Denon DM38 DAB Hi-Fi System in Silver
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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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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.
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.
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.
Having said this, the unit offers so much for a reasonable price. I had been considering similarly priced Marantz units, one of which had internet radio however both lacked DAB+ and ipod connection, which seemed a little short sighted to me.
I have the system connected to a pair of Monitor Audio Bronze BR1 speakers, to which is seems perfectly matched. Prior to purchase, I had read that the standard Denon speakers leave a lot to be desired - I thought so too when I heard this set up in a shop.
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