Denon S-101 Home Theater System

DVD Player, 2.1 Speakers - 1 Discs - Progressive Scan - 200W RMS - Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II - MPN: S101
Product Details
Description
The S-101 is one of the most innovative and stylish home theater systems that merges the latest technology for dynamic sound, vivid picture quality, the simplest connectivity and operation available, and elegant design to integrate into any room décor. With the S-101, you can experience a new and exciting way to enjoy the most diverse variety of home entertainment, including direct connectivity to your portable players such as iPod or Rio MP3 players.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II
Interface Connection Component Video Yes
Product Type Home Theater System
Speaker Channels 2.1
Included Components DVD Player
Expert Reviews
Denon S-101 Home Theater Entertainment System
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Nov 21, 2005

The Denon S-101 makes a gallant effort of delivering all of the major surround formats into a two speaker + subwoofer, compact and cosmetically appealing platform. It’s the ideal space savings, good sounding, easy to use home entertainment system Bose never made. Throw in solid DVD playback and a user friendly help function to rescue neophytes from themselves, and you have a system that is user friendly and appealing to all household members alike.

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Denon S-101
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Denon S-101 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Denon: Bose Killer?
4 Star Review   By member customervalued - Feb 10, 2008   

Strengths: Compact size. Very good sound quality and construction.

Weakness: Proprietary cables. No HDMI or Dvi just component, composite or s.

Many have commented how well this unit compares to the Bose 3-2-1 and after using this system for a while, I have to say the quality is indeed very good. Is it worth the $1000 retail, no, but Bose is not worth $1000 either. The system is very solidly built and the sub is extremely heavy. The unit is very small and compact and has plenty of menu options to fine tune your listening needs. The 2.1 system works well for a bedroom setup but anything more and you will not get enough sound to fill up the room.

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Great choice.
5 Star Review   By soundfreek on 6th Ave Electronics - Oct 2, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality, ez hookup, clean very nice modern look.

Weakness: No HDMI

I was undecided between this system and the Bose 3-2-1 and ultimately after very detailed comparison and reading reviews I the Denon came out on top and I'm very happy with it. To top it off you can find it for lower price than the Bose.

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All Around Good Home Theater System
3 Star Review   By member mumpkin - Jan 24, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to set-up, few wires.

Weakness: Not very loud, surround sound effect is only 270 degrees.

Bought this based on great reviews. It is not worth the retail price of $1000. But you can find it much cheaper if you look around. It's a good system, nice alternative for those that don't want many wires or speakers.

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Denon S101
5 Star Review   By member drmek - May 31, 2006   

Strengths: Great price, Solid Performance, Easy Setup

Weakness: No HDMI

I examined the comparable Bose and Sony sytem and found that the Denon S101 was a far better value at $549.00. This system puts out a nice surround sound for being a 2.1 system with 50 watts per channel output on the speakers and 100 watt output on the subwoofer. It has composite and s video inputs as well as optical and coaxial audio input. After looking for about 6 months i have finally found a solid performer with value to boot.

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Denon S 101
5 Star Review   By member pidrissi - Nov 1, 2005   

Strengths: Size, Power, Convenience, Price, I can go on...

Weakness: Strange Digial Audio Connection Protocol

I wanted surround sound without all the wiring hastles. I was looking a Sony system that uses wireless rear speakers. Then a friend in the Hi-Fi business told me about this Denon System. I went down to his shop and listend to it for about 5 minutes and I was hooked! The only glitch was when I went to make the connection between the cable box and the Denon unit only to find that I the digital optical (TosLink) cable would only work for AUX 3 which has no corresponding video input. So I had to switch that cable for a digital coaxial cable which covers the audio for AUX 1 & 2. Strange that you can't assign them. Other than that this is one amazing machine.

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Denon S-101
5 Star Review   By member boogertrus - Oct 14, 2005   

Strengths: Easy install with all the ports you need for your tv, xbox, cable box. Easy to use remote and great sound out of just two speakers.

Weakness: Nothing so far.... No HDMI port

This Home Theater in a Box is one of the best I have ever seen/ heard. This system gives the Bose 3-2-1 system a run for its money. I was not sure if I would like this system after using a Sony 5.1. Denon's virtual surround speakers and huge sub actually out performed my old system. The technology bounces off the walls giving you the 5.1 feel and it is super loud. The remote is easy to use and Denon has made the buttons used the most huge. The help function makes for easy set up and trouble shooting. This DVD player plays all copied formats (dvd+-r, dual layer +r). This system is equipped with every port in the world except for the HDMI output. That is probably the only downfall with everything going HD in the next year or so. The HDMI is on the S-301 version but I did not want to shell out $500 extra dollars for that, couple more functions, and a little extra power (280 W compared to 200 W). Like I noted above, I originally went to get the Bose 3-2-1 but it was out of stock at Best Buy. The salesman showed me the new Denon system and claimed it was very similar to the Bose. I looked it over and listened to both systems in their demo booth before going with this one. To make the deal Best Buy lowered the retail price $100 (900)and gave me the high end component/ audio monster cables as well ($180 value). I have not been disappointed.

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Product Details
Description
The S-101 is one of the most innovative and stylish home theater systems that merges the latest technology for dynamic sound, vivid picture quality, the simplest connectivity and operation available, and elegant design to integrate into any room décor. With the S-101, you can experience a new and exciting way to enjoy the most diverse variety of home entertainment, including direct connectivity to your portable players such as iPod or Rio MP3 players.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II
Interface Connection Component Video Yes
Product Type Home Theater System
Speaker Channels 2.1
Included Components DVD Player
Summary
Product Title Denon S-101 Home Theater System
Manufacturer Denon
Power Score 4.3 | 8 Reviews
Amplification
Power Output: 200 W (RMS)
Watts per Channel: 50 W/channel
Included Devices
Number of Discs Supported: 1
Compatibility
Audio Codecs Supported: CD-DA, MP3, WMA
Video Format: DVD Video, Video CD
System Features
Audio DAC: 24 Bit
Audio Features: Headphone Jack, MP3 Support, Video Switching Function, WMA Support
Video DAC: 10 Bit
General
Dimensions: 3.82" Height x 15" Width x 9.84" Depth - DVD Player, 13.19" Height x 5.28" Width x 3" Depth - Front Speaker, 14.49" Height x 9.29" Width x 18.11" Depth - Subwoofer
Crutchfield: Yes
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Speakers, 2 Years Subwoofer Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS
Front Speaker Height: 13.19"
Number of Station Presets: 56
Front Speaker Width: 5.28"
Media Format Support: DVD Video, JPEG, Video CD, CD-DA, WMA, MP3
Video Player Height: 3.82"
Number of Analog Audio Input: 3
Media Formats: CD-RW
Video Player Depth: 9.84"
Number of S-Video Output: 1
Output: Component Video, Composite (RCA), S-Video, RCA, Digital Optical
Weight: 3.13 lbs - Front Speaker, 33.95 lbs - Subwoofer, 9.26 lbs - Video Disc Player
Number of Digital Optical Output: 1
Number of DVDs Supported: 1
Number of S-Video Input: 2
Overall Max Frequency Response: 30 kHz
Other Media Supported: DVD-RW - Play, DVD+RW - Play, CD-RW - Play
Number of Discs: 1
Number of CDs Supported: 1
Front Speaker Depth: 3"
Receiver Type: Not Applicable
Remote Control: Illuminated Remote, Multibrand Remote
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: Dolby Pro Logic II
Video Player Width: 15"
DVD Features: Progressive Scan
Input: A/V (Composite), Audio - Digital Coaxial, Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Line In (1/8" Mini), S-Video
Tuner Display: Digital
Overall Min Frequency Response: 80 Hz
Number of Digital Optical Input: 3
Speaker Configuration: Two Speakers and Sub-Woofer (2.1)
RMS Output Power: 200 W
Total Number of Speakers (Includes Subwoofer): 3
Video Output: Component Video, Composite (RCA), S-Video
Audio Output: Digital Optical, RCA
Expert Reviews
Denon S-101 Home Theater Entertainment System
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Nov 21, 2005

The Denon S-101 makes a gallant effort of delivering all of the major surround formats into a two speaker + subwoofer, compact and cosmetically appealing platform. It’s the ideal space savings, good sounding, easy to use home entertainment system Bose never made. Throw in solid DVD playback and a user friendly help function to rescue neophytes from themselves, and you have a system that is user friendly and appealing to all household members alike.

Read the full review »

Denon S-101
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 31, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 9 expert reviews for Denon S-101 and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Denon: Bose Killer?
4 Star Review   By member customervalued - Feb 10, 2008   

Strengths: Compact size. Very good sound quality and construction.

Weakness: Proprietary cables. No HDMI or Dvi just component, composite or s.

Many have commented how well this unit compares to the Bose 3-2-1 and after using this system for a while, I have to say the quality is indeed very good. Is it worth the $1000 retail, no, but Bose is not worth $1000 either. The system is very solidly built and the sub is extremely heavy. The unit is very small and compact and has plenty of menu options to fine tune your listening needs. The 2.1 system works well for a bedroom setup but anything more and you will not get enough sound to fill up the room.

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Great choice.
5 Star Review   By soundfreek on 6th Ave Electronics - Oct 2, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality, ez hookup, clean very nice modern look.

Weakness: No HDMI

I was undecided between this system and the Bose 3-2-1 and ultimately after very detailed comparison and reading reviews I the Denon came out on top and I'm very happy with it. To top it off you can find it for lower price than the Bose.

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All Around Good Home Theater System
3 Star Review   By member mumpkin - Jan 24, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to set-up, few wires.

Weakness: Not very loud, surround sound effect is only 270 degrees.

Bought this based on great reviews. It is not worth the retail price of $1000. But you can find it much cheaper if you look around. It's a good system, nice alternative for those that don't want many wires or speakers.

33% of readers found this review helpful.

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Denon S101
5 Star Review   By member drmek - May 31, 2006   

Strengths: Great price, Solid Performance, Easy Setup

Weakness: No HDMI

I examined the comparable Bose and Sony sytem and found that the Denon S101 was a far better value at $549.00. This system puts out a nice surround sound for being a 2.1 system with 50 watts per channel output on the speakers and 100 watt output on the subwoofer. It has composite and s video inputs as well as optical and coaxial audio input. After looking for about 6 months i have finally found a solid performer with value to boot.

86% of readers found this review helpful.

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Denon S 101
5 Star Review   By member pidrissi - Nov 1, 2005   

Strengths: Size, Power, Convenience, Price, I can go on...

Weakness: Strange Digial Audio Connection Protocol

I wanted surround sound without all the wiring hastles. I was looking a Sony system that uses wireless rear speakers. Then a friend in the Hi-Fi business told me about this Denon System. I went down to his shop and listend to it for about 5 minutes and I was hooked! The only glitch was when I went to make the connection between the cable box and the Denon unit only to find that I the digital optical (TosLink) cable would only work for AUX 3 which has no corresponding video input. So I had to switch that cable for a digital coaxial cable which covers the audio for AUX 1 & 2. Strange that you can't assign them. Other than that this is one amazing machine.

61% of readers found this review helpful.

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Denon S-101
5 Star Review   By member boogertrus - Oct 14, 2005   

Strengths: Easy install with all the ports you need for your tv, xbox, cable box. Easy to use remote and great sound out of just two speakers.

Weakness: Nothing so far.... No HDMI port

This Home Theater in a Box is one of the best I have ever seen/ heard. This system gives the Bose 3-2-1 system a run for its money. I was not sure if I would like this system after using a Sony 5.1. Denon's virtual surround speakers and huge sub actually out performed my old system. The technology bounces off the walls giving you the 5.1 feel and it is super loud. The remote is easy to use and Denon has made the buttons used the most huge. The help function makes for easy set up and trouble shooting. This DVD player plays all copied formats (dvd+-r, dual layer +r). This system is equipped with every port in the world except for the HDMI output. That is probably the only downfall with everything going HD in the next year or so. The HDMI is on the S-301 version but I did not want to shell out $500 extra dollars for that, couple more functions, and a little extra power (280 W compared to 200 W). Like I noted above, I originally went to get the Bose 3-2-1 but it was out of stock at Best Buy. The salesman showed me the new Denon system and claimed it was very similar to the Bose. I looked it over and listened to both systems in their demo booth before going with this one. To make the deal Best Buy lowered the retail price $100 (900)and gave me the high end component/ audio monster cables as well ($180 value). I have not been disappointed.

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