Denon S-52 Wireless Network Music System with Built-in Speakers and Alarm Clock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Wi-Fi wireless network compatible 802.11b/g
- 20 watts total power output (10 watts + 10 watts)
- Supported audio formats - AAC - MP3 - WAV - WMA - FLAC
- Unlimited access to Rhapsody catalog
- Plays audio stored on PC or Macintosh
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From the Manufacturer
The Denon S-52 features a built-in dock
for iPod® for easy drop-in functionality
Denon, an industry leader in home entertainment technology, presents the second generation products in its family of advanced "S-Series" integrated home entertainment systems. The S-series has been accepted with enthusiasm all over the world since its introduction. It has set a standard in a user-friendly home audio system that merged the technology for superior sound quality with a beautiful display. Denon's S-52 networked audio system features the ability to stream music wirelessly from internet radio sources and other network attached storage devices such as PC or Mac computers on the network. The Denon S-52 also features a built-in dock for iPods® for easy drop-in functionality and all the S-series has the ability to decode MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC formats as well as those encoded in free Lossless Audio codec.
Smart Operation: Total Simplicity of Set-up and Operation
Denon engineers designed these all new S-Series systems from the ground up with the goal of fusing high-quality audio performance with elegance, ease-of-use and advanced connectivity. For simplicity of operation, users can access all features and functions of the systems either via the remote or the multi-task jog wheel on top. The S-52's high contrast graphic LCD screen is simple yet provides enough information for day-to-day activities.
Smart Network: Enjoy Music Anytime, Anywhere Wirelessly
The WiFi certified Denon S-52 offers the ability to stream music either via Ethernet, or wirelessly, from internet radio sources and other network attached storage devices such as PC or Mac computers on the network. The S-52 is also satellite radio ready with the optional subscription-based hardware.
Smart Sound: Simply Be Impressed By Denon's Power and Quality
The same serious engineering with passion and know-how is put into this wireless network music system to reproduce the best quality in its class. The Denon S-52's built-in speakers were targeted to have internationally accepted sound reproduction that is excellent for music highs and lows. Like the other S-series products with Denon's electronics engineering, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Spatial EQ and Bass-XT turn sound into reality and give powerful bass response and special audio reproduction through its system. The S-52 comes with a clock with two alarms with auto clock set-and-adjust via internet as well as FM/AM radio. The S-52 also plays CDs and USB music devices in addition to digital radios (DAB/XM/HD).
Top Customer Reviews
For just popping in an iPod or CD and playing it, this thing works like a dream. It supports CD-R's burned with files (like .MP3's or .WMA files) and thumb drives work well. It won't span sub-directories for continuous play so you have to dump all your files in the same directory if you want it to play everything continuously. The CD mechanism is among the quietest I've ever heard, and the loading mechanism is _very_ smooth. I've seen high-dollar CD transports that have done worse.
The large clock display is easily readable. Alarms clearly indicate their wakeup time on the display whenever they are enabled. The separate, push-to-latch buttons for each alarm make switching alarms easy and fool-proof.
The device sounds quite good on its own -- Denon clearly spent time and money designing the speaker enclosures to be relatively free of unwanted resonances, and the speakers have adequate high-frequency response. Denon uses Audyssey bass-boosting technology to increase apparent bass which works relatively well but unfortunately is undefeatable should you hook up a subwoofer. Adding a powered subwoofer is easy because of the mono RCA (phono-jack) output on the back but adjusting it is difficult because the Audyssey technology sounds muddy when accompanied by a subwoofer. I would recommend a subwoofer with variable frequency, volume, and phase controls -- switches won't give you the adjustability you need to blend the subwoofer with the radio.Read more ›
A) Sound quality
I compared it with a friend to his Bose Wave system. We both prefered Denon, which had richer bass and fuller range. Both systems created an impressive stereophonic spread throughout the room if placed in the right position. Denon also compared favorably to Tivoli Radio (but Tivoli is mono). You can add an external subwoofer to this Denon (the external speaker port is for "mono" only so it is only practical for a subwoofer).
B) Music Input
This is its strongest feature. The Denon is more versatile than other shelf-systems (Bose, Polk i-Sonic, Tivoli, Boston Acoustics, Cambridge Soundworks) and even outperforms the expensive Sonos (it does what Sonos does and more... you could spend thousands putting a Sonos port with expensive speakers in each room, or just buy the Denon and move it from room to room - it's portable!).
It will switch between input-sources seamlessly with the push of a button. For toggling to your favorite track or folder, Denon has a highly readable screen which displays 3-lines (e.g. 3 folders, 3 track names). The blue screen has 3-dim levels and can be read from across a small room (because it enlarges the selected text). Toggling this menu is easy either through a button on the remote or a faster dial on the machine. Here's what it can play:
1) Ipod through a dock (better sound quality than an aux line)
2) Other digital media through front-loaded USB port (this works just like the ipod dock, optimizing sound quality and allowing you to control the folders/song titles through Denon's screen. I plugged my Creative Zen in and it instantly recognized all the folders/tracks.Read more ›
I have owned a Denon S-52 for more than a year and I'm very happy with it. After reading many negative comments about this unit from users here in Amazon and other places, I see that most of the complaints follow a pattern. I will go over these points in the order that I see people are complaining, and I will add my own comments.
...but before I want to say that I don't accept the notion that there's anything that you can buy that is going to be 100% what you want nor there's any gadget perfect for everyone. My approach towards any device that own is that if I'm 80% happy with it, that's as perfect as it can get for me, so my advice is don't expect anything perfect for you because you will not find it, unless you design it yourself, maybe?
1. PRICE: Yes it was very steep. When it first came out the price tag was $699 + tax, but now you can get one for about $500 from most retailers, which is the same price of a comparable radio but you'll get much more with the S-52.
2. DIFFICULT TO SET UP/HARD TO USE: Yes and no, if you are not at all a techie person you might need someone who understands basic networking to help you set it up the first time, but after that I don't see any difficulties using this unit. Most if not all of the functions can be accessed without a remote control. I agree that the initial Wi-Fi set up could be more user friendly for the non-techie person, but not a big deal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
We purchased a Denon S-52 three years ago from a Canadian distributor and have had nothing but headaches with this expensive and disappointing product. Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by ortho
The network feature is awful. Wireless rarely works, even if sat within a foot of the access point. Ethernet is better, but only just. That constantly drops out too. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Andy
The Denon S-52 is the most unbelievable Clock Radio of all time.
Internet Radio, HDRadio, CD, iPod, USB, Aux input, & WiFi this has it all and it sounds awesome for a Clock... Read more
I've more then happy with my denon s-52. i had to purchase a $5 ethetnet cord so i could upgrade its programming software. Read morePublished on February 5, 2011 by Joe
I have to start off by saying I have done a bit of research on this unit, as the cost had to be justified, and I was not going to willy nilly replace my Bose Wave CD. Read morePublished on April 29, 2010 by D. Pagel
Another reviewer said they put the Denon side by side with a Bose Soundock and the Denon was just as good (or passibly close. Not even remotely true. Read morePublished on March 4, 2010 by iamsid
this is my first review on amazon, although i have been a customer for years.
i thought i would put my two cents since the reviews seem to be all over the place. Read more
I have purchased and subsequently returned two S-52's. It is hard to believe the manufacturer has not pulled these off the market. Read morePublished on February 16, 2010 by Mr. Man
I opened it and set it up in about 15 mintues, including the WiFi internet radio. Very Simple. It looks nice, great for a contemporary setting. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Greg Kuisel