on Tuesday introduced the S-301 and S-101 home entertainment systems. Among the list of features included on these new 2.1-channel surround sound systems is direct control for Apple iPods. The S-301 retails for $1,599, while the S-101 system costs $999. Both systems are expected to ship in August.
Both new S-Series systems feature a front-panel USB port, integrated DVD and receiver, remote control, dual satellite speakers and subwoofer. Users can access the system’s controls using the remote, viewing what they’re doing from a front panel display or from an on-screen interface that will appear on a connected television. The systems feature composite and S-video connections and a host of other features designed for audiophiles and video enthusiasts.
Both systems also tout a “Connect iPod” cable that connects through the front panel, providing users with access to the iPod’s navigational menu on their home theater screen. All basic iPod features, including volume control, menu navigation, play, stop and skip, can be operated using the Denon remote control. What’s more, the cable charges up the iPod. And iPod photo users can also display photos with music on their home theater screen.
Denon’s Web site had not been updated with information about the new models as this article was posted.