Densen Beat B-410XS CD player


Densen B-410XS



A high end CD player Densen B-410XS. Designed and manufactured in Denmark, and introduced for the first time in year 2011.




  • what is special about this player is it’s ability to operate in 3 different modes – normal CD player / DAC only / CD transport only;
  • Densen B-410XSbeautiful albino finish, pretty rare;
  • weighs 8kg;
  • standby function;
  • remote control capable (with a Gizmo remote);
  • external power supply capable;
  • hard on/off switch on the back;
  • thick, brushed aluminium enclosure, typically by Densen the face and upper plates are one part, therefore the amp looks like a single block of aluminium, gorgeous in my opinion;
  • Class A 6W output stage;
  • 2 analogue outs, 2 digital outputs;
  • gold-plated RCAs;
  • 230V version – changing to 115V won’t be a big deal;
  • 24 bit DAC + 1-bit by Densen:)
  • custom made CD transport;
  • toroidal power transformer brought by Dutch Noratel;
  • 4 custom made, power capacitors 4 x 10000µF.


Retail price in Russia in 2011: 67200RUB
Retail price in the UK in 2011: 1350£
Retail price in the Eurozone in 2011: 1800-1900€
Retail price in Poland in 2011: 7600PLN
Retail price in the USA in 2011: 2280$


Manufacturer's description

The all new B-410XS is the new entry level CD-player from Densen. It is the first in a strong line of new CD Players, which all combine CD Playback with a input that allows to use the CD Player as DAC.

Densen has a strong reputation among audiophiles due to the Densens CD players highly engaging musicality.

The task for the Densen development team has been to not only replicate the qualities of the former models, but to make a new generation of CD Players that surpasses the old players in every aspect.

The B-410XS is the successor to the B-410+.

The design of the B-410XS started when the B-410+ was launched. During the lengthy development phase, a completely new atapi controller was made for control of the CD Drive. Using Densens own software, the controller not only controls the drive, it also controls the complete user interface with remote, and display. The display now matches Densens B-110, B-150, B-250 amplifiers.

The CD Drive is modified at the Densen factory with a clockcontroller that allows the motherboard to control the system clock, to avoid jitter by using same clock in both sending and receiving end of the datastream.

The powersupply of the B-410XS uses a large custommade toroid transformer, which has 4 individual outputs, so the B-410XS uses 4 individual powersupplies. The B-410XS contains 4 custommade capacitors each of 10.000uF giving a total storage capacity of 40.000uF which would not be out of place in a poweramplifier, but which in a CD player is exceptional.

The DAC and analogue board is separated from the main CPU board, and can be upgraded as technology is progressing. Allready from the beginning the B-410XS can be upgraded to the B-420XS and B-440XS players. However, upgrade from B-410 and B-410+ to B-410XS is NOT possible.

The DAC is a 24 bit type which is mounted under a shielded box, to avoid digital interference on the analogue stages. Naturally the B-410XS can have the absolute phase of the signal inverted, so even recordings with wrong phase can be played correct so even recordings with wrong phase can be played correct.

The analogue stage uses Densen’s unique non feedback class A topology. It is further perfected from the earlier designs, and are one of the key elements that secures the extreme high sound quality of the B-410XS.

Soundwise the B-410XS is the result of Densen headhoncho Thomas Sillesens desire to make a CD Player that not only surpasses the excisting Densen models, but a CD player that will be a benchmark for what can be expected from CD players not only at the pricepoint of the B-410XS, but also at pricepoints much higher. The B-410XS is transparent, dynamic, precise, engaging, musically correct, with a precise soundstage, and the ability to create a sound so good you forget you are “just” listening to a CD Player.

The B-410XS has double outputs, BNC digital output and Densen’s own Digital output format which allows for easy upgrade to separate DAC and Transport, if Densen decides to launch a separate DAC. The digital outputs can be switched off. It also has DenLink for easy communication between Densen products and for use in multiroom systems.

As with all Densen products the keywords for this player are: Life is too short for boring hi-fi.

Technical specification

Line outputs 2
Digital outputs 2
Digital input 1 (Coax / Spdif)
Storage capacity 40000µF
D/A Converters 2
D/A Converters type 24-bit
Weight 8kg
Dimensions (W x D x H) 440 x 310 x 64 mm


“In general, the sound of our system with player B-410XS acquired a quiet confidence, even nobility, if you want. If it took him out of some tension, the music was perceived easier and more comfortable, and does not even matter the discs have become fed with some grace.”

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“В целом же звучание нашей системы с проигрывателем B-410XS приобрело спокойную уверенность, даже благородство, если хотите. Будто из него ушло какое-то напряжение, музыка стала восприниматься легче и комфортнее, и даже неважно записанные диски стали подаваться с некоторым изяществом.”

Nikolay Efremov,, 21th September 2011

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“L’image stéréo s’épanouit avec énormément de réalisme, la saveur des timbres est préservée, le grave, rapide est merveilleusement articulé. Une luminosité naturelle est présente dans le haut du spectre sans jamais la moindre dureté et enfin la dynamique reste très généreuse. Le couplage avec l’alimentation externe apporte encore plus de relief sur la scène sonore.”

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