updated 07:10 pm EDT, Tue July 5, 2005
Denon Electronics today announced the first products in a planned family of advanced "S-Series" integrated home entertainment systems. The two Denon 2.1-channel surround sound DVD home theater systems, Models S-301 ($1,600) and S-101 ($1000) are its first home entertainment products to provide simple, convenient connectivity and control of today's portable digital music devices, including the iPod series. Designed as total high-performance home theater entertainment solutions, the new S-Series systems are complete and compact, featuring integrated DVD/receiver units with a stylish remote, dual satellite speakers and high-performance subwoofers. In addition, the S-301 includes a front-panel USB port, while both devices feature an analog connection to all makes of portable devices via their headphone jacks.
engineers designed both new S-Series systems from the ground up, offering users can access all features and functions of the systems either via the remote, the front panel controls or by using the intuitively designed onscreen interface. An onscreen 'Help Menu' takes users through every step of the simple set-up process. A component video conversion feature in both systems adds to their flexibility in multi-component home theater system operation, letting users send signals from either composite or S-video sources directly to their display device via a single connection.
"As home entertainment products become more and more advanced, they can also unfortunately become more complicated to operate. Our S-Series systems are designed to make it easier than ever before for consumers, including today's digital music generation, to take full advantage of today's most advanced audio/video performance features and functions, offering a simple and elegant way to expand and enhance their home entertainment experience. In addition to providing a complete 'out-of-the-box' home theater surround sound solution, for example, our first two systems let users easily connect their iPods and other portable music players to enjoy their favorite songs in a way they may never have realized was possible," said Jeff Talmadge, Marketing Manager for Denon USA.
Denon S-301: No-Compromise Audio and Video Performance
In addition to its unprecedented capabilities in connecting digital portable digital music players, the Denon S-301 system features a high-performance universal DVD player that provides compatibility with all disc formats as well as a dual discrete Analog Devices ADV-7310 12-bit/216MHz video D/A converters--one for the progressive scan video circuit and one for the interlaced circuit, as well as built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound decoding, and 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters. The S-301's DVD player features HDMI digital video output with scaling (480p/720p/1080i) for artifact-free upconversion to HD resolution video.
The S-301 includes a full selection of audio and video connections, including the digital USB port, HDMI digital audio and video output, component and composite video outputs, coaxial and optical digital inputs, a +12v output trigger and an RS-232C port for third-party controllers.
Advanced Dolby Technologies for Room-Filling Surround Sound
In addition to their elegance and total ease-of-use, both systems offer advanced high-performance audio, including Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, which utilizes breakthrough digital audio processing techniques to yield an accurate and natural virtualized surround sound listening experience through fewer speakers. In addition, the S-301 features Dolby Pro Logic II decoding that can can enhance the playback of any program material, from stereo music CDs and MP3 files to 5.1-channel DVDs. Both Denon S-301 and S-101 systems also feature Dolby Headphone signal processing, which delivers a comfortable natural-sounding surround sound listening experience from any set of connected headphones.
A Dedicated, Super-Convenient iPod Connection
Both the Denon S-301 and S-101 systems provide optimum audio performance from the iPod portable digital music/photo players: using the specially designed front-panel connector and the supplied plug-and-play "Connect iPod" cable, users enjoy full access to all features and functions of 3rd and 4th generation iPods, including the familiar iPod navigational menu displayed on their main home theater screen. The onscreen display mimics the iPod's own menu display, offering easy and familiar control capabilities. Once connected (using the simple onscreen setup guide provided), all basic iPod features, including volume control, menu navigation, play, stop and skip, can be accessed via the Denon remote control. Users can also recharge their iPods while connected.