NP-720 AE

Denon brings his first independent streaming player to the mains with the DNP-720 AE (500 euros). Technical foundations he is related to the Group of colleagues from Marantz. Facilities, price and unit concept differ clearly. This also applies to the sound?

  1. Denon DNP-720 AE
  2. Data sheet

Marantz’s been a race to be the first network player, the D & M group, would have clearly won: beginning of 2011 came their NA-7004 on the market, now followed by the DNP-720 AE of the sister company of Denon. It doesn’t matter however: the Denon is aimed at a different, perhaps even wider audience, simply because he is 300 euros cheaper. Under 500 euros – a price at the market had so far no single Networker, which looked externally for HiFi.

Clear, Sonos and Logitech sound good and can be operated just fine. But a solid 43-cm front metal both cannot offer, a connector for the iPod or even integrated airplay for wireless streaming directly from Apple devices of course only right not. The sound competence of a company, that scale setting end could help exciting, yet each chapter of in digital history, say nothing. In short: There are or better enough gave reasons to wait on a Denon network players.

Who has however hoping for gapless playback, therefore, the ability to also mesh transitioning songs without hearing the short gap (“cap”), changing the track, will miss this as it did in the Marantz. The common streaming Assembly of both players can apparently just not move, and airplay are left lined from iTunes or an Apple stamps, the only way to really break free from a local server to stream.

Who can renounce to keep iPod or pad, while listening in the hand may insert akkusparend the music waffle about the usual white cable directly to the USB Input of the Denon. The porti is then loaded, player display and remote control, and also gives the music in digital form directly to the Denon converter. Reads the USB port of also memory sticks and it plays this music – for the small souvenir of music in between.

Other, as coaxial or optical data door not brings the DNP-720 AE – external D/A-converter is so inappropriate. In practice, this perhaps is the main feature difference with the Marantz, who has also a headphone output as well as a DAB tuner ahead the Denon in addition to the digital inputs. Not that DAB to the Internet radio both excellently implemented by Marantz as Denon would bring any advantage – the absence of little attractive at least in the home business “digital radio” means no real criticism from AUDIO view.

Who (as the three Linn station with each 320 kbps) has heard a technically clean produced and with sufficient data rate streaming web radio, know that the most powerful sound broadcasting today comes from the Internet. Thanks to full-text search and Text keypad on the remote control, the desired transmitter – as long as you know their names – are no time found with the Denon and filed on favorite memories. The basic setup is just as straightforward: by far the most key presses devours is still entering the Wi-FI password unless the user not simply inserting a LAN cable and thus almost instantly online.

Wi-FI is incidentally incorporated in the Denon – here the 720er is even superior to his radio-defying Marantz brother. AUDIO is recommended nevertheless to put the Denon, because the wired operation regardless of player model and manufacturer just more stable works and keeps free Wi-FI for devices that really need it on the LAN leash. For example, for an iPhone, then the free Denon remote app can running, that controls the player in all functions comfortably.

The whole Vergleicherei could lead with the Marantz model concludes, that the Denon only through a streamlined feature selection is different, but the opposite is the case: at least for music people fade the features before the sonic character of the Denon brings to the fore. His stresses constructed, populated plain and at the same time high-quality converters and output stages have slimmer than that of the Marantz player, same but this difference something with striking cleanliness and vitality.

To listen well is on the album “new history warfare vol. 2 – judges” by Colin Stetson (FLAC at our site), which by the way shows the stunned listeners, as well as a bass saxophone in the right hands (and in particular of the right lung) a complete rock band can replace. Depending on the facility and taste is the noble, soft fullness of Marantz or crisp, spatially more stable and dynamically more challenging freshness of the Denon do race – draw is likely, however, rarely materialize.

Conclusion

With its clear, balanced at all liveliness still sound, the Denon shows that its audio Department voted despite their simple structure in meticulous precision work. If gapless is no prerequisite (this depends strongly of musical tastes and listening habits), offers the 720AE already a round, harmonious trim package and intuitive ease of use. Thanks to automatically installable Internet updates the player on this basis will evolve as well.

Denon DNP-720 AE

Manufacturer Denon
Price €500.00
Rating 100.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

 

 

 

 

Technical data and test results

General
Dimension 43.5 x 7.5 x 30.0 cm
Weight 3.0 kg
Sound
Input RCA (number)
Output RCA (number) (1)
Input of digital opt. / coax / HDMI / /
Digital output opt. / coax /
Sound via HDMI
Balanced outputs
Image music Server
Output video (number)
Output S-video (number)
YUV output / HDMI
Network
Ethernet
Wi-FI / Wi-FI encryption /
USB (number) (1)
Memory card slot
Type of memory card
required server UPnP
Facilities
Display
Display / color display /
Resolution
Remote control / Adaptive /
Display / system /
Operating modes
Playback album / playlist /
Operation on the device
OSD
Display CD text
Internet radio / Vorgespeicherte stations (Internet radio) /
FM radio / station memory /
CD database Online
Formats
Data formats FLAC, WAV, MP3, AAC, WMA
Video formats
Audio CD / DVD /
maximum sampling frequency 96
Review
Crisp clean, very lively sound.
No gapless.
CD quality sound 100
Sound data reduced
Image
Operation well
Processing well
Facilities
Sound judgment well over 100
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 11 / 11

 

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