In our world of multifunctional electronics, it seems there is no combination of digital functions that hasn't been marketed. The key, of course, is meeting people's needs. So we have a camera on a cellphone, a game console with a media player, etc. The key to defining an object's basic nature is its form factor. The new DN-C640 from Denon Professional is, at the heart of it, a full featured, rack-mounted network CD player. But note the word "Professional" in the brand name. With a combination of flexible file formats, network control, and comprehensive inputs and outputs, this machine takes the "CD player" concept to new heights.
Reads CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and DVD+R/RW discs
For several years now, newer CD Players expanded the length of continuous playback time without interruption by adding the ability to play back compressed digital audio files off CD data discs. One CD data disc could provide as much as 20 hours when playing back low bit rate MP3 files. The DN-C640 embraces this idea but takes it a step further. Not only can the DN-C640 playback MP3 and WMA files from CD DATA discs, but it is also capable of decoding broadcast standard MP2 and uncompressed digital PCM (WAV) files from those same discs. In addition to reading all of those files from CD, it also has the unmatched ability to read any of the above from any DATA DVD. This not only expands the 20 hour playback time to almost 3 days of continuous playback (999 files at 4 min. each), but also allows those users who demand uncompressed audio quality the ability to playback full 44.1 kHz PCM recordings without being limited to the 80.