Denon DP-400 Turntable
Denon DP-400 Turntable
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A starter turntable doesn’t have to start from square one. With an established reputation for bringing quality engineering and extra features to the entry level, Denon has done it again with DP-400 Read More

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Masaraksh
23
Aug 18, 2020
Made in China?
Lydian
1
Aug 15, 2020
I would also consider for about the same price the top Fluance table . At $499. It comes with upgraded acrylic platter and a Ortofon blue cartridge . The cartridge alone sells for $235. Currently . Fine cartridge , I use one in my Thorens . Something to consider also is the Ortofon Blue comes pre installed and is upgradable if one so wishes .
GUTB
242
Aug 14, 2020
This is a lifestyle product for looks on a shelf, not for audio quality.
GUTB
242
Aug 18, 2020
"For the price" is just a code phrase for "it sucks". When you are looking for quality audio from a record player system, you are looking for:
  1. High-mass platter and chassis.
  2. High-quality platter material and strong vibration isolation controls.
  3. High quality arm, a very well-engineered, very accurate and well-dampened arm and pivot mechanism.
  4. Quality MC cartridge.
  5. High quality phono stage, preferably a tubed MM phono and high-end step-up transformer.
  6. Quality speed controller.
Moreover, the need of a high quality MC also greatly increases alignment difficulty so that you'll also want a high-end protractor or the ability to tune by ear, a channel balance checker, etc. Microscope-assisted angle adjustment is also recommended. Frankly, most people here are probably not that interested in audio quality from their record player, as even if they got, say, a Basis, Xtension, SME, etc, they wouldn't have the amp or speakers to realize the true strength of records. How many of them don't even have a linear amp, let alone 60 lb speakers in a listening room? Anyone can be happy with the warmth of record playback, you don't need a quality system for that, but the true power of record playback -- big dynamics, realistic tone, and black backgrounds almost as good as digital (with the best audiophile pressings virtually indistinguishable from CD) -- sadly costs a significant amount of money.
rggb
68
Dec 16, 2020
I really like this turntable. 33/45/78 on a knob is wonderful, platter speed is reliable and stable, small size, good looks, and auto-return is nice and the better than full-auto. Cuing is easy, and cart replacement is nbd. For what it is, it might be the ideal turntable for some people. I'm currently rocking a Schiit Sol and a 103R, but this Denon is a special case.
siliway
46
Aug 14, 2020
Is it fixed 110v or switchable to 220v??
Lydian
1
Aug 14, 2020
Big rig , 440v
Mongvolley
0
Aug 15, 2020
110v
Paxman
282
Aug 14, 2020
What cartridge comes pre-mounted?
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KG-Jag
11
Aug 16, 2020
Both Denons have removable headshells. They are of different designs however, as the DP-300F has a straight tonearm, while the DP-400 has an "S" shaped tonearm--like vintage Technics turntables. Hopefully the DP-400 headshell is a clone, both in terms of design and alignment, of the Technics venerable design. Maybe Drop or Denon can tell use whether it is or is not. Cartridge manufacturers (e.g. Ortofon and Nagaoka) and independent vendors sell pre-mounted aligned headshell/cartridge combinations to fit certain turntables, including the DP-300F and vintage Technics TT's. While it is certainly not a bad idea to check the alignment on your TT before using them, all you normally have to do is trade out the headshells (simple screw connections) and then reset the balance, tracking weight and anti-skating force. It's almost plug and play. The only thing easier is the short lived P-mount system that came out just when CD's were taking over the music market from LP's and cassettes. Grado still makes P-mount cartridges. How good an entry level system this is will depend on large part upon the cartridge/stylus that comes stock and pre-aligned with the DP-400. I hope it's better than the stock cartridge that arrived with a standard DP-300F. I also hope that there is an easy and affordable stylus upgrade option. Lets face it. At $455 this TT has strong competition from Project, Music Hall, Fluance and others. Its only clear advantages over the competition may be that it is a semi-automatic turntable. It also faces competition from Denon's own DP-300F, which is fully automatic and is offered by some vendors upgraded in a number of ways, including a preinstalled and prealigned Ortofon 2M Red cartridge ($100 street price)--often for less money than this $455 price point.
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Ojamie07
23
Dec 8, 2020
Grado makes Moving magnet OR Moving Iron cartridges.
Keyumars
1
Aug 14, 2020
New to turntables, but what's this MM Cart? Is there's a specific model to it and does it come prealligned from the factory? Also can anybody here compare this to other turntables by Music Hall or Pro-ject at the same pricepoint?
KG-Jag
11
Aug 15, 2020
BTW--reading more this appears to be only a semi-automatic turntable (unlike the fully automatic Denon DP-300F). You have to manually start a semi-auto, while you merely push a button to start at fully automatic. Both return the tonearm to its original position after the record plays all the way through. Quasi-semi-automatic turntables--perhaps more accurately called auto stop TT's (like those made made by Fluance) turn off the TT at the end of the record but do not return the tonearm to its cradle position.
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Mehoron
72
Aug 15, 2020
Music Hall, and Pro-ject carbon are about the same, as far as turntables are concerned, though they have less features. Both are belt driven turntables, but both have better cartridges off the shelf as a result. The cartridge on this Denon is pretty low-grade which keeps the cost down. But if you wanted to invest in a similar cartridge later (Ortofon 2M Red at 100 bucks from Amazon) and mount it, you'll get a similar sound as a Music Hall MMF-3.3 and have all the features of the Denon.