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Type Corporation
Founded Japan (1910)
Key people Frederick Whitney Horn, founder
Industry Electronics
Products Audio, visual
Parent D&M Holdings
Website Denon Global

Denon (株式会社デノン Kabushiki Kaisha Denon ?) is a Japanese electronics company that originated digital audio technology, while specializing in manufacturing of high-fidelity professional and consumer audio equipment. For many decades, Denon was a brand name of Nippon-Columbia, including the Nippon Columbia record label. In 2001 Denon was spun off as a separate company with 98% held by Ripplewood Holdings and 2% by Hitachi. In 2002 Denon merged with Marantz to form D&M Holdings. The Denon brand came from a merger of Denki Onkyo and others in 1939.



The company was originally established by Frederick Whitney Horn in 1910 as part of “Nippon Chikuonki Shokai" (Japan Recorders Corporation), a manufacturer of single-sided disc records and gramophones.[1]

There followed a number of mergers and tie-ins over the next few decades as firstly the company merged with Japan-US Recorders Manufacturing in 1912 and then in 1928 the brand “Columbia” was introduced when the company became “Japan Columbia Recorders”. A further change of name occurred in 1946 when the company renamed itself “Nippon Columbia”. [2]

The Denon brand was first established in 1947 when “Nippon Columbia” merged with “Japan Denki Onkyo”.[3] “D&M Holdings Inc.” was created in May 2002 when Denon Ltd and Marantz Japan Inc. merged.[4]

Today, the company is specializing in professional and consumer home cinema and audio equipment including A/V receivers, DVD players, tuners and wireless music systems. Denon is also known for high-end AV Receivers and Moving coil phono cartridges. Two M-series models, the Denon M31 and M30, have been the most successful radio hi-fi's for the last 4 years. Since being released to the micro hifi DAB market, they have received several awards in Europe.

Product timeline

Denon DX1/90 audio cassette tape
  • 1910 Manufacturer of single-sided disc records and gramophones.
  • 1939 Launched first professional-use disc recorder for broadcast industry and disk cutting lathe.
  • 1951 Commenced sales of Japan’s 1st LP records.
  • 1953 Launched professional-use tape recorder for broadcast industry.
  • 1958 Introduced sales of stereo records.
  • 1959 Commenced production of open-reel audio tapes.
  • 1962 Introduced Elepian series of electronic pianos.
  • 1963 Developed the DL-103 phono cartridge. [5]
  • 1964 Started sales of audio cassette tapes.
  • 1971 Started producing hi-fi audio components, including turntables, amplifiers, tuners and speakers.
  • 1972 Introduced the world’s first viable 8 channel digital recorder.
  • 1977 Awarded US Billboard magazine's "Trend-Setter Award for outstanding contribution to the industry".
  • 1980 Awarded the 13th Montreux International Diplome d’honneur technique award.
  • 1981 Developed a professional-use CD player.
  • 1982 Industry leader in the introduction of consumer-use CD players.
  • 1988 Introduced range of AV amplifiers to product range.
  • 1990 Awarded three component awards at Paris hi-fi show.
  • 1993 Developed the twin deck DJ CD player DN-200F.[6] Other early models are the DN1000F, DN2000F and the DN2500F. Denon also made the world's only twin MiniDisc player designed for DJ use.
  • 1994 Awarded European Audio Innovation of the Year.
  • 1995 World's first Dolby AC-3 and THX 5.1 certified home theater system. [7]
  • 1997 Introduced DVD player into product range.
  • 1999 World's first THX-EX home theater system (THX Extended to provide fuller surround sound). [8]
  • 2001 Produced first Mini system with 5.1 surround sound.
  • 2002 Denon link technology developed for improved digital connectivity. [9]
  • 2004 Launch of world's first consumer product featuring HQV (Hollywood Quality Video).[10]
  • 2006 Denon introduces the AK-DL1 CAT5 Ethernet cable. It wasn't until mid-2008 that it caused controversy because of its high price ($499) and the company's claims that the cable is "designed for the audio enthusiast," and would "bring out all the nuances" in digital audio signals transmitted over it.[11][12]
  • 2007 Denon releases the AVP-A1HDCI Pre-Amplifier and matching POA-A1HDCI Power Amplifier set which marks the company's first additions to a new line of high-performance custom-focused components.[13]
  • 2008 Denon announces the world's first Universal Blu-ray player capable of DVD-Audio and SA-CD playback [14]


  1. ^ "Audio Trends (Denon Brand)". Retrieved 2008-04-02.  
  2. ^ "Denon History". Retrieved 2008-04-02.  
  3. ^ "High Fidelity (Denon History)".!ev/artykuly/09_02_2007/denon.html. Retrieved 2008-04-02.  
  4. ^ "D&M Holdings". Retrieved 2008-04-02.  
  5. ^ "TNT Audio Review - DL-103". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  6. ^ "Harmony Central – DN-2000f". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  7. ^ "Wire-X Review – AVR 5600". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  8. ^ "Home Cinema Choice Review – AVC A10SE". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  9. ^ "Denon – Glossary". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  10. ^ "AVReview – DVD A1XV". Retrieved 2008-04-04.  
  11. ^ Charlie Sorrel: Snake-Oil Alert: Denon Sells 'Audiophile' Ethernet Cable for $500 Wired News, 13 June 2008
  12. ^ Barry Collins: The £250 Ethernet cable PC Pro News, 13 June 2008
  13. ^ Gene DellaSala. "Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Processor". Audioholics.  
  14. ^ Darren Murph. "Denon's DVD-A1UD: world's first universal (SACD / DVD-A) Blu-ray player". Engadget.  

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