Showcased at this years’ NAMM trade show, Denon’s DJ VL12 turntable really turned heads.
As DVS integration in Mixers and controllers has become ubiquitous and software implementation of DVS has become stable and reliable through the likes of Serato, Traktor and more recently Pioneer DJ; the industry has developed a hunger for vinyl and are all trying to pitch a turntable that take advantage of the new vinyl wave. Most of the new turn table designs are revamped or revised versions of their current models like Reloops’ special edition RP-7000 GLD.
As a completely new product, Denon DJ has made some important changes to ensure that this does not become another Technics 1210 copy turntable.
InMusic claim that the unit seen at the NAMM show is a prototype, there will probably be some changes.
The turntable is mainly brushed steel; the plan is for it to have as much metal as possible. Other interesting features include the feet which are set into the chassis more than other turntables in a bid to improve feedback by supporting the motor and inner workings better. The motor will have 4.9kg torque.
The location of the cables is non-standard, like older Vestax turntables (PDX-A2 s’) in that this appears to be more of a turntablist battle position layout so that the cables come out of the back instead of the side also it’ll be phono out rather than line.
The true head turner at the show was the inclusion of LED lighting. A ring under the platter and the platter light can be controlled and altered to be whatever colour you like, the intensity can be set too.
It would be good if Denon DJ’s upcoming product releases will be compatible with the new Engine software built into the MCX-8000, there are phono inputs on that unit but they only work with Serato software at the moment.
The VL12 has been designed at Denon's Japanese office, from the ground up. Denon DJ is also differentiating itself from Numark with this unit, with different design teams and briefs.
The Denon DJ VL12 has a full-metal base with a flat design and brushed, dark aluminium surface, it features RGB LED lighting around the platter, with colour selection and brightness control.
There’s speed selection between 33 and 45 RPM and switchable low and high torque motor settings, and adjustable pitch range between 6, 10, 16 and 50%. The Denon style, square start/stop button has an angled marking, making it readable even if the turntable is put into battle position.
The VL12 has everything a DJ turntable would need. The isolated motor design reduces unwanted vibration, with an S-shaped tone arm for accurate tracking and rugged all-metal tone arm base.
The new VL12 turntable is not the same as every other super-OEM turntable on the market. A clear sign of Denon DJ’s renewed commitment to DJ gear in 2016.
Availability: October 2016
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