Denon DN-X1700 DJ Product Review
A Digital Work of Art
Since I’ve recently written a workingDJ post abot Pioneer and their DJM-5000, I couldn’t help myself: I had to immediately do a DJ post about Pioneer’s biggest competition, Denon. For years, the battle of the best DJ (hardware) equipment has been narrowed down to these two DJ supply stores. Is Denon’s more recent digital mixer, the DN-X1700, anything in comparison to Pioneer’s more recent distributions? Probably. From the looks of it, Denon has created perfection, wrapped it in solid material and named it the DN-X1700.
What’s really impressive is the amount of time Denon spent at the drawing board. Unfortunately, the mixer still isn’t perfect. But is it close? For the design and functionality of every feature, Denon gathered input from some of the top professionals in the industry, making it–we hope–the best in its class. I find that to be ironic, seeing as (in my opinion) the DN-X1700 is kind of ugly. But hey; beauty doesn’t matter when you include the following working DJ requirements:
- Can work with VINYL turntables
- CD deck
- Media players
- DJ software apps via laptops & USB storage devices
Not bad. Check out its features:
- 4ch Table Top Digital Mixer for DJs
- High Quality Audio – Worlds First DJ Mixer w/32-Bit DAC Output
- 2 Independent Effectors
- USB2.0 Interface (MIDI Control/Soundcard)
- Matrix Input Assignment with MIDI (USB Audio) and Digital Input
- 45mm VCA Cross Fader (Flex Fader)
- 60mm VCA Channel Fader
- Low latency sound from PCs by ASIO driver
- Independent 3-Band Parametric EQ Kill (High-Mid-Low)
- 3.5 inch QVGA TFT Color Display for easy navigation
- Built-in Limiter Setting (output)
Sound quality on this mixer is superb, but one of the best parts about the DN-X1700 is also its Utility Mode which, apparently, turns this mixer into the type of mixer every DJ can enjoy. Why? Only because it offers a variety of customized user settings. Settings such as Audio, MIDI, System and even Owner’s settings.
It can’t be refuted: this is a good mixer with impressive features and, most importantly, functionality. Workings DJs will get a kick out of that nearly four inch display screen, as it really does make navigation easy. My only problem is with the retail price. It’s not the first in its class-the DN-X1700 definitely has some competition out there. So, why not have a competitive price? Love the mixer, but $2199 seems a liiittle bit high to me.
Anyway, if you’re feeling this mixer like I am, check out this visual review of it.
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