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Denon DM38 DAB Hi-Fi System in Silver

by Denon

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  • Ethernet Connectivit-N
  • Power-45
  • Power Consumption-150
  • Standby Power-0.2
  • Wireless-No

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  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 21 x 11.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 6 Kg
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  • Manufacturer reference: RCDM38DABSP
  • ASIN: B003TS0ZXW
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Jun. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,686 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Denon audio technology expertly combined ... to produce a smooth, dynamic sound• "Simple & Straight" circuit design for sound purity and free of coloration. Denon's popular M series gives you high sound quality based on the "simple & straight" concept. Circuitry is uncomplicated, signal paths are short, and all adverse influences on sound quality have been minimised. The circuit design and the way the chassis is built ensure that the sound you hear is utterly faithful to the original performance.• Triple noise reduction design to preserve signal purityIn an audio component where various circuits, boards, and wire layouts can influence each other, it is not possible to obtain satisfying specifications or sound simply by strengthening the power amp circuit. Denon has therefore eliminated three sources of noise to ensure that the sound is as clean as possible.• Smooth, dramatic sound with negligible distortionDistortion from the input selector, electronic volume an

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Qureshi on 7 Aug. 2010
An excellent all in one Hi-Fi.

Pros,

Great sound!

Looks good.

DAB works very well

USB supports ipod and iphone so no need to buy the dock. Also you can have it on two different modes, the first mode lets you use your mp3 player to select the tracks. The second, is that it lets you view all the tracks on the screen of the hi fi and lets you select the one you want.

Cons,

Although it has addressed some issues it still has a few,

Firstly, the overbearing bass. One tip put the speakers far apart.

Secondly, the FM radio receiver is weak. I cant pick up some of the main stations.

And lastly, the voloume control. Sometimes 11 is to quiet and 12 is a bit too loud. However Denon has improved it from the DM37 volome control.

All in all, this is one great little Hi-Fi. It has improved over the DM37 which won the what Hi-Fi award, however it does has a few cons. Would defo advise people to buy this.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By philip979 on 30 April 2011
I bought the Denon DM38 to replace an 16 year old Aiwa system in a bedroom. I wanted a small compact unit, that was well constructed with good sound quality. The Denon DM38 delivers!

I bought the silver version - the unit has a quality feel and appearance. It is neatly laid out, with a clear display, which can be dimmed or turned off to suit. Sound quality for the size of the unit is excellent.

There are however a number of issues, one of which is almost unforgivable considering the DM38 is a generational product, with a number of previous versions. These are as follows:

1) Remote is poorly laid out, with different commands indistinct. My old Aiwa had a much better remote!
2) CD has to re-load every time if you have been listening to another source - frustrating!
3) Volume adjusts in "steps" and sometimes it seems there is to much of a step between certain levels.
4) Occasionally it seems to "mute" of its own accord - probably a bug or something. Changing sources or turning the unit off then on seems to resolve.
5) The worst issue, however, is that if you listen with "tone control", there is a constant background hiss.

I have read about the background in other reviews and it seems that every unit is afflicted by this. I also heard about the previous DM37 suffering from this too, which why I say this is almost unforgivable - there is no excuse for this, and you would have though Denon would have ironed any issues with the DM38!

Switching to "source direct" thankfully avoids all this hiss (obviously something to do with the tone circuitry and possible interference from power supply). Purists would always do this anyway, but sometimes if a piece of music is "bright" you do want to adjust tone settings.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Hutchinson on 10 Dec. 2012
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I bought this to replace a Pure DAB mini hi-fi, which failed after about 4 years. Brilliant DAB reception, superb sound, excellent controls. Worth every penny.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gordon J. Sheppard on 7 Oct. 2010
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Reading the reviews I was worried about DAB reception; I had read somewhere that the Ariel's supplied with the product were not good enough. One report I read commented that DAB could not be received. Accordingly, in preparation, I ordered a better DAB Aerial from Amazon. However although the product was delivered a few days ago this Aerial has not yet been delivered. As it turns out I do not need it at all. Setting up the Denon DM38 today, the Aerials supplied worked perfectly. I just plugged in the Aerials, as indicated in the user manual, not even bothering to stretch them out or unwind them. Turning the unit on, without any trouble at all, the unit immediately located 60 DAB channels. Maybe I live in a high DAB signal area. Checking everything out; it all worked superbly. The unit looks good, taking up only half the space of my old SONY radio tuner. Sound is brilliant; Disks play correctly; Auxiliary 1, (the feed from my television set),performs very well. Can't fault it. At the price it's a damned good buy. I am well satisfied and very pleased.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Lowe on 3 Dec. 2010
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The DM38 has received very good reviews in the hi-fi press and elsewhere. Everything they've said about it is true - it's excellent. I wanted to add DAB to my system and initially looked at separate DAB/FM/AM tuners. I hadn't considered all-in-one systems before and certainly not micro size. Having found the reviews, the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. So I replaced my elderly but capable Hitachi FM/AM tuner, and my old Pioneer CD deck and Sherwood amp (both very good). I've retained my Pioneer turntable and 40 year old (yes, 40) Wharfedale Denton speakers, and now have a very acceptable, but obviously not high-end, system. (Incidentally, the speakers are on a par with or better than many current ones in packaged systems.) It may lack a few features of high-end separates, but it's very user friendly with big bonuses of USB input for MP3s and single remote. Tuner sensitivity is excellent, even with the indoor DAB wire aerial supplied, but I'm going to add an external one. I've been pleasantly surprised how good even low bit-rate DAB stations sound. On a green note, standby power is less than 0.3W; that's even less than some gadgets, which switch off mains to a cluster of devices, consume themselves while monitoring for operation of remotes. All in all, a very good purchase that I would thoroughly recommend.
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