Denon Launches DP-400 and DP-450USB turntables

Play AND record your vinyl collection

by Andy Bassett Feb 12, 2019 at 11:33 AM

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    Denon Launches DP-400 and DP-450USB turntables
    New for 2019, the Denon DP-400 and DP-450USB match each other spec wise but the 450 adds a built-in digital-to-analogue converter, able to transfer music directly to USB storage.
    Denon have added two new turntables to their Design Series, the DP-400, which is just 41cm wide and is built on a heavy, well-damped plinth to damp down resonances, and the DP-450 which builds on this specification and adds the ability to copy your vinyl collection to USB storage for playback on other devices.

    The weighted platter is belt-driven, and playback is available at 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm and 78 rpm. The speed is controlled via an integrated sensor which avoids fluctuations and ensures pitch accuracy.

    Both models feature the newly engineered S-Shape curved tonearm which has been designed to reduce harmonic distortion and which automatically returns to the seated position at the end of a side. The tonearm is fitted with a moving magnet cartridge, pre-installed in a universal headshell, and selected to match the turntable. It’s easy to swap this for an upgraded moving coil model if required.

    Both turntables feature a built-in pre-amp which can be bypassed, allowing the turntable to be connected to any amplifier or system with analogue inputs or phono inputs.

    The DP-400 also comes with a dust cover designed to display LP covers to add to the whole vinyl experience.

    The DP-450USB adds to the above specification by incorporating a analogue-to-digital converter and a front panel mounted USB Type A port, making it simple to record favourite LPs and singles directly to USB storage devices and create digital files in MP3 or WAV file formats, without the need for a computer.

    Once recorded, the files can then be played from the USB storage device on a computer, car stereo system or transferred to a digital library for playback on wireless speakers. To edit recordings on a PC, Denon offers MusiCut software for Windows 10 (a free download from the Denon website) which allows MP3 files to be manipulated, organised and tagged with metadata to build your library.

    The turntables come in an eye-catching white finish plus a more traditional black.
    The DP-400 (€ 499 / £ 449) and DP-450USB (€ 599 / £ 529) are available through authorised Denon retailers.

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