Denon RCD N12DAB
Denon RCD N12DAB
Denon RCD N12DAB

Denon RCD N12DAB: Minimalistic and innovative CD receiver

The main innovation in the Denon RCD N12DAB CD receiver model is an HDMI ARC input for connecting a TV and a Phono input for connecting a vinyl player, while in comparison with the N10 model, one optical input has been removed. The front panel of the central unit is designed in a minimalist style, and most of its space is occupied by a large, easy-to-read display. The main system controls – touch buttons – are located on the top panel.


The center of the Denon RCD N12DAB facade is occupied by the disc transport tray, under which there is a high-contrast 3-line OELD display. On the front panel there is a power/standby button with an operating mode indicator and a tray open key. The remaining controls (source selector, volume control, joystick for menu navigation and playback control) are placed on the top acrylic panel. There is also a tag for pairing with Bluetooth devices with NFC. The front panel has a built-in USB port that supports charging your iPod/iPhone even in standby mode, and a mini-jack for headphones. Denon RCD N12DAB also comes with a remote control.


Denon RCD N12DAB is equipped with a large number of built-in signal sources. There is a CD player with fast disc loading and an almost silent operating mechanism, as well as a very high-quality FM/AM tuner. However, this is only part of the list of features of this model, most of which are related to the network functionality of the Denon RCD N12DAB. It provides playback of music files from various devices (network connection via Ethernet or Wi-Fi), as well as the use of various online services. Denon RCD N12DAB can be included in the proprietary HEOS wireless multiroom system, and can also be connected directly to devices that support AirPlay/AirPlay 2 technology. The HDMI input supports ARC audio return channel, which is convenient when connecting to a TV. There is an MM phono stage on board. The system also provides Bluetooth and a USB input for connecting portable storage devices.


Denon RCD N12DAB can work with HEOS technology, on the basis of which you can create a wireless multiroom installation consisting of HEOS-supported components, including specialized wireless speaker systems. At the same time, a special application allows you to control the receiver, assign playback of certain content to various groups of HEOS devices, play different music tracks in different rooms, or synchronously broadcast music in all rooms at the same time. At the same time, access to such online services as Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Sound Cloud, Napster, TuneIn is supported.


The system provides tone control in the bass and treble areas, one analog and two optical inputs. To increase bass response, you can connect an external active subwoofer to the Denon RCD N12DAB. For those who like to listen to music with headphones, there is a corresponding output on the front panel of the central unit of the system. Built-in amplifiers Denon RCD N12DAB develop an output power of 60 W per channel and this is more than enough to fully drive small speaker systems.

Characteristics of  Denon RCD N12DAB

Supported disc formats CD-DA, CD-R/RW and MP3/WMA files recorded on them
Amplifier power 2 x 60 W, class D
Frequency correction function to optimize the frequency response of the system for standard speakers
DAC bit size 24 bit/192 kHz
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz
S/N Ratio 86 dB
Harmonic Distortion 0.1% (1 kHz, 5 W, 4 ohms)
Input Sensitivity/Impedance (Line In) 200 mV/22 kOhm
SDB (Super Dynamic Bass) ): + 8 dB (100 Hz)
HF tone control (10 kHz, ± 10 dB); LF (100 Hz, ± 10 dB)
Frequency range of AM tuner 522 – 1611 kHz
Frequency range of FM tuner 87.5 – 108 MHz
RDS and Radio Text
Number of presets 30
Support for DLNA v1.5 protocol
Supported file formats MP3, WMA, AAC , FLAC (24 bit/192 kHz), WAV (24 bit/192 kHz), AIFF (24 bit/192 kHz) and ALAC (24 bit/96 kHz)
Three-line OELD display with wide viewing angles
Clock/alarm/auto-off timer functions
Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
AirPlay 2 function
Bluetooth support
Inputs linear RCA, 1 optical, HDMI ARC, USB port, Phono, LAN
RCA outputs for subwoofer, 3.5 mm for headphones Speaker
output 2 pairs of screws terminals
Supported music Internet services Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Sound Cloud, Napster, TuneIn
Pauseless playback for WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF formats
Power consumption 55 W, standby mode: 0.4 W
Remote control RC-1199
Dimensions (WxHxD) 280x102x305 mm
CD receiver weight 3.3 kg