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Denon S-52 Tabletop Stereo Packs a Punch

by Paul Strauss
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This new audio system from Denon is loaded with just about every feature you’d ever want in compact stereo. The Denon S-52 combines a radio, CD player, iPod Dock and wireless audio streaming in a single box.

Denon Smart S-52

With one of these, you’ll have no shortage of content for your listening pleasure. The radio can handle AM, FM and HD Radio broadcasts along with RDS track information (The European version supports DAB in place of HD Radio). The slot-loading CD player can play standard CDs as well as MP3 and WMA files stored on disc. But for those of us who store our music on our media players or computers, the S-52 takes care of that too. The system can handle audio files stored on your iPod or on any networked computer, and is adept with MP3, AAC, M4A and FLAC file formats. If that’s not enough, you can also tune in one of over 7000 internet streaming radio stations. And if your media player doesn’t happen to be an iPod, there’s a USB port and mini-audio jack for connecting your player. There’s even a dual clock radio on board, in case you want the ultimate bedside stereo.

While it won’t necessarily blow your eardrums, the system is well outfitted in the audio department for a device of its size. A pair of 2.75″ long-throw drivers provide the bulk of the sound, while a passive 3″ radiator on the bottom of the unit helps out on the low end of things. The speakers are backed by 20-watts of amplification and robust digital signal processing and equalization capabilities. If want some extra boom, you can hook up an external subwoofer, thanks to a pre-amp output.

The Denon S-52 is coming to North America later this winter for about $699. Electronics retailer J&R is accepting pre-orders now.

[What Hi-Fi via Audio Junkies]

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