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Denon DJ DN-HS5500

DN-HS5500, Tabletop DJ player from Denon DJ.

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Denon will debut its new Model DN-HS5500 Direct Drive Turntable Media Player & Controller at NAMM 2008.


A portable DJ instrument that provides working DJs with a host of leading-edge features and enhanced creative flexibility.

The DN-HS5500 literally gives users “two decks in one,” offering independent dual deck-like operation, with separate audio outputs from decks 1 and 2.

Key to the DN-HS5500’s breakthrough flexibility and utility is that it literally doubles the capabilities and creative options of a single-deck unit by offering DJs an elegant single component solution, with the power to easily operate decks #1 and #2 simultaneously with the flip of a button. Each of the DN-HS5500’s two decks provides full access to all available features as well as all connected outboard devices and music library. Another key advancement is that when used as a MIDI controller each of the DN-HS5500’s two decks can fully control two players from a DJ’s favorite software, such as PCDJ/Reflex LE, Serato Scratch LIVE, Traktor, Virtual DJ, etc.

Another of the DN-HS5500’s characteristics is its breakthrough Modular HDD/CD Option. With this design, DJ’s now have full control over their internal hardware preference by choosing the Denon optional (BU5501) Slim-type CD-ROM drive or a standard PATA-type 2.5” laptop size Hard Drive as the secured “internal” source playback. When coupled with the DN-HS5500’s cutting-edge 2-deck capability, DJs now have access to a host of heretofore unimagined media advantages.

Built-in USB Audio Internal 24-Bit Processing adds to the advanced performance capabilities of the DN-HS5500, which encompasses its own USB audio interface (sound card), eliminating the hassle of sourcing one – and spending additional money. In addition, thanks to a special D-Sync function, users can add even more creative power by linking two DN-HS5500 players together via a single RJ45 cross-cable (not included) for MASTER/REMOTE operation. This easy operation enables the DJ to make all peripheral connections to a single player while having full control of music devices from either side.

The innovative Denon DN-HS5500 is a “spinning” turntable style MIDI Controller with Sound Card that gives users the advanced capability of controlling various DJ MAC/PC application software. In addition to its ability to interface and control external Hard drives, iPods and other connected music devices, it offers an extensive palette of special effects and features.

Most notably, DJs have access to three separate platter effects, including Brake (adjustable in real time), Dump (reverse sound without losing true forward time, like a radio edit), and Reverse, which plays your music backwards as the platter spins backwards. In addition, DJs have access to 5 superb built-in DSP effects, making it easy to build the mood on the dance floor. DJs can easily activate and have access to full parameter adjustments with a unique Dry/Wet mix control of the effects, including Flanger, Filter (High-Mid-Low), Echo, Tail Echo and amazing Echo Loop.

Another useful function is Denon DJ’s exclusive “Mirror Mix” feature, which is like having two copies of the same track while juggling the mixer’s crossfader back and forth with the other track being slightly delayed. Delays are adjustable from 1/8, ¼, ½. 1/1, and 2/1. In addition, the unit’s Play List Creation and Hot List: function lets you cerate, edit and save up to 3 different types of Playlist categories. Other features include an advanced support for three types of keyboard, Intuitive File Navigation, Pitch Range and Deep Pitch Resolution and more.

The Denon DN-HS5500 is expected to be available in early February for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,299.99.
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