Denon DJ has opened up the floodgates and has unleashed their new premium DJ gear range. We are talking a lot of new shiny here just ahead of Namm 2017: A flagship media player, the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime, a flaghsip club mixer, the X1800 Prime and a turntable fully engineered in-house, the VL12 Prime. We reported about it on friday, and now we have the full details!

Denon DJ Prime system
Denon DJ Prime system

This should be the first and true competitor to Pioneer DJ’s Nexus series, complete with DJ media player, mixer and preparation software.

Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

Denon DJ SC5000 Prime
Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

The SC5000 Prime, as already described last week in our coverage of the leaked information, is a top-notch media player, and frankly after going through a few of the specs, a truly revolutionary DJ tool.

One features that is described in the detailed presentation video below is that the SC5000 Prime can analyze tracks on the fly. This means that you can insert a USB stick with tracks that have not been prepared in Engine and the player will set beatgrids, BPM and so, on the fly. This is terribly powerful and a big time saver for Dj’s that don’t want to spend hours behind the computer preparing tracks.


  • 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



All I can for now is… wow! The touchscreen looks truly amazing, and working with it a breeze. Expect a full video review as I get my hands on one at Namm next week! The price? Expect it to be around USD 1.899, which is a bit more than a comparable Pioneer DJ XDJ1000MK2, but with more features and far less than Pioneer DJ’s flagship CDJ-2000NXS2 which costs around USD 2.200.

Denon DJ X1800 Prime

Denon DJ X1800 Prime
Denon DJ X1800 Prime

There can’t be a premium media player without its corresponding premium club mixer, and Denon DJ has created the X18000 Prime to go along with the SC5000 Prime.


  • 4-Channel Digital Mixer with (4) phono/line switchable channels
  • BPM FX section with frequency controlled ‘Band-Isolation’
  • Dual USB audio connections for software and audio devices.
  • Dedicated Sweep and BPM FX Knobs — high-quality effects for each channel with a single knob turn
  • Expressive EQ – choose Classic or Isolation modes and an Adjustable Filter Resonance Control
  • ‘Engine Connect’ protocol for beatgrid locked FX
  • Expressive Denon DJ ‘Flex-Fader’, Crossfader
  • Connect MIDI based effects and instruments
  • 24-bit/96kHz digital output for uncompromised audio quality
  • Crisp OLED screen for precise menu based adjustments
  • (4) Digital inputs for high-resolution audio mixing
  • LAN Hub for up to four players or accessories
  • Rugged metal construction

There is much to like here, and the effect section, double USB input and Engine Connect clearly show this mixer is here to compete directly with the Pioneer DJ DJM-900NXS2.


The Denon DJ X1800 Prime will retail at USD 1.899.

Denon DJ VL12 Prime turntable

And finally, the hardware part of the Prime line is completed by the VL12 Prime turntable, and it’s build from scratch by Denon DJ. The LED ring around the platter gives it a distinct look, and Denon DJ claims the VL12 Prime to have the highest torque in the industry.


  • Isolation feet eliminate unwanted vibration and feedback
  • Highest-in-industry 5kgf/cm torque on “High” setting
  • Innovative ‘easy grip/brake’ chamfered platter redefines tactile DJ touch
  • Isolated motor design, for optimal signal-to-noise ratio
  • S-shaped tone arm for accurate tracking
  • Reinterpreted tone arm support with dual-function ‘lock or rest’ feature
  • Rugged all-metal tone arm base and high-quality brushed metal controls
  • 2-speed operation 33 1/3rd and 45 RPM (45 RPM adapter included)
  • Adjustable pitch range: ±8%, 16%, 50%
  • Built-in RGB lighting illuminates platter’s edge
  • Color selection and brightness controls


The Denon DJ V12 Prime turntable will retail at the very reasonable USD 899.

Engine Prime analysis software

Denon DJ Engine Prime
Denon DJ Engine Prime

And last but not least, Denon DJ has revamped their Engine software to support the capabilities of the SC5000 Prime. This was a much-needed revamp since the previous version of Engine was underwhelming. Hopefully, this one will start to stand up to Rekordbox in a major way!


  • Easily read and import existing Serato and iTunes databases
  • Advanced and accurate Beatgrid and Musical Key analysis
  • Create Playlists and Crates for the ultimate music library
  • Add custom names to Hot-Cues for enhanced live workflow
  • Sync ongoing DJ performance data easily back to Engine Prime application
  • Fast and effective on-board Beatgrid and tempo editor
  • Logical and easy to use GUI layout for optimized workflow
  • Manually edit track info and create track ratings
  • Supports Lossless music file formats such as FLAC, ALAC, AIFF and WAV
  • Tri-colored track waveform production for frequency based visual feedback

First Conclusions

So it’s the 9th of January 2017, and we are already getting a good idea of what the DJ year will look like. Denon DJ is not kidding around here and they look like ready, with the support of InMusic, to finally claim a spot in the professional DJ booth. It will take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get there, but ultimately, it will be worth it. Having some healthy competition between Pioneer DJ and Denon DJ will push both manufacturers to continuously improve their professional products, and whatever happens on the top, always ripples down to the consumer (read DJ controller) end.