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Denon S-301 DVD Home Entertainment System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Denon

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  • System features two speaker panels, PC-sized subwoofer, DVD player, and remote control
  • On-screen guide helps switch between functions, position speakers, and more
  • System connects to and controls your iPod for easy access to stored music and photos
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulates 5.1-speaker sound from only two speakers
  • Progressive-scan DVD runs smooth and quietly
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Product Specifications

Brand NameDenon
Output Wattage280
Built In DecodersDolby Digital, DTS decoder, Dolby Pro Logic II

Product Description

Product Description

Perhaps the most daunting obstacle when connecting a home-theater sound system is wiring 5 (or more) speakers and a subwoofer in a room. Denon uses a 2.1 channel configuration that uses 2 front speakers and a subwoofer to deliver virtual-surround sound in this S-301 home-theater sound system. Experience Denon quality sound and components for superior sound and enjoy the ease and comfort of home-theater without tripping over wires. Front-panel USB input for portable MP3 players / Included remote can control some players when they're connected via USB Integrated disc player plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 & WMA CDs, and JPEG - Kodak/Fujifilm picture CDs Built-in digitally-tuned AM/FM radio with up to 56 programmable station memory presets Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS processing built-in Region 1 DVD play only

Amazon.com

The Denon S-301 DVD Home Entertainment System is an innovative and stylish home theater system that merges the latest technology to provide great sound and outstanding picture quality. Wielding simple and convenient connectivity and operation, the S-301 enables you to bring all your home entertainment components together under one system. And with a sense of classy sophistication, it is a system that easily integrates itself into any interior design.


The attractive S-301 home-theater DVD system delivers big sound and big pictures -- even from a tiny iPod. View larger.

Shoebox-sized DVD player takes up very little room. View larger.

Back panel includes plenty of inputs and outputs for all your home-theater component needs. View larger.

Handy, well-designed remote control. View larger.
Forget about docking stations, loads of cables, computer interfaces, and compatibility issues -- the S-301 provides a new and exciting way to enjoy the most diverse variety of home entertainment. Denon has built this system to provide direct connectivity to your portable players -- such as iPods or Rio MP3 players. Display stored photographs on your television, or pump stored MP3s through Denon's high-quality speakers and subwoofer. With the S-301, it is a breeze to bring portable sound and images to the big screen and big speakers of your home entertainment system.

The S-301 utilizes the most advanced, high-performance audio capabilities, namely the critically-acclaimed Dolby Virtual Speaker technology. This technology simulates a highly realistic 5.1-speaker surround sound listening environment from only two speakers. It also creates a wider two-channel environment during playback of stereo CDs and MP3s, and when combined with Dolby Pro Logic II processing, the S-301 delivers a virtual surround sound listening experience. More than a simple "expanded stereo" performance, this technology incorporates highly advanced algorithms and extensive room-modeling technologies to reproduce the sonic spectrum and dynamics of a properly placed 5.1-speaker system in a room. With two small, powerful speakers and a PC-sized subwoofer, this system comes equipped with all the sound components you need to enjoy the Dolby technology hidden inside. The bottom line is that the Denon S-301 enhances playback of virtually any entertainment source, from stereo music CDs and MP3 files to 5.1-channel DVDs.

With all these great technological features, you might think the S-301 is difficult to use. Luckily, simplicity is at the heart of this system. Merely connect the main unit, the two speakers, and a subwoofer with the included cords to your television, and you'll be ready to enjoy any type of entertainment source available. There are no complicated procedures, and features and functions can be easily accessed via the remote, the front panel controls, or by using the intuitively-designed on-screen interface.

In addition, Denon has developed a vibration control design that dramatically improves disc stability and controls any potential noise that may be generated from DVD vibrations. The progressive-scan DVD player runs smoothly, with a quick load time and very little distraction from unwanted mechanical noise. Toss in the high-quality drive mechanism, and the S-301 creates one of the finest sound and image reproductions available from an all-in-one system. The smart, breakthrough design of the S-301 fuses elegant form and remarkable functionality to deliver three-dimensional sounding and well-balanced acoustics, all of which is rarely available in an integrated home entertainment system.


What's in the Box
DVD player, subwoofer, two speakers, RC-1005 remote control unit, two R6P/AA batteries, power supply cord, D-SUB25P system cable, two speaker cables, video cable, iPod cable, AM loop antenna, FM indoor antenna, two speaker stands, two wall brackets, four screw, hexagonal wrench, service station list, operating instructions, and warranty.


Product Details

Product Manual [7.77mb PDF]
  • Shipping Weight: 66.8 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000AZB694
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Pricy, but well worth it.
Carl P. Rosen
Denon has disappointed many loyal customers by this failure.
A.Dias
The sound quality is good.
E. Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee on March 13, 2006
I bought the Denon S-301 to connect to a Sony Bravia 40". I wanted an all-in-one system that looks good, sound great and plays DVDs well. I am quite happy with my decision to purchase this system.

Playing DVDs. The picture quality is excellent. No complaints there. I use HDMI to hook up to my TV and occasionally the picture blanks. I think its because the Monster HDMI cable is not seating well in the S-301. It does not happen enough for me to worry about. I also have a Sony DAV X-1 connected to the same Sony model TV and they are both comparable. The sound is awesome!! Better than the DAV X-1. Though the bass is a bit "loose", when the .1 of the 5.1 channels kicks in you can feel it! However, I cannot discern the virtual surround sound projection - perhaps its just the position I watch TV from - I don't sit exactly in the middle of the speakers.

Playing CDs. OK this is tough to review as I own an audiophile hifi set and it will be an unfair comparison. The high and mid range is excellent. Comparable to my hifi set. However the bass was very dissappointing at first. After a bit of time and wear in, it got better but nowhere as solid as my hifi set. I also agree with the previous reviewer that the music sounds a little lethargic, no rhythm nor pace - but that is comparing it to a very expensive hifi set so it's hard to say.

Playing iPod. Its good! It charges your iPod too. You see the controls on TV and use the remote to play your songs. There is a little 1s delay between pressing the remote button and the iPod responding so you can't really surf through your iPod.

The manual is not well organized and if you are connecting using HDMI you actually have to read the manual to figure out how to do it.

For what I need the S-301 is a great little system. It is loud enough to fill a big room. The sound quality is good. And the price range is OK for the features and the quality.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Moore on November 12, 2005
Overall, I am pleased with the S301. The DVD picture quality is excellent, as is the sound. However, you would need to have a head full of strange and terrible drugs to believe that 2 speakers can generate "virtual surround sound". Don't misunderstand me, the speakers sound GOOD. The sound is clear and crisp with excellent stereo imaging. The subwoofer does provide some sense of "surround" (due mostly to the omnidirectional nature of low frequencies), but again anyone who thinks 2 speakers can equal 5 or 6 is really, really high.

The S301 is pretty expensive, but easily outclasses the Bose 3-2-1 system in picture quality. Don't forget the S301's ability to connect with iPods (another key reason for my purchase). If you are an iPod owner looking for a good home theatre package and have a limited amount of space this is system is worth looking into.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Hirsh on August 2, 2006
Maybe the other reviewers are denon employees. That's the only way I can explain the high ratings, and the absence of complaints about an issue that is reported on many other websites. When using hdmi, the screen will occasionally go black for about three seconds. When you're watching a movie, that's really annoying. And if you hope to have it fixed, better clear a week on your calendar, because denon repair is impossible to reach.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Tomaszewski on May 8, 2006
I made my decision to purchase the Denon S-301 through the reviews on CNET.com (THE authority on anything electronic!). It got rave reviews and I have been unimpressed with overpriced and underperforming BOSE systems. NEVER waste your money on Bose!

I was impressed with this system the moment I picked up the box. It is quality built and very solid; heavy would be a good description. Each component was nicely finished and did not feel "cheap" as other systems do. It was easy to set-up and the HDMI output made hooking it up to the HDTV a snap (try [...] for excellent cables on par with WAY overpriced Monster Cables for a fraction of the price).

After setting it all up I watched King Kong and I was very happy with the upconversion process. I set it at 1080i and could barely tell the difference in the picture quality as compared to bonafide HD broadcasts. I have read some people had problems with the HDMI output on this device, but I have yet to experience it (knock on wood).

Everything sounds great on this little system. From standard FM radio to CD's it all sounds excellent! I love the fact I can plug my USB "thumb" drive directly into the front of this system and play my MP3's! Obviously, this system has a phantom 5.1 surround sound and does not sound AS good as a true 5.1 system, but I do not miss all the clutter around my room at all. The difference, to me, was not all that great to justify the additional room clutter.

I did wish this system had additional HDMI inputs instead of just a single output. It would have made hooking up future devices a little bit easier. In addition, it has only one TOSlink input (optical audio) along with several digital coaxial inputs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on January 11, 2007
I bought this home theater system from Crutchfield--not Amazon (because although Amazon is my overall favorite online store, the bad experience I had with a television purchase has made me vow to never buy another big-ticket item from Amazon ever again). Nevertheless, here's the deal with the video problem associated with the Denon S-301. According the Crutchfield tech support, any unit manufactured prior to June, 2006 will have a chance of producing the video error. The error I speak of is the random dropping of the video signal when viewing a DVD movie while connected to your television via HDMI. It took me a total of three returns before I found this out, but fortunately, Crutchfield picked up the tab all three times. Whether Amazon will do this for their customers, I do not know.
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