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Denon DCD-800NE

Single-disc CD player with front-panel USB

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Overview

Our take on the Denon DCD-800NE

A CD player should have quality components and solid build quality, so your discs always sound their best. The Denon DCD800NE features a high-performance Burr Brown digital-to-analog converter and AL32 Processing Plus digital filter for smooth, detailed playback. A vibration-resistant chassis and precise DAC Master Clock design work to eliminate digital jitter. 

Pristine CD sound

A CD player should have quality components and solid build quality, so your discs always sound their best. The Denon DCD800NE features a high-performance Burr Brown digital-to-analog converter and AL32 Processing Plus digital filter for smooth, detailed playback. A vibration-resistant chassis and precise DAC Master Clock design work to eliminate digital jitter. 

Convenient connections

On the front of the DCD800NE, there's a USB Type A input for connecting a USB flash drive (not compatible iPod®, iPad®, iPhone®, or computer). On the back, you'll find a gold-plated stereo analog RCA output, alongside optical and coaxial digital outputs. And there's a remote control input/output that expands control of compatible receivers and amps.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs plus MP3, WMA, and AAC CDs
  • high-performance 32-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown PCM1795 digital-to-analog converter
  • advanced circuitry design for clean, transparent sound reproduction
  • AL32 Processing Plus digital filter for smooth, detailed playback
  • precise DAC Master Clock design suppresses jitter
  • Pure Direct Mode bypasses processing
  • vibration-resistant design
  • remote control included
Performance Specifications:
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 115 dB
  • frequency response: 2-50,000 Hz (-3dB)
  • total harmonic distortion: 0.002%
  • dynamic range: 101 dB
Connections:
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • front-panel USB input (Type A) for USB flash drive
    • compatible with high-res audio files, including FLAC and WAV up to 32-bit/192kHz and DSD up to 5.6MHz
  • gold-plated stereo analog RCA output
  • remote control input/output (for use with compatible receivers and amps)
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What's in the Box:

  • CD player
  • Remote control (RC-1223)
  • Two "AAA" batteries
  • 47" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Information
  • Safety Instructions
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Features

Disc Compatibility: The Denon DCD-800NE plays music CDs and can also play data CDs, including CD-R and CD-RW discs with MP3 and WMA audio tracks (48-320kbps; 32/44.1/48kHz in ISO9660). The player can recognize up to 256 folders and 512 files. The unit will also supports ID3-tag and WMA-tag data for the display of song/artist/album information from MP3 and WMA music files.

Ultra-Precision 32-Bit/192kHz DAC: The DCD-800NE utilizes a Burr Brown 32-bit/192kHz DAC (PCM1795) for a high degree of precision, to bring you the best sound quality possible with wide dynamic range, extremely low noise, and no distortion.

Advanced AL32 Processing Plus: The DCD-800NE is equipped with Advanced AL32 Processing Plus, the latest in analog waveform reproduction technology from Denon. Advanced AL32 Processing Plus utilizes data interpolation algorithms, which support high-resolution audio sources. The algorithms add in the points that should exist before and after large quantities of data, smoothing out the waveform and restoring information that was lost during the digital recording. The resulting playback is highly detailed, free of interference, richly expressive in the lower range and beautifully faithful to the original sound - so you can listen to to your music as the artist intended.

DAC Master Clock Circuit Design: To accurately synchronize digital circuits, the DCD-800NE is built with a DAC Master Clock design that treats the DAC as the master when clock signals are supplied. Crafted with exceptional quality, the master clock is immediately adjacent to the DAC, which suppresses jitter and ensures optimal precision in D/A conversion. It serves as the reference for semiconductor operation and optimizes digital audio circuitry.

Circuitry With Minimized Signal Paths: The circuit patterns in the DCD-800NE are thoughtfully engineered to make signal paths as short as possible. With shorter circuits, the interference between circuits and left and right channels is reduced, and the adverse influences on audio signals are minimized. As a result, the circuit paths in the DCD-800NE reproduces sound that's clean, highly transparent and faithful to the original recording.

Vibration-Resistant Design: The DCD-N800NE's vibration-resistant design reduces the adverse audio effects of heavy components within amplifiers so that sound quality meets Denon standards. Power transformers are fitted near the bottom of DCD-800NE and immediately above the insulators to prevent unwanted vibration. By lowering the transformer, the vibration surrounding the chassis is reduced, resulting in pristine sound.

Pure Direct Mode: Listen with Pure Direct Mode on the DCD-800NE. Pure Direct Mode feeds sound directly to the connected receiver or amplifier, bypassing any processing that might otherwise color the signal. What you hear is clean, detailed, accurate sound. In Pure Direct mode, the display turns off and digital audio output stops. This reduces the source of noise that can adversely affect sound quality, enabling high quality playback.

Front-Panel USB Port: The DCD-800NE is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as a USB thumbdrive or portable HDD (a portable hard disk drive will require an external power supply). Compatible USB storage devices must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 (a FAT16 device can have up to 2GB of storage, while a FAT32 device can have up to 2TB of storage). The unit can recognize up to 255 folders/65,025 files. You can use the network audio player's remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. Song/artist information will display the players front-panel LCD. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the network audio player's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.

Resolution Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bits Extension
Hi-Res WAV (PCM) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .wav
FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) .flac
AIFF .aif/.aiff
ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz .m4A
DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz 1-bit .dsf/.dff
Compressed MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-320 kbps .mp3
WMA (Windows Media Audio) .wma
AAC (MPEG-4) .aac/.m4a
Note: The player's USB port is not compatible with Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android OS devices, USB hubs, and computers.

Analog & Digital Outputs: The Denon DCD-800NE is outfitted with both analog and digital audio outputs to connect to your AV receiver, stereo receiver, preamplifier, or integrated amplifier. There is one analog stereo RCA output, one optical (toslink) digital output, and one coaxial (RCA) digital output.

Front-Panel & Remote Control: The supplied IR remote control features an ergonomically-designed layout that includes a cursor keypad, number keypad and dedicated function buttons such as random, repeat, info and program. There are also push-button controls on the front-panel of the CD player to operate Power, Eject, Play/Pause, Stop, and Previous/Next Track.

  • Program Playback: From the remote control you can program up to 25 tracks for playback.
  • Direct Search: You can enter a song track or music file directly using the remote's numeric keypad.

Front-Panel Display: The front-panel display indicates the disc's or USB device's total tracks and total time, as well as the track number and track time, and the song title, artist name and album name (depending on the source format), along with icons for random mode, repeat 1 and repeat all modes, and a folder icon for data discs. The dimmer function features 3 levels of display brightness, adjustable via the remote control

Auto-Standby: If there is no input signal or operation for approximately 30 minutes, the Denon CD player will automatically go into Standby mode.

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specs looked really good in this price range & 32 bit DAC. [ Paul  Nov 26, 2018 ]

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