DCD-2020AE

Reference CD/Super Audio CD Player

Features - DCD-2020AE

With more than 100 years of company heritage, Denon has never stopped pushing the frontiers on classic 2-channel HiFi. The result is the company’s new top of the range power amplifier PMA-2020AE and CD/SACD Player DCD-2020AE. Both sum up all of the engineers’ dedication and know-how within their beautifully shaped bodies.

The DCD-2020AE is a Super Audio CD player that lets you enjoy not only CDs but also sound sources from a PC or portable audio device such as an iPhone in high audio quality. On the rear panel is a USB-B port that lets you connect a PC and enjoy music files from it through the sophisticated audio circuitry of the DCD-2020AE, while on the front panel is a USB-A port that lets you do the same with music stored on an iPhone, iPod, or USB memory. Impeccable sound quality from the DCD-2020AE is possible thanks to hallmark Denon audio technologies such as Advanced AL32 Processing, DAC Master Clock design, Disc Drive Mechanism, and Direct Mechanical Ground Construction.

  • Advanced AL32 Processing + Ultra Precision 192kHz/32bit D/A Converter

  • DAC Master Clock Circuit Design to suppress jitter and noise

  • Direct Mechanical Ground Construction to minimize unwanted vibration

  • Carefully designed construction, minimum signal paths and selected Hi-Fi parts to preserve audio signal purity

  • Original drive mechanism, the heart of Denon’s digital disc playback technology, with S.V.H. loader

  • Twin Transformer for separated digital and analogue power supply

  • Pure Direct Mode

  • Front USB input: iPod / iPhone digital compatible, supports USB mass storage device

  • Rear USB-B input: asynchronous mode and 192kHz/24bit capable (dedicated driver available under "Downloads & Manuals")

  • SPDIF input (optical/coaxial) for upgrading other equipment

PLEASE NOTE: In order to connect and playback audio from a PC or Mac Computer via a connected USB cable (using the DCD-2020AE's DAC mode), it is necessary first of all to install the appropriate software driver on to your PC or MAC. Please download the driver software plus installation manual here: DCD-2020AE USB DAC Driver Software and Manual (multilingual)

Specs - DCD-2020AE

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

Customised Components o

Symmetric circuit layout o

Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing o

Aluminium side panels o

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

Remote Control Bus in / out 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) 118 dB

Signal to Noise Ratio (SA) 121 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (SA) 0.0008%

Frequency Response 2 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range 101 dB

Signal to Noise Ratio 120 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion 0.0015%

General

Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black o / -

Metal Front Panel o

Remote Control RC-1179

Power Consumption in W 33

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 335 x 138

Weight in kg 13.7

Downloads - DCD-2020AE

pdf file
DCD-2020AE - Instruction Manual EN

7.39 MB
01/05/2014

pdf file
USB-DAC Driver PC DCD-2020AE

1.84 MB
01/05/2014

pdf file
White Paper DAC

4.05 MB
03/20/2016

Comparison - DCD-2020AE

Model
DCD-2020AE
Features
DAC operation mode: USB / Coax / Optical
o / o / o
-
o / o / o
Asynchronous mode rear USB
o
-
o
Bit-perfect transmission
o
-
o
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6
-
-
o / o
AL 32 Processing
o (Advanced)
-
o (Advanced)
DAC Master Clock Design
o
o
o
Customised Components
o
-
o
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
Signal isolator for DAC Mode operation
-
-
o
Symmetric circuit layout
o
-
o
Extra metal plate for chassis strengthing
o
-
-
Aluminium side panels
o
o
-
Data Disc Compatibility: DSD / WAV / ALAC
-
- / - / -
-
Display: Dimmer / Off
-
o / -
-
Others
Separated rectifier circuit for analogue and digital circuitry
o
-
o
Display: Dimmer / Off
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
Headphone Out
-
-
o
Headphone Volume Control
-
-
o
Digital Optical In / Out
o / o
- / -
o / o
Digital Coaxial In / Out
o / o
- / o
o / o
Sample Rate digital In
192 kHz / 24-bit
-
192 kHz / 24-bit
Gold plated Cinch
o
-
o
USB type B input for PC (back)
o
-
o
Asynchronous mode rear USB
o
-
o
Sample Rate USB type B In
192 kHz / 24-bit
-
192 kHz / 24-bit
USB-B DSD Audio Streaming (DoP): DSD2.8 / DSD5.6
-
-
o
Remote Control Bus in / out
o
-
o
Analogue Out (Cinch)
2ch
2ch.
2ch
USB Audio (Front) / Made for iPod / Made for iPhone
o / o / o
-
o / o / o
Specifications
Signal to Noise Ratio
120 dB
105 dB
117 dB
Frequency Response
2 Hz - 20 kHz
2 Hz - 20 kHz
2 Hz - 20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.0015%
0.004%
0.0018%
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
-
Advanced AL32
Frequency Response (Cust.)
2 Hz - 50 kHz
-
2 Hz - 50 kHz
Dynamic Range (SA)
118 dB
-
113 dB
Signal to Noise Ratio (SA)
121 dB
-
117 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (SA)
0.0008%
-
0.001%
Dynamic Range
101 dB
100 dB
100 dB
General
Metal Front Panel
o
-
o
Power Consumption in W
33
10
38
Standby Consumption in W
0.2
0.4
0.2
Remote Control
RC-1179
RC-1215
RC-1186
Auto Power Off
o
o
o
Detachable Power Cable
o
o
o
Weight in kg
13.7
4.2
8.2
Available Colours: Premium Silver / Black
o / -
o / -
o / o
Maximum Dimensions (W x D x H) in mm
434 x 335 x 138
280 x 305 x 71
434 x 331 x 134

Technology - DCD-2020AE

  • 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).

  • WMA files compatibility with DVD and CD players.

    Windows Media Audio (WMA) is a proprietary compressed audio file format developed by Microsoft. It was initially a competitor to the MP3 format, but with the introduction of Apple's iTunes Music Store, it has positioned itself as a competitor to the Advanced Audio Coding format used by Apple. It is part of the Windows Media framework.

    A WMA file is almost always encapsulated in an Advanced Systems Format (ASF) file. The resulting file may have the filename suffix "wma" or "asf" with the "wma" suffix being used only if the file is strictly audio. The ASF file format specifies how metadata about the file is to be encoded, akin to the ID3 tags used by MP3 files.

    Files in this format are mainly played using Windows Media Player, Winamp (with certain limitations, DSP plugin support and DirectSound output is disabled using the default WMA plugin) and many other alternative media players.

    The most current version of the format is Windows Media Audio 10 which includes specific codecs for lossless, multi-channel surround sound and voice encoding in addition to the main lossy codec. Both constant and variable bit rate encoding are supported.

    Denon DVD players can play CDR's or CDRW's with WMA and MP3 files burnt on them as long as they have been burnt using a slow speed, recommended x4 speed.