Denon has announced a new compact music system called the D-M41. Due out in June, the D-M41 combines a stereo CD receiver rated at 30 watts per channel with a pair of SC-M41 bookshelf speakers. Denon has added Bluetooth support for easy playback of wireless audio sources, two optical digital inputs are onboard (along with an AM/FM tuner), and there's a subwoofer preout to add a sub to the system. Each speaker uses a 4.72-inch woofer and 0.98-inch soft dome tweeter. The D-M41 will carry an MSRP of $499.99.
Denon has long set the standards for 'full size' performance from ultra-compact music systems. With the D-M41, the latest iteration of its legendary M-Series, it has again improved the product with Bluetooth connectivity, an all-new analog design for more refined sound, and sleek styling reminiscent of its flagship separates. The D-M41 is expected to be available in June for $499.99.
Denon D-M41: superb sound made simple
Based on the highly successful-and multi-award-winning-D-M40, the all-new D-M41 combines the RCD-M41 CD receiver and matching SC-M41 speakers. And with the D-M41, Denon engineers have completely rethought the design, from the styling and facilities to the audio circuitry, to offer even more performance and value.
Bluetooth is integrated to allow instant wireless connectivity with smartphones, tablets and computers, as part of a package of input choices designed to offer optimal flexibility. The Bluetooth circuitry has been designed complete with an on/off selector, offering convenient wireless connection when required, plus enhanced sound from the other sources like CD, FM or digital in when it's not in use.
That's all part of a package of sound enhancements designed to set the D-M41 apart from the competition. The many improvements start with the basics like a completely new discrete analog amplifier circuit for greater clarity and purity, building on Denon's 'simple and straight' design philosophy. The circuit design is kept simple, with shortened signal paths and measures to avoid sources of interference. It's part of Denon's Triple Noise Reduction Design, which also encompasses careful separation of analog and digital circuits, and precision signal grounding. In addition, distortion from the input selector, volume control and power amplifier has been suppressed for the purest possible sound.
The new amplifier circuit delivers 2x30W, so the RCD-M41 has more than enough power to drive either the matching SC-M41 speakers or other popular choices, and there's also a dedicated headphone amplifier section for personal listening.
In addition to the Bluetooth input, built-in CD player and FM/AM radio tuner, two optical digital inputs are provided for external sources, such as the sound from a TV. Hi-res 192-kHz/24-bit converters handle all digital sources.
High-quality speaker terminals are fitted, along with a preout for use with an active subwoofer, and the RCD-M41 comes complete with a system remote. Finally the style of the RCD-M41 has been updated and refined, echoing the industrial design of Denon's flagship New Era hi-fi separates, while the optional SC-M41 bookshelf/standmount speakers are also improved to make the most of the CD receiver's enhanced performance.
It all adds up to a system designed to offer unmatched flexibility, and advance the famous Denon M-Series to new levels of performance.
At a glance: D-M41 Micro Hi-Fi System - Highlights
RCD-M41 Compact size, Hi-Fi quality CD Receiver
• 2 x 30W output, plus preout socket for an active subwoofer
• Bluetooth for instant wireless streaming from smartphones and tablets
• New discrete analog circuitry for enhanced audio performance
• Simple and straight circuit design
• High-precision digital/analog converters to reproduce high-definition sound
• Triple Noise Reduction Design for signal purity
• CD, FM/AM radio and two optical digital inputs
• Dedicated headphone socket for personal listening
• New industrial design derived from flagship NE Series separates
• Speaker Optimizer for best performance with SC-M41
• Available in black
SC-M41 Speaker System
• Two-way speaker system with 4.72" woofer and .98" soft dome tweeter
• Crossover network, to separate woofer and tweeter to reproduce the smoothness of natural sound
• Further tweaked European Sound Tuning
• Available in black and wood