Denon announced a product line of interest in its home electronics business, two S-Series Networked Audio Systems. One model also includes HD Radio capability.
These networked audio systems, Models S-52 and S-32, provide Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 b/g). They offer users “an easy way to wirelessly receive and enjoy music from other connected devices in the home and directly from the Rhapsody digital music service,” the company said.
“Consumers can enjoy unlimited access to Rhapsody’s extensive music catalog, exclusive content from MTV, VH1 and CMT and professionally programmed Rhapsody Channels in any room of the home via Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to your home network.”
The systems include a free 30-day trial of the subscription service, which costs $12.99 per month.
They also feature an iPod dock and can stream music wirelessly from Internet radio sources and other network attached storage devices and PC or Mac computers on the network. A home network is required for networking and streaming features.
The higher-end unit adds a built-in HD Radio tuner with multicasting functionality and a slot-loading CD player; it is also XM Satellite Radio ready and has a USB port.
Here’s how it looks on Amazon.com.
Here’s an August article in the Seattle Times about the recent Rhapsody partnership between RealNetworks and MTV Networks/Viacom.