September 6, 2005
../ Denon Announces New CD/MP3 Turntable
Denon DJ announced the debut of a new top-of-the-line CD turntable with a
powerful 12-pole Direct Drive brushless motor that delivers 2.5 kg/cm of start up torque to better emulate the power vinyl turntables on the market.
The new DN-S3500 also provides full support for MP3 playback including a new MP3 Memo system that saves cue points and loops to internal memory, as
well as the first ID3 BPM tag system, which automatically recalls the BPM metadata of a given MP3 file.
Denon, who has lagged behind the other major manufacturers in the CD "Turntable"
market, is now very serious about being a contender. By coming to the very competitive CD Turntable market late, they have the advantage of
addressing the major deficits of their rivals and capitalize on their shortcomings.
The new Denon DN-S3500 CD/MP3 Turntable
Built-in effects are a touchy issue, some manufacturers like Numark have put in
considerable effort to give their flagship (CDX) player excellent, performance-based effects. Others, such as Technics, have provided surprisingly
inane effects that make you wonder if barnyard animals were spearheading the development. Denon's
DN-S3500 has seven built in effects including Flanger, Filter (High-Mid-Low), Echo, Echo Loop, as well as three platter effects, Brake (adjustable
in real-time), Dump (reverse sound without losing true forward time) and Reverse. All effects can be tweaked in realtime, feature full parameter
adjustment, and utilize a separate control for the wet/dry effects mix. These
sound quite promising, but they will have to be tested before we can weigh in with a verdict.
The DN-S3500 features full MP3 playback support for constant bit rate (CBR) and
variable bit rate (VBR) decoding up to 320 kbps. MP3 functions include Frame Search, MP3 Hot Starts and Seamless Looping with B point trim,
ID3 tag display for Artist, Title, Album, and the world's first ID3 BPM tag, which
automatically recalls the BPM metadata of a given MP3 file. A comprehensive MP3 File Search System that can quickly locate hundreds of files
in various folders, as well as the aforementioned MP3 Memo system that saves the user's cue points and loops to internal memory.
The DN-S3500 also includes many powerful sample and loop functions for extended mixing
capabilities. In conjunction with the 15 second on-board sampler, the Seamless
Loop to Sampler Copy function allows a DJ to swap out the disc during sample playback
and even overlay CD scratches using the sampler. Two Hot Starts and seamless loops with B
point trim can be set on the fly, as can further Key Adjustments and Cue Stutter points. Nice! CD Text support provides scrolling display of track
names when used with commercial releases or with the user's own CD-R/RW compilations. Full pitch control is available in increments of +/- 4%, +/- 10%, +/-
16%, +/- 24%, +/- 50% and +/- 100% for CDs, with MP3 pitch adjustment in the range of +/- 4%, +/- 10% and +/- 16%.
Shockproof memory is provided for both CD (20 seconds) and MP3 (100 seconds).
The Denon DN-S3500 Professional Direct Drive CD/MP3 Player will be available
in late September for $879.99 MSRP
The Future: As sexy as the DN-S3500 appears, they still have to contend with Pioneer's
CDJ-1000's install base. If you want to use CDs to DJ in clubs, then you must learn the Pioneer inside/out since most venues don't feature Technics, Numark,
Denon or other brands. However, if you DJ events and bring your own rig, then the Denon may be worth a look.
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