Denon is a name that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, from high-quality home electronics to professional DJ equipment; this brand has always carried a premium cache. After a brief hiatus in the professional audio space, Denon DJ has returned with a vengeance and is looking to take back a serious chunk of the professional market.
The new Prime series from Denon DJ is their giant killer, and for the first time in a long time, it looks like this gear could upset the status quo. Ever since it debuted at NAMM 2017 this past January, there has been a building buzz about this gear, and some major DJs are already starting to request it in their riders. One of Denon DJ's biggest and most vocal supporters has been Dutch superstar Laidback Luke who now plays exclusively on the Prime series at all of his gigs.
So let's take a look at the gear, starting with the media player.
The SC5000 Prime has one thing that is noticeably absent, and that's the CD slot. Denon DJ has pulled an Apple here, they see the future, and they are no longer going to humor the past. Say bye bye to the antiquated CD slot and hello to a lot of smart new features.
From its huge touch screen display to the smart features like putting the USB interface on the undercarriage so it can't be knocked out, it's the little things that mean a lot.
The interface is robust and allows customization; it can be used as two players on one unit giving you some extra flexibility in your DJ sets.
Denon DJ SC5000 Specifications
• 7” HD Multi Touch Display for quick browsing and gesture shortcuts.
• 8” Jog Wheel with High-Resolution Display Shows Time, Position and Album Artwork.
• Dual Layers for playing music into two different channels of your mixer. 2 Players in one unit!
• 8 Creative performance trigger pads for Hot Cues, Advanced Looping, Rolls, and Slicer.
• Internally analyze music files – Beat grid, Musical Key, Track Artwork, BPM.
• Class leading time stretch algorithm for key locked extreme tempo changes.
No system would be complete without a reliable mixer to anchor it all, so Denon DJ answers with the X1800 Prime a monster of a four-channel mixer that works with the entire system seamlessly.
• 4-Channel Digital Mixer with 4 x phono/line switchable channels
• BPM FX section with frequency controlled ‘Band-Isolation’
• Dual USB audio connections for software and audio devices
• Dedicated Sweep and BPM FX Knobs — high-quality effects for each channel with a single knob turn
• Expressive EQ – choose Classic or Isolation modes and an Adjustable Filter Resonance Control
• ‘Engine Connect’ protocol for beatgrid locked effects.
• User adjustable ‘Flex-Fader’ Crossfader
• Connect MIDI-based effects / instruments
• 24-bit/96kHz digital output for uncompromised audio quality
• Crisp OLED screen for precise menu based adjustments
• 4 x Digital inputs for high-resolution audio mixing
• LAN Hub for four players / accessories
• Rugged metal construction
The Engine Prime software is the brains of the operation and helps you get your set ready to go in a myriad of ways. From setting hot cues, to organizing playlists to making sure that mixes are in key and sound great, all the prep starts here.
Let's not forget the vinyl, because there are a lot of records still out there and DJs that still love to play them. The VL12 Prime brings a top shelf solution for vinyl DJs and completes the entire system perfectly.
VL12 Prime Turntable Specifications
• Motor Drive: Quartz direct-drive
•Highest-in-Industry Torque: 5 kgf/cm (instant); 3.4 kgf/cm (stable)
•Starting Time: 0.3 seconds
• Wow & Flutter: < 0.05%.
By Comparison : Pioneer PLX500 = 0.15%
Reloop RP2000 USB = 0.15%
Stanton ST.150 = <0.1%
• Output: Phono-level via stereo RCA cable
• Pitch Range: +-8%, +-16%, +-50%
• Connections: (2) RCA outputs (1 stereo pair)
• Power Connection: IEC
• Weight: 27.4 lbs. / 12.4 kg
So there you have it, a complete look at the new Denon DJ Prime series. Head on down to to your local retailer to cop a look and a feel, we can almost guarantee that you will be very impressed with the system.