It’s stereotypical to say that women cost you money, but Cara is coming – and when she gets here in March you’ll have two-large missing from your bank account. That’s because Denon has christened its new S-5DB system with the name Cara, and the Blu-ray all-in-one-box has a recommended retail price of £1,999.
According to Denon, the S-5DB “brings high-end performance and beautiful looks to the Blu-ray one-box market. Featuring HDMI 1.4 with Audio Return Channel support, this clever system handles 2.0 and 2.1 set-ups, as well as 5.1 arrangements.”
“Digital direct playback, via the front-placed USB, gets the best from music stored on iPods and iPhones and helps ensure Cara is equipped for today’s leading audio and vision sources.”
Cara is a single-component home entertainment system that offers:
* “Denon’s original high-end Blu-ray disc drive mechanism, for faithful reading and accurate playback of high-definition A/V signals from Blu-ray disc”
* “High bit 1080p scaler for maximising SD content from DVDs”
* 75W x 5 (4 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.7 per cent)
* Speaker flexibility: drivability of full-bandwidth speakers up to 5.1-channel setup
* Plug and Play of iPod or USB memory attached
* Supports HDMI 1.4 (v. 1.4 with Audio Return Channel/ Deep Color, “x.v.Color” /Auto Lip-sync) (repeater))
* Front inputs for USB (iPod/iPhone and USB storage), digital camcorder via HDMI, SD card and a versatile analogue mini-jack
* Advanced graphical user interface for easy, intuitive operation
* Support for Dolby Pro Logic IIz, featuring front height effects channels, as well as Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio for decoding lossless multi-channel recordings on Blu-ray Discs.
Meanwhile, the construction of the unit includes:
* “Direct Mechanical Ground Construction, supporting high-quality HD sound and video by suppressing vibration”
* “Independent Block Construction, to faithfully reproduce video and audio signals by guarding against electromagnetic noise caused by different electric signals”
* “Simple & Straight Signal Path and Minimum Signal Path, for clean and pure A/Vsignal transfer”
* Independent power supplies for each stage (Digital, Power amp, and Pre-ampstages) “to achieve clean, stable performance and very low standby power.”
“Oozing Denon quality, beautifully packaged with curved lines and surfaces, the S-5DB meets audiophile demands for premium HD audio and video quality,” a Denon spokesman said.