The new DN-500C from Denon Professional is a professional grade CD player complete with a fully retractable iPod dock, pitch control capability and direct track selection via the front numeric keypad. This marks the second product in the new 500 range' that represent Denon Professional's heritage in solid, high quality products focussed around modern audio technologies.
Created to satisfy the increasing and demanding requirements of modern audio installations, the DN-500C allows greater control over the audio than a simple consumer CD player with playback capabilities tailored for professional use with helpful features such as power on play' allowing a pre-selected source to be played automatically when the device receives mains power and a full numeric keypad that giving direct access to any track on the cd or program list negating the need to scroll through track after track to find the desired song.
The DN500C has an on-board BPM counter which can be checked simultaneously with Pitch control usage. An additional Master Key function allows the original key of the music to be maintained while the tempo is being altered, useful for any musical/singing applications when playing back using a CD.
Music sources aren't restricted either with the flexibility to take audio from CD (including WAV and MP3 playback) which is ideal for use with the pitch controls. Connect a variety of external devices to the front of the DN-500C via the aux input, including: laptops, smartphones, MP3 players and more. Furthermore, if you have an iPod then you can simply dock on the front mounted media dock and easily playback files from the iPod directly using the transport controls of the DN500C.
The front mounted dock isn't restricted to just iPod usage - when used with an iPhone/iPod touch there is a mass of extra functionality that can be accessed through the brand new Denon professional Pitch Control App (available to download from the App StoreSM). Simply playback and control the iPhone/iPod Touch music files via the apps intuitive layout: from simply playing back music (via artist, title, album and playlist filters) to using the touchscreen pitch or master key slider to increase or decrease the pitch/tempo as desired, plus the full control of playback, track selection, cue and frame search. Additional functionality of Master Key is included in the App, allowing the musical key to be maintained when while changing the tempo of the music.
"Programmable playback" retains a specific playlist and avoids the inconvenience of having to keep skipping through albums and playlists, while the "cue" function lets the user select the desired playback start position for each track. The EOM (End of Message) function warns the user of the time left per track between 10 & 90 seconds allowing preparation for the next track or event.
The DN-500C lends itself perfectly to any installation where having complete control and ease of use of the music is essential. From gyms; where the pace governs the difficulty of the class, all the way to musical education where songs are required to be played from many sources and slowed down to help aid learning such as the notes to a song in a guitar lesson. All of which makes the DN-500C a versatile and long lasting audio player that suits most medium scale installs that demand control and flexibility.
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Denon Professional DN-500C CD Player w/ integrated IPod Dock Reviews