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iPOD FRIENDLY PLAYER, BUT LIMITED AUDIO QUALITY
on 27 April 2013
I purchased an iPod several months ago, which I use mainly to play music purchased from iTunes who unlike Amazon make it very easy to download multiple tracks in one simple transaction, I play this through a Sony speaker dock which sounds very musical in our bedroom. I have just over 400 tracks downloaded so far which I wanted to be able to play on my Hi-Fi system which I have built up over many years.
My system comprises an Arcam DV137, Marantz CD17 KI Signature (14 years old but built like a tank) powered by six Cyrus amplifiers feeding a pair of B & W 703 speakers via custom built cables. The system sounds great but can be unforgiving of poor recordings.
The obvious choice for me was a Cyrus Streamer, the cheapest being £1,500, or the Marantz NA7004 at £430, I decided not to spend this amount of money as CD is still my main listening source so opted for the Denon DNP720 instead.
It has turned out to be a good buy, being of quite good build and having many features. Apple Airplay and Internet radio being my main interests. I am having to use the WI-FI option as my computer is in the bedroom, the only niggle with this is that no matter what I do the 720 sees my wife's computer as the main connect (much to her amusment as she has no music on it at all). I am able to play a vast array of Internet stations as well now making my FM tuner expendable. The computer needs to be turned on when using Airplay, but of course the iPod can be connected directly to the front panel USB port.
So yes, this is a good bit of kit well worth the lowered asking price (I belief it was originally £430.) It works well, sounds good, but sadly for me I should have spent more money as it is not up to par on sound quality with the rest of my system, (a mismatch) so I shall have to dig deeper in my pockets next time! I expect many people will be more than pleased with it though, as its definitely a value for money, modern player which will suit many systems.