In light of the recent release of the CDJ-3000, we thought it would be cool to get a DJ unfamiliar with the Prime ecosystem to take a closer look at the competition, specifically the Denon DJ SC6000s. New DJTT contributor Freddie Fiers dives into the gear in this new review, keep reading for her thoughts and a closer look video.
Meeting the SC6000s
When consumer technology is advancing by the second, how does the DJ world keep up? With the Denon DJ SC6000 and SC6000M Prime, the capabilities are seemingly endless—including noticeable upgrades like the 10.1″ multi-gesture touch display and the 8.5″ jog-wheel, or the 8 multi-color LEDs around the platters so you don’t get criss-crossed between layers A and B. And let’s not forget to mention its WiFi connectivity, allowing you to stream through Tidal/Beatport Link /Beatsource/Soundcloud’s massive libraries. And this is all just scratching the surface with these media players.
Watch my full review in the video below:
This new Denon DJ gear has 5 media inputs each, making transitions from one DJ to the next flow even more smoothly. A massive feature for me is the track preview option, but do note that this only works for tracks that have been analyzed – meaning you can’t track preview a track from Tidal or another streaming service.
The SC6000M is similar to how a classic turntable would feel and respond, minus the fact that the control vinyl is smaller in comparison to an actual 12’’ vinyl. However, that doesn’t affect much when you’re mixing or scratching, especially since there’s no tone arm or needle attached. The adjustable torque and motor mechanism spinning the platter gives a lot more precision to scratching and beat juggling.
Most of the buttons are rubber to touch, and when comparing to something like the until-recent “industry standard” Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2, it does lack a sense of dexterity. Something I’d like to see is how the SC6000 and SC6000M would stand up against the wear and tear and test of time. Would these players last a week at Burning Man or on a world tour? And on the software front, I’d appreciate Engine OS’ future updates to include the ability to track preview those tracks from streaming services – kind of a bummer that you can’t.
If you’re an event/wedding DJ or even a bar/club DJ who is in the mix to take requests, I’d recommend these for you. Just make sure wherever you’re going has a good Wifi connection or a solid hotspot, or you’ll have trouble connecting to Tidal. I’d also find these to be really helpful to the professional touring DJ who pre-plans sets, so you have everything locked and loaded.
We’ve got the SC6000M Prime in stock on the DJTT store if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself. Check it out here.