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T he sound industry has grown tremendously, I admit, with almost every manufacturer trying to outdo the other. If you go to the market in such of that discreet sound system but without much knowledge on this area, probably you would get confused. The market is flooded and every manufacturer is trying to package his products as outrageous. But when we put marketing gimmicks aside (and that’s what I do, because of course an audiophile like me can’t be swayed by any marketing language!) Denon and Pioneer are the pace setters.

I don’t really want to comment much about the appearance though they have nailed it. My reasons are based on their ability to turn any sound to a kind of polyphonic artistic humming that makes everybody want to keep listening.

But anyway, all modern gadgets and equipment continue to evolve in size, you can tell of how ancient a piece of equipment is by looking at the size. From the big tube TV to today’s slim-lined panel TVs, the world is becoming slimmer. Probably as the population grows against the earth, whose size remains the same, we are continuing to thin out every kind of equipment we have. And thin looks stylish. If you look at the Denon range of sound systems, they are going in the slim direction, but with technology, the sound is getting thicker. Trying putting D-M40DAB on full blast, and see what I mean, despite its small size!

A part from the technology of space, another thing is how user friendly these products are. I mean anybody can plug in and play. They are so user friendly that you sometimes don’t need to use a manual. I remember, one day in early December, being called by a client who was assembling PA equipment for a college campaign forum. The college had donated equipment to them, and when he went to pick it up, at a glance he thought it needed the work of an expert to assemble. When I asked what it was, all he could say was, "Pioneer black" and stuff like that. When I called back a few moments later to see how I could help, he was doing a sound test.

But having said that, no one wants to listen to background noise. Pioneer and Denon have managed to eliminate that completely. I believe they have made it easy for those in recording studios because you don’t have to struggle much to eliminate noise, because if by chance the output will be by Denon or Pioneer that will be sorted out.

How the wireless technology is enhanced by these companies is amazing. The wireless sub woofers are able to work in perfect concert with the mid woofers and tweeters due to advanced DSP processing. The precision DSP audio tuning is able to bring out a deep bass with flat response without any distortion. Who does not want to continue listening to such equipment?

But the distinguishing feature that will take long for other manufacturers to level is the use of Dolby digital decoding which magnificently decodes movies and music surround tracks into their original discreet channels. By using the advanced proprietary DSP these kinds of equipment are able to produce an immersive virtual surround sound that is out of this world.

I was trying to figure out why Denon took the overall winner for the Hi Fi Sound and Vision Award last year, but I have come to realize they really deserved it, looking at the performance of their product range

I was checking for their latest release on the website and I was not surprised to see they claim to be in pursuit of breaking the sound barriers, because if they have not, they are about to.

It will take a long time for anyone to convince me otherwise, because for me, Pioneer and Denon are the only companies making quality sound equipment, the rest are learners, I am sorry to say so. But if they want to earn my respect, then they should up their game, period.

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