UK 2015 – Denon, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, announces a new addition to its recently introduced Denon Design Series. The DRA-100 Network Stereo Receiver (£799) has been created for serious Hi-Fi listeners looking for a compact and high quality design. At the same time, it features next generation music playback options including built-in Wi-Fi for high resolution music streaming, AirPlay, Bluetooth and a host of digital and analogue inputs.
Sporting a sleek aluminium body and two-tone design, the DRA-100 boasts a 2x 70W digital amplifier incorporating unique DDFA® technology for superior audio fidelity. This output stage circuit has a discrete construction which realises higher Signal-to-Noise-ratio and lower distortion compared to conventional class D amplifiers. A subwoofer pre-out is at hand for adding even more bass to the sound. Denon’s original sound technologies such as Advanced AL32 Processing and Master Clock design developed for the company’s premium Hi-Fi components, further enhance the music listening experience.
The DRA-100 features Bluetooth & Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity out-of-the-box. Once connected to the Internet through the home Wi-Fi network (or with a hard-wired connection via the RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port), music lovers can enjoy their favourite tracks from streaming music service Spotify Connect (where available). They can also choose from thousands of Internet Radio stations around the world, and enjoy music from virtually every genre. Thanks to the DLNA 1.5 compatibility, music file streaming from a local computer or NAS drive is possible too. The DRA-100 supports MP3, AAC, WMA, and even high resolution audio tracks of up to 192-kHz/24-bits (WAV, FLAC, AIFF) along with DSD 2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz files (DSD is the advanced digital audio coding system of SACD). The same file support is given through the front USB port, which in addition can directly play back music from an iDevice in best quality using the DRA-100’s high performance audio circuit. The Bluetooth connectivity features quick and easy pairing to connect and stream music from any compatible portable device. For even faster pairing, the DRA-100 comes with NFC (Near Field Communication). By activating an NFC-enabled Bluetooth device and placing it next to the N mark on the product’s front panel, it’s instantly paired with no need for manual passcode entry. The Denon Hi-Fi Remote App lets you easily control the DRA-100 with your favourite portable device and it’s available for both Apple and Android devices.
To round up the latest Denon development, there are multiple digital inputs (2 optical and 1 coaxial) for compatibility with digital audio sources along with two analogue stereo inputs for legacy analogue sources. A dedicated headphone amplifier circuit features a high speed ultra-low distortion wideband op amp that’s paired with a fully discrete final output stage. In order to accommodate the widest range of headphone types, the DRA-100 features an adjustable headphone impedance control, with 3 settings for low, medium and high impedance headphones which provide proper matching of headphone impedance and amplifier gain.
The stylish and elegant compact chassis is sized to fit just about anywhere in the home. For total convenience, the supplied remote control features an ergonomically-designed layout that includes a cursor keypad, source select and volume controls, setup menu button, a Bluetooth button and a display dimmer button.
The DRA-100 will be available in a black/silver colour finish starting in October.
• 70W into 4 ohms full digital power amplifier for powerful and detailed sound
• Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth with NFC pairing
• Advanced AL32 Processing and Master Clock Design
• 2x optical, 1x coaxial digital inputs, 2x analogue inputs
• Built-in AirPlay, Internet Radio and Spotify Connect (where available)
• Front USB port for mass storage devices and direct iDevice playback
• Supports High Resolution Audio files
through Network streaming (DLNA 1.5) and USB
• High quality headphone output with gain control
to support a wide range of headphones
• Subwoofer pre-out
• Clear view OLED; easy-to-use remote control
• Auto Standby and low power consumption at stand-by (0.3W)
• Available in black/silver