Denon DRM-555 Cassette Players

DRM-555

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User Reviews (3)

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rickko   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 10, 2004]
Strength:

The display's brightness is adjustable. Automatic sensing and biasing of tape type (i.e. Normal, C02, Metal, etc.). Auto Reverse. Selectable recording: Doly B, C NR, or Normal. HDX sensing. Auto silence 4 second recording control . Excellent control of input signal. Memory feature allows one to mark a specific location on playback so you can return to it by simple push of a button. Good looks.

Weakness:

You can't adjust the output signal. The MPX Filter may not be working. Left & Right channels input signal when recording cannot be controlled. Tape transport area not illuminated. The Balance, Bias and Headphone volume adjusting knobs have side-to-side, up-and-down play in them (cheap IMO). I miss the analog VU meters. The transport mechanism is VERY noisy, I'd say that's my biggest disappointment.

After 26 years of excellent service my Sanyo deck stopped outputting signals, sigh. Time to move on... Instead of reparing it I decided to replace it with the DENON DRM-555. I find it to be highly satisfactory except for the noisy (mechanical) transport when it auto reverses, stops, starts etc. The price was right because it was a "demo" model. Unfortunately the MPX filter switch does not work as far as I can tell. It does not illuminate the MPX indicator on the display. If 'The Good Guys' can't fix it under their full service contract they must replace it with a new one. I'm OK with that. All features (other than noted above) seem to work well. I run it into a Nikko EQ-II equalizer so I can easily compensate for any sound deficiencies that may be inherent to the recorded signal output. I've played commercial tapes as well as tapes I recorded on the Sanyo twenty-six years ago. They all sound as good as when they were recorded. There is good separation of stereo. I found the recorded quality of various input signals from the turntable, FM Stereo Tuner and CD connected to my system to be excellent. I hope this tape deck will perform as well and as long as did the Sanyo.

Similar Products Used: Sanyo RD-5350
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
evade   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 06, 2003]
Strength:

Good, but not great sound.

Weakness:

Noisy transport and auto-reverse. Made in China quality.

Good but not great sound as I used to get from my Aurex (Toshiba). Not quite the quality of build and construction I would expect from the Denon name.

Similar Products Used: Aurex PC-3060, retired Dolby and ADRES
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
  Audio Enthusiast [Apr 24, 2003]
Strength:

Sounds well. not expensive. You can choose the level of the record. Bias fine and balance buttons. Vu-meter. Dolby B and C.

Weakness:

Heavy and noisy mechanism, only two inputs. Counter NOT in minuts and seconds. NO specialized commands for rewinding. Counter is not very precise.

This cassette player/recorder sounds quite well, it is functionnal, and has minimal functions. Looking at the DENON label, I expected more of this product.

Similar Products Used: YAMAHA KX 530
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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