Denon dumps discs with hard drive hi-fi

We may have encoded them to MP3 years ago but every now and then we still like to dust off a CD, open the creaking case, examine the fading artwork an

We may have encoded them to MP3 years ago but every now and then we still like to dust off a CD, open the creaking case, examine the fading artwork and listen to that first whir of the disc spinning.Not Denon, it's demoted the CD player on its latest hi-fi to mere ripping duty, though it will still spin them if you're feeling a bit retro. Instead it’s made a new fangled Advanced Hard Disk Recorder the core of the system. Boasting a seemingly modest 40GB hard drive it'll hold around 10,000 songs.While it’s at the grindstone, the hi-fi maker’s also given Internet Radio an audiophile debut, taking its place beside DAB, FM and AM on the function dial.Round the back are slots aplenty with USB for transferring from or to a PC or MP3 player and LAN connectivity for logging on to web radio stations or piping music over a network. No Wi-Fi but you can always add an adaptor. A special iPod add-on is also available.Seems tempting, but does it sound any good? Well, we're told it uses exactly the same circuits as the rest of the Denon line up. So that'll be a yes then.

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