Denon DJ has done it this time. Get this: they took the already fantastic SC5000 Prime media player and slapped a 7-inch rotating platter on it.
Really, this is a bright day for DJing. Moving platters was once a big thing on media players and DJ controllers, but the latest DJ controller to feature them was the Numark NS7III, which came out in January 2015, almost 4 years ago. The latest media player to have moving platters is Denon DJ’s own SC3900, and that’s from 2012.
I guess everybody thought moving platters were a thing of the past, until today. Denon DJ is taking a commercial risk here by betting on a feature that won’t be appreciated (at least not initially) by the regular EDM DJ, but will surely delight DJ’s that come from a turntable background.
Also, DVS DJ’s that today use Serato DJ DVS or Rekordbox DVS in combination with turntables, could be tempted to give these a try, as they free the DJ from the computer screen.
The SC5000 combine the feel of a spinning platter and vinyl with the latest technologies such as a high-resolution, multi-touch screen, performance pads, double layer feature…
The motor itself is a refined version of the NS7III’s motor, as said the last DJ product (from Numark but both brands live under the InMusic umbrella) to feature motorized platters.
In Denon DJ’s words:
Denon DJ has produced a more powerful and capable motor than has previously been available on a DJ media player and paired this with the elegance of the SC5000 interface. Rotating the tactile and ergonomically designed platter, this high/low adjustable torque motor is Brushless DC Electric technology. Brushless motors are far superior to their Brushed type counterparts, featuring high torque to weight ratio, increased efficiency/reliability, reduced noise and electromagnetic interference plus a longer lifetime expectancy too. The SC5000M brushless motor is unaffected by centrifugal force, maintains efficient conduction cooling and offers protection from environmental dust or dirt.
Check out below for detailed specs, and for the obligatory introduction videos!
- Motorized platter with real 7” vinyl
- Adjustable vinyl tension for slip/scratch control
- 2 variable torque settings (low/high)
- Ergonomic platter design
- 7″ HD display with multi-touch gestures
- 24-bit/96kHz digital audio outputs
- Dual-layer playback with individual audio outputs
- Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV)
- 8 multifunction trigger pads for cues, loops, slices and rolls
- Customizable RGB color around the platter
- (3) USB and (1) SD input for music playback
- LAN output to link to up to four players
- Includes Engine Prime music management software
Pricing and Availability
The Denon DJ SC5000M will cost USD 1899, and it will be released this autumn.