Overview: The Denon DRA-397 is
a 2-channel stereo amplifier that not only features standard audio/video
connections but also comes equipped with XM and iPod capabilities.
High-Quality Power Amplifier:
With 80 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08% THD), the
DRA-397 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and
B speaker systems at the same time.
Signal Level Divided Construction
Chassis Design: The circuit handling low-level signals has been divided into
separate blocks to ensure that influences from these signals on each other are
held to an absolute minimum. This new chassis design, known as the Signal Level
Divided Construction (SLDC), preserves the purity of the signal, allowing it to
be reproduced with much greater fidelity and clarity.
A and B Speakers: The receiver
is equipped with both A and B speakers. You can play either pair of speakers or
both pair of speakers at the same time.
Headphones: When you plug your
headphones into the front headphone jack of this receiver, no sound is produced
from the other speakers automatically.
Multi-Zone System: When the outputs of
Zone 2 and/or Zone 3 Out terminals are wired and connected to separate power
amplifiers installed in other rooms, different sources can be played in rooms
other than the Main Zone in which this unit and the playback devices are
installed. Not only can you supply audio into another room, Zone 2 and Zone 3
can also supply video into different rooms of your home. The audio and video
connections for Zone 2 and Zone 3 are composite.
Audio Connections: The
Denon DRA397 is equipped with the following audio inputs and outputs.
- Phones (front-panel): Standard headphone
- CD Input:
Stereo RCA jacks
- CD-R/Tape Input/Output: Stereo
- Phono Input: Stereo RCA
jacks with ground screw
Binding post outputs for front A and front B speakers
(not 5-way, because a plastic collar prevents their use
with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual
- Subwoofer Pre-Out: Mono
RCA connection for a powered subwoofer
Pure Direct: This mode
reproduces the sound with extremely high quality. The audio signals do not pass
through the tone circuits and the display is turned off so these components
cannot affect the audio signal.
Loudness: You can turn the
loudness function on when listening to music at low volume. The loudness feature
enhances the low and high frequencies at low volumes so you can enjoy your music
at any volume level.
Bass/Treble Control: You can
adjust the Bass and Treble control independently from -10 dB to +10dB.
Tone Defeat: Turn the Tone
Defeat feature "On" if you do not want the Bass and Treble to be adjustable.
Speaker Level Adjustment: You
can adjust the sound level for the left and right speaker and the subwoofer
individually from -12 dB to +12 dB. This is helpful when one of the speakers is
further away from the listening location than the other.
Muting: You can turn the sound
completely off temporarily to your speakers by selecting the Mute function.
Preset Memory: You can store up
to 56 broadcast stations. The stations are separated into 7 groups; 8 stations
per group (A to G).
Simultaneous Recording: The
signals of the source selected with the Input Selector are output simultaneously
to the CD-R/Tape and VCR REC OUT terminals to make recording through the
AC Outlets: 3 switched AC outlets,
maximum total 120W 1 Amp.
Last Function Memory: This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and
output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched
Back-Up Memory: The unit is
also equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides approximately one
week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is off
and the power cord is disconnected.
- DVD/VDP Input: Stereo
RCA jacks and RCA composite video jack
- V.Aux Input: Stereo
RCA jacks and RCA composite video jack
- VCR Input/Output: Stereo
RCA jacks and RCA composite video jacks
- Monitor Output: RCA composite video jack
Video Select Function: This
function allows you to select a video source, and then select an alternate audio
Auto Preset Memory: This unit
is equipped with a function for automatically searching for FM broadcast
stations and storing them in the preset memory.
Dimmer: You can adjust the
brightness of the display in three steps. The display can also be turned off.
Main Remote Control: The
supplied IR wireless remote is a multibrand remote that can be programmed to operate other
manufacture's equipment such as CD player, Tape player, VCR, DBS/Cable, DVD or
TV. You can use the main remote to also operate Zone 2 and Zone 3.
Zone 2/3 Remote Control: The
receiver also features an independent IR wireless remote control for Zone 2 and
Zone 3 operation. Because the remote is an IR type remote, you must install IR
emitters that plug into the DRA397 for the remote to be operational.
Remote Range: Both remote
controls are IR so you must point the remote at the remote sensor. The remote
control units can be used from a distance of approximately 23 feet at a
horizontal angle of up to 30 degrees with respect to the sensor.
Punch Through Function: This
feature allows the remote to operate the Play, Stop, Pause and Search functions
for a CD, DVD, Tape, MD, or VCR when the remote is in the TV or DBS/Cable mode.
Room-to-Room Remote Control
with Remote In/Out Terminals: External
remote control equipment including IR re-transmitters and IR remote receivers,
such as Denon's separately available C-616/617S/617W/618 IR devices, can be
connected to the DRA-397's IR remote input and output terminals.
XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner
(220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the
XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on
back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception,
and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports,
news, talk, and exclusive entertainment.
Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the
XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to
receive XM programming.
iPod Ready: When using a compatible iPod you must connect
the iPod Control Dock (033ASD11RK
or033ASD51N, sold separately) to the Dock Control jack on back of
the receiver with a mini-jack cable and assign the iPod to any Audio input on
the amplifier. The iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and
the remote control unit. The remote will control the following functions of the
iPod in Browse Mode - Play/Stop, Fast Forward/Reverse, Track Search, Repeat
(single/all tracks), Shuffle (song/album) You can also view photo and video data
stored on a compatible iPod on your TV screen through the monitor output of the
Note: Your iPod must be equipped with slideshow/video
function capability and the receiver must be connected to your TV through
the monitor out for the video/photo function to work.