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Denon Releases Solid-State Audio Device

Denon Professional introduced the DN-F400 Solid State Audio Playback System, a solution the company says can help better control audio in schools, theme parks, shopping malls, transportation hubs, and theaters.

Denon Professional introduced the DN-F400 Solid State Audio Playback System, a solution the company says can help better control audio in schools, theme parks, shopping malls, transportation hubs, and theaters. It's designed to deliver dependability in critical applications where the audio runs continuously or must be triggered at a moment's notice, as in school football games or assemblies. Denon says the system is well suited for public facilities requiring continuous-playback, repeated-programmed audio messaging, or quickly triggered announcements.

The optional RC-F400S remote controller features an LCD display and ergonomically designed control panel that includes 20 hot buttons for instant playback of audio or sound effects. When used together, the DN-F400/RC-F400S solid-state audio combo is an alternative to sound FX playback systems and outdated CART players, CD players, or MiniDisc units for radio, television, sporting events, theater, and other real-time performance applications.

"Situations requiring specific files for houses of worship, sound reinforcement, broadcast, the expanding broadcast market of Internet radio, traditional radio, and the smaller stations–any situation where they wouldn't necessarily spend thousands of dollars on the traditional equipment to do hot starts or a computer system, now has an affordable solution," said Peter Papageorge, director of sales at D&M Professional, in a statement.

According to the company, schools with multiple departments, each with their own audio needs, can benefit from the DN-F400. Support for SD and SDHC card formats allow users to store up to 99 files per 32 GB card, and each department can have its own content-approved card that keeps its particular audio files ready to play. The large LCD display on the RC-400S remote control allows users to name up to 20 files and assign them to hot buttons that will instantly start each audio file from the beginning.

"It gives you a lot of flexibility to instantly have a quick catalog for whatever application you need," added Papageorge. "In houses of worship, if [a personal media player] goes to sleep, the last thing you want [it] to do is wake up and accidentally start [playing] a file during the benediction or the prayer."

The DN-F400 is housed in a compact, single-RU half-space package. It plays mono and stereo uncompressed WAV and MP3 files; has a tape-recorder-type control panel; balanced Phoenix-type and unbalanced audio outputs; external RS-232c and GPIO controls; OLED display; and intuitive operation. Its rear-panel DIP switches offer one-time setup and features such as continuous play with repeat or power-on auto-play modes for dedicated installation.

 


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