NAMM 2016: Denon DJ VL12 Turntable; Could DVS Coming For Engine?

Denon DJ’s prize jewel on the NAMM floor is the standalone MCX-8000 controller, but they also introduced details on a new VL12 turntable that might be of interest for DJs specifically because it’s not the same as every other super-OEM turntable on the market. Designed from scratch, we’re taking this as a clear sign that Denon’s commitment to their other DJ gear (mixers and media players) is alive and well in 2016 – keep reading for more details on the VL12.

  • DJ Gear: VL12 turntable
  • Manufacturer: Denon DJ
  • Price: ~$699
  • Availability: Q2 2016

Denon DJ hasn’t had any turntables in their product lineup anytime recently – but their former parent brand of Denon consumer electronics has had hi-fi turntables available in the past.

According to Denon, the engineers at InMusic designed this new unit completely from the ground up, opting not to use the same Technics-style design that every super-OEM turntable on the market seems to use. It’s unique, with a controllable LED ring around the platter and a slightly different control layout than most DJ turntables (although there’s not much to change).

Is The VL12 Turntable Really Denon?

Despite some theories on the Serato forums that this is a Hanpin Super-OEM turntable (see their lineup here to try to find a model that matches), what we heard from Denon DJ themselves on the NAMM show floor is that it’s their own design, not another rebranded design. The engineers at InMusic built this new unit completely from the ground up, with “all Denon parts and designs.”

We didn’t get too many details on how Denon DJ’s VL12 performs as it was still under glass at their booth – so no hands-on testing – but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

The VL12 turntable under “glass” at the Denon DJ NAMM booth

DVS For Engine?

We’d like to assume that most of Denon DJ’s upcoming product releases will support their new Engine software that’s onboard the MCX-8000 (there’s photo inputs on that unit, but they only work in Serato now). So even though there was a Serato control record on the VL12 turntable at NAMM, we suspect that soon we’ll be seeing more news from Denon DJ in regards to DVS.

Have thoughts or questions about this Denon DJ VL12? Hit us up in the comments below. See all the NAMM updates here, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram for up-to-the-minute updates and unique insights. 

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  • djtorchMusic

    It’s nice, but it seems like it’s just another turntable. At least Reloop has controller buttons which increases your mixer options greatly since you won’t be cornered into getting a pioneer or rane to get your cue point buttons and what not.

  • Chris

    btw: i swear to god, that i never can play, when i turned the table
    (echotek – motion)

  • Mark

    They looked amazing at the show. I spoke with one of Denon DJ’s Japanese guys at the show and was impressed to learn that it was definitely NOT super-OEM, and had been designed from Denon’s Japanese office from the ground up (as mentioned in this article). Also interesting to note that Denon DJ are differentiating themselves from Numark here (different design team and design brief). Very excited to see how this turntable develops over the next few months.

  • x

    has a lot of screws just on the top plate, not as clean as a old 1200

    • Quenepas

      I prefer lots of screws to no screws. If something breaks it’s easier to get inside.

  • Madden Wachsenhoff

    not a hanpin Super OEM? If this is true and build solidly, I might could be buying a pair. On the other hand, at $699 we’re close to Stokyo MK5G price levels – I know which one will last me until I’m 80

    • chris

      $699 is right around the pioneer and reloop price as well. The priced it where everythingelse is currently at.

    • mikefunk

      I have two Tech 1210 MP5GE, they cos a fortune now (almost 3K new), no idea why. But I would gladly change them for these. Anybody interested?

      • proben

        You mean M5G?

      • Goldie Wilson

        I would do that in a heart beat

    • Salu

      I am definitely sure this is not from Hatpin, but maybe same as TTX OEM.