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Denon S-32 Internet Radio with Built-in Speakers and 2-Alarm Clock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Wi-Fi wireless network compatible - 802.11b/g
- 20 watts total power output (10 watts + 10 watts) at 4 ohms
- Input sensitivity/input impedance - 200mV/47k ohms
- Supported audio formats - AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, FLAC
- Plays audio stored on PC or Macintosh computers
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The Denon S-32 wireless network music system with built-in speakers and 2-alarm clock, one of Denon's first two networked audio products, delivers a smart way to play music from your computer throughout the home. The WiFi certified S-32 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-32 built-in speakers were targeted to have internationally accepted sound reproduction that is excellent for music with a powerful bass response. Its mono-out allows the use of separate subwoofer of one's choice if ever required. The S-32 comes with a clock with two alarms with auto clock set-and-adjust via internet, and FM/AM radio as well as a built-in dock for iPod for easy drop-in functionality.
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From the Manufacturer The Denon S-32 wireless network music system with built-in speakers and 2-alarm clock, one of Denon's first two networked audio products, delivers a smart way to play music from your computer throughout the home. The WiFi certified S-32 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-32 built-in speakers were targeted to have internationally accepted sound reproduction that is excellent for music with a powerful bass response. Its mono-out allows the use of separate subwoofer of one's choice if ever required. The S-32 comes with a clock with two alarms with auto clock set-and-adjust via internet, and FM/AM radio as well as a built-in dock for iPod for easy drop-in functionality.
The Denon S-32 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-32 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-32 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-32'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-32 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.
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 produce the best quality in its class. The Denon S-32's built-in speakers were targeted to have internationally accepted sound reproduction that is excellent for music highs and lows. Its mono-out allows the use of separate subwoofer of one's choice if ever required. Like the other S-series products with Denon's electronics engineering, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Spatial EQ and Bass-XT turn sound into reality to give powerful bass response and special audio reproduction through its system. The S-32 comes with a clock with two alarms with auto clock set-and-adjust via internet as well as FM/AM radio.
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AM-FM requires use of included external antennas. FM reception is adequate, but not as good as other FM radios I own; I have not really had much reason to test the AM section. The AM-FM section feels like an afterthought, but may come in handy on occasion.
iPod / iPhone Dock - iPod dock works great with my 6th Gen. Classic, and work but will not charge my iPhone 3G. The major functions I use most often (artist / album / genre, shuffle, playlists) work seamlessly on the Denon.
Internet Streaming - the S-32 gets its list of Internet station from the 3rd party vTuner service through the radiodenon web site. There are an estimated 7000 stations / podcats available, and the radiodenon site allows users to manually add stations missing from the current list or suggest additions to VTuner. I asked vTuner about the availability of a specific ESPN podcast that was missing, and received a response within a day that the podcast would be added to the list. I'm hoping I can figure out a way to add channels like Live365 / Slacker / Pandora that are available on the competing Logitech Squeezebox Boom Wi-Fi Internet Radio, but even without these I cannot complain about the variety of channels available. (Note: the S-32 can currently listen to stations in MP3 and WMA format; Real streams like the BBC feeds are not available.)
uPNP Streaming - I was able to connect the S-32 to my music library on a Synology Network Attached Storage (NAS) with uPNP server. Unfortunately, this feature does not support shuffle play and is slower / clunkier than using my iPod with the same music files. I also had several instances where the S-32 was unable to connect to the uPNP server or rebooted while trying to do so.
*Edit - the Denon S-32 documentation does not note any compatibility with uPNP, but instead specifies a computer running XP and WMP 11. I'll let others reviewers note how the Denon works with the recommended music server setup.
Sound - usually quite good considering the physical size of the unit, but on some music the sound can get a get "boomy." This unit would benefit greatly from some sort of bass and treble adjustment.
Other - this unit is a beast, weighing in at over 13 pounds, and has no battery option; I will lug it out to my patio or garage on occasion, but this unit is best as a stationary tabletop radio. The remote is fine, and the backlit display is a nice feature.
Overall - I'm pleased with feature set of the S-32, though I'm hoping that future firmware updates will improve the performance of uPNP streaming. It certainly helped that I was able to take advantage of a great Black Friday deal on the S-32, but even at regular price it is worth a look. Compare this radio to the Logitech Squeezebox products and see what features of each appeal to you.
Edit - I've now had the opportunity to compare this to the Squeezebox Boom. The Denon can get louder before distorting, though at moderate volume levels both sound pretty good. It also has an iPod dock the Squeezebox lacks. But the Squeezebox is more portable, has a better display, includes bass and treble adjustments, offers services like Live365 and the BBC that the Denon lacks, and IMHO has a much better user interface. The Squeezebox also does such a good job at streaming my music collection that an iPod doesn't really seem necessary anymore. The Denon is still a 4-star unit, but in comparison the Squeezebox Boom gets a solid 5 stars from me.
I am moderaterly to highly tech savy. Our whole home is networked with a combination of wired and wireless. I am using the S-32 in wireless mode as I don't have any network outlets in my bedroom. When I first set up the S-32 I was easily able to setup the correct the network settings and passkey to connect to my wireless router. I don't understand why several reviewers had problems with this. After it sucessfully connected to the network, I however was unable to find my media libraries or any internet radio. After a few seconds of thought and quickly flipping through the manual, I ran a firmware update (which took about 20 minutes to complete). Once the updates (there were 3) completed, I "rebooted" and was immediately able to connect to the vast selection of internet radio stations and my local media libraries and the media directory on my Windows Home Server.
Sound quality is decent. I would describe the sound a very natural. It it not overly bright or boomy. My bedroom is about 16'x20' with high (12'+) ceilings, so there is a lot of volume to fill with sound and the S-32 does an excelent job of this at both low and high volumes. Don't get me wrong, you aren't going to get the performance of a receiver running seperate full range speakers, but for a boxed unit I am very happy.
I don't listen to any AM, so can't comment on that reception. The FM reception is excelent, as good as or better than any other radio in my house, including the Terk (non amplified) antenna I have on my main receiver. I don't use an I pod, but the dock worked with my kids varoius I-pods (classics and latest gen Nano).
There are two seperate alarm times than can be used and they are very eary to set and select one or both to be active. I like the fact you can select ANY source (AM/FM/net radio/local music/ipod) to use as your alarm, or just use the built-in buzzer. The volume for each alarm is also independantly adjustable. When the alarm sounds, it does so in an escalating volume, up to the maximum you set it at.
The favorites (basically memory stations) can be a mix of any source the S-32 supports, so I can flip from FM to internet radio to local network music in one button. There are also additional conventional AM/FM presets when using those modes.
The drawbacks I have have encountered are few. With hundreds of artists and albums on my server, it can take a bit of time to browse though the library (there is no "accelerated" seek function). The hierarchy is intuitave, but the time it takes to scroll though several hundered artists to get to the one I want can be a bit frustrating. I will probably set up paylists to help alleviate this. The only other improvemnt I would like to have seen in on the display. It is backlit and while the brightness is adjustable (3 levels) the contract diminishes significantly as you select the dimmer settings, disproportionately with the brightness. This means on the dimmest setting, in a dark room, the backlight lights up the room a little more than I like, but with the reduced contrast, it makes the display harder to read, especially when grogily waking up in the middle of the night and glancing to check the time.
Overall I am satisfied with the Denon S-32. I would buy it again (at it's current price) and reccomend it to others.