DCD-1520AE

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Premium CD/Super Audio CD Player with USB-DAC

Features - DCD-1520AE

High quality CD/SACD Player and

USB-DAC with Advanced AL32 processing for pure performance

The new DCD-1520AE CD/SACD Player delivers purity in design and performance. The advanced AL32 processor, a 32-bit/192 kHz D/A converter and the new DAC master clock design with low phase noise oscillator and many more technical innovations as the USB-B input surely qualify it to be a true enrichment for any other amplifier on the planet, too.

To meet the requirements of today’s changing demands of HiFi enthusiasts, Denon’s DCD-1520AE inherits a complex buildquality like a precision mechanical ground construction on a triplelayer base, a newly developed S.V.H. Mechanism with low centre of gravity, and the anti-vibration aluminium die-cast tray care for optimal digital disc playback combined with the possibility to directly connect a computer to the USB-B input. The asynchronous USB-B connectivity makes it possible to enjoy music in master quality of 192kHz/24 bit and even the bit stream formats known from SACD which are DSD2.8 and DSD5.6. All digital signals will be treated carefully by the Advanced AL32 Processing as well as high-grade 32-Bit/192 kHz DA converters guaranteeing highest detail levels at all volumes. A DAC Master Clock Circuit Design suppresses jitter and noise and achieves a clear sound image.

New and upgraded features:

  • Advanced AL32 Processing and a new high precision 32-bit/192kHz D/A converter, to dramatically enhance the music listening experience

  • Denon’s Disc Drive Mechanism with S.V.H. Loader for SACD, CD and CD-R/RW playback

  • DAC Master Clock design with low jitter oscillator and Minimal Signal Paths

  • Play various types of digital content in high sound quality

    • Rear USB-B input, for high-resolution sound from a PC (dedicated driver available under "Downloads & Manuals")

    • Asynchronous support

    • PCM, DSD2.8 and DSD5.6 support (DoP)

    • Front USB-A input for iPhone/iPod, or USB mass storage device

    • Optical and coaxial digital inputs

State-of-the-art Denon Solutions

for Maximising Content Quality
  • High definition audio support for Blu-ray such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD

  • 1080p and 3D pass through capabilities

  • Minimum Signal Path for clear audio and video signal

  • High-performance 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters for all channels

  • Compressed Audio Restorer to enhance digital music files

Ease-of-Use

  • Stereo Mini Jack on front panel lets you connect any portable audio player

  • Quick Select Button for direct access to favourite sources

  • Large character display

  • Sleep timer function

  • Comes with simple, easy-to-use remote control handset

  • Standby HDMI Pass through

  • Auto Standby and low power consumption at stand-by 0.3 W

  • Less depth, easy to install in an a/v rack

Specs - DCD-1520AE

Features

CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AAC o / o / o / o / o  / o

AL 32 Processing o (Advanced)

DAC Master Clock Design o

DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical o / o / o

Asynchronous mode rear USB o

Bit-perfect transmission o

USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 o / o

Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation o

Customised Components o

Symmetric circuit layout o

Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing -

Aluminium side panels -

Others

Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry o

Display: Dimmer / Off o/o

Playback

Program Play (CD / SA-CD) o/o

Repeat o

Random Play o

Inputs/Outputs

Analogue Out (Cinch) 2ch

Digital Optical In / Out o / o

Digital Coaxial In / Out o / o

Sample Rate digital In 192 kHz / 24-bit

Gold plated Cinch o

USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone o / o / o

USB type B input for PC (back) o

Asynchronous mode rear USB o

Sample Rate USB type B In 192 kHz / 24-bit

USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6 o

Remote Control Bus in / out o

Headphone Out o

Headphone Volume Control o

Specifications

Mechanism SVH Loader

D/A Conversion Advanced Segment

DAC IC PCM1795 (192kHz/32bit)

Digital Filter Advanced AL32

Frequency Response (Cust.) 2 Hz - 50 kHz

Dynamic Range (SA) 113 dB

Signal to Noise Ratio (SA) 117 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (SA) 0.001%

Frequency Response 2 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range 100 dB

Signal to Noise Ratio 117 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0018%

General

Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black o / o

Metal Front Panel o

Remote Control RC-1186

Power Consumption in W 38

Standby Consumption in W 0.2

Auto Power Off o

Detachable Power Cable o

Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm 434 x 331 x 134

Weight in kg 8.2

Downloads - DCD-1520AE

pdf file
DCD-1520AE Product Information Sheet - EN

0.91 MB
07/07/2013

pdf file
USB-DAC Driver PC Ver. 2.0.2

3.72 MB
01/05/2014

Comparison - DCD-1520AE

Model
DCD-1520AE
Features
CD Compatibility: CD / CD-R/RW / SA-CD / WMA / MP3 / AAC
o / o / o / o / o  / o
o / o / - / o / o / -
o / o / o / o / o / o
AL 32 Processing
o (Advanced)
-
o (Advanced)
DAC Master Clock Design
o
o
o
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical
o / o / o
-
- / - / -
Asynchronous mode rear USB
o
-
-
Bit-perfect transmission
o
-
-
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6
o / o
-
-
Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation
o
-
-
Customised Components
o
-
o
Symmetric circuit layout
o
-
o
Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing
-
-
-
Aluminium side panels
-
o
-
Others
Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry
o
-
o
Display: Dimmer / Off
o/o
o / -
o/o
Playback
Program Play (CD / SA-CD)
o/o
o
o/o
Repeat
o
o
o
Random Play
o
o
o
Inputs/Outputs
Analogue Out (Cinch)
2ch
2ch.
2ch
Digital Optical In / Out
o / o
- / -
- / o
Digital Coaxial In / Out
o / o
- / o
- / o
Sample Rate digital In
192 kHz / 24-bit
-
-
Gold plated Cinch
o
-
o
USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone
o / o / o
-
- / - / -
USB type B input for PC (back)
o
-
-
Asynchronous mode rear USB
o
-
-
Sample Rate USB type B In
192 kHz / 24-bit
-
-
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6
o
-
-
Remote Control Bus in / out
o
-
o
Headphone Out
o
-
-
Headphone Volume Control
o
-
-
Specifications
Mechanism
SVH Loader
Slot in
SVH Loader
D/A Conversion
Advanced Segment
-
Advanced Segment
DAC IC
PCM1795 (192kHz/32bit)
PCM5102, Burr Brown (192kHz/32-Bit)
PCM1795 (192kHz/32bit)
Digital Filter
Advanced AL32
-
-
Frequency Response (Cust.)
2 Hz - 50 kHz
-
2 Hz - 50 kHz
Dynamic Range (SA)
113 dB
-
112 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio (SA)
117 dB
-
117 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (SA)
0.001%
-
0.001%
Frequency Response
2 Hz - 20 kHz
2 Hz - 20 kHz
2 Hz - 20 kHz
Dynamic Range
100 dB
100 dB
101 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio
117 dB
105 dB
116 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.0018%
0.004%
0.0018%
General
Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black
o / o
o / -
o / o
Metal Front Panel
o
-
o
Remote Control
RC-1186
RC-1215
RC-1213
Power Consumption in W
38
10
24
Standby Consumption in W
0.2
0.4
0.2
Auto Power Off
o
o
o
Detachable Power Cable
o
o
o
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm
434 x 331 x 134
280 x 305 x 71
434 x 328 x 134
Weight in kg
8.2
4.2
8.2

Technology - DCD-1520AE

  • Compact Disc
  • MP3 Playback

    A compressed audio format that is popular for downloading across the internet. Files may be recorded on CD-R or CD-RW media for playback in compatible DVD players, audio CD players, and CD-ROM drives. Files are usually named as "*.mp3". Sound quality varies as a function of the recording/encoding bit rate. For a high fidelity home audio system, its recommended to use MP3s encoded at no less than 256 kbps data rate. Anything less would mean too much compression was used at the cost of sound fidelity. See also WMA files compatibility with DVD and CD players.

  • SACD Super Audio CD

    Super Audio CD uses a new and radically different technology called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the original wave form of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range – some 64 times higher resolution then CD - Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just can’t hear on a normal CD.

    The Direct Stream Digital pulse train "looks" remarkably like the analog waveform it represents. More pulses point up as the wave goes positive and down as the wave goes negative.

    The DVD-Audio is a alternative method for listening to music at a much higher quality than your standard CD's.

    You can transfer SACD from a DVD player to a amplifier via 6 phono cables or using IEEE1394-output (Digital Audio).