January 17, 2019

Denon Prime 4

Well this is exciting, a brand new product release by Denon DJ. I have mentioned controllers before and I am quite the Denon fan since the release of the Prime brand of equipment. I have been extremely impressed with the design and build quality of their latest range of hardware and I love the colours and layout of the controls.

With the release of the Prime 4, controllers have taken a high end jump into the major leagues and this release can certainly be seen as a shot across the bow of Pioneer.

You can tell it’s going to be good just by reading the list of the features that they have managed to squeeze in but why is it called the prime 4? Lets take a look below at what this new controller offers in order to find out.

  • 4-Deck standalone Engine Prime DJ system
  • 10-inch HD multi-touch display with gestures
  • Dedicated XLR Zone output provides music to a separate room
  • Built-in 2.5-inch SATA drive bay to store music onboard
  • 6-inch rugged metal jog wheel with HD central display
  • (4) assignable input channels for external media sources
  • (2) dedicated XLR inputs for microphones with individual control
  • StagelinQ connection for Event/Pro DJ lighting and video control
  • Plays uncompressed audio formats (FLAC, ALAC, WAV)
    Crisp 24-bit Denon DJ legacy audio
  • (4) USB and (1) SD media inputs for music playback
    USB keyboard support

The 4 in the name has to be the 4 deck feature. Just like the Prime SC5000 media players the controller allows dual layer playback per turntable. This essentially gives you four turntables for the price of two but more on that later.

Audio Output

  • 4 USB slots – 2 on top, 2 on the back
  • 1 SD card slot on top
  • RJ45 Link
  • XLR for Booth, Master and an additional Zone Out
  • 4 pairs of RNC connectors for line input

With enough industry standard ports to ensure audio connectivity as well as your favourite memory formats you can be safe knowing that what is needed is what has been provided.

Price

So how much is this going to cost you? Well for all of the above the price is actually quite reasonable. For £1469 you could be mixing away to your hearts content which is much cheaper than a full prime setup which is closer to double that price.

The Prime 4 is actually designed to compete with Pioneers XDJ-RX2. The feature sets are similar but Pioneers offering is currently £100 more expensive at £1569 making this an absolute bargain.

Whilst the price may seem high, the value you get is orders of magnitude larger. With the dual track playback per deck you are getting four usable channels and as the equivalent SC5000 turntables would set you back £1099 each this really is the best value that money can buy.

Summary

The Denon Prime 4 controller is a solid piece of hardware packed full of features giving you endless tricks to learn and perform. With the 4 deck feature this is more like having 4 turntables than the two you can see.

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Charles Duance

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