Denon is a Japanese-based electronics company started by an American entrepreneur, Frederick Whitney Horn, in 1910. Initially, they were focussed on designing and manufacturing cylinder studio media and the relevant players. But eventually, they started manufacturing high-fidelity professional and consumer audio equipment. Denon made Japan's first professional disc recorder and used it to record Emperor Hirohito's voice. For many decades, Denon was a brand name of Nippon-Columbia, including the Nippon Columbia record label. By 1993, Denon had already developed and refined the twin-deck DJ CD player. Currently, they’ve launched the Prime Series, which has taken the DJ market by storm. The Prime Series is a stern competitor of the industry standard, Pioneer. The Denon range has DJ Controllers, Media Players, and Mixers.
DJ Controllers are a portable evolution of DJ decks which assist in controlling all your music on the go with a much smaller, more space efficient lightweight device. Like a Media Player, a controller is also used to mix different media. The form factor is such that it includes two media players and a mixer in one - an all in one package. DJ Controllers essentially mimic the function of turntables and mixers, though they allow for easier manipulation of their chosen DJ software. It will enable you to mix music through the software with the use of knobs, encoders, jog wheels, faders, assignable backlit buttons, touch strips, and other control components.
The newer Prime Series introduced standalone DJ systems that can operate without the help of a laptop. This is ideal for touring musicians who value portability without sacrificing the powerful components and software behind Denon’s DJ Decks. Even for novice users, the PRIME Series of smart DJ consoles now takes this innovation to the next level with 2 and 4 channel units capable of advanced performance capabilities, creative feature sets and a pro-DJ theme throughout. In the series - Prime 4, Prime 2, and Prime Go - they come with touchscreen technology for easier UI navigation, and a built-in WiFi system for efficient music streaming. The Prime 4 is the best option in the lineup with TIDAl integration, multi-function pads, multi-gesture touch screen, and a suite of media inputs. The Prime 2 is a smaller, more streamlined version of the Prime 4. As for the Prime Go, it’s a two-deck standalone player with a 7” touch screen, an assignable FX module, performance pads, dual mic inputs with independent monitoring and more in a small package.
DJ Media Players
Denon’s standalone media players use powerful software and engine OS to fuel the advanced deck. Denon’s newest system in the Prime lineup was designed for the best of the best practicing DJs around the world. These devices are WiFi enabled to stream, in real time, from streaming services like TIDAL and SoundCloud, offering performance flexibility with dual-layer playback, on-board music analysis, and real time pitch shift/sync. The SC 5000/6000 ‘M’ units feature motorized platters, combining the ultimate turntable with a vinyl DJ experience. The SC 5000 and SC 6000 (M) both have a large touch screen for advanced workflow, over 7” jog wheel, performance pads, media device inputs, and dual layer playback. Media players work in sync with a compatible mixer, and are the preferred devices by professional DJs.
In Denon’s lineup, there are the X1850 Prime and X1800 Prime. Mixers are devices that sit between two media players to help ‘mix’ and manipulate the audio stored on the media player. Some features included in Denon’s lineup are BPM FX section with frequency controlled ‘Band-Isolation’, Dedicated Sweep and BPM FX Knobs, Expressive EQ with Adjustable Filter Resonance Control, crisp OLED screen and more. The X1850 also has dual microphone inputs with flexible monitoring.