Make great-sounding cassette recordings every time with the Denon DRM-555. It's got Dolby B and C noise reduction to combat tape hiss, plus Dolby HX Pro, which lets you make louder, more dynamic recordings without distortion. The manual bias adjustment control lets you fine-tune your recordings to get the best possible sound from whatever type of blank tape you're using.

Denon has also loaded this deck with convenience features, like auto-reverse playback and recording. Its handy music search system lets you easily skip forward or backward to the beginnings of tracks. And if you hear something on a tape that you want to return to later, just press the "Memory" button — the DRM-555 will remember this spot on the tape and let you rewind or fast-forward back to it with the press of a button. You also get easy CD synchro recording when you use this deck with compatible Denon CD players.


  • auto-reverse play/record
  • Dolby B and C noise reduction
  • Dolby HX Pro
  • full-logic controls
  • music search
  • memory function
  • manual bias adjustment control
  • CD synchro record
  • switchable MPX filter for recording FM
  • record mute
  • display dimmer
  • headphone output with volume control
  • frequency response (±3dB) 20-17,000 Hz — metal tape
  • signal-to-noise ratio 74 dB (Dolby C)
  • wow and flutter 0.08%
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-5/16"H x 9-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year

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The best tape player ever

Written By Paul, Markle, IN on Friday, January 20, 2006

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Nice, very nice. Even if it does not come with a remote you can use most of your remotes that come with your receiver. Nice frequency response (±3dB) 20-17,000 Hz for metal tapes. Would like the have it half repeat side 1 and 2 and then stop.
I use it to play all my old tames and they play great.

Denon DRM-555

Written By Douglas, Albany, NY on Wednesday, March 09, 2005

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If, like me, you have a large collection of cassette tapes and need a deck that will bring out the best in them, this deck is an excellent choice. In fact, if you want a **single-well** deck it is just about the only game in town unless you buy second hand. You don't need a double well if you don't plan to dub tape to tape - to back up your tapes, my advice would be to dub onto CDRs. In principle, a single well should give better sound quality per $ spent compared with a double (although, surprisingly, the quoted specs are identical for the equally priced Denon single and double well units). What sold me on the single (DRM-555) is that the controls are nicely laid out: the front panel is uncluttered and not overloaded with buttons and features that I don't need. It is easy to use. The electronic counter zeros itself when you open the cassette door, which is a useful feature. It doesn't come with a remote, but I was pleased to find that it can be controlled by the remote for my Denon HT receiver.

Strengths: Excellent sound quality, easy to use, looks good, can be controlled by remotes supplied with Denon recievers.

Weaknesses: The only negative I can think of is that some of the knobs and buttons on the front panel seem less robust than I would have expected from Denon - they work OK but feel a tad flimsy.

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What's in the box?

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  • Single-well cassette deck with attached 6 foot AC power cord
  • Two 40" RCA stereo patch cables
  • One 40" male mono-to-male mono RCA patch cable
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty information sheet
  • Warranty Registration card

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Inputs and Outputs


Music Search System: This feature detects blank sections (lasting for at least 4 seconds) between tracks in order to locate the beginning of a track in the forward or reverse direction.

Automatic Tape Selection (ATS): Automatically sets the appropriate equalization characteristics and bias current for the type of tape you're using.

Synchronized Recording Function: Synchronized recording can be performed when this cassette deck is used in combination with a Denon CD player that also has a synchronized recording function.  The Synchro jack consists of a single female connection on the back panel (male mono-to-male mono RCA connector cable is included).

Input Level Control: This knob allows you to adjust the recording input level in both channels.

Bias Fine Control: This control is used to fine-adjust the bias.  Standard bias is obtained at the center position.

Timer Switch: This switch is provided for use with an optional audio timer, to allow time-shift recording or playback.

Reverse Mode Switch: This feature allows you to listen to only one side of the cassette, or listen to repeat playback of both sides.

Counter Memory Button: This features allows you to automatically stop a fast-forwarding or rewinding cassette at the "0000" position.

Peak Level Meter: This feature in the display area indicates the recording and playback levels for the left and right channels

Dimmer Adjustment: This cassette deck allows you to adjust the brightness of the display in seven steps (brightness levels).

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel:

  • Headphone input: standard 1/4" gold-plated headphone jack with level control

Rear Panel:

  • RCA input: gold-plated stereo RCA line inputs

  • RCA output: gold-plated stereo RCA line outputs

  • Synchro jack: mono input connection

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