Advantages Great range of features, high quality materials
Disadvantages Flimsy CD tray, some buttons more sensitive/stiff that others
I own one of these Denon CDR-M30 CD decks as part of a hi fi unit that also includes a cassette deck, MD deck and tuner. It is compatible with any hi fi system, and, like mine, the matching DM30 and DM50 systems.The dimensions of the CD deck are 210 x 95 x 318mm, and it has a weight of 3kg. The other decks that come as part of the hi-fi system are identical in these respects, and their operational features are very similar.
The deck is silver in appearance, and is equipped with a larger than adequate display screen on which you can access information such as track progress and the number of tracks on the CD in the player. The large dial on the right of the deck allows you to fast forward and rewind manually. Near the top of the deck are the Eject, Play/Pause and Stop keys. Below these, set out in an arc, are the Record, Input and Menu options. I usually use the remote control instead of operating the keys manually, and for this the sensor is located in the uppermost level of the hi fi system. The buttons for manual operation require a bit of force for the action to be detected, and although the deck is endowed with a non-slip coating on its underside, it can still slip out of place somewhat if you happen to push it too hard. Conversely, I have discovered the forward/rewind dial to be overly sensitive, so that you often find yourself rewinding or fast forwarding too far. That is another reason why the remote control is so useful, as it allows more precision.When inserting CDs you must push the button on the bottom left, and the tray extends outwards. You simply slot the CD into the tray, and either push it back in manually or wait a few seconds for it to retract automatically. I have discovered that when the automatic function kicks in the tray can draw in a swift speed, and my finger once became stuck in the machine. This caused the tray to cease movement, and I was able to hit the eject button and release my digit. I experienced some discomfort, but thankfully the 'bite' was not so aggressive that it drew blood.
Input extends to 2 x phono analogue, 2 x optical, and outputs 2 x phono analogue. In terms of disk compatibility the model will play CD, CDR, CDRW and record CDR and CDRW, so is very versatile in this respect. The model offers a number of edit functions, including auto track marking, text input, synchro record and dual speed finalising. I experimented with a number of these facilities in the past, particularly when I first purchased the system. The instruction manual is very comprehensive in this respect and if you are inclined to tinker around with some of the more advanced functions the manual provides clear instruction on how to go about this.The materials from which the deck are fashioned are hard wearing and of a good quality. The internal tray does appear slightly flimsy and of a lower grade than over materials, but it has never presented any problem, and sound quality has been consistent. This is a nice addition to the complete hi fi system, and is equipped with enough features to make your CD-listening experience enjoyable.
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