Skratch Saturday: Denon’s new flagship digi-deck

It's still Saturday somewhere right? LOL. New digi-DJ gear this week. The DN-S3500, apparently the new flagship deck from Denon, is a tabletop CD player that also plays MP3 tracks. HangZhou Night Net

The player borrows it's spinning active platter design (translation: it actually moves just like a vinyl turntable) from it's older brother, the DN-S5000 and is equipped with a 12-pole Direct Drive motor. To put it into perspective, the S3500 can start up within 0.5 seconds with a 2.5 kg/cm of start-up torque, where as the industry-standard Technics SL-1200 MK2 vinyl turntable can start within 0.7 seconds with a 1.5 kg/cm torque. Not that much of a noticeable difference, which is a good thing, but a definite improvement from the DN-S5000's almost too powerful 0.2 start-up time.

The button, switch and fader layouts for many new CD tabletops can be a bit overwhelming for someone new to the digi-deck scene, but Denon does a good job of keeping things tidy and well organized. The usual suspects, such as the pitch fader, a reverse switch, and cue and play buttons are present along with flanger, filter, echo and echo/loop effects. The DN-S3500 also has a built-in sampler that can extend tracks indefinitely and is compatible with other cue points saved from other branded CD decks.

Looks pretty solid. For a flagship model, I don't see anything else that I'd want from a tabletop deck. I haven't seen it in the wild just yet, but T3 in the UK has it retailing for £700 (around US$1,200).

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