Ultimate Micro System- Denon DM40


Now the DM40 Ultimate Micro System is even more Denon in so little space. This system has been developed continually to meet the needs of modern day audio fans. This refined and latest model, besides providing stunning stereo sound and performance, it also offers a digitally transmitted play function for iPod/iPhone. This function is done via front USB terminal which can also connect to any other USB sound device.

It supports CD FM radio and in one version it supports even the digital radio DAB. For further expansion, to improve audio quality significantly, it offers two digital inputs to easily connect set-top boxes and TV screens. Following the route of multi-award winning D-M39, Denon’s new DM40 Ultimate Micro System includes a serious Hi-Fi quality CD Receiver RCD-M40 and an optimized two-way speaker system SC-M40. It combines beautiful appearance with its high quality sound. Denon M series developed for almost 20 years to meet the needs of modern day audio enthusiasts that want a micro size stereo system but don’t want to compromise on build and sound quality.

The DM40-Ultimate Micro System comes with enhanced connectivity options such as a digital gear to benefit from improved audio quality or the two digital optical inputs to link up a TV set-top box. Besides DM40 Ultimate Micro System’s dazzling stereo sound performance, its USB port is capable of playing MP3 and WMA files along with lossless FLAC WAV and AAC.

Moreover, for iDevices, it still provides a digitally transmitted play function and upgrades the sound dramatically from these mobile devices. The new DM40 also owns an upgraded headphone amplifier section having dedicated Gain Control, all for very personal listening.

The Denon DM40 comes with a compact size with 8.27” width and 12.13” depth (plus speakers). Its compact size allows for an easy setup of DM40 on a bookshelf in the home office or in a bedroom.

It blends easily into people’s daily life and delivers impeccable performance at the same time. The Denon’s “simple straight” concept creates the renowned sound quality. Signal paths are short, all circuits are uncomplicated and all adverse influences on the sound signal have been lessened. The way the chassis is built and the circuit design, all make sure that the sound it produces is fully faithful to the original performance.

Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System Highlights:

• Triple Noise Reduction Design (T.N.R.D)
• Simple straight circuit design
• High-precision 192kHz/32bit DAC
• Upgraded Headphone Amplifier
• Gain Control for wide range of headphone
• Hi-power output 30W×2 (6ohm 1kHz)
• Speaker optimizer for best performance with SC-M40
• High-grade speaker terminals (for RCD-M40)
• 2×optical imputs for a digital gear (i.e., Apple TV) or TV
• DAB/DAB+(DAB Version Only)
• 2 Line FL display to broadcast stations or identify music tracks easily
• iPhone/iPod charging in standby mode
• interactive Quick Start Guide and CD-ROM manual
• Subwoofer preout
• System remote controller
• Via USB, digitally transmitted play function for iPod/iPhone/USB memory player
• SC-M40:European Sound Tuned Speaker System

Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System features:

The DM40 has an improved 192kHz/32 bit digital to analogue converter and a more sensitive FM and DAB tuner too to feed a pair of upgraded speakers. On taking off the front grills, you will find a new dust-cap on bass and midrange driver which is designed to smooth the peak at high frequencies. Inside further, there are build and motor-system changes for precise piston movement with less distortion.

The new gold-plated speaker terminals on main unit means they will not deteriorate and small engineering modifications in tweeter also make it more precise. Into improving an award-winning product, the thought Denon has put is evident. There are obvious things in its usability, such as the second optical input for TV and etc and new three-way gain control in headphone amp.
There are also subtler ones, that count such as marginal increase in volume knob’s size which makes it a bit easier to turn and the new finish on remote that doesn’t show many grubby mitt marks.


• Could not be simpler to use
• Nicely balanced sound that packs a punch
• Good amount of dynamics and detail


• No wireless capability

All that the Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System lacks is wireless capability or Bluetooth, which many of its competitors of its price feature.

Otherwise you will not really find any bad thing to say because the sound is detailed, full of character and well balanced, with speakers and CD-receiver which you can buy for $250 separately.

The Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System is a compact audio system that packs a punch in reality. It features a mini size CD player/Receiver that is combined with compact and efficient 2-way loudspeakers that are newly designed. In addition, the D-M40 also provides for an optional external subwoofer via dedicated subwoofer pre-out connection.

The CD player of D-M40 is compatible with both WMA discs and CD-R/CD-RW/MP3. Other practical features of Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System include an iPod/iPhone connectivity via USB and an FM/AM tuner. The D-M40 also has 2 digital optical units for 2 channel PCM audio sources as well as an analog audio input.

For most desktop systems, speakers are the weak link, but it is not the case with D-M40. Its each cabinet vouches an ultra-stiff dual-layer woofer that is capable of resisting flex to provide deep, accurate bass and clean midrange without coloration. The soft dome tweeters of D-M40 supply silky, smooth highs with plenty of detail and clarity.

The component block and both the speakers sport large, high-quality terminals in order to accommodate audiophile-grade speaker wire. This allows you to upgrade the wire that already comes with the system if you choose. Denon also included in D-M40 Ultimate Micro System a built-in and high performance headphone amplifier for more dynamic and richer sound, in case you want to listen privately.

The Denon DM40 Ultimate Micro System is designed for office use but it also makes a great dorm system or bedroom system as well.

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