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Product Updates

An adaptor is now available to allow a 7" single to be used on the platter. More info here.

Also, the unit is upgradeable via software. Details of all updates are here and they can be downloaded here.

Reviews and Comments

SKRATCHWORX Review by Deft
MidwestDirect Review
REMIX Review
I-DJ Magazine Review


Retail £799/$1200
Average Street Price £769/$999

Useful Related Links - Not an official Denon site but used by Denon staff to make announcements and generally communicate with Denon users. - Al is a moderator on the above forum and his own site carries some useful info and downloads for Denon owners.

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Denon DN-S5000

If ever there was a cd deck to get skratch dj's thinking twice about cd's and mp3's for turntablism - this is the one.

While it shares many features with the Pioneer CDJ series, the best feature to persuade us to drop our reluctance to accept cd's as a part of turntablism is the rotating platter. It even needs slipmats! The 7" platter does take a little getting used to but the sound that comes out is just like vinyl. And add to this the ability to add an actual 7" single to the deck via a special adaptor - Denon have clearly thought hard about converting vinyl dj's over to the digital world.

SOFTWARE UPDATE: Also worth adding at this point is the new software update. On top of all the features listed below, full mp3 compatibilty is now standard including a nifty way of navigating through your collection. Details are here and it can be downloaded here.


• World's First Motor Driven Active Platter for true vinyl emulation (Patent Pending) 
• FREE MP3 playback Plug In now available!  
• Store up to 255 MP3 tracks per disc! (V.B.R. or C.B.R. encoding) 
• Alpha Track (2 in 1) allows independent and simultaneous playback of another track from the same disc, mix tracks together with just one unit.  
• Hot Disc lets you eject a disc during play and have it continue for another 35 seconds, you can also loop within the Hot Disc memory for an unlimited time 
• 3-Way Scratch lets you apply scratch effects by selecting Main, Alpha or Sampler Track as the source 
• Mirror Mix lets you select the same track in Main and Alpha Track and play it after a specified time delay.  
• Clear Scratch Disc allows you create your own custom slip mat designs on any standard PC + printer  
• 2 DN-S5000 units can be connected to a DN-X800 via the X-Effect ports and operated by the faders 
• 2 DN-S5000 units can view each other's Memo data (when connected via the X-Effect In and Out ports)  
• Relay Play, Program Relay Play, Random Relay Play are possible when 2 DN-S5000 units are connected together.  
• Independent Digital Outputs (Coaxial, SPDIF) for Main and Alpha Track. Constant Digital Output; output at 44.1 kHz is possible even when Playback Speed is changed. With digital connection all effects are available.  
• Dedicated Alpha Track Fader Start port.  
• Manual input of BPM values (*AUTO BPM and Manual TAP are also possible)  
• Switchable display of Main and Alpha Track times.  
• 100 mm long Slider for Playback Speed Control 
• 4 Hot Starts - a total of 4 Hot Start sounds can be played: Start Point A1, A2, A3, and A4 
• 4 Seamless Loops can be made 
• A-B Splice removes unwanted sections of a track seamlessly (2 points per track) 
• A-B Trim/Move - The A & B points for the seamless loop, sampler loop, and splice points can easily be adjusted using the Scratch Disc in real time.  
• 6 Stutter Cue Play Points  
• 2 Samplers (approx 15 sec. in 20Hz - 20 kHz, 16-bit, 44.1 kHz quality) 
• Recessed Connecting Terminals on the back panel 
• Memo Function - 5,000 Loops and Cue's can be stored internally. This data can also be copied to another DN-S5000, and Memo from a DN-D9000 or DN-2600F can also be copied to a DN-S5000  • Instant Start (0.2 sec)  
• CD-R/RW Disc Playback 
• Plays 3" mini CD's too, without a cartridge adaptor 
• Program/Random Play - program up to 25 tracks on a CD for playback and the programs for up to 6 discs can be stored in memory, Random Play of CDs loaded in both drives is also possible.  
• Pitch Control; +/- 4%, 10%, 16%, 24%, 100%  
• Shock Proof Memory - Main/Alpha 16 seconds each for CD audio, 20 seconds for MP3 • X-EFFECT compatible with DENON's DN-X800 mixer 
• FADER START compatible with DENON's DN-X800, DN-X400 mixers