Overview: The Denon S-52 Wireless Network CD music System features a
built-in CD player, AM/FM tuner, HD radio, and iPod dock. The system also
features an Ethernet jack and wireless LAN antenna so you can listen to
your music files stored in your PC or Mac wirelessly as well as listen to your
internet radio wirelessly. In addition, the unit is XM ready and features an
auxiliary input, USB port and headphone jack on its front-panel.
Amplifier and Speakers: The Denon S-52 features a pair of full-range
2.5" front-firing drivers and a pair of 3" down-firing woofers powered by a built-in 10 watt x 2-channel amplifier. The S-52 features
the following two audio technologies to produce excellent sound quality from a
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ is a technology that
automatically corrects the tonal balance of an audio system when the volume
is changed. It is based on psychoacoustic research that better match to
human perception than other loudness compensation. The tonal balance is
adjusted continuously with variation in both program material and volume
- Audyssey BassXT: Audyssey BassXt is a solution to extend bass
performance to lower frequencies without increasing cabinet size, driver
size or weight. BassXT actively monitors the incoming low frequency signal
and drives woofers to there maximum capability at all volumes, thereby
producing deep bass at all volume levels. This allows the woofer to play low
bass content when it can and protects it only for the few time when it
can't. It is not like simple bass boost or tone control as the system is
fully customized for the individual speakers used in the system by DSP
processing and works in real time.
CD Player: The Denon S-52 features a front-loading single-slot CD
player that supports CD-Audio, CD-R and CD-RW discs.
It can also playback MP3 and WMA files stored on CD-R and CD-RW. The
built-in CD player
MP3/WMA Playback: The S-52 can play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto
CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 level 1 format. MP3 files should be recorded
between 32 and 320 kbps (128 kbps recommended), and WMA files at 64 to 192 kbps.
The unit also supports ID3-Tag (Ver. 2 and 3) standards or META tags for
displaying your MP3 and WMA song/album/artist information. The S-52 will support
up to 1000 files and 255 folders.
iPod Dock: The Denon S-52 is equipped with an iPod dock under a
fold-up door on the top-panel of the unit. The unit comes supplied with three
iPod dock adapters that support the iPod mini, iPod Photo (20/30GB) and iPod
Photo (60GB). The S-52 also supports the iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano
(1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation) and iPod touch (1st/2nd generation), as well as the
when used with the dock adapters supplied with the iPod. You can control your
iPod from the Denon S-52 or from its supplied remote control. Your iPod's
controls also remain fully functional. Your iPod will charge when docked to the
USB Input: A mass storage device can be connected to the
front panel USB input to play MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4 AAC and FLAC files. The S-52
is compatible with mass storage devices in the FAT16 and FAT32 formats.
Network Audio: The Denon S-52 is equipped with an Ethernet port and
WiFi (WLAN) antenna that lets you build a network environment (either hardwire
or wireless). This unit offers the following PC network functions.
- Music Server: This function lets you play music files
and playlists (MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, and FLAC) stored on your computer (music
server) connected to the S-52 via a network. With the S-52's network audio
playback function, connection to the server is possible using on of the
following technologies - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or
Windows Media DRM10.
To connect the Denon S-52 to your DLNA-compatible home network you need to
install TwonkyMedia software to your PC. Twonky Vision is a software program
needed to manage your iTunes database and can be downloaded from
www.twonkyvision.com for a one
time fee of $29.99. Currently Denon is providing a 30-day free trial of
TwonkyVision Media Server.
- Internet Radio: Internet radio refers to radio
broadcast distributed over the Internet. Internet radio stations from around
the world can be tuned in. The S-52's Internet radio station list is created
using a radio station database service (vTuner). This database service
provides a list edited and created for the Denon S-52 system. The Denon S-52
is equipped with the following Internet radio functions:
- Internet radio stations in MP3 and WMA format can be listened to.
- Stations can be selected by genre and region.
- Your favorite radio stations can be registered by accessing an
exclusive Denon Internet radio URL from a Web browser on your computer.
This function is managed for individual users, so you must provide your
MAC or e-mail address. Exclusive URL:
- Rhapsody: Rhapsody is a paid online music broadcast service of
RealNetworks. The Denon S-52 comes with a 30-day free trial offer for
Rhapsody internet music programming which gives you unlimited access to
millions of full-length songs online.
Note: A computer with the following
specifications is required to use the Network feature: Operating
Systems include Windows XP Service Pack2 or Windows Vista, Installed
Software includes .Net Framework 1.1 and Windows Media Connect
(Windows XP)/Windows Media Player ver. Internet Browser needs to be
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later, a LAN port is needed
along with 300 MB or more free disk space.
AM/FM Tuner: The receiver features an AM/FM tuner which
allows you to preset up to 56 radio stations (8 stations each in 7 separate
banks). AM and FM stations can be preset automatically or manually.
HD Radio: The Denon S-52 feature a built-in HD Radio
receiver. HD radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM
broadcasts. HD FM stations sound as great as CD quality while HD AM sounds a
rich as analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and
select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs.
Favorites: Your favorite Internet radio stations, PC Music and
broadcast stations can be registered in your favorites so that you can tune them
in easily. Up to 50 stations can be registered.
XM Ready: The S-52 is an XM Ready system. You can receive XM Satellite
Radio by connecting to the XM Mini-Tuner (220CNP2000) and Home Dock (220CNP2H
includes home antenna, all sold separately) and subscribing to the XM service.
Auxiliary Input: If you don't own an iPod, you can use the front panel
portable auxiliary 3.5mm input to play music from your portable audio player. An
optional stereo mini cable is required to connect your portable unit to the
Headphone Output: The unit is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm
headphone output jack for connecting an optional set of headphones. Connecting a
set of headphones will mute the unit's speakers.
Subwoofer Output: The S-52 features a mono-RCA output on its rear
panel for connecting a powered subwoofer.
Remote Control: In addition to the unit's top-mounted controls, the
Denon S-52 comes supplied with a full-function IR wireless remote control with a
range of approximately 23 feet at an angle of 30-degrees left to right of the
Dimmer: The unit's backlit
LCD display features three brightness levels to choose from - Bright, Medium,
Sleep Timer: The unit features a sleep timer that can automatically
turn the system off after 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Alarm: The unit features two independent Alarms (1 & 2). You can set
the alarm time, source and volume for each Alarm mode. The unit's Alarm features
a Snooze function which shuts off the alarm for approximately 5 minutes before
Personal Memory Plus Function: This function sets the settings last
selected for the individual inputs sources. When you switch to an input source,
the settings are automatically set to the ones that were set the last time that
input source was used.
Last Function Memory: This feature stores the settings as they were
directly before the standby mode was activated. When the power is turned back
on, the settings are restored to as they were directly before the standby mode
Back-Up Memory: The various settings of the unit are backed up for
approximately one week even if the power is turned off or the power cord is
Future Connections: The unit features an Remote Jack Control 3.5mm
jack and a proprietary Option Connector on the rear panel to be used in the
future for additional functions.