Denon’s new music streamer has all the goods. Not only is it as versatile as it gets thanks to the HEOS streaming platform, but it also supports high-resolution audio up to 32-bit/384kHz – that’s far better than CD quality.
HEOS support means you can wirelessly stream music from a plethora of music streaming services, including Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, internet radio and more, as well as other network devices such as NAS drives. You can also create playlists via the HEOS mobile app and use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri for voice control.
Then there’s the sound quality. Inside the network audio player, Denon’s Advanced Processing supports up-sampling up to 384 kHz and bit extension up to 32-bit, while the asynchronous USB Type B connection natively supports hi-res digital files, including DSD256. Four high-precision 32-bit/384kHz ES9018K2M digital-to-analog converters are configured in a dual differential mode, just like Denon’s flagship DCD-A110 SACD player, which should result in quality sound.
This is all aided by Denon’s Master Clock design, which suppresses jitter, and the isolation of the analogue and digital circuit boards from each other to prevent interference.
Do you want connections? The DNP-2000NE has plenty, starting with Wi-Fi, wired Ethernet, Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay 2. HDMI ARC lets you connect your TV to your hi-fi setup and you can even control the DNP-2000NE with your TV remote . Two optical and a coaxial digital input are also ready, in addition to a USB Type B input. There are also fixed and variable analog output options, and one coaxial and one optical output each. And finally, there’s a headphone jack on the front panel.
It’s available in three colors: black, premium silver, and graphite silver (although ironically the latter comes at a premium price). The Denon DNP-2000NE streamer will launch in June for £1399 / $1599 (£1599 / $TBC in graphite silver). Australian prices are still TBC.
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