Denon Debuts DN-X1500 DJ Mixer

Dec 19, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Denon DJ's new DN-X1500 4-channel 12-inch mixer is designed to complement the company's DN-S5000 and DN-S3000 tabletop CD/MP3 players, and features a built-in sampler, matrix switching, effects and a USB port.

The DN-X1500 offers four full-featured channels integrated with an 8-channel input matrix control. Each channel features 45mm channel faders, gain control with PFL levels and 3-band EQ (on/off switchable) with parametric frequency adjustment, as well as a studio-quality 45mm P&G multichannel assignable crossfader with contour control. Main mic and aux mic inputs (one XLR and two 1/4-inch TRS) are included with main and aux/sub level control and EQ; on/Off talk over and post switches are also provided.

The DN-X1500 comes with a host of onboard digital effects and features such as an eight-second sampler, nine effect types and an auto/tap/manual bpm counter. The sampler uses audio from any of six mixer sources (channels1/2/3/4, mic, master), and offers edit options including loop, reverse, reverse loop and single playback, with overall pitch control adjustment of up to +/-100 percent. Effects include DSP processing, along with delay, echo1, echo 2, filter 1, filter 2, flanger, auto pan, trans and key %.

An external stereo send/return effects loop is provided and can be used in conjunction with the internal effects. Aux out options include REC out (stereo, RCA) and booth out (unbalanced, RCA) with level control, which offers a unique and practical assign switch to monitor any channel and effects beforehand. The digital (coaxial) output uses audiophile-quality 24-bit Burr Brown converters. The DN-X1500’s master out section has separately attenuatable balanced (stereo, XLR) and unbalanced (stereo, RCA) outputs with master balance VR control and stereo/mono-select switches on all XLR and RCA jacks. A stereo headphone output with preset selectable EQ features headphone cue, effects cue, mono/split/stereo and cue/PGM/pan controls.

The DN-X1500’s feature set is further enhanced with easy-to-read individual PFL input meters and a highly luminescent FL Tube display to control effects. Denon has also outfitted the unit with a USB port for onboard software and effects upgrades, which are created in response to user input and offered free of charge via Web download. An optional 19-inch rackmount kit will also be available.

The Denon DN-X1500 will be available January 2004 with an MSRP of $999.

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