Denon DNP-720AE

7/31/2012 4:53:44 PM

Ratings: 4/5

Price: US$ 380


Description: Denon DNP-720AE

Denon DNP-720AE

The Denon’s DNP-720AE audio streamer is designed to install perfectly with hi-fi and AV system. It has AM and FM radio turner, but lack of DAB. However, it supports many internet radio stations, as well as Apple AirPlay, Napster, and

Using AirPlay of Apple to transmit music directly from iOS device via Remote App of Denon is really favorable; you can also transmit from iTune on a computer. The iPod interface is easier for using than the standard remote control goes with streamer; the ability to use touchscreen display wherever will be more convenient than stare at the streamer’s mono OLED display.

However, if you don’t have iOS device, you still are OK, because Denon’s remote is better than many we’ve run into, with a keyboard is labeled clearly. The screen surface is much more simple than most. Menu Network allows you to configure the network devices and streamer’s online presence, for example the log-in details of and Napster account. The menus, which permit you to navigate shared media, internet radio, and online services, are clear as well and easy to access by the shortcut buttons on remote.

The support helps you to transmit the playlist which linked together based on your favorite or selected artists. In general it works well, although we got incomprehensible errors twice that mean this service is not served in our country. We were surprised to recognize that when using the Denon Remote app to execute keyword searches for internet radio stations, we cannot enter text from the keyboard on iPod screen but it can be referred to the alphanumeric pad on the standard remote control – here is a trick that Denon missed.

Description: Denon DNP-720AE Network tuner - Back view

The streamer sounds clear, balanced, and strong with all the quality you expected from Denon. It has a pair of phono connectors for the audio output, which will fit perfectly with your AV amplification or hi-fi, or speaker system; but will require an adaptor if you want to use a set of speakers with a 3.5mm connection. There is also an optical S/PDIF output for digital audio, a wired Ethernet port, and both AM and FM antenna sockets. At the front, as well as enough controls to allow you to use the streamer even if the remote is disappear, is a USB port that you can use to connect an external drive containing audio files in range of formats.

This is a great audio streamer for hi-fi system, but we will appreciate support for a wider range of streaming audio services. Logitech’s Squeezebox Touch costs less and has a wider range of features.


Verdict: This smart hi-fi style media streamer device looks great, although some competitors outdo it for the features.

The streamer audio device: 1 stereo phono output, 1 optical S/PDIF output, WMA support, WMA-DRM, AAC, Wav, MP3, FLAC, FLAC 96/24, WMA lossless audio, RTB guarantee in 2 years.

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