Super Audio CD Player with USB-DAC

- DCD-1520AE

High quality CD/SACD Player and

USB-DAC with Advanced AL32 processing for pure performance

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

Downloads - DCD-1520AE

pdf file

4.18 MB

pdf file

2.23 MB

pdf file

0.70 MB

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DCD-1520AE USB-DAC Driver

3.72 MB