Denon DNM2300R is one of the hottest pieces of gear to come out in a
long time and certainly makes the bid for minidisc to become a viable
solution for people that are tired of hearing poorly recorded songs
on tape and as a new medium for creating music in those countries
which allow it.
The DNM2300R also
provides the user with the ability to instantly cue up songs with
full labelling features so that every track can be easily recognized
in the display window. No more double checking the jacket and track
number to know what you have put into the machine. Another bonus is
that you can move, insert, divide, combine, delete and edit tracks
down to single frame accuracy.
The DNM2300 uses
layer 4 compression which includes a sampling frequency of 46.1kHz.
This sampling frequency is actually slightly better than that used on
CD players (cd's use 44.1kHz). The difference between the sound of a
MD vs CD is not something that will ever affect a DJ or club
environment. The only way you could really tell the difference is if
you had a pair of studio reference monitors (hint these cost about 2
grand a piece) and the hearing of a studio engineer. I am not saying
that there isn't a difference between the formats but the difference
is so tiny only the best trained ears will even be able to notice the
difference. Using blindfold tests, no one can tell the difference
between MD and CD. It has been tested.
Instant Start -
Both drive bays feature instant start. Identical start time to the
famous Denon CD players.
Hot Start - This
is one of the most important and critical features of the DNM2300R.
You have instant access to ten user selected tracks ( 5 per drive bay
). It is like having ten songs cued up ! Nothing on the market allows
you instant access to ten tracks at the same sound quality as MD.
Loading five songs into the hot start takes about 20 seconds on average.
Now before I
proceed I feel that the following is a necessary explanation to
understand the process of jumping from a recording device like tape
to the advanced features offered by minidisc. Minidisc allows you to
record up to 74 minutes of digital audio in stereo or 148 minutes in
mono. Any track on the disc can be moved, deleted, titled or
split(divided). Most mini disc machines allow you to set a cue point
at the beginning of a track. The DNM2300 allows you to set that cue
point and to set 5 more sub points within each track.
Mini disc titling
is limited to 640 characters per disc. There is no limitation for
each song title etc. The limit is set per disc. This allows enough
room for 18-20 songs, with artist, song title, and bpm. Personally I
have never used up the full amount.
Okay now back to
Cue points - As
stated above the DNM2300R allows you to store up to five sub cue
points for each track. The hot start buttons can be used to play
complete tracks or cue points, so if you wanted you could
sequentially select five cue sub points in one song and program them
into the hot start then play them back in order to make an entire
song. (as a bonus feature of the DNM2300R it will play the five sub
points seamlessly no matter where they are located on the disc if the
seamless feature is on) OR even better, you could use the sub points
from different songs to make a brand new song. Just think of the sub
points as a sample that can be of infinite length. Now just try that
with a turntable. Ok so, are you drooling yet ;o)
Something else you
could do is to record some of your favorite scratch sounds, phrases,
brakebeats etc and play them back using both drives and the hot start
to create radical new hip hop sounds, dance tracks etc. The
possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
Seamless loop -
Identical to the feature found on the DN2500F. You can select any two
points anywhere on the minidisc and seamlessly loop those points once
or continuously with no break in the music whatsoever.
Anti Skip / Shock
buffer -The DNM2300R offers a ten second shock buffer that eliminates
skipping completely unless you happen to be in an 11 second
earthquake. This is an inherent feature to virtually all MD players.
Selectable Pitch -
4 or 8 % with an additional 4%+/- with the pitch bend.
presets - Similar to other Denon units each user can set their
favorite methods for using the machine. Pitch range, Elapsed/remain
display and more can be programmed into the DDNM2300R so that the
next time you use it all of the settings are exactly as you left them.
labeling - The DNM2300R will accept standard labeling procedures ( a
dial which you have to spin to select each letter and then press
enter to accept ) or you can use any standard 101 key keyboard. The
DNM2300 has a plug in the back of the unit which will allow the use
of a standard keyboard.
Professional Double MD Recorder/Player
looping of unlimited length - 10 Hot Starts; load up to 5 tracks (per
drive) into memory for instant "on the fly" track change -
Shock memory - Next track reserve; allows a seamless transfer to your
next selected track - Duplicates MD's including disc and track names
- Editing capabilities that include undo and redo - Auto level record
start; recording automatically begins once an audio signal is
received - Auto track increment; will increment tracks automatically
when recording analog or digital - SCMS option (on/off) - Rotary
track selector knob - Jog/Shuttle wheel - Instant start; within 0.01
sec - Auto cue to music - Single/all repeat - Single/continuous play
- Program play; up to 25 tracks per drive - Cue signals; up to 5 cue
points can be written to each track for latter cue search playback o
Pitch control w/pitch slider ±8% - Pitch bend ±9.9% -
Records stereo or mono (74 min stereo, 148 min mono) o 86 frames per
sec. for precise editing or cueing - Headphone jack for monitoring
recordings - Sleep function; prolongs the life of internal parts - 2
digital inputs and outputs (coaxial SPDIF) - Unbalanced input/outputs
- 29 total user adjustable presets customizes the unit to your needs
- 2 pieces: controller 3U, drive unit 2U rack spaces.
(Decks 1 and 2)
(available on each drive)
A total of 10 Hot
Start buttons are offered (5 per drive). Tracks can be loaded into
Hot Start one at time or five sequential tracks at a time. Sound can
be loaded into Hot Start from any point within the track. Loaded
tracks can be replaced with new tracks. A Hot Start can also be used
as a sampler, stuttering any cue point within a track.
capacity RAM memory, the shock proof function prevents momentary
playback dropouts caused by bumps or excessive vibration.
A-B Seamless Loop
You can set a
loop's Start point A and End point B seamlessly "on the fly"
without interrupting playback. The B point can be updated to make
the loop longer or shorter. Length of the loop is unlimited.
playback mode: Repeat a selected track.
playback mode: Repeat a whole disc.
Repeat' mode: Repeat a program sequence. Pitch Control Slider
(each drive): ±8.0%, 0.1% steps Pitch Bend: ±9.9%
Temporarily bends the pitch to match the beats. This feature
simulates "holding" or "pushing" a vinyl record.
instantly (within 0.01 sec) no delay, no lag time.
This feature is
always active and will prevent removing the wrong disc while either
drive is in "Play Mode".
(86 frames per sec.)
Great for precise
playback cueing and especially useful during editing.
After a track is
selected, it is automatically cued to the point where audio starts,
rather than where the track starts. The level at which sound is first
detected is user selectable between -36 to -60 dB (5 settings).
Simply turning on
the unit plays back audio in one of two ways:
1) the entire disc
from the first track
2) the program
sequence from the beginning
Next Track Reserve
Turning the track
selector knob in either direction during playback reserves the next
track to be played and provides a seamless transfer. You can now
select the next track to be played by name. No play list required!
End Of Message (EOM) At the end of a track, the FL display
flashes, providing a visual warning to the operator that the track
will end shortly. The point at which the EOM warning begins is
selectable within a range of 0 to 60 seconds (8 settings).
This function can
program tracks to be played back in advance, including their playing
order, one time or every time. By using internal memory, a total of
six MDs (3 per drive), (25 tracks per disc) can be stored. Once
stored, the DN-M2300R will automatically recognize the disc and
activate program play.
Play Mode &
1) Play mode
a whole disc
Single: Plays a track
2) Finish mode
(Stop, Next, re-cue)
Stop: Stops after
playing a track
Next: Standby at
the beginning of the next track after finishing a track
finishing a track, standby at the beginning of the same track
Rotary Track Select Knob (easy track selection) By turning the knob
in either direction, tracks can easily be found, searching through
them one at a time, or by tens when pushing down the knob while turning.
Functions (Deck 2 only)
Auto Track Increment
detects the silent portion of the program material and automatically
increases the track number. The level of the silent portion can be
set within a range of -36 to -60 dB (5 settings). In the case of
digital recording, the subcode (of DAT or CD) is detected to increase
the track number automatically.
Type MiniDisc Recorder/Player
Audio Channels 2
Channels (Stereo), 1 channel (Mono)
Optical pick-up system (Semiconductor laser, non-contact)
Magneto-optical overwriting system (Magnetic field modulation)
System ATRAC (Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding)
Speed Approx. 400-900 rpm
Time 74 min. (Stereo), 148 min. (Mono) Quantization A/D Converter:
16-bit, D/A Converter: 18-bit Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz Frequency
Response 20 Hz-20 kHz (±1.0 dB)
Ratio 92 dB or better (Playback, A filter)
84 dB or better
(Recording, A filter)
Distortion 0.015% or less (Playback)
0.02% or less (Recording)
82 dB or better (Playback, A filter)
78 dB or better
(Recording, A filter)
Unbalanced, RCA Jacks
Output Level 1.7 V
at 0 dB
Load Impedance 10
kohms or more
(drive 2) Unbalanced, RCA Jack
Input Level 1.7 V
at 0 dB Disc
Load Impedance 47
kohms or more
(drive 2) 2 coaxial (RCA Jacks)
IEC-958 Type II/SPDIF
Load Impedance 75
ohms or more
Digital Outputs 2
coaxial (RCA Jacks)
IEC-958 Type II/SPDIF
Headphone Output Stereo
Output Level 20 mW
Load Impedance 30
to 40 ohms
Power Source 120
V, 60 Hz
Consumption 30 W
Player unit 482 (W) x 88 (H) x 252 (D) mm (excluding height of feet,
19.0" (W) x 3.5" (H) x 9.9" (D) keys, connectors and
knobs) Control unit 482 (W) x 132 (H) x 40 (D) mm 19.0" (W) x
5.2" (H) x 1.6" (D)
- Weight Player
unit 6.3 kg (14 lbs)
- Control unit
2.3 kg (5.1 lbs)
Auto Level Rec Start
This function will
enable the machine to automatically start recording when an audio
signal being received exceeds a (user adjustable) preset dB level.
Just press play from your external audio source and the machine will
automatically begin recording.
1 to 2 Synchro-Rec
You can easily
copy a MD from drive 1 to drive 2. (real time)
Disc Name and
Track Names are automatically copied.
CUE Point Writing
and CUE Search
Up to 5 cue points
CUE points can
only be written to the MD via drive 2 but can be recalled from either
drive using CUE Search. CUE points can also be used to set A-B
Create up to 3
loops per track and recall them using CUE Search.
Cue points can
also be edited (erased, rewritten or added later)
edited unit is 11.6 msec (or down to 1 frame)
DISC: Erase one track at a time or the whole disc.
two tracks together to make "one". MOVE: Changes a current
track number to another.
TRACK NAME: Track
names can be entered using front panel controls.
DISC NAME: Disc
names can be entered using front panel controls.
Up to 2 editing operations prior to the most recent one can be undone
then redone, if necessary.
Since every DJ may have different needs, the DN-M2300R provides
"Functional Pre-sets" that can be changed according to your
requirements. These presets are stored in non-volatile memory and can
be updated at any time. (11 presets for drive 1 and 17 presets for
specifications are subject to change for improvement without notice.