Looks like Denon are on the ball....... DENON launches the DN-S5000 The ultimate single CD player! With unrivalled cut and scratch facilities and unprecedented hands-on tactility and sensitivity, the DN-S5000 genuinely acts and feels like an analogue turntable. Plus a host of additional creative facilities like Looping and Hot Starts, the awesome S5000 will snatch the hearts and minds of the most committed turntable aficionados! Naturally, it has all the robustness and quality engineering for which the DENON brand is renowned. DN-S5000 Now Offers New Features By Software! THE PLATTER The first and most significant advantage of the S-5000 over other single CD players is that the platter spins. The machine is a true CD turntable. To emulate a record deck as closely as possible, the turntable has a vinyl disc on with grooves cut into it, replicating the feel of a conventional record! The S-5000 offers total ability to manipulate the vinyl disc in the required stylistic manner, plus the added bonus of no stylus â€“ and no jumping!. However hard or fast the user scratches, cuts or spins the record back, it tracks to perfection, the optical sensors following every movement with pinpoint accuracy and musical detail. A small plastic wheel at the centre of the platter has a printed a marker, providing a visual indicator to cut or spin back to a particular beat or position â€“ allowing it to be cued just like a record deck. The Forward/Back function is perfect for â€œcutting inâ€ samples without having to close the mixer fader â€“like having an extra hand! The platter can be assigned to scratch either the main or the alpha track as well as the onboard sampler. â€œPower offâ€ slow down effects are achievable using the adjustable brake facility, and a useful â€œdumpâ€ mode plays words backwards. ALPHA TRACK This allows two tracks to be played and mixed simultaneously from the same CD, through independent outputs. The DN-S5000 allows the platter to be switched to work on either â€œmainâ€ or â€œalphaâ€ track, so you can have a break-beat or loop playing through one output, whilst scratching and cutting a second track on the same CD through the other. Assigning the outputs to either side of the cross-fader on the mixer gives a very powerful and accurate mixing machine. All functions such as Looping, Vari-speed and Bend can be applied to either (or both) tacks independently. HOT DISC This facility allows the currently playing disc to be ejected with continuance of the music for up to 35 seconds before being neatly â€œtailed offâ€ with an echo effect. Alternatively, pressing the â€œejectâ€ button 35 seconds before the end of the track will effectively play it till the end as normal - allowing enough time to insert a new disc and cue another track ready to play. MIRROR MIX The DN-S5000 enables â€˜beat jugglingâ€™ via itâ€™s â€œMirror Mixâ€ function without needing two copies of the record or two decks. This allows the same track to be played through different outputs, with one running a fraction of a beat behind the other. The tempo of the track can be determined either by using the auto BPM counter or input manually. The delay timing can then be adjusted according to the effect required. HOT STARTS For instant access to pre-selected parts of the disc, up to four Hot Start positions to be set and saved to memory for later recall. USER REPLACEABLE DRIVES This is a major feature shared by the DN-S5000 with DENONâ€™s DN-D9000 twin CD machine. In the event of a drive failing, the complete drive assembly including with lasers, can be changed â€˜liveâ€™ in less than one minute with a bit of nifty screwdriver work. At approximately Â£100, replacement drives are a worthwhile investment to avoid potential mid-show embarrassments! OTHER FEATURES Other DN-S5000 features include four on-board samplers, each storing up to 15 seconds of full bandwidth audio, that can be looped, edited, played backwards and adjusted in level as required. There are 5000 memories to store cue points, loop locations and hot starts as well as key adjust and varispeed settings. An on board auto BPM counter is provided, and both main and alpha track give a choice of analogue line or digital SPDIF outputs. The S-5000 has normal looping facilities along with a new â€˜Spliceâ€™ mode for chopping out bits of a track. Pure Performance The S-5000 is designed and engineered to out perform any turntable in all areas. This machine sets the pace for the new generation of single CD players, and will push the boundaries of scratch mixing forward. It allows turntable scientists to be faster, more accurate - and - with no needle to jump or break - more adventurous in their exploration of sound manipulation.