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Is it really a good idea to start a story about a hi-fi system with its price? Yes, I think so. When it comes to improving long-proven technology in such a complete all-inclusive package from a renowned company, you may even have to. So: Denon recently launched a combination of CD player and integrated amplifier which costs less than 700 Euros altogether – 678 to be precise – whereby the CD player is responsible for 279 Euros and the amp for the remaining 399 Euros.
Of course, the Japanese manufacturer addresses this offer primarily to beginners in the world of hi-fi, but even some more advanced listeners should be amazed at what is offered here. For example, the integration of a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth is possible, as well as the connection of a turntable. The 600 series is of course also part of the HEOS family.
The devices are based on the previous Denon 520 series, which has been meticulously improved upon down to the last detail for the next generation – recognisable by the addition of the suffix "New Era" (NE). Following a trickle-down approach, the development engineers have incorporated many insights and sonic advantages from the larger 800/1600 and even 2500NE series, which were launched in 2016.
New to the 600 amp is the loudness function, an optical and a coaxial digital input – not even the 720 could provide that – , a subwoofer output and, as already mentioned, Bluetooth (4.2).