Denon launch DRA-100 network stereo receiver

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by hodg100 Sep 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM


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    Denon launch DRA-100 network stereo receiver
    Denon has announced a new addition to its Design Series; the DRA-100 Network Stereo Receiver.
    It is a product, says Denon, 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.

    The DRA-100 boasts a 2x 70W digital amplifier incorporating unique DDFA technology; this output stage circuit has a discrete construction which realises higher Signal-to-Noise-ratio and lower distortion compared to conventional class D amplifiers, they claim. A subwoofer pre-out is at hand for adding more bass. Denon's original sound technologies such as Advanced AL32 Processing and Master Clock design developed for the company’s premium Hi-Fi components should also enhance the music listening experience.

    The DRA-100 features Bluetooth & Wi-Fi wireless streaming connectivity out-of-the-box and there’s Spotify Connect compatibility too. 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 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. 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.

    A Bluetooth connection can be achieved via NFC (Near Field Communication), if your device supports it. Meanwhile, the Denon Hi-Fi Remote App promises easy control the DRA-100 with your favourite portable device and it’s available for both Apple and Android devices. The supplied, conventional, 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.

    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 DRA-100 will be available in a black/silver colour finish starting in October, priced at £799.

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