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Denon DP-400

Automatic belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge and built-in phono preamp (Black)

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Our take on the Denon DP-400

The Denon DP-400 has an interesting look — featuring a curved tonearm and a dust cover that doubles as an album stand — and it makes your favorite albums sound great, too. There's a built-in phono preamp, so you can connect directly to a stereo receiver or a pair of powered stereo speakers.

A turntable with visual flair

The Denon DP-400 has an interesting look — featuring a curved tonearm and a dust cover that doubles as an album stand — and it makes your favorite albums sound great, too. There's a built-in phono preamp, so you can connect directly to a stereo receiver or a pair of powered stereo speakers.

The turntable is fully automatic, so you can put on a record and perform tasks around the house without worrying about what will happen when the needle reaches the end of a side.

Product Highlights:

  • S-shaped tonearm optimizes tracking
  • built-in phono preamp
  • weighted, belt-driven platter
  • semi-automatic operation
    • user must select "automatic stop" using button on rear of turntable
    • tonearm automatically raises after playback and turntable stops
  • dual-purpose dust cover also acts as album display stand
  • replaceable moving magnet cartridge included
  • solid base construction reduces unwanted vibrations
  • three speeds: 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, and 78 rpm
  • signal to noise ratio: 62 dB
  • 16-1/4"W x 5-1/4"H x 13-3/4"D
  • weight: 12.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable w/ tonearm
  • Headshell w/ cartridge
  • Platter
  • Mat
  • AC power adapter (attached 59" DC cord)
  • 5 AC power plugs (US/UK/EU/AU/JA)
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • 39" Stereo RCA cable w/ ground wire
  • Dust cover
  • Dust cover stand
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

Great turntable. I got my records out after storing them for 20 years. They really sound great. It looks good to. The semi automatic is a touch I needed too.

Jim, Sarasota, FL


Denon DP-400 Reviews

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(5 Reviews)

Denon DP-400

Jim from Sarasota, FL on 3/14/2019

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Great turntable. I got my records out after storing them for 20 years. They really sound great. It looks good to. The semi automatic is a touch I needed too.

Pros: Solid built Great sound Semi auto feature

Cons: None

Very nice!

Mike from Ann Arbor, MI on 3/7/2019

Honestly, for the money, this is one nice little TT. I bought this for three reason, #1 Semi-Auto, must have. #2 and #3, I can use my own cables and it has a ground stud. Set this up properly, use a protractor and a stylus scale, plenty of videos on YouTube, the protractors can be printed off the internet or I am sure Crutchfield can hook you up. The stylus scale can be had for around $5. I did not use the included stylus or cartridge, as that is where you are going to hear the difference in sound, spend some money on a good cartridge. I would look to YouTube for one of those, they have some listening sessions where you can get an idea of the sound with individual cartridges. Setup properly, I would recommend an external phono preamp, use some good quality cables and this TT really impresses. I had friends over the other day, and they thought I was playing a CD, and that is not a lie. You can get some incredible sound out of this guy. The only reason this TT did not get 5 stars is that it does not have a dust cover, so, I made my own. If you have a cat, or cats, you will need to figure something out. On a side note, this TT is dead silent in my system. I also own the Denon DP-300, which I could never quite get a feedback loop or hum out of. No such issues with the DP-400, DEAD SILENT.

Pros: Semi-Auto RCA outputs, I can use the cables of my choice. A ground stud, very important, at least to me.

Cons: No dust cover! I built my own. Feet do not level, you need to shim.

Denon DP-400

Crutchfield customer from Tucson, AZ on 1/29/2019

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit replaced my old Yamaha YP-211. I wanted a semi-automatic table and this foots the bill. My old albums and 45's sound re-vitalized and clear again. Thanks to Ed whom I called when I was having difficulty with my receiver. He was very patient as we methodically eliminated possibilities and finally ended up switching out various RCA connections until the tt operated as it should. Some of the soldered connections on the rear of the receiver had loosened up during a recent move.

Pros: semi-automatic; different looking but still sleek; sound was very pure with pre-installed cartridge.

Cons: Haven't really found anything yet

Denon DP-400

Crutchfield customer from San Francisco, CA on 12/29/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my first one so it's been meeting my expectations. It was easy to set up, and comes with a (what feels like) rubber mat and an assortment of plugs for different geographical regions.



Denon DP-400

Crutchfield customer from Piscataway, NJ on 10/31/2018

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Denon has done it again. I'm enjoying getting back into Vinyl Records and listening to authentic music once again. My only concern is with the stock cartridge that comes with the turntable. I'll be replacing it an upgraded cartridge, but other that I would recommend the DP-400...




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Features and Specs

Operation Semi Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 62
Wow and Flutter 0.1
Weight 12.4 lbs.

Product Research


Weighted, Belt-Driven Platter: The Denon DP-400 turntable features a weighted, belt-driven platter that provides precision playback of your vinyl records that is faithful to the original recording.

  • Speed Selector: The DP-400 turntable supports playback at 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm and 78 rpm (the record rpm is normally indicated on the jacket or label of the record). It easily plays your entire vinyl collection with precision.
  • Auto Sense: Integrated auto sensor accurately controls the platter, preventing unwanted speed fluctuations during playback so you can enjoy audio reproduction exactly as the artist intended.

Solid-Built Construction: The turntable's solid-built construction offers both the strength and high-density needed to reproduce detailed, resonance-free music. Thick cabinet walls and a weighted platter provide the optimal surface for your vinyl collection, reducing external vibration.

Specially Engineered Tone-Arm: The Denon DP-400 turntable features a carefully engineered curved, horizontal tracking angled tone-arm with auto-lift and playback stop. When the vinyl reaches the end of playback, the tone-arm auto-lifts 10 seconds prior to the groove end and returns to its seated position, preserving the excellent condition of your album. The curved tone-arm design also reduces harmonic distortion, ensuring a crystal clear sonic signal every time you listen. A counterweight is included and will need to be installed on the tone-arm.

MM or MC Cartridge Compatible: The Denon DP-400 includes an MM cartridge for more precise listening and added musical detail. If you prefer listening via an MC cartridge, you can easily swap out the existing MM cartridge to fit your audio preferences. The included MM cartridge does not come pre-installed on the tone-arm; you will need to install the MM cartridge headshell onto the tone-arm.

Note: The supplied stylus is good for approximately 400 hours of playback. Replace the stylus in a timely fashion to prevent damage to your record collection. When replacing the stylus, make sure to request the DSN-85.
Anti-Skating Dial: Anti-skating adjustment is performed to counter the force which pulls the stylus tip inside due to the record rotation. Make sure that the anti-skating value is the same as the stylus pressure value. The appropriate stylus pressure for the cartridge included with this unit is 2.0 g (19.6 mN).

Built-In Phono Equalizer Preamp: This turntable has a built-in phono equalizer preamp that enables record playback when connected to receivers and integrated amps with external audio inputs, but no dedicated Phono input. The turntable's built-in phono equalizer creates an open, enveloping sound stage that brings to life your vinyl collection while staying true to the original recording.

RCA Outputs: The DP-400 turntable features a set of stereo RCA outputs to connect to your receiver or integrated amplifier using a set of stereo RCA cables. A 39" stereo RCA cable is included.

Removable Dual-Purpose Dust Cover: The included removable dust cover features a modern design, elevating the overall aesthetic of the DP-400 turntable, while also eliminating vibration issues that affect music quality associated with attached or hinged covers. The dust cover must be removed during playback of records. Doubling as a display stand for your album cover, you can place the dust cover upright on the included base and show it of proudly to family & friends.

Note: This is not a hinged dust cover. It simply lifts on and off. The dust cover must be removed during playback of records. The dust cover can be put back on the turntable once playback has stopped and the tone-arm is back on its rest.

Auto Stop/Power Off Function: When the Automatic Stop is turned on, the tone arm automatically raises after playback ends and the turntable stops. This keeps the turntable from continuing to turn and cause stylus wear should you accidentally fall asleep while listening to a record. The power will turn off approximately 20 minutes after the turntable stops. Use the power/rpm switch knob to restart playback.

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