is awful, almost useless.
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5 out of 5

Great selection of music around the world

Written By M275, Honolulu, HI on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Setup was easy and selection of music from around the world was the hardest thing to choose.
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4 out of 5

Nice Upgrade

Written By Cliff, New York on Wednesday, June 05, 2013
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I purchased this unit to replace an old Turtle Beach Audiotron steamer that has served me well since 2001. I'm really surprised by the sound quality. I did not think I would here much of a difference but I do. I like the unit and will be looking to upgrade my receiver soon. I will be looking at the Denon units as I like the sound and build quality of the DNP-720AE. A thumbs up to Crutchfield for the fast shipping and to the guys in shipping who did a great job of double boxing it .
Pros:
Great sound and build quality
Cons:
The Denon app for this thing needs some updating. I have not found a way of controlling the DNP-720AE from a web browser. I really hope I am missing something here because this was a great function that the AudioTron had twelve years ago.
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5 out of 5

DNP-720AE - The Best Bang For The Buck!

Written By Tim, Hurricane, WV on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Internet radio is very important and how we listen to music. When looking for a device, I thought about getting a Roku but you need a display device. This ok if your TV and audio are together. Then I looked at the Denon DNP-720AE and bought from Crutchfield. This by far the best device for internet radio for the money. We are getting FM channels without the use of an antenna, and I cannot believe the plethora of internet radio stations. While scrolling I was able to play channels from Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Africa. We are getting more channels with the Denon than we ever got from a previous network receiver. Do yourself and family a favor and bring the DNP-720AE home. You will not be disappointed.
Pros:
Great fit and finish, build quality, more internet radio channels, and clear FM channels without an antenna.
Cons:
If you do not bring this home, you will regret your decision.
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4 out of 5

Good WiFi Internet Radio

Written By All Thumbs, Stone Mountain, Georgia on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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Good WiFi Internet Radio. Great sound quality with my wireless network. FM tuner was marginal. The FM had multipath until I positioned the included antenna just right. Have owned other Denon tuners that were far superior. But I didn't buy it for FM. AM in my area doesn't have anything that interests me. Only real disappointment was the remote which interfered with my Polk XM tuner. Ended up only using the buttons on the tuner and am using the remote as a paper weight. Don't need it. Just another toy to play with. Plus I now have thousands of radio stations to choose from.
Pros:
Good quality sound with wireless internet radio.
Cons:
Remote sabotages other products. FM not so hot. If the display fails you'll never have any idea how to get anything and once you got it what it is.
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5 out of 5

denon dnp-720ae

Written By Rick, Dakota Dunes SD on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Purchased at sale price. Love it! great when when you want continuos music without having to change anything. sound is excellent, obviously somewhat based on what you are listening to (radio, ipod, streaming). Been waiting to purchase a devive like this, when I saw the sale price I couldn't resist. Bought a second one for winter home!
Pros:
Very easy to use.
Cons:
can take a while to get to various radio options.
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE - A solid purchase !

Written By A. Klein, San Diego on Friday, May 10, 2013
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Overall I am happy with the purchase. For the money I don't think you can go wrong.
Pros:
Pretty easy set-up and you can always call the Crutchfield tech team for assistance. Pre-loaded with Apple Airplay & Pandora is great !
Cons:
I wish you could connect to various websites like Sirius & Spotify.
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4 out of 5

Wonderful Player

Written By Phillip G, Catoosa, Oklahoma on Monday, April 22, 2013
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The Denon DNP-720AE was very easy to set up and get playing music. All the controls were intuitive, with the same logic applied as operating a CD player or cassette deck. Far better than the Logitech Squeezebox Tough for easy of operation, (which was a nightmare). The three line display is minimal but enough to navigate the folders and files of the media. The sound quality was very good with the higher bit rate MP3's and still good the the lower bit rate songs. But I did encounter many examples of excessive sibilance with a few of the 128kbs music files which I don't remember hearing with the Logitech before I returned that unit due to control issues. I don't know if the the files contain the sibilance and the Denon D/A converter is just revealing the defects in the songs, or if the Denon player is causing the problem. The AM/FM worked well with the supplied antennas. The Internet radio stations were numerous and easy to set up, control and save as favorites. The controls for that function were also intuitive and I was able to navigate and save stations without even looking at the instruction manual, because the control logic worked as one would expect. Build quality seems ok without opening the cover, however the unit does not sit flat on all four feet, and consequently rocks slightly when touched. I have not tried all functions of the player and use primarily to play MP3 files from a thumb drive.
Pros:
Ease of control, overall good sound quality.
Cons:
I cannot blame the DNP-720Ae for the sibilance heard in the few lower bit rate MP3 files without further research. So the only con I can think of is the rocking of the case due to all four feet not touching. I will later shim one foot about .020 inch to solve this problem.
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3 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Leslie A, Los Angeles on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Set up was very easy and the wireless was a breeze. The unit is solidly built and good looking, but the built-in screen is just too small to be practical when choosing music from a library. The big problem is that you cannot substitute the remote for the Denon Player App, which provides no volume control (despite their claim) and the graphics are only designed for the iphone (so on an ipad, they are big and clunky). The graphics do not scroll which means you have to do that with their complicated remote. If they could fully address the Apps shortcomings, the unit's display wouldn't be as much of an issue and push it into great product territory. But these shortcomings are major drawbacks for a product in todays market that is aimed at the music streaming market.
Pros:
great looking, well built and easy set-up.
Cons:
App is useless, screen is too small and remote is complicated. You must use the remote and the app together to select music.
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720 AE

Written By Bryan, Grosse Pointe, MI on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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I've had my 5 disk CD player sitting, unused, on my stereo shelf for several years now and determined that I should look for a more up to date alternative and came across this system. I have a Denon receiver which I really like so I'm comfortable with their products. They're a step up from the big box stores, but not in the realm of the astronomically priced systems you run across on the audiophile sites. Crutchfield is one of the first places I look for these sort of items and I came across the DNP-720. I read a couple of reviews and purchased it pretty quickly. No regrets. It arrived quickly and was a super easy setup for me. I'm using it primarily for Pandora and some internet stations (there are thousands of them). Interfaced easily with my system and the sound quality is good.
Pros:
Easy setup. Easy to use. Small profile. Does exactly what I bought it for and the price is nice.
Cons:
I didn't think the Airplay quality (sourced from my iPhone 5) matched the sound quality of the internally sourced music. I've read other reviews which said it was good, but for me at least, it wasn't quite on the same level. Also, I wish that it remembered the setting it was using when you turn it off. I have to go through a couple of remote clicks to get it back to Pandora each time I use it. No big deal (and that is really not a con, just an observation).
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4 out of 5

Just what I wanted

Written By Smokey, USA on Monday, April 15, 2013
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I was looking for something to replace XM and this is turning out to be just what I wanted. Fortunately the internet stations are grouped by genre and within a genre the list of stations seem endless. The unit hooked up to my existing stereo easily and once I entered my wi-fi password I was listening to music. It only took a couple minutes. Mostly I just wanted something to plug in and play through my existing stereo and this is the answer. Regarding the other features...I did notice that selecting a playlist on the computer overrides what's currently playing on the unit. I plugged in a jump drive to see how that works and found it to be a bit confusing. I'm far from a computer tech so maybe this is my inexperience but the unit would only play some of the songs I put on the drive. For others it would read "Format Error" - but even then some of the songs played - some did not. All play on my computer so that might be a limitation of the unit...you may want to research that topic if you intend to use the jump drive frequently. Also, the difference in volume from wi-fi to jump drive is noticeably different. The unit says there's an update everytime I turn the thing on but it still plays whatever station you were listening to when you powered down. There may be a way to turn that feature off - I don't know. The thing is kind of no frills but it plays all the sources I can't access with my traditional stereo and the sound quality is fine. I'm happy with my purchase.
Pros:
Easily integrates with traditional stereo unit
Cons:
It seems like this technology should be cheaper - but it's not.
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2 out of 5

I Guess There's a Reason It's the Price It Is

Written By Joe, East Haddam, CT on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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I'm still tying to work through the complicated set-up process and get the home network to work properly with the device. The instructions are poorly written and assume you already know what you are doing. The displays don't match the instructions. The connection to the network and internet are occasional at best. It tends to reset and forget each time it is powered down. I wonder if the results are worth the effort. The gain of the output is totally variable depending of source so selecting internet radio stations or network sources is potentially deafening. Not a very sophisticated device in general for the cost. Even for the price.
Pros:
It works, sort of.
Cons:
It's a real pain to set-up, maintain and operate. Pleasure becomes pain quickly.
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5 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Thomas711F, Detroit, MI on Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Great product for what I wanted. This is a very easy product to interface with about any system. Sound quality and design very concise and to the point, what I would define as a no-nonsense type of player, you get exactly what's described in a very usable package.
Pros:
Easy setup and integration, good quality and design
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By kauai82, Chino Hills, Ca. on Monday, April 08, 2013
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Very good sounding unit and easy to set up on my network . I got this unit on sale for $299 which is a great price. Very good interface. The Airplay works great with iTunes and my iPhone -iPad. You can also use other Media Players such as Media Monkey and best for me the unit can play High resolution 24 bit , 96,000 FLAC files which sound fantastic through the Denon. I am very happy that I bought the unit.
Pros:
Great sounding unit. Very easy to use once you get the hang of the interface. Plays many different music file formats. Great sale price.
Cons:
Wish it had a headphone jack.
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5 out of 5

Great as always!

Written By Willy, Chicago on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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The denon is great and having wifi makes it much better than the others. I have compared the Cambridge , the marantz and found the from to be as good or better. The dac in the marantz is weak and the interface of the Cambridge is outdated! Of corse you can't go wrong at all for 300 bucks! Nothing needs to be said about Crutchfield , service support pricing it doesn't get any better!
Pros:
Price wifi airplay interface
Cons:
Needs quality headphone out with volume no Bluetooth? If that's a real issue?
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound

Written By DanS, Charleston, SC on Sunday, April 07, 2013
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I should start by saying that there was initially an issue with the player "out of the box". It was able to detect and connect to my wireless network easily enough, but then refused to take my Pandora password. I tried several times, and double checked my password, but to no avail. I called Crutchfield tech support and the fellow I spoke with was stumped also. He finally said that he would contact Denon and get back to me. He called back about 5 or 10 minutes later and said that Denon recognized the problem, and that they suggested a firmware update. He walked me through the process, and asked me to get back to him as it would take 30 minutes or so. After the update was complete, the unit took the password and Pandora connection was accomplished easily. Crutchfield tech support is truly excellent! Now, to the unit itself. I use it for Pandora exclusively, and I must say that the sound quality is excellent. It's connected to my eight year-old Denon receiver via the stereo TV inputs as these were the only ones that were not already in use. Connnected in this way, the Pandora sound is superior to what I get from my Oppo Blu-ray player with its optical connection. The other advantage is that I don't need to keep my TV on in order to see what's playing. This really is an excellent unit, and I recommend it highly.
Pros:
Terrific Pandora sound. Compact size. User-friendly.
Cons:
Pandora password glitch was a problem at first, but was easily remedied thanks to Crutchfield tech support.
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4 out of 5

DNP-720AE

Written By Anonymous, Rhode Island on Friday, April 05, 2013
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This was my first experience with a network player and I am very happy with it. The unit was easy to setup and has great sound quality, no problems running on my wireless network.
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2 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By Anonymous, Texas on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Not sure yet. I have a good router and my tablets all work fine but its not enough signal for it to connect. Says it has 55% but still not enough. It's in and out. Going to relocate my router to plug directly into it. Hopefully this helps
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5 out of 5

Product. Review

Written By Cubarry, Reisterstown, MD on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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Two words , Great product, however you must wire this network audio player for best results.
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5 out of 5

Denon internet music player

Written By jimg, Alamosa, CO on Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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I had to post a review as I have tried the Grace Internet Audio Tuner and a Denon home theater receiver in the past. I just couldn't get the Grace unit to stream music from my Mac. The Denon home theater receiver was just too complicated for myself and my family. Couldn't get it to work correctly either. Now the good part: This unit is terrific. Everything works as promised. Really good sound for this non-audiophile. Most importantly the user interface is intuitive, so much so that this 57 year-old tech-geek could use it easily. What a pleasure! If you have a Mac environment you don't need to look any further. Streams form Itunes without a hitch. Internet radio works great. When I plugged my Ipod Nano 7h generation into the front port, wow!, it sounded much better than the Yamaha YDS-12 dock I had hooked up to my S700 Yamaha receiver. Just terrific!
Pros:
Ease of use, reliability (with wired ethernet connection), sound quality.
Cons:
Can't think of any
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5 out of 5

I LOVE my new Denon network media player!

Written By Don, Seattle on Monday, January 07, 2013
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This is a welcomed addition to my component stereo system. It has excellent sound quality and works seamlessly with AirPlay and my iMac via wifi. Installation was a simple plug and play and only took a few minutes. Connecting it with the iMac and iTunes took only one click.

I deliberated over whether to buy this unit or a new receiver with AirPlay, but I couldn't find a receiver that I liked better than my existing component system. I also didn't like the Sonos stuff. The Denon network media player has turned out to be a excellent choice. I am very happy with this unit, including the sound quality, connectivity, ease of use, and integration with my existing components. With speakers in several rooms, I had the whole house rocking to TNT and other classics in no time, without interruption - and with excellent sound quality.

My wife and daughter also tried it with their iPhones and MacBooks and it connected and played perfectly. Haven't yet tried using it for internet or broadcast radio since all my favorites are stored in my extensive iTunes library.

Would I recommend this unit? ABSOLUTELY!
Pros:
Fast, easy set-up. COMPATIBILITY with existing stereo components. EXCELLENT sound quality. AIRPLAY & ITUNES easy easy easy.
Cons:
Haven't yet figured out how to use the Denon iPhone app or remote control.
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5 out of 5

Wow - awesome!

Written By Mark A, New Hyde Park, NY on Saturday, July 28, 2012
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easy to connect, easy to set up, and oohh what fun. excellent build quality and sound quality. it seems there is an unlimited amount of content available to this device. i could not be more pleased with deciding to add this to my system. i was a little skittish about setting this up and how it would connect to the router etc - no problem, as it was up and running and connected, wirelessly, to our home network in approx 5 mins. i love this gizmo! plus free shipping, delivered in two days, and double boxed too. another better than perfect transaction with crutchfield! thanks guys...
Pros:
easy to set up and a heck of a lot of fun. unlimited content, great sound quality. great display - that's clear, informative, and easy to read.
Cons:
none really.
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5 out of 5

Great update for older equipment!

Written By John W., Lincoln.NE on Monday, February 20, 2012
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I had been looking for a decent network player for awhile, until I saw this well-designed unit from Denon. It works very well with my older (80's) receiver. The unit is easy to set up, and has several other output options, as well as the older RCA-style jacks. The front-mounted USB port is a thoughtful touch, and the display screen is easy to read. The sound quality is excellent, even with a wireless connection. Another plus is that the unit has a internal power transformer...no ugly wall-wart! Overall, a great unit for serious music lovers!
Pros:
Set-up, good design,sound quality
Cons:
A little bit pricey for some, but the quality is worth the price.
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4 out of 5

Denon DNP-720AE

Written By beeper, springfield ,oh on Friday, January 27, 2012
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easy set up,sounds great.
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5 out of 5

Excellent network player

Written By Thomas P, Marin, CA on Sunday, December 11, 2011
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I have been a loyal Denon fan for many years. I have many multi channel home theatre amps that have always performed great! This component is no exception. On board DAC is very good quality. Way better than airport express and other network players I have used. Sound quality is very good. Plug and play operation, no configuring or messing around to link up with network. Just works right out of the box. I plugged direct cat 5 into the unit and into switch port on router. Power up and select wired network from the menu and your good to go. Streams Itunes library, iphone, rhapsody, pandora, etc with ease! Full menu functions available through my universal remote app unlike other players limited features. A great component and upgrade to our system. We love the capability to stream music from any computer, ipad, iphone, or library in the house. Very nice.
Pros:
Ease of use and setup. Very simple and quick setup, took 5 min to be up and running.
Cons:
The price. Denon can do way better on the price for this unit! It is of very good quality but priced a bit high in my opinion.
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Does this device support spotify? [ Jacque  Mar 24, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • don't know what spottify is, but if this is the internet receiver, it is too difficult to program. Even Crutghfield advisor could not figure it out. returned it, IF IT IS THE INTERNET RECEIVER. [ BOB   Mar 24, 2014 ]
  • I returned the unit - it was defective - but as I recall there was no Spotify support. [ KEITH   Mar 24, 2014 ]
  • Jacque: I really can't answer; I no longer have the unit. [ JAMES   Mar 24, 2014 ]
  • No. Just Pandora, Napster and Rhapsody. [ BENJAMIN   Mar 24, 2014 ]
  • I'm not sure. I use Pandora on it. But the device loses its internet connection frequently, which requires a hard boot. I'm not too happy with it, but there's not many options at this price point if you want third party control integration. Denon hasn't been much help either. If you aren't worried about third party control, then I'd pick another device. [ JACOB R   Mar 24, 2014 ]
does the AM/FM tuner output via the digital audio output? [ KMM0000  Mar 10, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • no [ MARK   Mar 12, 2014 ]
  • I do not have a definative answer to that question but I would guess that it should. [ CHRIS   Mar 11, 2014 ]
  • I do not believe so [ WILLIAM E.   Mar 11, 2014 ]
Does this support Pandora One subscriptions? Newer Denon Receivers support Android. Does this device support Android Apps? [ Charlie  Dec 29, 2013 ]
4 answers
  • Sorry this was in my spam folder, yes it does support Pandora 1 [ MICHAEL   Feb 26, 2014 ]
  • Pandora works well. I don't have Android. [ CHRIS   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes for pandora Yes for android [ CHRISTOPHER   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • Don't know about Android apps but the Denon works fine with my Pandora One subscription. [ BRYAN D   Dec 30, 2013 ]
i dont have any Apple products is it still a good product for listening to Internet stations? [ Robert  Dec 20, 2013 ]
16 answers
  • Denon DNP-720AE is this unit can recieve wifi WIRELESS N FROM MY THE ROUTER [ RAMRUT   Feb 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes; I use it for Pandora and the sound is excellent. [ JOHN   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • This is a very good product for listening to internet stations. The selection is vast, it works great, and it sounds good. One important point: Do NOT, I repeat NOT, get the firmware upgrade under any circumstances! I usually do get firmware updates for electronics, but when I tried to download and install the update on this Denon, the installation stalled and turned the item into a brick! Crutchfield had to exchange it for a new one - there was no way to fix it. But other than that, I love this product. [ JOHN L   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • No Apple here either. The Denon is fine for internet radio, although I don't use it a lot for that. I have been listening to something called "181.fm" lately, mostly for Christmas music, and it sounds real nice. I don't know where it is and I've never checked the bit rate, but it sounds good to me. [ JAMES   Dec 22, 2013 ]
  • I bought this in May 2013. It's a high quality internet radio. I love it. No need to hook up laptop to the system. Highly recommended. [ JERRY   Dec 22, 2013 ]
  • Robert: Having Apple products or any computer has nothing to do with the Denon. It will depend on the download speed of your internet provider. I have TWC Road Runner turbo 20mbps with the router two rooms removed from the denon receiver and have no problems. There are only 3 presets for stations. Pandora is already programed in and does not need a preset. jw [ JAMES W   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • Yes, I listen to loads of Internet Radio using the DNP-720AE. Does not matter if you have Apple products, Internet Radio is separate from Apple / iTunes. [ MICHAEL R   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • Hi Robert, This is a great unit! If you don't have apple applications, you can still access a variety of internet music sources such as PANDORA. I have it connected to my vintage SANSUI receiver and it sounds great -- Just one thing -- if you are connecting it wirelesly you need a strong wi-fi signal. I ended up having to buy a wi-fi signal extender. Hope this helps! Paulo [ PAULO   Dec 21, 2013 ]
  • Absolutely, all you need is an internet connection, wired or wireless. I use wireless and it works fine provided you have good download speeds. It is a great product and I recommend it highly. It also will notify you when you need to do software updates and it does them automatically. [ MARK   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Yes, it is very good for listening to internet stations. The tuner organizes them by geographic location (ie by city) then you scroll through the list to find the one you want. I've only browsed stations at the receiver since I need to look at the display to choose one. It finds a whole lot of stations, so you'll probably find what you want. I use a wired internet connection and have no bandwidth problems, so I cannot comment on wireless connection. Also, for non-Apple products, any PC with iTunes on your network will also be able to play to the tuner. If you can stand using iTunes, it's a pretty cool feature. [ CHRISTOPHER   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Robert I don't have any Apple products either. When I first received my Denon DNP-720AE, I unplugged my ethernet cable from my computer and plugged it into the Denon. After a short setup, it played internet stations beautifully. The search and organization was well done, not needing instructions to work my way through. That is not my primary use, but I did all that to make sure it worked. [ PHILLIP J   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • All you need is to connect it to your home computer network with an internet connection and you will get thousands of stations from all over the world [ WILLIAM E.   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • It's an excellent platform for internet and online listening (e.g. Pandora). My only complaint is that the device periodically looses the wifi connection which requires you to re-establish the connection. Denon does provide firmware upgrades intermittently that helps the user interface experience. [ RON   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • Yes! We have only used the iPod functions a couple of times. We use this for rhapsody primarily, but tuning in stations from around the world has been a great feature during gatherings. Setting this up was effortless and we have had no complaints. One other nice feature is the built in fm/am tuner, works exceptionally well and seems to have a nice range. [ THOMAS   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • I have not been totally pleased. I mainly use it for apple devices. No experience with internet stations. [ GORDON   Dec 20, 2013 ]
  • absolutely, in fact I most likely use my Denon-720AE more frequently for internet radio than for iTunes over air-play. The unit also works well with any network media server or network storage drive. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT E   Dec 20, 2013 ]

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