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Denon DR-AN5

Desktop network receiver with built-in Apple AirPlay®, Wi-Fi®, and iPod® dock (Black)

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You've got digital music all over the place. It's on your iPhone®, on your computer, on flash drives and hard drives. And there's an infinite amount out there in cyberspace just waiting to be plucked. So why not get all that digital music where you need it most: coming through your stereo speakers. The Denon DR-AN5 network receiver is an easy way to do it, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay. Tuck this compact receiver just about anywhere, connect a great sounding pair of speakers, and experience a whole world of listening options. With 65 watts of power per channel, this unit can be the foundation of a formidable desktop audio system in the living room, office, or bedroom.

A stereo receiver for the digital revolution

You've got digital music all over the place. It's on your iPhone®, on your computer, on flash drives and hard drives. And there's an infinite amount out there in cyberspace just waiting to be plucked. So why not get all that digital music where you need it most: coming through your stereo speakers. The Denon DR-AN5 network receiver is an easy way to do it, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and Apple AirPlay. Tuck this compact receiver just about anywhere, connect a great sounding pair of speakers, and experience a whole world of listening options. With 65 watts of power per channel, this unit can be the foundation of a formidable desktop audio system in the living room, office, or bedroom.

AirPlay on board

If you're an Apple fanatic, the DR-AN5 has got you covered. Built-in support for AirPlay means you can stream music stored on your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch® or a computer running iTunes. AirPlay also means you can stream audio from any app with AirPlay support, such as music services like Beats Music™, Spotify®, and Pandora®. Plus, there's an iPod dock on the top of the unit so you can turn your iPod classic® into an instant music server.

Fear not, PC users

Even if you're not an Apple acolyte, there are lots of options for listening with the DR-AN5. With DLNA support, you can stream music from a networked PC or music server. There's also built-in support for streaming Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM Internet radio directly through the receiver. Plus, you can choose from thousands of free Internet radio stations, either with the included remote or the free Denon Remote app for your Android™ or Apple device. You can even store up to 50 favorites for instant recall.

Even more versatility

Denon DR-AN5 network receiver with AirPlay and Denon Remote app for iOS and Android

The Denon Remote app lets you select and play music from a wide variety of sources such as Internet radio stations, a music server, or a docked iPod.

Have a flash drive loaded with digital music? Pop it into the front-panel USB port. It's great for playing high-resolution music files to enjoy their better-than-CD sound quality. There are also optical digital and stereo analog inputs for connecting other sources — perfect for adding a TV to your system. And if you're looking for a little more low-end punch, there's a subwoofer output for use with a powered sub.

Very good product, small, powerfull, easy to operate

MJ, Chicago IL

What's in the Box:

  • Network music receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-1175)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Extended Protection Plan
  • "Before making a connection via WPS" note
  • Denon Factory Service Information
  • Notes on radio
  • Safety Instruction Manual
  • Denon Service Network

Highlights:

    Special features:
    • 65 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (1 kHz) at 0.7% THD
    • built-in Wi-Fi for music streaming over your wireless home network
    • Apple AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • built-in streaming from Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet radio and thousands of free Internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
    • DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming music from a compatible networked PC or network attached storage device
    • built-in iPod dock for playback and charging (30-pin connector; Apple devices with Lightning connector require adapter for use)
    • front-panel USB input for playing music from an iPod or USB memory device
    • plays high-resolution FLAC and WAV files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • Favorites menu recalls up to 50 preset Internet radio stations or music files on a networked PC or music server
    • 3-line display for artist, song, and station info
    • gapless playback of digital music files
    • free Denon Remote app for Apple and Android lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet over Wi-Fi
    • sleep timer and alarm
    • remote control
    • Apple AirPlay requires a wireless home network.
    Connections and dimensions:
    • optical digital and analog stereo inputs
    • mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
    • Ethernet port for wired network connection
    • detachable power cord
    • front-panel USB input
    • binding post speaker connectors
    • full-sized headphone output
    • 7-1/8"W x 3-9/16"H x 10-1/8"D
    • weight: 4.88 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Network/Internet Functions
    AirPlay/iPod/USB Integration
    Audio Section
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Network/Internet Functions

    Network Connection: The Denon DRA-N5 is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in Wi-Fi feature that includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup for safe & secure connection to your wireless home network. When connected to the Internet, the device can stream free Internet Radio & music from online services (such as Pandora, Spotify, & SiriusXM). It can also connect to your home network's own music library stored on your computer, giving you remote access to your entire music collection.

    • Ethernet Port: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver is fitted with a Ethernet (RJ-45) port for a hardwired Internet connection. This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection.
    • WiFi (w/ WMM + WPS): The Denon DRA-N5 Network Audio Receiver is equipped with a built-in diversity WLAN antenna, which allows it to communicate with your home network via WiFi (IEEE 802.1b/g). The Denon DRA-N5 supports WMM (WiFi Multimedia) for efficient transfer of audio data during music streaming. The DRA-N5 employs WMM to minimize interruptions in sound while streamed data is being played. WMM is a protocol that prioritizes certain communications in a wireless LAN environment. Additionally, thanks to its Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), the DRA-N5 allows for easy & secure establishment of a wireless home network. When using a wireless LAN connection, your network system must feature an wireless router/access-point.

    DLNA Certified: The DRA-N5 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 & Windows 7 compliant for audio networking. This means it's easier for you to access & enjoy digital music stored on your PC or smartphone (like Android). You can use your PC or smartphone to play high-bit rate music content through your audio system, or use the DRA-N5 to browse & play music files on your hard drive. MP3, WMA, AAC , WAV, & FLAC audio files stored on your computer can be played through the DRA-N5 via its wired or wireless network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the DRA-N5's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) & META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display. The Denon DRA-N5 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, & bit rates via its wired or wireless network connection.

    Compatible Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac
    Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11).

    Online Services: The Denon DRA-N5 lets you access Internet Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband Internet connection. Currently the DRA-N5 supports Internet Radio from vTuner, Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM(as of 4/9/2013). The Denon Network Receiver offers front-panel display and control over these web services.

    Online Services Description
    vTuner The online vTuner service which offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. (over 12,000 available).  vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (48-192kbps) format are supported. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Recommended, Favorites, or Keyword search. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of the most recently played stations.

    Pandora

    Once the Network Receiver is registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the automated music recommendation and Internet Radio service. You can create up to 100 personalized radio stations. You can sort tracks within these radio stations. You can skip up to 6 tracks that are being played back within 1 hour. You can also thumbs-up/thumbs-down and bookmark tracks. In Pandora, you can search for the track name or artist name using "keyword" searches. When the search is complete, tracks that have a similar rhythm or sound are streamed.
    Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.
    SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.

    Favorites: The Favorite function allows you to register your favorite Internet Radio broadcast stations & computer audio files in the unit's Favorite List in advance so that you can select and listen to the stations or files right away, whenever you want. The contents that you can register & select are Internet Radio stations & music files stored on your PC. You can register up to 50 items in the Favorite List.

    Note: When you attempt to register the 51st station or file in the Favorite List, the last station or file is automatically deleted.

    Firmware Updates: Using the receiver's network/internet connection, you can check for & update the latest firmware from the online Denon server.

    AirPlay/iPod/USB Integration

    AirPlay Certified: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver is compatible with iTunes' AirPlay technology. With AirPlay, the device can connect wirelessly to any AirPlay-enabled Apple device. This allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's (Mac or PC) iTunes library; via your WiFi network.

    • iTunes Streaming: The DRA-N5 Network Receiver is able to streaming audio from your computer's iTunes account AirPlay technology. When connected to the same network as a computer running iTunes, the DRA-N5 can appear as an output option in the pop-up menu at the bottom of the iTunes window. You can then browse your iTunes collection on your computer & stream music to the Denon Network Receiver.
    • Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the Denon DRA-N5. So there's no need to dock your Apple device, unless you want to charge it. Using the Apple Remote App (Free download from iTunes) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles & artist info on your Apple device.
    Note: AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later & iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S/5/5C/5S), iPad (1/2/3/4), or iPad mini with iOS 4.3 or later. Wi-Fi network is also required.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Denon DRA-N5 features an integrated iPod/iPhone dock with a 30-pin dock connector for your iPod or iPhone. The integrated iPod/iPhone dock is hidden on the top-panel by a flip-up cover. You can also connect your Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad to the Network Receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port via the Dock- or Lightning-cable that came with your Apple device.

    • Audio Playback: The unit supports audio playback of music stored on your iPod/iPhone, as well as from music apps streamed to your iPod/iPhone.
    • Music Navigation: You can choose to operate your connected iPod/iPhone from the DRA-N5E's front-panel controls, remote control, or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. The Denon DRA-N5 lets you browse by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. It also offers Play/Pause, Stop, Skip/Back, Repeat, & Random functions.
    • Music Information: The Denon Network Receiver will display Track #, Elapsed playing time; as well as Song, Artist, & Album name. You can also choose to view the music information on your iPod or iPhone.
    • Charging: The DRA-N5 will charge (5V/1A) your connected iPod or iPhone when the Network Receiver is powered on or in standby mode.
    Note: When docking your iPod/iPhone, the DRA-N5's source selection must be set to iPod. When connecting your iPod/iPhone via USB, the DR-A-N5's source must be set to USB.

    iPod Compatibility Chart: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible & supports the following iPod and iPhone model features (as of 9/27/2013):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    AirPlay Dock Connector USB Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    iPad  1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y N
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y Y* Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2PC N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC N Y* Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 N Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 N Y Y Y N Y N Y Y Y
    Note:
    • *Requires Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or cable is required (both sold separately).
    • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Front-Panel USB Port: The Denon DRA-N5 is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port for easy, direct connection of a USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) device or USB Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) device with audio files. The front-panel USB (type-A) port supports playback of MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, & FLAC audio files recorded in FAT 16 or FAT 32 onto a USB (MSC/MTP) device. You can control music playback from the network audio receiver & remote control. The unit also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information so song title, artist name, album name can be displayed on the unit's front-panel display. The unit can recognize up to 500 folder and 5,000 files. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the unit's USB port (5V/1A).

    Compatible Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/24-bit .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac
    Note: Copyright-protected files cannot be played. USB memory devices will not work via a USB hub. It is not possible to connect and use a computer via the unit's front-panel USB port.

    Audio Section

    65W + 65W Amplifier: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver employs a 65 watt x 2 channel (4-ohms, 1kHz) high power output amplifier.

    "Simple & Straight" Circuit Design: The Network Receiver's "Simple & Straight" circuit design and minimum signal path minimizes sound interference & helps eliminate noise & feedback, ensuring crisp & clear playback.

    24-Bit/192-kHz DAC: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver features 24-bit/192-kHz DACs (digital-to-analog converter), which help preserve the fidelity of your recordings. The result is richly textured, detailed sound reproduction that is faithful to its source.

    Tone Control + Super Dynamic Bass: The Network Receiver offers independent Bass & Treble control (+/-10dB), along with Super Dynamic Bass (+10dB boos in bass sound).

    Source Direct (Tone Bypass): Source Direct provides playback of audio in its original form, without any tone processing.

    Audio Inputs: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver is fitted with analog (stereo RCA) & digital (optical) audio inputs to connect to connect to a variety of home audio devices.

    • Analog Audio Input: The Denon DRA-N5 features a set of gold-plated stereo analog RCA inputs to connect your external analog audio device, such as a CD player or Tape deck.
    • Digital Audio Input: The DRA-N5 features an optical (toslink) digital input to connect your external digital audio device; such as your Blu-ray player, cable/satellite receiver, or TV. This digital input will only support 2ch linear PCM signals (not Dolby Digital/DTS).

    Audio Outputs: The Denon DRA-N5 Network Receiver features binding post speaker terminals, a single subwoofer output, and a front-panel headphone jack.

    • Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The Network Receiver is fitted with four binding post speaker terminals which will accept bar wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). The receiver will support a pair of 4- to 16-ohm speakers.
    • Subwoofer Output: The Denon DRA-N5 features a mono-RCA subwoofer output to connect a powered subwoofer for added bass response.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front-panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Convenience Features

    3-Line OEL Display: The Denon Network Receiver features a 3-line OEL (Organic Electroluminescence) display. The unit will display song information from its network, USB, and iPod/iPhone connection.

    Note: There is no video monitor output for on-screen display.

    Dimmer: The display brightness can be set to 100%, 75%, 50%, 25%, or Off.

    Alarm: The DRA-N5 offers an "Everyday" (playback starts at the set time each day) and "Once" (playback starts once only at the set time) alarm. You can wake up to your Network Favorites, docked iPod/iPhone, or connected USB device. The alarm volume can be set between 0-60.

    Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 90 minutes in 10 minute increments.

    Auto Standby: This unit will automatically enter the standby mode after approxima-tely 30 continuous minutes of no audio signal and no operation.

    Last Function Memory: This function stores the unit's settings as they were immediately before going into the standby mode. When the unit's power is turned back on, the settings are restored to where they were before going into the standby mode.

    Remote Control

    Simple Remote Control: The Denon DRA-N5 includes an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Network Receiver, Internet Radio, online music services, stored music files on your computer, and a connected iPod/iPhone.

    Denon Remote App: The Denon Remote App lets you control the Denon Network Receiver using your Apple iOS or Android device. Simply download the free Denon Remote App from the iTunes App Store for the iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3+), or download the free Denon Remote App from Google Play for your compatible Android device (1.5+).  This free Remote App lets you control the Denon Network Receiver's volume, playback, & source functions from your Apple iOS or Android device. You can even browse any network, Internet, or USB source's music library from your Apple iOS or Android device.

    Web Control: You can control this unit from a web control screen on a web browser of your Windows PC.

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    Mine is all black. I control it all three ways... directly, remote and with the iTunes app. I love it. It's perfect for me for radio stations, MOG and all my iTunes music files. [ RONALD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I have black one. It can be controlled for most functions from buttons on the top of the unit. [ STEPHEN M  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    I purchased this item in black, so I'm unable to respond as to the actual color of the "white" version. The receiver can only be controlled with the remote. We are very pleased with the performance of the received in the three months we have owned it. [ JOHN K  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    Hi peter, can't comment on the color I have black. If your question is can the device be controlled via its IP address - it can but only configuration parameters and not things like volume control, input select, etc - hth [ ANDREW J  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    Sorry. There are buttons on top of the unit, but not a complete set as on the remote. (I never use them, so I forgot they were there!) You might want to download the manual before you buy one. Pretty complex device, and there are lots of functions I never use. [ LEONARD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    Unit is white. Cannot control directly - only by remote or by app. Great unit! [ LEONARD  Dec 27, 2013 ]
    The Denon DR-AN5 is White. It can be completely controlled either Directly (buttons on the unit), by the Remote Control or from an app that runs on iOS device (iPhone, IPad/Pod iTouch) or Android Device. I have not used the iOS controller. The Android controller works quite well both through my cellphone as well as through my Tablet.. [ RAMESH  Dec 27, 2013 ]
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