Denon DJ SC5000 Prime Quick Overview

Denon DJ SC5000 Prime
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The Denon DJ SC5000 is a true multimedia player, accepting USB media and SD cards. It has a magnificent high-definition multitouch display that works just like a tablet, and for the first time on a DJ media player, it has 8 performance pads build right in. There is much, much to like here.


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The Denon DJ SC5000 is, in many ways, quite revolutionary. It has a multicore processor that allows onboard track analysis, a gorgeous, multi-touch screen that allows gestures to manipulate tracks in a very similar way to tablets.

The SC5000 also has performance pads onboard, a first for a professional media players. With these, it’s easy to control hot cues, but also execute loop rolls and use the slicer, much like DJ controllers have been able to do for years.

Finally, the dual deck feature allows 1 player to control 2 physical decks, with separated audio outputs for each layer.

  • The screen: big, functional, and easy to use thanks to multitouch support
  • The jog wheel: extremely rugged, and the center display not only looks good, it can display valuable information
  • The performance pads: long overdue to be integrated into media players, “CDJ” DJs can finally have access to the same performance features that controller DJs have.
  • The dual layer playback feature: play 2 tracks at the same time on 1 deck, with separate audio out. Means that in theory, you only need 1 SC5000.
  • Unfortunately, the SC5000 has to compete with Pioneer DJ’s domination of the DJ booth, so don’t expect to see these in many high-end clubs anytime soon…

Features & Specifications

  • 7-inch 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
  • 8-inch rugged metal jog wheel with HD central display
  • Customizable RGB color around the jog wheel
  • (3) USB and (1) SD input for music playback
  • LAN output to link to up to four players