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Denon S-101 Home Entertainment System Review

by November 20, 2005
Denon S-101 Home Entertainment System

Denon S-101 Home Entertainment System

  • Product Name: S-101 Home Entertainment System
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: November 20, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 999
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  • Dolby Virtual Speaker Decoding
  • Dolby Headphone Decoding
  • Dolby Pro Logic II Decoding
  • DTS Decoding
  • WMA9/MP3 Decoders
  • 50wpc x 2 satellites; 100wpc x 1 subwoofer
  • 2 way 3.5” mid, ¾” tweeter satellites
  • 8” high excursion subwoofer
  • ipod connectivity
  • DSP controlled boundary gain compensation
  • cinema EQ
  • progressive scan DVD with 480p output and Integrated 10bit/54MHz video DAC
  • CD/Video CD/CD-R/RW
  • DVD-R/RW, +R/+RW Conditional
  • Video Conversion Composite to S-Video and down
  • Video conversion to component
  • On screen help menu with system setup


  • Easy setup
  • Good value
  • Commendable sound
  • Space efficient


  • Can sound compressed with highly dynamic sources
  • Average surround envelopment
  • Ho hum disc tracking ability


While my condo is pretty accommodating for the three of us, it has little space to accommodate a 5.1 surround system, well, perhaps a dinky cubed system, but I’d prefer my clock radio as an alternative. Don’t laugh, it has decent fidelity and certainly jump starts my mornings each time the alarm goes off to the local hard rock station. That being said, I was on a quest to continue doing reviews of home theater gear despite my living constraints. I quickly had flashbacks of the Denon Summer Conference where we walked away very impressed with their new DVD Home Theater Systems, particularly their S-301 (MSRP: $1599) and the S-101 (MSRP: $999).
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Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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