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Denon D-M39S

CD/FM micro desktop stereo system

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This compact music system is perfect for high-quality listening in your den, bedroom, or office. Denon's D-M39S delivers surprisingly warm, spacious, and detailed sound from CDs, FM radio stations, and your iPod® or iPhone®. It also features Denon's "simple and straight" design concept — short signal paths that preserve signal purity and reduce distortion for clean, accurate audio reproduction.

Desktop dynamo

This compact music system is perfect for high-quality listening in your den, bedroom, or office. Denon's D-M39S delivers surprisingly warm, spacious, and detailed sound from CDs, FM radio stations, and your iPod® or iPhone®. It also features Denon's "simple and straight" design concept — short signal paths that preserve signal purity and reduce distortion for clean, accurate audio reproduction.

DM39S with iPod

Lots of listening options, and better sound from your iPod

The D-M39S's built in FM tuner features 40 presets for your favorite stations. The built-in disc player handles standard music CDs, as well as home-burned MP3 and WMA discs. The front-panel USB port means you can plug in your iPod or iPhone® using the cable supplied with your player, and control it using the Denon remote. This direct connection also bypasses the iPod's internal digital-to-analog converter (DAC). That means you'll be sending music signals digitally to the D-M39S's audiophile-quality DACs for richer, more detailed sound. You can also plug a thumb drive into the USB port and enjoy your favorite tunes that way. And with two auxiliary inputs, one analog RCA and one optical digital, you can connect additional components like a DVD player, game system, or the digital audio output from a TV to get better sound.

DM39S system speakers

Small speakers, big sound

Speakers are the weak link for most shelf systems, but not the D-M39S. Each cabinet boasts an ultra-stiff dual-layer woofer that resists flexing to give you deep, accurate bass and clean midrange free of coloration. Soft dome tweeters supply smooth, silky highs with plenty of detail and clarity. You can listen for hours without fatigue. Denon even includes acoustic foam plugs that let you customize each speaker's response to compensate for room placement. Both the speakers and the component block sport large terminals to accommodate audiophile-grade speaker wire, so you can upgrade the wire that comes with the system if you choose.


Unexpectedly wonderful sound for a mini stereo system

Anonymous, New York

What's in the Box:

  • RCD-M39 FM/CD component block
  • Two SC-M39 bookshelf speakers
  • 2 Grilles (attached)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-1162)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM wire antenna
  • 2 Foam port inserts
  • Two lengths of 6.5' speaker wire (bare speaker wire on each end)
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • CD Receiver Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • "Getting Started" booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Speaker Owner's Manual
  • Denon Service Network List
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Extended Protection Plan offer

Product Highlights:

  • front-loading single-CD player
  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs, MP3 & WMA CDs
  • front-panel USB input allows direct connection for iPod®/iPhone® music listening (bypasses player's internal digital-to-analog converter for better sound)
  • FM stereo tuner with 40 presets
  • built-in clock with alarm and sleep timer function
  • 30 watts x 2 into 6 ohms (1 kHz) at 10% THD
  • minijack headphone output
  • optical (Toslink) digital input for connecting a TV or other digital devices with optical digital audio output
  • RCA analog audio inputs
  • mono output for optional powered subwoofer
  • 2-way speakers with 4-3/4" woofers and 1" soft dome tweeters
  • binding post connectors on speakers and component block
  • uses only 0.3 W of power in standby mode
  • remote control (operates D-M39 and USB connected iPod/iPhone)
  • component block: 8-5/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 13-1/16"D
  • speakers: 5-3/4"W x 9-3/8"H x 9-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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HiFi Component System
Bookshelf Speakers
Remote Control
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HiFi Component System

30W + 30W Amplifier w/ Robust Power Circuit: The Denon D-M39S is equipped with a 30 watt x 2-channel high power amplifier for serious HiFi quality sound. The Denon D-M39S is also equipped with robust power supplies that feature dual power transformers to provide a stable supply of electric current, resulting in lower impedance handling and greater power output.

32-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Denon D-M39S HiFi Component System employs high-precision 32-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converters to reproduce high-definition sound.

Simple & Straight Circuit Design: The Denon D-M39S gives you high quality sound based on the "Simple & Straight" concept. Circuitry is uncomplicated, signal paths are short, and all adverse influences on sound quality have been minimized. The circuit design and the way the chassis is built ensure the sound you hear is faithful to the original performance.

Triple Noise Reduction Design (T.N.R.D): In most electronic audio component, various circuits, boards, and wire layouts can influence each other and cause noise in your system. Denon eliminates these three sources of noise to ensure that the sound is as clean as possible.

  • Short signal paths, to optimize sound quality and minimize noise
  • Thorough separation of digital and analog sections
  • Precision signal ground circuit, to preserve signal purity

FM Tuner: The D-M39S features a built-in FM tuner and comes supplied with an FM wire antenna. The built-in FM tuner supports up to 40 station presets in any combination. You can manually tune your presets or have the unit automatically select your presets using the area's strongest stations. You can label each preset station with an 8 character name.

Note: There is no AM tuner.

CD Player: The Denon D-M39S features a front-loading, single tray CD player that supports playback of CD-Audio & CD-Text discs. The D-M39S also supports playback of MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (64-192 kbps) files recorded on CD-R and CD-RW discs in ISO 9660 level 1. The unit can support a maximum of 255 files and 255 folders. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.1x, 2.x) information so title, artist and album names can be displayed.

Note: This unit supports both 12cm and 8cm CD discs.

USB Port: The Denon D-M39S is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for easy, direct connection of a USB mass storage class (MSC) device. The front-panel USB port supports playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps) and WMA (64-192 kbps) audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT 32 onto a USB mass storage device. The unit can recognize up to 255 folders and 255 files per folder. When a USB device is connected, playback will start automatically. You can control basic operations (Play, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, Repeat, and Random) of your connected USB device. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.1x, 2.x) information so title, artist and album names can be displayed. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (max. 1A); even in standby mode.

Note: USB memory devices will not work via a USB hub. It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the unit's USB port using a USB cable.

iPod Direct: The unit's front-panel USB (type-A) port can also be used to directly connect your Apple iPod or iPhone. You can listen to music files from your iPod/iPhone by simply connecting the iPod/iPhone to the D-M39S's front-panel USB port using the USB/Dock cable that came with your Apple iPod/iPhone. The Denon D-M39S supports audio playback, music navigation, information display, and charging of select iPod/iPhones. The system's direct play function automatically detects the iPod/iPhone connection, and starts playback from the last track you listened to. The connection features digital audio signal handling, which routes the digital signal to the D-M39S's 32-bit/192kHz audiophile quality D/A converters for optimum fidelity. You can choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone from the D-M39S's remote control or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel/touchscreen. The Denon D-M39S is Made for iPod/iPhone compatible and support the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 8/8/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
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 1.1 PC 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 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.1.1 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 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N
2 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y N

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Playback Controls: The Denon D-M39S features Repeat (Single/All/Folder), Random (All), and Program (up to 25 tracks) playback, as well as direct track/folder access (using remote control).

Note: Program playback is not possible with MP3/WMA files or connected Apple devices. Direct track access is not available for iPod/iPhone/iPad.

Audio Adjustments: The Denon D-M39S offers various audio adjustments to tailor the sound to your music taste:

  • Optimizing Filter: An optimizing filter suited specifically for the properties of the included loudspeakers (SC-M39) can be activated.
  • Tone Control: The D-M39S feature separate bass and treble tone controls (-10 to +10dB) for adjusting the tone of the system to your taste.
  • Super Dynamic Bass: The Super Dynamic Bass (SDB) circuit produces powerful bass sound even when the volume of the system is low.
  • Source Direct: The Source Direct feature is provided for turning off the tone control and SDB circuitry to make the system's response naturally flat.

Inputs/Outputs: The Denon D-M39S is fitted an analog audio input (RCA), digital audio input (optical), mono-subwoofer output (RCA), and headphone output (3.5mm).

  • Analog Input: The Denon D-M39S is equipped with a set of rear-panel RCA stereo audio inputs for connecting an external home component audio source.
  • Digital Input: The Denon D-M39S features an optical (toslink) digital input for connection of your TV, satellite/cable box, or Blu-ray/DVD player. The digital input will only accept a 2ch PCM signal (not Dolby Digital/DTS).
  • Speaker Outputs: The Denon D-M39S is fitted with four binding-post speaker terminals that will accept pin-connectors, single-banana plugs, and bar wire (up to 14-gauge).
  • Subwoofer Output: The Denon D-M39S features a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connecting a power subwoofer to the system for additional bass.
  • Headphone Output: The D-M39S is equipped with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone output for private listening. Once a headphone is connected, the system's speakers will automatically mute.

FL Display: The front panel features a two line dot matrix fluorescent display, which provides indications of source and function status. The D-M39S's comprehensive FL display identifies source, music tracks, broadcast stations, and 12-hour clock. The unit's display brightness can be adjusted in four steps: 100%, 70%, 40%, or Off.

Timer: The unit is equipped with a convenient timer function, which can be set up for Once, Daily, and Sleep modes.

  • Everyday Timer: playback starts (the power turns on) and stops (the power turns off) at the set time each day; you can select the timer playback source
  • Once Timer: playback starts (the power turns on) and stops (the power turns off) only once at the set time; you can select the timer playback source
  • Sleep Timer: Use this function to automatically switch the power to the standby mode after as specific amount of time (minutes). The sleep timer can be set up to 90 minutes, in 10 minute increments.

AC Power: The D-M39S is powered by standard household AC current using the supplied 6.5' AC power cord. The power consumption of the unit when in standby is approximately 0.3 watts.

Auto Standby: This unit will automatically enter the standby mode after approximately 30 continuous minutes of stop mode with no operation.

Last Function Memory: This features stores the settings as they were directly before the standby mode was set. When the power is turned back on, the settings are restored to as they were directly before the standby mode was set.

Bookshelf Speakers

Matching Bookshelf Speakers: The Denon D-M39S HiFi Component System includes a matching pair of compact, bookshelf loudspeakers (SC-M37). The D.D.L cone and high definition tweeter with voice coil ventilation prevents the woofer cone and teeter from swelling when the air inside heats up and maintains uniform centering of the diaphragm. Together, with the newly developed crossover network, the speakers reproduce a smooth and natural sound.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The D-M39S includes a pair of two-way bookshelf loudspeakers rated at 6-ohm. Each loudspeaker features 1.0" soft-dome silk tweeter and a 4.75" poly-cone woofer with rubber surround. They have a frequency response of 45Hz to 40kHz. The speakers can handle up to 60 watts RMS and 120 watts Peak.

  • 1.0" Soft-Dome Tweeters: The 1.0" soft-dome tweeters feature extended response to 40 kHz, along with wide dispersion and high power handling thanks to the advanced coil and dome air venting system.
  • 4.75" Woofers: The powerful 4.75" woofers feature Denon's Double Layer convex cone technology, which provides deep bass and clear mid-range free of coloration caused by cone flex distortion, and also features air venting for optimum cooling during extended passages of high volume.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The bookshelf loudspeakers employ a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port for greater efficiency and bass response. Foam port inserts are supplied to seal the cabinet for tighter, more accurate bass. The speakers feature a black wood-grain vinyl finish and a black cloth removable grille.

Binding Post Terminals: Each speaker features two binding post speaker terminals that will accommodate pin-connectors, single banana plugs, and bare wire (up to 14-gauge). The speaker's binding posts are color-coded (red/black) for easy identification between positive and negative.

Multi-Element Crossover Network: The speaker's multi-element crossover network ensures a smooth wide-range tonal balance.

Mounting Options: The bookshelf loudspeakers can be simply placed on a tablet-top, shelf, or stand. The optional PinPoint heavy duty side-grip wall-mounting bracket (121AM41B, sold separately) can be used to wall mount the speakers (the speakers do not feature a keyhole slot or threaded insert).

Remote Control

IR Remote (RC-1162): The Denon D-M39S comes supplied with an easy-to-use IR wireless remote control. The included remote control unit features ergonomically designed buttons, with logical groupings for easy use. The keys of the remote have been laid out so that various media can be easily played both intuitively and visually. The buttons for the main operating sequences, such as Play, Skip, Stop, or Volume Up/Down, have been placed near each other for smooth, quick finger operation.

Note: The remote control has an operating range of 23' at a 30° angle (left/right) of the unit's front-panel IR eye.

Dimensions

Compact Size: The D-M39S's compact size lets you easily set the system up on a bookshelf, table, or desk in your bedroom, office, den, or any other room in your home.

  • HiFi Component Unit: The HiFi component unit measures 8.3125" (w) x 4.5" (h) x 13.0625" (d)
  • Bookshelf Speakers: The bookshelf loudspeakers measure 5.75" (w) x 9.375" (h) x 9.25" (d)
  • IR Remote: The included remote control measures 2.0" (w) x 0.875" (h) x 8.8125" (d)

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Allow me to add to my previous response- You can use a turntable with a built in pre amp or, if you already have a turntable without a pre amp, then you can get. Crutchfield has both. Pre amps: http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/phono_pre_amp.html Turntables with built in pre amp: http://www.crutchfield.com/shopsearch/turntable_with_pre_amp.html Hope this helps. Jim S. [ Jim  Apr 18, 2015 ]
Yes this system has one analog input but you will need a pre-amp to hook your Turntable. This is a great little unit. But I also swapped the speakers for some Polks, which made a huge difference. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL  Apr 18, 2015 ]
You will need a pre amp. There is no phono input. [ Jim  Apr 18, 2015 ]
There used to be a ceramic verses magnetic question with the cartridges on turntables regarding the use of a preamp, but I believe that may be outdated. I do not have the Denon book to look up the sensitivity for the auxiliary jack on this unit, but I believe you will need to know the output voltage on your turntable and the input sensitivity on the Denon to be certain. This is a question for a Crutchfield Advisor, Denon and possibly your turntable manufacturer, for I have not had a turntable in over twenty years and sold all my vinyl last year. Sorry I could not be of more assistance. Good Luck! [ CRAIG W  Apr 18, 2015 ]
I'm sorry, I don't know. I bought the CD player/radio as a gift for my aunt, and only learned the basics about it. [ THOMAS  Apr 17, 2015 ]
There is an analog input that doesn't need a pre-amp [ gregory  Apr 17, 2015 ]
I don't have a clue. Not a very technical person. I think Denon is a quality line and just wanted a new unit to play CD's. I'd ask a Crutchfield expert. I have in the past whenever I had a question (I've also purchased a sound bar for my TV). So far I've been pleased with their help. [ Christopher  Feb 13, 2015 ]
I haven't ever used the alarm feature but it does say in the documentation you can choose the source for the timer feature... that would lead me to believe you could choose iPod, CD, FM, or Aux. [ HARLEY  Feb 10, 2015 ]
Yes, it does. I've not used the alarm; however, page 21 of the user's manual shows that you can select among disc, iPod/USB, tuner, digital in, and analog in (this is the AUX input) when using the alarm. [ RICHARD  Feb 10, 2015 ]
I see a digital in and an analog in (L and R), I have not used either one. [ DAVID M  Feb 09, 2015 ]
It does have an auxiliary which I use for a Bluetooth receiver for my phone. I have never used the alarm feature, for I have other devices for that and I do not have my manual for the Denon available. Try finding the User Manual on-line or ask a Crutchfield advisor regarding the alarm. In my opinion, it would not work or you would have to leave the auxiliary device on all the time. I would almost certainly say it will only work with the internal AM/FM receiver or CD player. But check as I mentioned before to be certain. Good Luck. [ CRAIG W  Feb 09, 2015 ]
I'm not clear about the question. The unit plays music CDs; the output is sound. It cannot play back text which is visual. [ GEORGE  Aug 29, 2014 ]
I have not been able to use this unit for the application you are asking about. My intent when making this purchase was AM/FM CD MP3. I did not realize, it's almost impossible to purchase anything with AM anymore. [ JAMES M  Aug 26, 2014 ]
Yes and that's primarily how I used it. I burned CD's on my computer and played them on the Denon as it was at a second home. [ ROBERT  Aug 26, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: 1. This THD is considered normal for a smaller mini Hi Fi system. They rate the power at a higher distortion level to get the higher wattage rating. The good news is the amplifier is perfectly matched to power the included speakers. 2. It is tough to hear the difference between THD rating especially when they are below 1%. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jun 21, 2014 ]  Staff
There is a button on the remote control between the column and channel selectors. It says tone on it. Pressing this repeatedly will select between bass, treble, and balance. It will state which mode on the display. Use the arrow buttons to select what you want for each. Its pretty simple when you get the hang of it. Good luck [ KENT  Feb 27, 2014 ]
using SDB button on remote push once and observe SDB function is on press again to select parameter to be adjusted, example bass ,treble, balance, then use right and left buttons in center of remote to adjust parameters.. Note..... all adjustments including which parameters has to be started within 5 seconds or display will revert to regular display. Hope this helps [ Marvin  Feb 26, 2014 ]
Our Denon system has such good balance we have not needed to adjust treble and bass. We have not inspected the unit for adjustments but there are no knobs or buttons on the front panel for adjusting. Hope this helps. Dwayne. [ Dwayne  Feb 26, 2014 ]
Sorry Larry, don't know - bought for my girlfriend and it's at her house. But look on the remote - others things we couldn't find buttons for on the unit (radio tuning) we found on the remote. [ Cris  Feb 26, 2014 ]
I have not adjusted bass/treble but if I had to I would put in the disk that came with unit and follow what and how is said. sorry I can't be more help.... [ George  Feb 26, 2014 ]
Larry, There is a way to do it using your remote and I think options, then adjust treble and base with the remote. Also, there is a big difference with direct and non-direct modes. Direct modes are not enhanced and have less bass, and require little adjustments. It's a beautiful clear sound. The other is enhanced and exaggerated, in my opinion. I am on vacation now but read through the manual which is a pdf on the cd that came with it and try out these different options I don't know how old you are - I am 67 - not like the old days with the bass and treble knobs! [ RICHARD  Feb 26, 2014 ]
Double push the"SDB/Tone" Button in the middle of your remote. [ BRIAN  Feb 26, 2014 ]
On the remote, there is a button - SDB/TONE - that gets you into the menu where you can scroll through and increase or decrease bass and treble. I don't find it very intuitive but once you fumble about with it for a few tries, you get the hang of it. [ Davison  Feb 26, 2014 ]
Wonderful sound. Easy to operate. There is a USB outlet, but there is not a docking station. I have a black set. Silver, I do not know. The system is solid and I would recommend for ease of use. Good luck. [ DEBORAH M  Feb 09, 2014 ]
I believe the DAB is a European system . It's like our hd radio in America. I wasn't able to find this system in silver and yes it does handle the iPod Classic :). I enjoy this little shelf stereo and I've had no problems with it. [ NATHAN  Feb 09, 2014 ]
Hello Again Lynne, I offered the above information, although accurate, I did not answer your question. The answer is yes as stated by others, there are both analog and digital inputs on the unit. I have a Bluetooth receiver connected with the analog inputs and it works just great. [ CRAIG W  Feb 04, 2014 ]
Hello Lynn, I bought this unit for as you can probably guess, special constraints. I added a subwoofer and am almost pleased with the sound in a 10X10 room. When I initially purchased the unit, I tested it out in a 10X20 room and the sound was "lost." Also, I am not particularly fond of the controls, but they do work once learned. With that said, if you are looking for a small unit that sounds almost good with the subwoofer and you are going to use it in a very small room, this Denon could work for you. Honestly though, I have heard lower priced "boom boxes" in the $200 price range that sound better. The only problem is, they look gaudy and take up more space, but they do get louder. There is no real concern except for time, for Crutchfield has always stood behind what they sell and have a great return policy. They are one of three big internet shops that I will deal with and have always been pleased. Good Luck!!! an happy listening [ CRAIG W  Feb 03, 2014 ]
I'm sorry, I don't know. I have no experiennce w/ XM radio. [ THOMAS  Feb 03, 2014 ]
Yes. The Denon has an analog input setting. This will let you play the output of your portable XM radio, if that unit has a headphone jack. The Denon has a pair of phono jacks at the rear of the unit. You'll need a connecting cable - easily gotten from, say Radio Shack, with phono plugs at one end - for the Denon - , and a 1/8" stereo plug - for the XM - at the other. By the way, I'm pleased with my Denon.Best wishes. [ RICHARD  Feb 03, 2014 ]
The reason I chose the Denon over current Bose is its great sound, simplicity and compact size. I have owned a Bose system - this one is more versatile , easier to set up and sounds great! [ J. CRAYTON C  Jan 05, 2014 ]
I found the sound to be very similar to a Bose Cinemate when I added the powered subwoofer. Whether it is better or not will depend on how you like your sound. I define it as better simply because this system fits my needs by adding full iPod compatibility which I can control with the remote, AM/FM, and a CD player... all in addition to playing my TV/DVD through the digital optical input. In short, if you already have a great stereo setup then you might prefer something more dedicated to home theatre sound, but I was in need of replaing an old stereo setup as well as TV sound and found that for the combined cost of $500 (I spent $100 on the subwoofer), this system met all my needs. I have a similar set-up in another smaller room and found no need for adding the subwoofer. Hope that helps. [ HARLEY  Dec 28, 2013 ]
I do not believe there is a comparable Bose system. The Denon is in my view a very solid performer and delivers excellent value for the money. [ ERIC S  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Not sure what model you are comparing this with, but at this price point it is a great sounding unit I think would be hard to beat. Highly recommended. [ DANIEL J  Dec 27, 2013 ]
I did not do a side by side comparison but I never liked the Bose base system because it is not controllable, you get what you get. It's somewhat artificially created in my opinion, and due to this,and the fact that I'm a bit of a purist, I think it's very overpriced. That said, its a personal thing, if you're impressed with it then you just may be pleased with it, but keep in mind, you have no control. If possible, do a side by side comparison,and of course use various pieces of music, take your time. [ DAVID M  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Absolutely, for several reasons. For one, I listen to harder hitting rock type music. The Bose systems are more geared toward classical/ easy listening type music, so if you like hard hitting bass, the Bose system is less than optimal. Two, the Denon unit by itself already produces pretty good bass, but you have the option to add an additional subwoofer. I have done this with my Denon system and it greatly enhances the listening experience. I went with an Infinity 8", 150 watt sub. Third, even with the addition of the sub, my complete Denon system is $500 dollars cheaper than the Bose acoustic wave system w/ the CD changer, and is capable of reproducing the type of music that I listen to much more accurately, in my opinion. [ WILLIAM M  Dec 27, 2013 ]
My sister has one of those Bose Wave Music System radio/CD players (tho I'm not sure if it's a "III" or an earlier iteration). I would say that the Denon D-M39S sounds better than that particular Bose. But that Bose is the only Bose system at a comparable price that I've heard. I have Bose original equipment radio/CD/speakers in my car (2007 Mazda 3), and they're great. Bottom line: the Denon D-M39S seems to me to produce a good sound for the money, but not the best sound at any price that I ever heard. I hope this helps. [ THOMAS  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Yes. I am not a fan of Bose products. [ DAVID  Dec 27, 2013 ]
The nearest Bose Sytem that would compare to this "bookshelf" system by Denon is the Bose Wave radio. I personally think the Denon has better sound and functionality than the Bose Wave system. In addition, the Denon isi $300 cheaper. [ BRAD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
I thought the sound of the Denon was better - truer and fuller. The Bose has a nicer look. [ CHANDRAN  Dec 27, 2013 ]
yes, the Denon speaker are larger and puts out quality sound. Also, I like the ability to place my speakers to get the best sound in a room. I have owned Denon products before and have always been satisfied with their quality. [ LESLIE H  Dec 27, 2013 ]
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