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Denon DJ SC5000 Prime

We got a first hands-on look at the Denon DJ SC5000 Prime here at the NAMM 2017 Media Preview Day. (Our X1800 Prime mixer talkthrough is here.) The SC5000 Prime is a forward-looking media player that in all honesty has to be seen to be properly understood, because the hi-res renders doing the rounds don't do justice to the build quality.

Once you realise that this is basically like using a dual-layer deck on a very high-spec DJ controller, with an iPad-quality touchscreen, and without the need for a laptop, you begin to see why Denon DJ is clearly so excited about the SC5000.

Yes, the company is up against a runaway market leader, but the SC5000 truly feels like controller DJing (ie all the best bits of using controllers) - and due to the power of the processor inside it, it can deliver all of those features with naked music files straight from USB (ie absolutely no software or pre-analysis required).

It'll be very interesting to see if DJs take a shine to this, because it certainly has enough going on to turn heads. Price will be $1,899 in the US, pitching this as slightly cheaper than a Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 - although the sales team were keen to point out that as you can play two tracks with one unit, "you only need one of these!" - a sentiment I can't agree with, fellas (who wants to DJ on one platter?)