DENON DCD1520AE Super Audio CD player with USB DAC
DENON DCD1520AE Super Audio CD player with USB DAC DENON DCD1520AE Super Audio CD player with USB DAC
DENON DCD1520AE Super Audio CD player with USB DAC

Regular Price: $2,699.00

Special Price $2,345.00

Warranty Period: 2 years (3 with registration)

Regular Price: $2,699.00

Special Price $2,345.00



The new DCD-1520AE CD/SACD Player delivers purity in design and performance. The advanced AL32 processor, a 32-bit/192 kHz D/A converter and the new DAC master clock design with low phase noise oscillator and many more technical innovations as the USB-B input surely qualify it to be a true enrichment for any other amplifier on the planet, too.

To meet the requirements of today’s changing demands of HiFi enthusiasts, Denon’s DCD-1520AE inherits a complex buildquality like a precision mechanical ground construction on a triplelayer base, a newly developed S.V.H. Mechanism with low centre of gravity, and the anti-vibration aluminium die-cast tray care for optimal digital disc playback combined with the possibility to directly connect a computer to the USB-B input. The asynchronous USB-B connectivity makes it possible to enjoy music in master quality of 192kHz/24 bit and even the bit stream formats known from SACD which are DSD2.8 and DSD5.6. All digital signals will be treated carefully by the Advanced AL32 Processing as well as high-grade 32-Bit/192 kHz DA converters guaranteeing highest detail levels at all volumes. A DAC Master Clock Circuit Design suppresses jitter and noise and achieves a clear sound image.



New and upgraded features:

  • Advanced AL32 Processing and a new high precision 32-bit/192kHz D/A converter, to dramatically enhance the music listening experience

  • Denon’s Disc Drive Mechanism with S.V.H. Loader for SACD, CD and CD-R/RW playback

  • DAC Master Clock design with low jitter oscillator and Minimal Signal Paths

  • Play various types of digital content in high sound quality

    • Rear USB-B input, for high-resolution sound from a PC (dedicated driver available under "Downloads & Manuals")

    • Asynchronous support

    • PCM, DSD2.8 and DSD5.6 support (DoP)

    • Front USB-A input for iPhone/iPod, or USB mass storage device

    • Optical and coaxial digital inputs

State-of-the-art Denon Solutions

for Maximising Content Quality
  • High definition audio support for Blu-ray such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD

  • 1080p and 3D pass through capabilities

  • Minimum Signal Path for clear audio and video signal

  • High-performance 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters for all channels

  • Compressed Audio Restorer to enhance digital music files


  • Stereo Mini Jack on front panel lets you connect any portable audio player

  • Quick Select Button for direct access to favourite sources

  • Large character display

  • Sleep timer function

  • Comes with simple, easy-to-use remote control handset

  • Standby HDMI Pass through

  • Auto Standby and low power consumption at stand-by 0.3 W

  • Less depth, easy to install in an a/v rack



SACD section

  • Channels
    2 channels
  • Frequency response
    2Hz - 50kHz (-3 dB)
  • Dynamic range
    113 dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
    117 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion
    0.001% (1 kHz, audible bend)


CD section

  • Channels
    2 channels
  • Frequency response
  • Dynamic range
    100 dB
  • Signal-to-noise ratio
    117 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion
    0.0018% (1 kHz)



  • Output voltage
    2.0 V (10 kohms)
  • Digital output
    0.5 Vp-p/75 ohms
    -15 to -21 dbm
    660 nm



  • Power supply
    AC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
  • Power consumption
    38 W (Standby 0.1 W)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)
    434 x 134 x 331 mm
  • Weight
    8.2 kg

Product Faqs

  • What can I plug into my DAC?

    DAC's will usually have a number of inputs. Coaxial and Toslink Optical are the most common, while USB is still also very common.

    The Optical and Coaxial connections can have a CD player, network streamer, television, dvd/blu-ray disc player, game console, and some computers.

    The USB input can handle pretty much any kind of computer, or a phone with the appropriate adapter (OTG for android, Camera Connect Kit for iOS devices).

  • Vinyl vs Digital

    One of the most commonly asked question is what is better? Vinyl or Digital music.

    Short answer is both have their pros and cons.

    I will go through the differences are we see them and try to list the pros and cons as comprehensively as we can.



    - Delivers analog sound.  This is what is refered to as a 'warm' sound.   Analog sound is what we hear with our ears.  The vibration of the styli (needle) in the groove of the record creates sine waves that is then reproduced by the amplifier and speakers.  There is no digital conversion that is an estimate of the music.
    - Can last a lifetime.
    - Cartidges and styli can usually be upgraded.
    - Delivers a wider frequency range including ultrasonic frequencies (above 20 kHz) that have been shown to help the body release endorphines that brings on that 'feel-good' feeling.
    - Potentially more accurate sound.
    - Can come with booklets with band photos and lyrics.


    - Can be easily damaged.
    - Large music collections can take up alot of space.
    - Not 'toddler friendly' (though they DO make good frisbees)
    - Needs more maintenance.
    - Not a portable media.



    - Large collections in very small space.
    - Can be used in multiple devices. (computers, phones, MP3 players, CDs, USB sticks, etc)
    - Much less suseptible to physical damage than vinyl.
    - Can be organised much more efficiently. (search entire music libraries with a simple click)
    - Digital devices can be improved by external Digital to Analog Convertors. (DACs)
    - Can be digitally remastered after recording.  (Usually done is a studio)
    - Easy to make copies of files.


    - Can lose entire collections if hard discs fail.
    - Doesn't have the 'warmth' that vinyl has.
    - Is not an exact copy of the music.  Digital music is an estimate that is accomplished with 'sample rates' (the higher the sample rate the closer to the original)
    - A lot of digital music is compressed. (lower sound quality)
    - Potential compatability issues with different file types on different hardware.