Conclusion: At $1,599, the S-301 is very expensive for a compact music system. Yes, it sounds terrific and yes, it does what it promises to do very well. It’s a great solution for anyone who wants convincing surround sound without the hassle of rear speakers. At that price, though, I’d like to see HD Radio and satellite radio compatibility along with the SD card slot. The iPod bling is a big plus but maybe not worth what it cost Denon to license.
Pros: Exceptional sound; supports the Apple iPod; HDMI input; looks great
Cons: Complex manual; sometimes locks up after disconnecting the iPod