Denon's ever smarter system
Interesting to see how the AV manufacturers are responding to the growing popularity of flat screen TVs. Denon, a company that has always produced excellent AV gear and superb sounding systems, has unveiled its latest plasma/LCD friendly system in the Smart Life S-301– the sucessor to the well received S-101. It’s all wrapped up in a box that a few years ago would have passed or a VHS video recorder. At £1250 Denon certainly has its eye on top-end buyers and this is reflected in a system that has just about everything on board. Dolby Virtual Speaker surround sounds system – check, flat TV friendly super skinny speakers – check, iPod connect and control with the track names appearing on the system’s screen – check. We could go on like this all day. If you get tired of the Apple player’s compressed audio you could always play back both high-end DVD formats (DVD-A and SACD) or listen to AM/FM radio transmissions. Finally it also has impeccable HD credentials with the system boasting a HDMI output for the progressive scan DVD player, while also sporting HD upscaling to deliver those high def style images from standard discs. It’ll be yours in November.
Denon’s Smart Life S-101