Denon DM38S Micro CD System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 30-Watt/channel power amp with "straight and simple" circuitry design for superb musical fidelity
- iPod and iPhone direct connectivity via USB input
- CD-R, CDR-W compatible, MP3 and WMA track playback capability
- European engineered loudspeakers feature 120 mm long-throw D.D.L double-layered cone woofers and 25 mm soft dome tweeter
- New remote control simplifies operation
- 30-watt-per-channel power amp with "straight and simple" circuitry design for superb musical fidelity
- CD-R and CDR-W compatible, with MP3 and WMA track playback capability
- European-engineered loudspeakers feature 120mm long-throw D.D.L double-layered cone woofers and 25mm soft dome tweeter
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From the Manufacturer
Combining legendary Denon design concepts along with a European-engineered speaker system, the DM 38 micro component music system is the ideal choice for listeners who demand superb musical performance and leading edge connectivity. This versatile compact music system is perfect for a bedroom, home office, business office or college dorm. The DM 38 system is "Made for iPod" and "Works with iPhone" featuring a USB input for direct digital connection of these devices. The front panel features a deluxe two line dot matrix fluorescent display, which provides clear indications of source and function status.
Compact Integrated Disc Player With AM/FM, iPod Playback
The DM 38 is a versatile compact music system that provides for a wide range of music sources. The built-in AM/FM tuner features 40 user presets, while the built-in disc player handles music CDs, as well as CD-R and CD-RW discs with MP3 and WMA playback capability. The amplifier section features a powerful 30 watts per channel output, backed by a robust power supply that features dual power transformers.
Direct iPod Connection Via USB
Connecting your iPod to the DM 38 is a snap--simply connect using the USB cable that came with your iPod. The direct play function automatically detects the iPod connection, and starts playback from the last track you listened to. The connection features digital audio signal handling, which routes the digital signal to the DM 38's 24 bit/192 kHz audiophile quality Burr-Brown D/A converters for optimum fidelity. The USB port can also be used with portable drives, and is also compatible with MP3 and WMA files.
Simple to Use
The front panel features a deluxe two line dot matrix fluorescent display, which provides clear indications of source and function status. The unit is equipped with a convenient timer function, which can be easily set up for Once, Daily, and Sleep modes. The included remote control unit features ergonomically designed buttons, with logical groupings for easy use.
European Tuned Audiophile Loudspeakers
Small in size but big in sound, the loudspeakers include a host of Denon speaker technologies. The powerful 120mm woofer features Denon's Double Layer convex cone technology, which provides deep bass and clear mid-range free of coloration caused by cone flex distortion, and also features air venting for optimum cooling during extended passages of high volume. The 25mm soft dome tweeter features extended response to 40 kHz, along with wide dispersion and high power handling thanks to the advanced coil and dome air venting system.
Innovative engineering and technology are at the core of what makes a Denon product a Denon. Through a disciplined approach to design and production, Denon's engineers ensure that only superb craftsmanship, precision engineering and impeccable performance goes into every component. These solutions are often born through passionately studying examples from the widest array of imaginable fields--including physics, electronics, mechanical engineering, art and nature. Denon's constant quest to create the perfect entertainment component has given invaluable inspiration for not only the most powerful technical solutions but also the most convenient features to satisfy a diverse set of entertainment needs. That is why Denon tirelessly transforms creative ideas into leading innovations within the industry.
Top Customer Reviews
There's no need to buy an iPod dock. I connect my iPod Touch 32G (third generation) to the USB port. I can operate the iPod in either of two modes. Normally I control it by tapping on its screen as usual, calling up apps and playing music. I can, for example, run the NPR News app, sending the audio over the USB cable. That's a win because the digital signal is converted to analog inside the DM-38, which does a much better job than the iPod.
Or I can press the "browser" button on the DM-38 remote. Now the iPod goes into "accessory connected" mode and I can control the music player with the remote -- start/stop/pause and forward/reverse work. The two-line display on the DM-38 shows the song info.
Here's why I didn't go all the way to five stars:
*) No HD radio. None of the competition has HD either, but still ... the British version of this product handles digital radio, why doesn't the American?
*) No support for RDS, the metadata in the radio signal. My car radio can tell me what station I'm listening to and the name of the current track, but the DM-38 cannot. There's a "DAB/RDS" button on the remote that does nothing.
*) When playing MP3 files from a USB storage device (like a flash drive), the DM-38 doesn't sort by the track number meta-information in the files. Instead, it uses the order in which the files appear in the directory.Read more ›
I looked at the DM 37 at a local store and while the two seem to be identical in performance the optional IPOD docking station for the 37 was a turn off. My son hooked up his IPOD direct into this unit and it was fully controllable from the remote. This was a prime factor in my purchase. The features that I really like are the separate FM/AM antennas, the analog inputs and the intuitive lay out of the remote. The only fly in the ointment, if you are visually challenged, is the size of the display, but given the size and percieved function as a shelf system, this didn't influence my rating.
While somewhat pricey, if you like music and don't want to spend some really big money this system deserves serious consideration.
This said, this stereo has a very accommodating number of source inputs, including the very desirable USB input, and the speakers sound great - I almost kept it for these reasons, but I ended up returning it. If Denon releases an update on the DM-38, with a better noise floor, I'm all over it. For those with discerning ears look elsewhere, because I can guarantee the noise will drive you bonkers.
I had been looking at a Sony mini system with 530 watts of power for $200.00, which sounded great to me and to other customers nearby, even when I turned up the volume to the max at the store. I liked it and asked the salesguy to show me anything that might be better-- as to being more powerful and having better clarity. When he showed me this Denon (at $399.00) and a Yamaha that looked similar to the Denon (at $449.00), I told him the wattage on these made them seem impotent compared with the Sony; this Denon is only 30 watts per channel. He said to ignore the wattage, that the receiver on this Denon and the Yamaha were so superior to that on the Sony, that that's why they are priced much higher. I said these speakers are tiny compared with the Sony's; he said, "just listen."
How right he was! This Denon unit has powerful sound, and when I blasted it (playing a CD) at max volume (which left me hearing-impaired for a couple of days), there was NO distortion! The Yamaha had minor distortion at max volume, hence my going with the Denon. This blew away the 530-watt Sony, both for power and clarity.
This is a beautiful, adult-looking black unit, micro-sized, perfect on a shelf, but with the power to fill two rooms or more--literally. Strong bass, fine treble; great lows, mids, and highs.
I can't rave about the ease of use for the remote as did another reviewer, but it's no problem, either. Average to use.
I tested these three units at the store for an hour, and a couple others briefly, and this Denon simply had the most power and best clarity among shelf, micro, and mini systems--period. As good as a lot of full-size rack systems, if not better.
Can't comment on iPod or headphone use with it, as I use neither. It's very easy to set up.
Love it, and highly recommend it. This is a winner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great sound. Purchased as a room CD player, but now also use it to listen to favorite FM station.Published 8 months ago by John D. Vonderheyden
I bought mine from Amazon in 2010. Used every day, no problems.
I see the manufacturer has discontinued this model for the DM39.
Quality is excellent. Read more
Love it. Great sound, it's more than enough for large rooms I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great sounding shelf system. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Tom M
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this unit was out of stock so i was shipped the newer 39S. Teh 39s is well built and designed. the sound from the brown burr DAC is clear and sweet. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Gene
I admit up front that my expectations were probably too high. After all, I was paying several hundred dollars for a Denon product, and all I was asking was for it to fill a small... Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by White Rat
Compact yet full featured unit that fills a large room. Good sound quality. Nice remote and the iPod integration works great.Published on September 8, 2012 by Zhall
This is a super mini bookshelf system that really gives you that big sound that the rest just can't deliver, dual amplifier
stage for that extra kick in the pants, has all the... Read more
In short - buy the Denon DM38. I have the Bose Wave Radio / CD Player but wanted something with more power and clarity. Read morePublished on February 19, 2012 by Pete Sarin