Denon DNP 730AE the Test

The Denon DNP 730AE too but with audio inputs. For this, the network Player delivers but equal to two ways to connect with the Wi-FI button.

With two antennas in the back, for the DNP 730AE already at the first glance makes it clear that he doesn’t shy away from the wireless contact on the network. And actually the player thanks to the each button activated WPS (WiFi protected Setup) and WiFi sharing options on iOS found along surprisingly quickly in the respective Wi-FI. Who sake but rather wants to put the player his music data on the Ethernet line, the antennas work back easily in their holders provided for this purpose and leaves the airspace across the bustling smartphones and tablets, which numerically exceed already the number of family members in many households. And thanks to free available “Denon remote app” can take as a multimedia remote control command. The app is really much – for example it not only shows the album pictures of a very well maintained Network Media Library in list view, play. Also it allows the spontaneous composition an ad-hoc play list, queue called, the whim browsing your music collection, individual tracks or whole albums can be added without disrupting the current playback. Contiguous pieces, for example, in a classical music concert album, does it work even without gaps, gapless called. But only as long as the app is active and in its role as a digital media controller the player depending what he has to do. Who uses his mobile device for any other distraction, may enjoy already loaded songs from the DNP-730 at maximum two in the store, after intermission is in the truest sense. Since it uses then unfortunately nothing, to dodge on the supplied “real” remote control – these can not access on the queue that is created by the app and thus also there deposited. Basically the DNP-730 can be quite easily via the own three-line OLED display use – however scrolling through large directories requires lots of patience. By the way: The DNP-730 behaves like the majority of network players on the market, based on the DNLA standards. As soon as the player and above all the apps you want to get more intelligence, own developers work beyond the norm is needed – as for example, Sonos, Naim, Linn or Auralic exemplary, but also cost-intensive.

Exemplary in the Denon is undoubtedly the HiRes ability. Not before PCM-based data, such as FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF with up to 192 kHz/24-bit DSD files before the DNP-730 shying away, if they are offered by USB or over the network. There are no other options due to lack of inputs already – eliminated the purebred streamer as DAC. For this, he knows to enjoy with a varied bouquet of Internet radio and is up-to-date with the music service Spotify connect. This iPhone and iPod may both dock via the front panel USB socket and at the same time charge your battery or spark their music charge via airplay from the sofa.

A propos Apple: all network tasks assumes a module based on the chips of the Swiss BridgeCo purchased by Apple and his thing well, if also rather ponderous makes. Then, a so-called “jitter reducer” to the incoming music data Reclocking cares before the best Burr-Brown converter PCM1795 takes care of her. The output stage with some higher quality electrolytic capacitors can be close to a final sound tuning.

Hearing test

And actually was able to convince the Denon DNP-730 in the listening room. Compared to the slightly more expensive rivals pioneer N50 (AUDIO 3/12, 600 euros) less fundamental, delivered the 730 but countered with more precise details. The leaf is “Snowflake” sounded more clearly after wood, the voice more clearly after Kate Bush. While the pioneer sought to smooth corners and edges of the music, to with complete fundamental and impressed deeply tiered space, the Denon delivered the slightly rougher, more closely set something, but also more authentic sound. Ultimately a matter of taste whether the juicy pioneer makes the race for the network fan, or the eloquent Denon.


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