A limited edition of a timeless classic, revived from its original design of early ’90s, at the pinnacle of the analogue civilization, Outline DJ·Pro-405 Anniversary is a faithful recreation of the iconic DJ mixer.
While we were investigating about a potential DJ mixer in the digital realm, we came to realise that there’s no shortage of cheap, lowest-cost-driven models on the market, from quite a number of different brands – which is why, after having sampled a selection of contemporary models of different makes, we saw that the need for an analogue DJ mixer with audio signal integrity on top of the designer’s priority list is nowadays more actual than ever.
The historic, original DJ·Pro-405 enjoys a loyal following from a truly committed DJ community, despite the difficulty in maintaining in fully-functional state these old machines of 30+ years… it was their credo to make us enquire whether reviving the production of DJ·Pro-405 with the exact same circuits was still possible at all.
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Compared to what’s out there these days, we felt we had a true heritage that was worth to be offered to the world, although in a very small batch, limited by the availability of new old stock (NOS) components still in our possession from those days.
We took the challenge to heart, and were able to retrieve enough original components to back a production run of 50 units – and even got the electronic designer of the original DJ·Pro-405 on board again to supervise the circuitry process, on a hiatus from his grandparental standing off its retirement – in order to positively make sure that any Anniversary unit can only meet or exceed the original golden sample specifications.
While, on the surface, the DJ·Pro-405 Anniversary sticks to the exact layout and functions of the original model, two significant changes appear when looking at the its rear panel: the old DB9 “link” connectors have gone, and the main balanced output is now served via a pair of XLR 3-pole connectors.
Compared to the original units of past times, now the output signal level is significantly stronger, with a higher voltage, from a truly resilient, balanced output stage – it follows in wake of a more capable and stable power supply unit now driving the unit.