Denon strives to make hi-fi cool

Some companies just don’t know when to give up, do they? Denon is riding high on the crest of the home cinema wave, and is selling vast quantities of

Some companies just don’t know when to give up, do they? Denon is riding high on the crest of the home cinema wave, and is selling vast quantities of its excellent multi-channel kit, but still the Japanese company refuses to put the two-channel side of its business out to pasture.

Citing such spurious reasons as many decades’ worth of hi-fi manufacturing experience, a reputation that’s second to none when it comes to producing top-notch stereo kit, and a blossoming interest in hyper-expensive high-end equipment in Japan, Denon is launching the 2000AE range on an unsuspecting British public.

The pairing, which cost £1,200 apiece, take a lot of the money-no-object technological developments from the SA1 series – yes, people are still making developments in hi-fi – and bring them down to a more affordable level. These include Denon’s own drive mechanisms for spinning the discs inside the DVD-2000AE CD/SACD player and the inclusion of many of its more expensive sibling’s components in the 80Watts per channel PMA-2000AE amplifier.

There’s even more good news on the all-important looks front, as both parts of the equation are incredibly easy on the eye. Okay, so they won’t play DVDs and they cost a heck of a lot of money, but surely there’s still room in our lives for music? Surely? Anyone? Can you hear us?

If you can, the pair are on sale now online and at all good hi-fi dealers.

Related stories:

Marantz introduces lux hi-fi

TEAC hi-fi has hi-tech feature