Review: Denon DN-700R Recorder

The DN-700R ($599 street) is a flexible, professional, multi-format digital recorder with comprehensive I/O, useful for a wide range of applications in theaters and houses-of-worship, educational facilities, production and broadcast studios, and live performance.
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The DN-700R is a flexible professional multi-format digital record with comprehensive I/O, useful for a wide range of applications in theaters and houses-of-worship, educational facilities, production and broadcast studios, and live performance.

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The DN-700R ($599 street) is a flexible, professional, multi-format digital recorder with comprehensive I/O, useful for a wide range of applications in theaters and houses-of-worship, educational facilities, production and broadcast studios, and live performance. It also boasts notable network capabilities. It is intuitive in application, too; upon first use, I barely cracked its quick start guide, easily digging in to capture stereo tracks from a live performance via the USB thumb drive on its front panel.

The unit records to SD/SDHC and USB media in MP3 and WAV formats, up to 24-bit/96 kHz. Key features include the Dual Record feature, which allows recording to two media options simultaneously for primary and backup recording, and its Relay Record feature, which continues recording to backup media when the selected (primary) media is full. Further, File Archiving features via FTP are available with a continuous, 24/7 record feature, ensuring a single aural moment is never missed.

I/O features include independent and switchable XLR mic/line inputs with +48V phantom power provided for direct recording, dual RCA unbalanced analog inputs, AES/EBU XLR balanced and coaxial digital inputs, XLR and RCA analog dual outputs, and AES/EBU XLR balanced and RCA coaxial digital outputs. Other useful perks include some remote control functionalities, a front-panel USB keyboard connection for file information input, EDL marking and file edit functions, a record monitor setting and an easy-to-read OLED display on its front panel.

Considering the DN-700R’s dual SD/SDHC decks and USB slot that work collaboratively to capture audio in a number of orders and ways, its high-resolution capability and notably world-class build quality, it’s the digital recorder/player with great sounding AD/DA converters most every audio engineer would feel comfortable relying on. Then consider its network integration capabilities and compatibility with a range of remote control interfaces—IR handset, Parallel GPIO, RS-232c and a network using built-in Web Remote—it is futureproofed, too. At $599, the DN-700R is a rock-solid stereo digital recorder built for the years ahead.

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