Summary: These units apparently have a fatal flaw in them. Many owners have had the units for a period of time - usually longer than the warranty only to find out there is a problem that eventually prevents the unit from playing CD's. No support for something that was just plain poorly designed. This is my 4 and last Denon product.
Summary: I purchased this unit back in 2005. I was quite happy with the setup and the sound. A great home theatre system; even though it is only a 2.1 system. I have had what I consider two (2) major issues which are obvious factory defaults: 1. When viewing DVD's the screen will go blank for about 5 seconds about every 30 minutes. This should not happen and is not overly annoying... but for a system which cost you $1,600... Should this happen? 2.
Summary: This system is no longer manufactured, but I was very interested in getting the HDCD capability in addition to the other features, and when I saw that it was available as a cut-price refurb, I bought it. This was a mistake. I now find that the S-301 has numerous reports of video dropout problems, and I'm getting the same thing. Refurbished does not mean fixed. Do not buy it.
Summary: Similar to others I experienced the intermittent loss of the DVD signal. This occurred with 2 different units. Denon support was difficult to contact and the retailer (Vanns) would do nothing more than take the return. I won't buy Denon or from Vanns again.