Denon’s First Networked Audio Systems Provide Audio Streaming From Rhapsody’s Music Service
In a major leap forward for home entertainment connectivity and convenience, Denon Electronics, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment components, today announced its two new S-Series Networked Audio Systems, Models S-52 (SRP: $699) and S-32 (SRP: $499) are now available to consumers. Featuring advanced Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 b/g), both systems offer consumers an easy way to wirelessly receive and enjoy music from other connected devices in the home and directly from the Rhapsody digital music service.
With the S-32 and S-52 Audio Systems, consumers can enjoy unlimited access to Rhapsody’s extensive music catalog, exclusive content from MTV, VH1 and CMT and professionally programmed Rhapsody Channels in any room of the home via Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to your home network. To make getting started with the Denon Audio Systems and Rhapsody easy, both systems come with a no credit card required, free 30-day trial subscription to the service.
Joe Stinziano, Denon’s Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing noted, “Our new S-Series products embody Denon’s ‘Whole Home Audio’ strategy and are designed to provide “Boundless Entertainment” opportunities for our customers. The S-Series Networked Audio Systems truly raise the bar for the entire compact category, offering users advanced networking, connectivity, performance and convenience features. We’re also very pleased to partner with Rhapsody for this groundbreaking product launch. This alliance enables us to add significant value by offering our customers easy access to Rhapsody’s 4.5 million songs and gives users an exciting new way to explore and enjoy digital music from virtually every genre.”
“Rhapsody enables music lovers to enhance their everyday lives with their own personal soundtrack,” said Michael Bloom, head of Rhapsody. “We are thrilled to partner with Denon to give fans a new way to get that rich Rhapsody experience throughout their homes.”
Robust Sound, Plus iPod Dock and Access to Rhapsody Music Service
In addition to the robust sound quality, Denon’s new S-52 and S-32 systems both feature a built-in iPod dock for easy drop-in functionality. These new units deliver crisp, clean sound with powerful bass response, made possible by the utilization of Audyssey Bass-XT and Dynamic EQ software.
Both new Denon Networked Audio Systems feature the ability to stream music wirelessly from Internet Radio sources and other network attached storage devices and PC or Mac computers on the network.
These units also have the ability to decode popular MP3 and WMA formats and also AAC, WAV and those encoded in FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec). To take advantage of the iPod connectivity, Denon has added a multi-function scroll wheel on the top of the unit for easy control of long lists of artists, albums, or playlists stored on iPods or sourced from Internet Radio stations as well as the navigation of the menu.
Additional Performance Features in S-52
The S-52 is designed for consumers who will settle for nothing but the best in the compact system category. Due to its compact size and wireless capability, it can be placed in just about any room in the house, setup quickly and easily used almost immediately with its intuitive menu. In addition to all the audio-enhancing technologies available in the S-32, the S-52 adds a built-in HD Radio tuner with multicasting functionality and a slot-loading CD player capable of decoding many popular audio formats including MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV and FLAC. The S-52 is also XM Satellite Radio ready via mini tuner and optional subscription, and also features a USB port that allows users to connect USB mass storage devices, including Flash Drives, MP3 players or USB hard drive.
Following the 30-day free trial, users who would like to continue listening to content from Rhapsody will need to subscribe to the Rhapsody service available via the website (http://www.rhapsody.com) for $12.99/month.
Additional information about Denon’s “Boundless Entertainment” products including the S-52 is available online at http://www.usa.denon.com/boundless. Denon will demonstrate these products to members of the press (by invitation) at the D&M Press Open House on Wednesday, January 9th (8am-10am) during CES at Mandalay Bay (Lagoon Ballroom, South Convention Center, 2 Fl).
*A home network is required for networking and streaming features.
About Denon Electronics
Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and first commercialization of PCM digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D&M Holdings Inc.
About D&M Holdings Inc.
D&M Holdings Inc. is a global operating company providing worldwide management and distribution platforms for premium consumer, automotive, commercial and professional audio and video businesses including Denon, Marantz, McIntosh Laboratory, Boston Acoustics, Snell Acoustics, Escient, Calrec Audio, Denon DJ, D&M Professional and D&M Premium Sound Solutions. Our technologies improve the quality of any audio and visual experience. All product and brand names with a trademark symbol in the body of this press release are trademarks or registered trademarks of D&M Holdings, Inc. or its subsidiaries. For more information visit http://www.dm-holdings.com.
Rhapsody offers an integrated and immersive digital music experience accessible to consumers via their computer, portable music device and soon their mobile phone. Rhapsody is the exclusive digital music service for RealNetworks, Inc., and for MTV Networks’ music and pop-culture brands in the United States. Rhapsody is a service of Rhapsody America LLC, a joint venture between and MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) and RealNetworks (Nasdaq RNWK).