Denon hi-fi streamer flies in from Japan

It’s not easy for high-end audio manufacturers to compromise their morals with compressed music, but Denon’s bitten its lip and made this 40GB hi-fi.

It’s not easy for high-end audio manufacturers to compromise their morals with compressed music, but Denon’s bitten its lip and made this 40GB hi-fi. Better still, a source tells us it will be launching in the UK soon.

The D-F103 is a multi-talented little audio master. You can rip CDs straight onto the hard-drive as WMA files, stream audio from Windows Media Connect servers, play tunes from your USB key and, if that’s all too adventurous, just listen to CDs.

It’s no Wi-Fi streamer in the Sonos mould, but can send music round your home network via its Ethernet port, and will also let you tune into Copacabana FM and other internet radio stations.

Don’t worry about painstakingly entering all your track information manually either – there’s a Gracenote CDDB database pre-installed to recognise every CD you feed it.

There’s no official price or release date for the system yet, but it is expected to hit the UK this winter and, judging by the US price, should cost around £750.