Denon DP-450USB Semi-Automatic Analog Turntable

The new Denon DP-450USB is the first semi-automatic analog turntable to feature USB output and direct mode operation. It is also the first model to offer two channels of playback. This unit features pure direct mode operation with no preamp or phono stage.

The DP-450USB offers a choice between three speed settings (33 1/3, 45, 78 RPM) and comes equipped with an automatic belt drive system that allows you to select any of these speeds without having to manually adjust the motor. A built-in tone arm provides smooth tracking and accurate pitch control. The DP-450USB has been designed to withstand the rigors of everyday use.

Its sturdy construction includes a vibration-resistant design, heavy duty platter bearings, and a high quality tonearm. The DP-450USB is available in black only.

Features of Denon DP-450USB Turntable

  • Two Channel Playback: The DP-450USB can be used as a stereo player by connecting it to your computer via its USB port. You can play music files from your PC’s hard disk or record directly onto CDs using the included software. Two channel playback is possible when connected to a stereo amplifier via the RCA input jacks on the back panel.
  • Pure Direct Mode Operation: The DP-450USB operates in pure direct mode which eliminates the need for a separate preamplifier or phono stage. In addition, this unit does not require a power supply, making it ideal for portable applications such as car stereos, boomboxes, etc.
  • Automatic Belt Drive System: The DP-450USBS employs a unique automatic belt drive mechanism that automatically adjusts to different speeds. No manual adjustment is required. Simply connect the unit to your source device and start playing!
  • Built-In Tone Arm: The DP-450Usb incorporates a built-in tone arm that provides smooth tracking and accurate pitching.
  • Heavy Duty Platter Bearings: The DP-450 uses heavy duty ball bearing cartridges for the platters and cartridge stylus. These are made of stainless steel and have been specially selected for their durability.
  • High Quality Tonearm: The DP-450USB utilizes a top-quality tonearm that is constructed of aluminum and brass. The tonearm is mounted on a precision machined aluminum base plate that is attached to the chassis through four rubber damping pads.
  • Sturdy Construction: The DP-450USB is constructed of solid metal parts and is covered with a durable vinyl finish. All controls are located on the front panel so they are easy to access.
  • High Performance Parts: The DP-450USB features a high performance motor with a large diameter flywheel. The motor is capable of running at up to 33 1/3 rpm. The DP-450 also incorporates a powerful neodymium magnet and a high quality stylus.

What We Like

  • 2 Channels
  • Pure Direct Mode Operation
  • Automatic Belt Drive
  • Heavy Duty Platter Bearing Cartridge

What We Don’t Like

  • No cons

FAQs – Denon DP-450USB Semi-Automatic Analog Turntable

Q: What is the difference between the DP-450USB and the DP-450?

A: The DP-450 is a fully automatic analog turntable featuring a built-in preamp and phono stage. The USB version lacks the preamp and phono stages but still offers all other functions including direct mode operation.

Q: Can I use my existing equipment with the DP-450USB?

A: Yes. If you already own a compatible digital audio interface, you can use it with the DP-450. However, if you want to use the DP-450USB with a CD changer, you will need to purchase a suitable adapter cable.

Q: How do I set the speed of the DP-450USB?

A: To change the speed setting simply press the “Speed” button on the front panel. Press it again to return to normal operation.

Q: Is there an equalizer function available on the DP-450USB?

A: Yes, the DP-450USB has an adjustable EQ control. It allows you to adjust the bass, midrange and treble frequencies independently.

Q: Does the DP-450USB support MP3 format?

A: Yes, the DP450USB supports MP3 format.

Q: Do I need any special cables to connect the DP-450USB to my computer?

A: Yes. You will need a standard USB cable (not supplied) to connect the DP-4501USB to your computer.

Q: Will the DP-450USB work with Windows XP?

A: Yes, the DP4501USB works perfectly with Windows XP.

Q: Are there any differences between the original DP-450 and the DP-450USB models?

A: There are no major changes between the two versions. They both feature the same design and construction.


The Denon DP-450USB is a great addition to any home or studio setup. Its compact size makes it perfect for mobile applications such as portable recording studios. With its direct mode operation, this model is ideal for those who wish to record directly from their favorite sources without using an external mixer or recorder. This model comes equipped with a built-in preamplifier and phono stage which make it a versatile solution for many different applications.

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