* Prices may differ from that shown
I owned a Denon D-M30 Hi Fi for many years, and I loved it. Not only does it deliver fantastic sound quality, but for £245 it is a very versatile and hard wearing product.
The dimensions of the decks are 210 x 95 x 326mm, and they weigh 2.9kg each. The hi fi is comprised of 3 - 5 decks, depending on your choice. The tuning deck will be present, and you can choose whether to purchase the cassette deck, CD deck, mini disk deck and radio to accompany it.
The decks are silver in appearance, and equipped with larger than adequate display screens on which you can see how long the media has been playing, time left to run, etc. There is a dial and the standard Play, Stop, etc, if you wish to operate the deck manually. I usually use the remote control for this, the sensor for which is located in the uppermost level. The buttons for manual operation require a bit of force for the action to be detected, and although the deck is endowed with a non-slip coating on its underside, it can still slip out of place somewhat if you happen to push it too hard.
When inserting cassettes, CDs and mini disks you must push the button on the bottom left of the appropriate deck, and the tray will extend outwards. You simply slot the disk into the crevice, and either push the tray back in manually, or wait a few seconds for it to retract automatically. I have discovered that when the automatic function kicks in the tray can draw in a swift speed, and my finger once became stuck in the machine. This caused the tray to cease movement, and I was able to hit the eject button and release my digit. I experienced some discomfort, but thankfully the 'bite' was not so aggressive that it drew blood.
On the tuning deck there is a large volume dial. If you enjoy listening to music at high volumes you will certainly appreciate this feature, as it enables you to select eardrum shattering levels (although I would not, of course, recommend this, for the sake of your neighbours!) I frequently listen to loud music, and even when it is distinctly audible through the double glazing I find I have reached only a third of the hi fi's maximum volume capacity. The tuning deck also features dials for bass, treble and balance. You can focus the dials centrally to select Flat sound, or in increments of +1 or -1 down to -5 to the right and +5 to the left. On the right is a larger dial that is the rec selector, and on the left is the input selector. The dials are all very smooth to operate and will respond immediately to your request.
The remote control that accompanies the hi fi package runs on two AA batteries, and in the entire time I owned the hi fi I had cause to change the batteries only once. The remote is equipped with 53 buttons, so you can control a great deal from a distance. Some features you can operate, as well as the standard volume, On, Play, Stop, Rewind and Fast Forward, are sleep, dimmer, standby, shuffle, clean, aux, phono and CD sync. One complaint I have about the remote control is that you sometimes have to align yourself perfectly with the sensor in order for the signal to be detected, but if the batteries are fresh this is slightly less problematic.
This is a fantastic hi fi that is both stylish and durable. It is endowed with a huge array of features, so you are able to modify the sound that emits from it to your requirements. It delivers a gorgeous, rich bass and those who crave their music loud will be enchanted by this model.
Before buying this hi-fi system, I hadn't got a clue who Denon were. In fact, I had gone into my local hi-fi shop with the intention of buying a Teac. Along took I, a cd. Fat of the land by the prodigy in fact. Once the bass cut in I soon realised that small speakers can produce loud sound. However, the salesman in the shop pointed me towards this machine. The Denon. Looking extremely shiny (we're talking seat-wettingly gorgeous here), I couldn't resist. I put in the same cd, same volume, but WOW was the sound better! Everything that this system pumps out sounds like it has just been recorded live right in front of you. The bass, midrange and treble are all superbly detailed and amazingly full on. In fact, this little box of tricks is better than the wacking great lump we keep in the lounge! (And yours maybe?) The volume is extremely loud if you like that sort of thing. However, pay attention to the manual when it says not to put excessive bass or treble through the speakers at loud volume! Play certain black sabbath songs at volume 26 and bass +3 and see what I mean! Actually don't, as it will worry you somewhat. However, for a bit of fun, play the ace of spades at full volume. Yessum, at maximum volume, this small shiny thing could actually deafen you! There are even two outputs for subwoofers! I personally own the cd receiver unit and the tape deck. The reason for having the tape deck is I own a walkman and regularly record my cds onto tape so i can listen to them on the move. The tape player can be programmed to record the radio at a certain time. It will switch on when you tell it to, and switch off when its done. The rds surprised me. Although the aerial isn't spectacular, the amount of radio stations i can now receive has doubled, with many supporting rds. This allows you to search for a specific sort of music or program that is being played, or get up to date traffic info, as well as being able to see info about the statio
n you are listening to. A neat feature with radio 1 for example, is the ability to see what is being played during the top 40 countdown! The cd player could easily rival a much larger unit and is certainly worth the money. It is fully programmable, and has all the normal features, but is certainly high fidelity. Since owning this unit, I have noticed loads of detail in songs that just wasn't evident before. If music matters to you, but you haven't got a lot of space or money, then this is the system for you. Trust me, I like my music. Update: The tape deck has such amazing sound quality that on playing my tapes and lending them to my mates they mistake them for cds! Often clearer than a pre-recorded tape version of a cd!
After my last Sony hi-fi went wrong, I was looking for another replacement of the same make. A friend of mine suggested looking at some Denon kit instead, and I've not looked back. The sound quality and setup is superb. Despite being a relatively small piece of hardware this is an excellent item, and I would advise anyone looking at a new system to investigate it. It also looks superb. If I've got one gripe it's that the instructions are a bit useless.
I bought my denon dm-30, after its rave reviewe, in what-hifi magazine. It cost 250 pounds but I think it's gone down in price(be warned they seem to sell it with and without the speakers, so if you get it via mail order or the internet make sure to ask) So what do you get? You get a CD player, that sounds magnifique. An RDS radio which is not bad. And pair of mission speakers And that's it. You can pay extra and get a mini disc player, or tape, etc, but do you really need it????? I connected it up to my TV, it produced great results, and because its a mini system, it does not clutter up the place. I really do not understand why anyone now days needs anything bigger, the tiny speakers are loud enough to burst your ear drums as it is. How goes it sound? It can cope with radiohead, it can cope with bowie, it can cope with les mis, and beatles revolver. Sounds beautiful Buy it! Smile, relax, listen and be happy Charlie