The latest offering in the controller market from Denon , the MC2000 carries on Denon’s long tradition of building high-quality products. The MC2000 is squarely aimed at the DJs just getting into the game and practicing at home.
The MC2000 is “plug & play,” meaning that it needs no separate power supply and just works with the included Serato DJ Intro program. It includes many of the features that are found on Denon’s higher-end units, like a built-in audio interface, cues, loops and a sampler section, but does not include many items that most mobile DJs are used to, like balanced XLR outputs, LED meters or XLR microphone inputs; but once again, this is clearly not meant to be a mobile DJ’s primary media controller. But it certainly does not mean that the MC2000 lacks in quality, no sir. It’s built like a tank and can even take the abuse that someone like my 14-year-old beginning-DJ son can throw at it.
The unit’s tank-like outer casing is constructed completely of metal. The knobs and faders are the same ones that you find on all of DenonÕs other latest controllers. All of the inputs and outputs are on the rear of the unit except the headphone jack. They include an AUX RCA input to play back music from a line-level source, master output RCA jacks and a 1/4″ microphone input. The AUX RCA has a volume control knob for the line level input and a another smaller knob next to it for monitoring, meaning that you can cue the AUX RCA input in your headphones the same as you can with the two decks.
On the front left-hand side is the 1/4″ headphone jack. I was surprised to find that there was no 1/8″ jack, which seems to be standard on most new controllers. I think this a big omission, as most beginners will use earbuds or headphones that they already have and may have to run out to the ÒshackÓ to get an adapter. The top of the unit features a fairly standard DJ controller layout, with each deck having play, cue and sync buttons. The touch sensitive platters work extremely well with very minimal latency. Each deck also provides the standard pitch faders, sampler & looping control.
The sound output from the MC2000 is very impressive. This is delivered via the built-in 24-bit sound card. On almost all the other bus-powered controllers I have used, lack of sufficient output has been a big problem. Not with the MC2000. The headphone volume was ample and had no noticeable distortion, even when pushed to high levels.
Overall, I am very impressed with MC2000. Would I use this at a wedding? No. The kind of gig where this controller can really shine for professional use is what I have been using for during the past month. I have a weekly karaoke gig that has a really small booth with a 12-channel mixer installed. I have been running into the mixer, using the PFL to set my levels, and enjoying mixing from the MC2000 for the night.
This unit is squarely aimed at the aspiring DJ. There are many controllers that are aimed at this segment of the market, but after using most of them, I can honestly say that the Denon MC2000 shines above most, if not all.
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