Denon's best-sounding turntable to date will go head-to-head with the Technics SL-1200GR2

Denon DP-3000NE lifestyle image featuring a man placing a record on a turntable.
(Image credit: Denon)

Denon has recently announced its flagship premium drive DP-3000NE turntable. Featuring high-quality components and, says its manufacturer, "the most accurate playback possible" for the price, the new model is set to go head-to-head with the recently unveiled Technics SL-1200GR2 spinner.

To achieve this lofty ambition, Denon has overhauled its premium record player in a bid to give it an edge over the competition. The 3000NE's S-shaped tonearm, for instance, optimises cartridge tracking, while 9mm of vertical height adjustment and precise vertical tracking angle aim to smooth out the player's performance.

That new tonearm has been redesigned to further improve performance. The arm's adjustment options make the DP-3000NE tonearm well-suited to accommodate a broader spectrum of MM or MC cartridge types.

Featuring selectable speeds of 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78 rpm, the 3000NE's direct drive design offers rotation speeds that don't fluctuate regardless of the rpm selected or the load involved, with Denon claiming the player will reach full speed almost instantaneously.

Close-up of Denon DP-3000NE platter and tonearm

(Image credit: Denon)

The direct drive motor spinning control board, meanwhile, employs an algorithm which handles the motor’s switch mode power supply to give a more precise, continuous voltage, all while reducing unwanted speed variations or unnecessary vibrations.

The 3000NE is a bit of a looker, too. Featuring a dark ebony wood veneer placed over a high-density wood cabinet and a sleek metal platter, Denon boasts the 3000NE makes "a stunning visual addition to any décor." Insulator feet, meanwhile, offer the robustness and density needed to guarantee resonance-free playback.

Still, the 3000NE will have its work cut out if it wants to compete with the similarly-priced SL-1200GR2 turntable which uses digital tech to offer optimised sound and sits at a similar price point of £1800 / €2000.

The Denon DP-3000NE itself will be available in October 2023 at a price of £2,299 / $2,499, AU$4,499.


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Harry McKerrell
Staff writer

Harry McKerrell is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi?. During his time at the publication, he has written countless news stories alongside features, advice and reviews of products ranging from floorstanding speakers and music streamers to over-ear headphones, wireless earbuds and portable DACs. He has covered launches from hi-fi and consumer tech brands, and major industry events including IFA, High End Munich and, of course, the Bristol Hi-Fi Show. When not at work he can be found playing hockey, practising the piano or trying to pet strangers' dogs.