Denon DCD-835 CD Players

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sue Lon Yew a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Very good value, features and built. More maker and products like these please. :-)

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $240.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BB a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have to say this Denon is a real value-for-money CD player. It reproduces the information on my discs with a really engaging quality; so much so, I am often induced to prolong my listening sessions. Yet I cannot really ascribe any distinctive sonic character to the DCD-835. It just seems to provide a neutral, open window on the music: neither adding to, nor taking anything away from the inherent sound quality on my discs.

Music of all genres fare well on it. The subtleties of classical chamber music, the delicate nuances of jazz, the full throttle of a rock band... the 835 does them all with flying colours. Build quality is very nice, the layout of the remote even nicer still. All in all, this Denon is a real peach. Cost-wise, it happens to be the cheapest component in my set-up (my speakers cost nine times as much), yet it has not disgraced itself at all. This should be a good measure of its phenomenal value!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guoxiu a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The 835's main strengths lie in its neutrality and excellent timing. It puts forth the music boldl, simply and powerfully, without imposing any personal idiosyncratic colourings upon it. Not a first choice for those who want a romanticised/warmed-up/bassed-up rendering of their favourite discs then... (psst! Look to the Arcam 7SE and Marantz 6000 OSE instead ;-)

Even so, this lack of a noticeable sonic "character" does not imply that the Denon lags behind the 7SE and 6000 OSE in musicality. Au contraire! The 835's directness of approach and nimble timing makes for one very expressive communicator. The nuances and delicacy of Sade Adu's voice in "Lovers Rock" are reproduced with seductive, bewitching accuracy. Ditto kd lang's in "Drag". Detail retrieval is very accomplished too. The 835 never gave me the impression that it was holding back anything significant from my ears.

It is with classical music that this CDP is truly at home with. Its awesome stereo separation and delicious reproduction of instrumental timbres breathes new life even into the most poorly-recorded of my discs! If, like me, you have a collection of 1950s, 60s and 70s AAD discs, you will discover to your delight that the 835 puts more "air" around the various orchestral instruments, making the entire performance sound more alive and realistic. The tones of David Oistrakh's frenetic fiddling in his 1960 Philadelphia rec. of Tchai's Violin Concerto are marvellously realised. Likewise, Heinrich Schiff's cello in the two Vieuxtemps Cello Concertos. Needless to say, with modern classical discs like Bernard Haitink's Mahler 6th Symphony, the 835 performs stunningly. This is a deceptively powerful CDP... it cannot be caught out by even the most demanding of orchestral tuttis. I am impressed! Yup, I think I can happily live with the 835's performance before the upgrade bug bites again. Well done, Denon.


(nb: I use the 835 with QED's Qunex 2 interconnect; another excellent product)

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $499.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian Moss a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 17, 1999

Bottom Line:   
Very enjoyable player. High quality build and sound. Stood out against rivals tested on same system (Denon AVR1100RD for amp and Acoustic Energy Aegis 1 spkrs.)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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