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Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder

Model: DN-500R

Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder
Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder
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About: Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder

Adding to the already successful 500-series – the new line of workhorse and affordable A/V products for installation by Denon Professional, enters the DN-500R solid state audio recorder. Conveniently tooled in the familiar 1 RU chassis, the DN- 500R further emphasizes Denon Pro’s commitment to providing professional feature- rich installation products, at affordable prices, to the contracting industry. With a bright, highly visible OLED display, SD/SDHC and USB media recording and playback the 500R lends itself to a myriad of applications like houses of worship, education and lecture recording, and more.

The DN-500R is an ideal choice for audio recording installations no matter the environment. Based on twenty-five historic years of audio performance and rock solid reliability, the DN-500R acquires important audio with ease – every time. With analog balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs as well as broadcast-grade AES/EBU digital inputs, the 500R is poised to capture audio in industry standard formats in any environment. And our new switching power supply allows for easy-integration into applications and environments that find themselves outside the realm of 110V AC power.

Not only can audio be captured to an SD/SDHC card up to 24-bit/96kHz, but the front-panel mounted USB port allows for the acquisition of audio as well. And the two record mediums can be used simultaneously with the new Dual Record feature, ideal for conferences that need to have the audio immediately or in applications where proper capture must be ensured. Additionally, the Relay Record feature can extend record times by switching to the other media when the primary memory is full. A front panel USB keyboard port allows for naming of files while a recording is happening and control. Full control can also be achieved by the on-board RS-232c serial connection for integrated systems by AMX or Crestron and the GPIO port allows instant triggerable access to many features, including the DN-500R’s 20 assignable hot start playback files.

Recordings can be edited directly on the device or marked with EDLs for later review. When imported to the included DMP Mark Editor Software (Windows only), those marks come with the file, ensuring instant access to points of interest.

And not only is the DN-500R the perfect standalone audio recorder, but it is a rock-solid audio playback device making it an affordable and appropriate solution for just about any audio installation.

D&M Professional’s DMP Mark Editor software included.


  • Records to SD/SDHC and USB media in MP3 and WAV (up to 24-bit/96kHz)
  • Dual Record feature (records to both media options simultaneously for primary and backup recording)
  • Relay Record feature (continues recording to backup media when primary media is full)
  • XLR and RCA audio connections (analog and digital)
  • Timer recording/playback (30 schedules available)
  • MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC playback
  • RS-232c, GPIO, USB keyboard remote control
  • Front panel USB keyboard connection
  • EDL marking & file edit functions (Move, Copy, Combine and Divide)
  • Record Monitor (listen the recorded signal while recording)
  • Large, bright OLED display
  • DMP Mark Editor software included (Windows only)
  • 100-230V switching power supply
  • Removable rack ears

UPC: 883795002905 is a Canadian authorized Denon Pro retailer.

Reviews: Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder

George G. - 12/09/2016

For Analogue Digital conversion, the output of this unit is superior to any computer sound card I have used incuding M-Audio and ASUS. A 24/96 conversion sounds as lifelike as the original analogue source. Having a dual output configuration does make recording sessions bulletproof as on a couple of occasions, the SD card introduced errors in the recorded output.

In my opinion the user interface is counter intuitive and clumsy in design. However, one can save configuration presets which saves much repetition.

The media tends to be very picky and both SD and USB media can be corrupted very easily. Some brands do not perform well at all, even rated at USB 3.0 speeds. Use the built in format and test functions before attempting to record with any media.

If the power cord is disconnected for more than 3 days, the recording presets may disappear,

Line level audio input fed to the unbalanced RCA inputs may be low in level and might require a gain adjustment of 3 to even 10 dB.

Despite any small inconveniences in setup or function, I have been very pleased with the performance of this unit. Be prepared to replace the USB sticks frequently and do check the Denon Pro website for the latest firmware updates.

Also, if the unit does not want to start (happened once) remove the modular power cord from the back, wait about 60 seconds and then replace the power cord and the unit should power up. This has not happened since I updated the firmware.

Read the manual. This will save you time in the long term.

Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Warranty: Denon Pro DN-500R SD/USB Audio Recorder Warranty:

30 Days

Manufacturer's Warranty:

All Denon & Marantz Professional Products are covered by a 1-year Limited Warranty

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