Summary: The best I can say for the Denon DCM-27 is that it lived long enough to get out of warranty. We've owned this CD changer - from a supposedly high-end manufacturer - for all of two years, playing it sparingly. And now it's done. Our choice is to invest another $160 to replace the laser assembly or to throw it where it belongs and start over. Denon refuses to help with the repair. They're perfectly content to sell crap, so long as it lasts one year.
Great cd player overall, but may not do the job for some.
5 June 2011
Summary: The sound quality of the Denon DCM-27 is excellent but some may find it to be a bit laid back on the high end. My system uses a preamp that does not have any tone controls or equalization of any kind and will reveal the true character of recordings and equipment. For critical listening I use a NAD M-5 cd player and sometimes my Oppo BDP-83SE bluray player, but for continuous music listening I have an old Marantz cd changer.
Summary: The sound is really good but, as a previous reviewer said, it works fine only for simple, sequential disk playing. The random mode takes endless time to start the next track or disk. In addition, not always recognizes the disks. I tried with several original ones in pristine conditions (no fingerprints or scratches) and some do not appear in the playing list. The remote is crazy. Sometimes works, sometimes does not. It is a matter of luck.
Summary: I purchased this as an upgrade to a similar unit bought 17 years ago. This DCM-27 has features the earlier model did not have: MP3 and WMA capability, most notably. The unit, now made in China, has the look, feel and heft one has come to expect from electronics made there. That is to say, fewer controls, lighter weight, chintzy feel. The five CD carousel works well enough but it feels cheap and I expect it will not last.
Summary: This player provides a poor user experience for anything other than simple, sequential play. In random play mode it doesn't pick the next track till the current one finishes, and then it takes 15-20 seconds to choose the next track with the player making clunking and squealing noises the whole time. It's faster with just a single disk loaded, but it's a CHANGER. The manual hints at a sequential-disk random mode, but I'm not clever enough to make it work.