Denon DCD-1600NE CD/SACD Player (Black)
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Advanced AL32 Processing; Pure Direct Mode For An Involving Musical Experience
Precision 32 bit/192 kHz DAC, Hi-Res PCM And DSD Support
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About Denon DCD-1600NE CD/SACD Player
The top-of-the-range Denon DCD-1600NE SACD/CD Player uses unique and exclusive technology to get the most out of your silver discs. It also supports playback of a wide variety of compressed and high resolution audio files recorded onto CD-R/-RW, DVD-R/-RW. and DVD+R/+RW. This might be the last CD Player you ever need to buy.
Denon is one of the rare audio brands that continued to actively develop Hi-Fi components and accumulate, refine, and pass down Hi-Fi audio technologies. The 1600NE series, designed for today’s age, has been developed by both veteran engineers and talented young engineers who have inherited the Denon technologies and expertise that have been cultivated over many years and decades. The DCD-1600NE focuses on achieving the essence of a disc player: ultra-high precision in reading discs and supplying high-quality audio signals to the amp. To achieve this, the signal paths are as short as possible and the whole circuitry is minimised. The engineers also redesigned the disc drive mechanism brackets and the chassis to eliminate vibration, the great enemy of disc players, and achieve ultra-vibration-resistant performance. The information on the disc is now read with impeccable accuracy and a clean, high-grade signal is supplied to the DCD-1600NE’s Advanced AL32 Processing Plus circuitry. Besides CD and Super Audio CD playback, the DCD features playback of audio recordings up to PCM192/24 or DSD5.6 recorded on a DVD R/RW for full flexibility and extended access to high resolution audio.
Advanced S.V.H. Mechanism, Denon’s Original Disc Drive Design: The DCD-1600NE’s disc drive design contains reference-class Advanced S.V.H. (Suppress Vibration Hybrid) Mechanism. The circuitry that controls the pickup and decodes the signals read from the disc has been newly developed. Signal paths have been shortened to an absolute minimum and circuits have been miniaturised to ensure that excess current or noise will not occur. The various parts of the mechanism have been made with different materials such as a combination of stainless and copper plating for the top panel to strengthen rigidity, diecast aluminium for the disc tray, and 2mm thick steel for the mechanism brackets. Improvements in high-mass, vibration-resistant properties and the dispersal of resonation points contribute to a high level of vibration resistance. In addition, the mechanism’s low centre of gravity suppresses any vibration occurring inside the mechanism due to disc rotation, and the mechanism structure also effectively suppresses external vibration. By eliminating unwanted vibration, servo-related operations are minimised, and by also minimising unnecessary controls and current consumption, digital signals can be read from the disc with optimum accuracy under stable conditions.
DAC Master Clock Design: To accurately synchronise digital circuits, the DCD-1600NE’s DAC Master Clock Design treats the DAC as the master when clock signals are supplied. Positioning the master clock immediately adjacent to the D/A converter (DAC) suppresses jitter and ensures optimum precision in D/A conversion. In addition, the quality of the clock, which becomes the reference for semiconductor operation, is extremely important for ensuring that the digital audio circuitry performs at its maximum potential. The DCD-1600NE thus employs a clock oscillator to dramatically reduce phase noise that is the displacement of frequencies. The clock power circuit has also been vastly improved to bring out the full potential of the high-quality clock’s performance. A conductive polymer capacitor with particularly outstanding high-frequency impedance characteristics for Denon’s renowned sound quality has been placed at the base of the clock’s power source, and an ultra-compact film capacitor that is different from layered ceramic capacitors has been placed close to the clock, to achieve an improved S/N ratio and a transparent sound with superior spatial expression. The DCD-1600NE is equipped with two clock oscillators, one for each sampling frequency (44.1 kHz and 48 kHz), that can be switched between the frequencies to thoroughly suppress jitter.
Advanced AL32 Processing Plus: Denon’s Advanced AL32 Processor expands audio data to 32 bits and uses a proprietary algorithm to interpolate the data and perform up-conversion and sampling, achieving a playback sound that is close to the original source. Since high-performance devices capable of large-capacity processing read data samples across a wide spectrum and process them in a single stage, they interpolate signals with greater precision compared with multi- stage digital filters and other such devices. In addition, the use of algorithms ideal for frequency characteristics outside the audible range to filter sudden bursts of musical data or continuous sound at high frequencies protects sound quality from the adverse effects of aliasing noise or drops in high-range response. The Advanced AL32 Processor reproduces the delicate nuances of music, as well as spatial information such as the position of the artist and the breadth, height, and depth of the stage, in a more natural manner. High-precision 32-bit/192-kHz D/A converters have been used to bring out the maximum performance of the Advanced AL32 Processor. These D/A converters transmit differential output to each channel to improve sound quality during playback.
Circuitry With Minimised Signal Paths: The “simple & straight” design philosophy has been thoroughly implemented in all of the DCD-1600NE’s circuits. Circuit patterns have been redesigned from the ground up to make signal paths as short as possible and ensure that the original sound is faithfully reproduced across the sonic spectrum. As a result, interference between circuits and between left and right channels as well as adverse influences on audio signals are minimised, producing a clean, highly transparent sound. Moreover, the power units for the digital and analogue circuits, whose signals have different characteristics, have separate transformers to eliminate mutual interference and noise. An aluminium plate has also been combined to the underside of the steel transformer base to strengthen rigidity.
Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: The integrity of musical signals deteriorates when they are subject to internal vibration caused by disc rotation or the power transformer, or to airborne vibration caused by sound pressure from the speakers. To guard against such influences, Denon engineers designed a vibration suppression structure they called “Direct Mechanical Ground Construction”. In this design, the power transformers – themselves a source of vibration – have been placed close to the feet of the DCD-1600NE where unwanted vibration is funnelled directly to the ground and prevented from affecting nearby circuitry. Also, by placing the drive mechanism – the part with the greatest mass – low in the centre of the chassis, the low centre of gravity effectively absorbs internal vibration caused by disc rotation and also protects the mechanism from external vibration. To further shut out external vibration, the 1.2mm thick main chassis has been reinforced with two 1.6mm thick steel plates to produce a highly rigid three-layer structure with sufficient vibration-resistant mass.
DSD Data Disc Playback Support: In addition to CD and Super Audio CD, the DCD-1600NE can play DSD (2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz) files and high-resolution files up to 192 kHz / 24 bits recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. Music files with sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz recorded on CD-R/RW discs can also be played.
As Japan’s first audio electronics manufacturer and with a deep legacy of firsts, Denon is absolutely one of the longest audio company emanating from Japan. Founded in 1910, their aim has always been to enable the entertainment moments that matter through the relentless pursuit of quality, innovation and audio performance and Audio Trends teamed up with Denon way back in 1982. Even then, we had difficulties keeping up with demand because they just couldn't physically reproduce enough gear for the world market! How have they been so successful over decades and still are up with the best in mass-produced audio components when the market has become very crowded?
Innovative engineering and technology are at the core of what makes a Denon product so iconic. Through a disciplined approach to design and production, their Japanese based engineers ensure that only superb craftsmanship, precision engineering and impeccable performance go into every component. The creation of products that can deliver total quality enjoyment to others is a fundamental driving passion and the main reason why they exist. What’s more, their constant quest to create the perfect entertainment component is the key to transforming creative ideas into leading innovation, and to anticipating consumer needs. In recent times, this has included the development of mobile technologies, so that customers can enjoy the best possible quality reproduction in any format.
For everyone at Denon, Passion, Artistry, and Technology are more than buzzwords – they are part of the quintessential philosophy behind everything they do. These three elements and decades of innovation and engineering excellence have shaped their entire culture. Every detail of a Denon product is crafted around these elements with a single goal in mind: to maximise the entertainment experience. It is worthy of note that Denon is distributed in Australia by Sound United who are the international owners of the brand so after-sales-service is readily available if required.
Main Features & Specifications
- Design: High quality compact disc player with USB input
- Plays: CD / CD-R/RW / SACD / WMA / AAC discs
- Frequency Response: SACD 2Hz - 20kHz
- Dynamic Range: 101dB
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 117 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0018%
- Denon’s Disc Drive Mechanism with S.V.H. Loader: Improves SACD, CD and CD-R/RW playback
- Processor: Advanced AL32 Processing
- DAC: High precision 32-bit/192kHz D/A converter, to dramatically enhance the music listening experience: Yes
- DAC Master Clock design with low jitter oscillator and Minimal Signal Paths
- Asynchronous Support: Yes
- PCM, DSD2.8 and DSD5.6 support (DoP): Yes
- Vibration-resistant design with Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: Yes
- Minimum Signal Paths: Protect signal purity
- Pure Direct Mode: For pure enjoyment of music
- Internal Parts: Strictly selected for high sound quality
- Line-Level Output: 2 x RCA type
- Digital Optical Output: 1 x Toslink
- Digital Coaxial Output: 1 x RCA type
- Power Cord: Detachable IEC type allows for upgrade (highly recommended on this type of product)
- Remote control for CD, Network Audio Player and Amp operation
- Auto Standby and low power consumption at stand-by 0.2 Watts
- Power Supply: AC 220V-230 V, 50Hz
- Power Consumption: 24 Watts (Standby < 0.2 Watt)
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 434 x 134 x 328 mm
- Nett Weight: 8.2kg
- Manufacturer's Warranty: 2 Years
Note: Features & Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice. E&OE.