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Denon DCD1600NE Audio CD Player in Silver
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Denon DCD1600NE Audio CD Player in Silver

Denon is one of the rare audio brands that continued to actively develop Hi-Fi components and accumulate, refine, and pass down Hi-Fi audio technologies. The DCD-1600NE focuses on achieving the essence of a disc player: ultra-high precision in reading discs and supplying high-quality audio signals to the amp. To achieve this, the signal paths are as short as possible and the whole circuitry is minimized. The engineers also redesigned the disc drive mechanism brackets and the chassis to eliminate vibration, the great enemy of disc players, and achieve ultra-vibration-resistant performance. The information on the disc is now read with impeccable accuracy and a clean, high-grade signal is supplied to the DCD-1600NE’s Advanced AL32 Processing Plus circuitry. Besides CD and Super Audio CD playback, the DCD features playback of audio recordings up to PCM192/24 or DSD5.6 recorded on a DVD R/RW for full flexibility and extended access to high resolution audio.

State-of-the-art Denon Solutions
- Advanced AL32 Processing and Ultra Precision 192kHz/32bit D/A Converter - Digital recordings beautifully faithful to the original sound
- DAC Master Clock Circuit Design - Jitter-free audio reproduction
- Direct Mechanical Ground Construction - Minimizes unwanted vibration
- Carefully designed construction, minimum signal paths and selected Hi-Fi parts - Preserves audio signal purity
- Denon original drive mechanism with S.V.H. loader - Accurate pickup and decoding from all discs
- Playback of CD and Super Audio CD; DSD (2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz) files and PCM files up to 192 kHz / 24 bits recorded on DVD R/RW - Extended disc support for modern high-res audio
- Separated digital and analogue power supply - Preserves audio signal purity
- Pure Direct Mode - For clean output
- Available in Premium Silver and Black - Perfectly matching the PMA-1600NE Integrated Amp

Advanced AL32 Processing Plus
The DCD-1600NE is equipped with Advanced AL32 Processing Plus, the latest version of Denon’s analogue waveform reproduction technology which utilizes unique data interpolation algorithms and also supports high-resolution sound sources. These algorithms interpolate points that should exist before and after the points in large quantities of data to achieve a smooth waveform that is close to that of the original signal. By carefully restoring data that was lost during digital recording, the resulting playback sound is highly detailed, free of interference, accurately localized, richly expressive in the lower range, and beautifully faithful to the original sound.

New Denon original disc drive design
The DCD-1600NE’s disc drive design contains high-class S.V.H. (Suppress Vibration Hybrid) Mechanism. The circuitry that controls the pickup and decodes the signals read from the disc has been newly developed. Signal paths have been shortened to an absolute minimum and circuits have been miniaturized to ensure that excess current or noise will not occur.
 
An S.V.H. Loader of a hybrid construction combining different materials gives stability to the disc drive so that the disc can be read with utmost accuracy. In addition, the mechanism’s low center of gravity suppresses any vibration occurring inside the mechanism due to disc rotation, and the mechanism structure also effectively suppresses external vibration. By eliminating unwanted vibration, servo-related operations are minimized, and by also minimizing unnecessary controls and current consumption, digital signals can be read from the disc with optimum accuracy under stable conditions.

DSD data disc playback support
In addition to CD and Super Audio CD, the DCD-1600NE can play DSD (2.8 Mhz / 5.6 MHz) files and high-resolution files up to 192 kHz / 24 bits recorded on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs. Music files with sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz recorded on CD-R/RW discs can also be played.
 
Direct Mechanical - Ground Construction
The integrity of musical signals deteriorates when they are subject to internal vibration caused by disc rotation or the power transformer, or to airborne vibration caused by sound pressure from the speakers. To guard against such influences, Denon engineers designed a vibration suppression structure they called “Direct Mechanical Ground Construction”. In this design, the power transformers – themselves a source of vibration – have been placed close to the feet of the DCD-1600NE where unwanted vibration is funneled directly to the ground and prevented from affecting nearby circuitry. Also, by placing the drive mechanism – the part with the greatest mass – low in the center of the chassis, the low center of gravity effectively absorbs internal vibration caused by disc rotation and also protects the mechanism from external vibration.
 
DAC Master Clock Design
To accurately synchronize digital circuits, the DCD-1600NE’s DAC Master Clock Design treats the DAC as the master when clock signals are supplied. Positioning the master clock immediately adjacent to the D/A converter (DAC) suppresses jitter and ensures optimum precision in D/A conversion. In addition, the quality of the clock, which becomes the reference for semiconductor operation, is extremely important for ensuring that the digital audio circuitry performs at its maximum potential. The DCD-1600NE thus employs a clock oscillator to dramatically reduce phase noise that is the displacement of frequencies. The clock power circuit has also been vastly improved to bring out the full potential of the high-quality clock’s performance. A conductive polymer capacitor with particularly outstanding high-frequency impedance characteristics for Denon’s renowned sound quality has been placed at the base of the clock’s power source, and an ultra-compact film capacitor that is different from layered ceramic capacitors has been placed close to the clock, to achieve an improved S/N ratio and a transparent sound with superior spatial expression. The DCD-1600NE is equipped with two clock oscillators, one for each sampling frequency (44.1 kHz and 48 kHz), that can be switched between the frequencies to thoroughly suppress jitter.
 
Circuitry with minimized signal paths - Separate power transformers
The “simple & straight” design philosophy has been thoroughly implemented in all of the DCD-1600NE’s circuits. Circuit patterns have been redesigned from the ground up to make signal paths as short as possible and ensure that the original sound is faithfully reproduced across the sonic spectrum. As a result, interference between circuits and between left and right channels as well as adverse influences on audio signals are minimized, producing a clean, highly transparent sound. Moreover, the power units for the digital and analogue circuits, whose signals have different characteristics, have separate transformers to eliminate mutual interference and noise. An aluminum plate has also been combined to the underside of the steel transformer base to strengthen rigidity.
 

Specification



Features  
CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / AAC Yes
AL 32 Processing Yes
DAC Master Clock Design -
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical Yes 
Asynchronous mode rear USB Yes 
Bit-perfect transmission Yes
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 Yes
Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation Yes 
Customised Components Yes (Separate) 
Symmetric circuit layout Yes 
Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing Yes
Aluminium side panels Yes
Digital in: USB-B / optical / coaxial / USB-A Yes / 2 / 1 / -
Sample Rate digital In 192 kHz / 24-bit
Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 <=11.2
iPod / iPhone compatible USB input 384 kHz / 32-bit
High Grade Audio Components PCM1795 
 
Others
Display: Dimmer / Off 0 / 0
Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry Yes


Playback
Program Play (CD / SA-CD)  0 / 0
Repeat Yes 
Random Play Yes


Inputs/ Outputs
Analogue Out (Cinch) 2ch
Digital Optical In / Out -
Digital Coaxial In / Out -
Sample Rate digital In -
Gold plated Cinch -
USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone -
USB type B input for PC (back)   
Asynchronous mode rear USB  
Sample Rate USB type B In -
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 -
Remote Control Bus in / out -
Headphone Out -
Headphone Volume Control -


Specifications
Mechanism SVH Loader
D/A Conversion Advanced Segment
DAC IC PCM1795 (192kHz/32bit)
Frequency Response (Cust.) 2 Hz - 50 kHz
Dynamic Range (SA) 112 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio (SA) 117 dB 
Total Harmonic Distortion (SA) 0.001%
Frequency Response 2 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range 101 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio 116 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.0018%


General
Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black Yes
Metal Front Panel Yes
Remote Control RC-1213
Power Consumption in W 24
Standby Consumption in W  0.2 
Auto Power Off Yes 
Detachable Power Cable Yes
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm 434 x 328 x 134
Weight in kg 8.2

 

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