New Flagship Mixer From Denon
Denon DJ representative Gary Job demonstrated the brand’s new flagship digital mixer at the Music Factory Open Day last weekend, following the unit’s debut earlier this year at the Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. The DN-X1700 is an ultimate DJ tool for the top flight professional, incorporating powerful performance features and levels of sound quality and control exceeding anything that has gone before.
The DN-X1700 represents an achievement of Denon’s engineering prowess and the Denon DJ team’s close association with top end professionals in the business. Years of consultation and design have gone into the development of a mixer of this calibre, and nothing in its specification and construction has been sacrificed to cost or mass manufacturing concerns. Meticulous attention to detail, layout and component quality have gone into the DN-X1700 and Denon’s engineers have provided every facility professional DJs will require whether they are working with vinyl, CD, digital files, laptops or USB storage devices.
With a 4-channel ‘industry standard’ size table top design, the control surface has a simple and spacious layout, with highly tactile controls widely and logically laid out to enable easy operation during performance. The mixer features large high quality rubberised knobs, studio quality 60 mm Alps K Series channel faders, 45 mm FLEX cross fader, high visibility colour LCD display, extended 24 point LED channel and output metering, and LED ring metering around the control knobs.
In operation, principal features related to the power and flexibility of the DN-X1700 are its Matrix Input Assignment with digital input and MIDI / USB audio, independent and parametric 3-band EQ with Kill on each channel, and dual independent EFX processors. The two EFX processors are located together, with the 3.5 inch TFT colour LCD positioned directly above, for ease of operation.
Each mixer channel has a discrete MIDI layer, enabling external control of various PC and Mac Audio / Video DJ software applications; with the LED ring indicators switching colour to indicate MIDI operation. USB audio I/O extends to 8 mono or 4 stereo in / out signals, making the mixer an extremely high quality USB audio interface. Individual user settings – including for audio, system and MIDI settings – can be exported and imported to a USB memory device for transfer between units.
The 32-bit floating point DSP engine at the heart of the DN-X1700 is state-of-the-art. It delivers a level of processing power that provides exceptional performance in terms of signal processing quality and control. To match this processing power Denon has equipped the DN-X1700 with 32-bit digital analogue conversion at the audio output stage. Even the world’s best CD / DVD players and home theatre systems boast 24-bit DA conversion; 32-bit conversion provides additional ‘headroom’ in the conversion process providing an analogue output signal with greater resolution and frequency response.
Published: 11 June 2009