Denon DJ is today announcing a new model that’s being added to their media player lineup: the SC5000M. This is a motorized platter version of the SC5000 media player that launched last year. So for motorized platter fans (like NS7 owners) who want a standalone setup, this could be ideal – and a clever way for the “new” era of Denon DJ to remind us all of their history making motorized media players. Keep reading for the details.
SC5000M: The Prime Experience, Motorized
- Gear: SC5000M
- Manufacturer: Denon DJ
- Price: $1,899 (the same price as the “normal” SC5000)
- Availability: Fall 2018
Let’s get one thing out of the way: the primary difference between the SC5000 and the SC5000M is the spinning motorized jogwheel. There’s not too much else to talk about – it has all the same features as the SC5000 – including the HD multi-touch display, dual-layer playback with individual audio outs, trigger pads for cue/loop/slicing, etc. This is very much the same unit on the base layer.
But instead of a display in the middle of the jogwheel, Denon DJ has added a motor and replaced the jogwheel with a real 7″ vinyl record on it:
The platter has adjustable vinyl tension for slip/scratch control (this is also called start/stop speed), and there’s two variable torque settings (high and low) for different feels.
The SC5000M will be sold along the original SC5000, and are the same price. It’s a pretty smart business move to diversify the type of DJ you’re appealing to with a single feature set change – but it does feel a little like the original model could stand to be discounted since it has fewer moving parts.
Remember Older Denon DJ Motorized Players?
I couldn’t help when seeing this to think about the set of Denon S3500s that I owned when first learning how to DJ – motorized platters are back, apparently!
Will this new model be appealing to digital DJs and convince them to make a switch to an Engine-based standalone setup?
Let us know your perspective in the comments below.