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Denon DCD-1500

Stereo CD Player (1986)

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Denon DCD-1500


The Denon DCD-1500 compact laser disc player utilizes a unique double super linear converter which prevents deterioration of sound quality in the PCM playback system, assuring accurate reproduction of sound recorded on compact laser discs, in the studio or in live sound production areas.

The parts for this high performance disc player have been selected with careful discrimination, to produce realistic playback of the full musical production.


  • Disc format: CD

    Digital converter: 2 x PCM54HP-K

    CD Mechanism: KSS-121A / KSS-123A

    Frequency response: 5Hz to 20kHz

    Dynamic range: 96dB

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 96dB

    Channel separation: 95dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.0025%

    Line output: 2V

    Dimensions: 434 x 89 x 350mm

    Weight: 6kg

    Accessories: RC-1500 remote control

  • Disc format: CD

    Digital converter: 2 x PCM56P-J

    CD Mechanism: KSS-151A

    Frequency response: 2Hz to 20kHz

    Dynamic range: 96dB

    Signal to Noise Ratio: 103dB

    Channel separation: 100dB

    Total harmonic distortion: 0.003%

    Line output: 2V

    Digital outputs: coaxial, optical

    Dimensions: 434 x 107 x 324mm

    Weight: 9.3kg

    Accessories: RC-202 remote control


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Reviewed Jan 04th, 2020 by Stephen300

Purchased my DCD-1500 NEW back in '85 or '86. I modified it's analog section with high quality electrolytic caps, polystyrene film caps, 1% metal film resistors and high slew rate op-amps. It still plays discs to this day on it's original laser and it sounds every bit as good if not better than anything you can buy today. Not only does this machine sound good it is built like a tank. When you hold this unit in your hands you can tell you are holding a solid, well built, audio component. Like anything else DENON used to build back then.

Reviewed Sep 09th, 2018 by craschowder

I Purchased a DCD-1500 several weeks ago from a second hand store. It is in great physical condition and works perfectly. I am VERY impressed with the sound. This unit out performs my other Denon players that were produced in the early to mid-90's with many more times over sampling and higher bit converters. The Burr-Brown PCM54K DAC as well as the design / construction of this unit produce some of the best digital audio I have heard to date. I am running it into a late 70's USA made Phillips receiver to Klipsch floor standers and a powered Polk sub. The sound stage, channel separation and even frequencies are quite impressive and it play's CDR's like a champ as well. Highly recommended. I really enjoy this unit!

Reviewed Jun 04th, 2017 by bshingledecker

This will take the place of honor in the main setup. These were top of the line in their day for DENON, and CD players.

Reviewed Dec 25th, 2013 by guest

well built, good sound, last forever? got it for nuts, previous owner damaged the rca's, easy solder job



re: DCD-1500

I would love to know how fixed the RCA jack as I have a Onkyo P-304 preamp where the outer metal part of the RCA output jack in missing on the left output. It still seems to work fine and the cable still fits over the remaining plastic part and seems secure.

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