Summary: We purchased a Denon S-52 three years ago from a Canadian distributor and have had nothing but headaches with this expensive and disappointing product. We have had the system repaired once already (again, for a hefty price) and it is once again giving us headaches e.g. will only turn on after it has been unplugged for a period of time, then will not allow for station changes or volume modification.
Summary: The network feature is awful. Wireless rarely works, even if sat within a foot of the access point. Ethernet is better, but only just. That constantly drops out too. However, by far the worst feature is a lack of graphic equaliser. These units are sooooo base heavy everything within a mile vibrates and pictures fall off the wall even on low volumes. The menus are terrible and not possible to navigate. Very expensive and a complete disaster.
Summary: The Denon S-52 is the most unbelievable Clock Radio of all time. Internet Radio, HDRadio, CD, iPod, USB, Aux input, & WiFi this has it all and it sounds awesome for a Clock Radio. A Sub Woofer out, but not necessary. A bit difficult in setting up the WiFi (as in most WiFi things) and the Bit-Rate would be nice. Clock Radio should allow the alternate (2, 3, etc) HDRadio channels for wake-up, but all in all, nobody else touches this.
Summary: I've more then happy with my denon s-52. i had to purchase a $5 ethetnet cord so i could upgrade its programming software. The operating manul is not the easiest to follow but can be understood with effort.
Summary: I have to start off by saying I have done a bit of research on this unit, as the cost had to be justified, and I was not going to willy nilly replace my Bose Wave CD. Quick points, it is fuller that the Bose, it is louder than the Bose, but it is not as good at higher volumes as the Bose. I mean the Bose will stay clean at higher volume, but the Denon is louder and fuller to its break point. Is that a huge concern, no, not really.
Summary: I have purchased and subsequently returned two S-52's. It is hard to believe the manufacturer has not pulled these off the market. It is the same type of disregard that Klipsch showed when they knowingly flooded the market several years ago with defective 4.2 THX computer speaker systems.
Swiss Army Knife of Radios - But does not work well.
A. Ioannides "Ari", Amazon
9 January 2010
Summary: When my oldest daughter turned 13 I got her a shelf stereo that she has enjoyed for years. Great sound, mutli CD player and easy to use. Three years later I wanted to get the same stereo for my youngest daughter when she turned 13, but the system I purchased before was not available. A quick review of compact systems revealed that the landscape had dramatically changed, and I could not find the quality sound I was looking for.
Wide range of features but not for the inexperienced or inept
Maxwell Johnson "Cook, musician and teacher", Amazon
11 December 2009
Summary: I selected the Denon S-52 because of its extraordinarily broad feature set and despite its relatively high price. It offers AM, FM, and HD radio, CD capability, wired or wireless internet radio, Rhapsody, and playback from a PC or USB storage device, as well as satellite radio compatibility. This range of inputs in a tabletop system is unique in the American marketplace at this time.
Summary: The Denon-S52 packs a lot of features in one box. The sound is very good. Being able to listen to Internet radios is a great feature. However this product is not user-friendly... My wife is not comfortable using it. The menus/controls are not intuitive; it takes a while to get the unit configured after power-up and the wifi often has trouble finding the access point. I still think it is a product worth owning but would only recommend it to technology savvy people.
Summary: I would like to think myself moderately proficient in technology, so I took the leap and purchased the S-52 from a local reseller. Wireless connectivity was key for me. If you read some of the other reviews, you'll get a sense that the wi-fi set-up is not as intuitive as it should be. Somewhere along the line I must of screwed something up because my system was in "connecting to wireless" mode forever after it found my network and I entered the security key.