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Denon DN-500BD

Professional Blu-ray/DVD/CD player

Item # 219DN50BK2

The Denon DN-500BD plays many disc formats, so it fits into a corporate boardroom, house of...

The Denon DN-500BD plays many disc formats, so it fits into a corporate boardroom, house of...

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About the Denon DN-500BD

A versatile professional media player

The Denon DN-500BD plays many disc formats, so it fits into a corporate boardroom, house of worship, or anywhere you want to present pro-quality audio and video. There are also two USB ports for playing digital audio and video files — one on the front for a thumb drive, and one on the back that can handle a hard drive with up to 2TB of storage. 

A versatile professional media player

The Denon DN-500BD plays many disc formats, so it fits into a corporate boardroom, house of worship, or anywhere you want to present pro-quality audio and video. There are also two USB ports for playing digital audio and video files — one on the front for a thumb drive, and one on the back that can handle a hard drive with up to 2TB of storage. 

Plenty of connections

For stereo sound, the DN-500BD features unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR outputs. If you have a surround system set up, there's a dedicated analog 7.1-channel output. And there's a coaxial digital output, too.

An HDMI (version 1.4) output offers sharp, high-quality video. (But please note that this player doesn't play 4K discs or pass 4K/HDR video signals.) You'll also find an Ethernet port for connecting to your network, and an RS-232C port for third-party control systems. 

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Product highlights:

  • compatible with multiple disc formats:
    • BD, BD-R, and BD-RE
    • CD-R and CD-RW audio discs
  • power-on-play function automatically starts playback when the unit is turned on
  • panel lock function disables front-panel buttons
  • on-screen display can be disabled
  • repeat mode offers an uninterrupted playback loop
  • wireless remote included
  • HDMI 1.4 output
    • does not play 4K discs or output 4K signals
  • digital coaxial output
  • Ethernet port for connecting to a home network
  • discrete 7.1-channel analog RCA audio output for surround sound
  • stereo RCA unbalanced analog line output
  • stereo XLR balanced analog line output
  • front-panel USB input for connecting a thumb drive
    • compatible with MP3, WAV, FLAC, MP4, WMV, JPG, PNG, and GIF files
  • rear-panel USB input for connecting a thumb drive or hard drive
  • 9-pin female RS-232C port for connection to third-party control systems
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Blu-ray player
  • 71" Power cord (IEC 3-pin)
  • RC-2000 Wireless remote control
  • 2 Rack-ears
  • Six 6mm screws
  • User guide (Eng / Span / Fren / others)
  • Safety and warranty booklet (Eng / Span / Fren / others)

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Discs and Media
Control and Connections
Additional Features and Settings


Overview: The Denon DN-500BDMKII Professional Blu-ray disc and media player is a compact, high performance unit capable of playing most popular optical video and audio CD playback formats. This single rack-space disc player also features an SD card slot and 2 USB ports, supporting playback of video, audio, and picture files such as AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, WAV, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and more. The player's rear panel provides a wide range of connection and control ports, including balanced stereo XLRs, 7.1 RCA, and an HDMI jack, making it ideal for use in corporate offices, education, theater, houses of worship, and more.

Discs and Media

Media: Along with the front-panel disc tray, the DN-500BDMKII features an SD card slot along with a front-panel USB and a second rear-panel USB port (both mass storage class). SD cards up to 128 GB are supported, while both USB ports support storage devices with up to 2 TB of capacity. Both SD and USB filing systems need to be formatted in either FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS formats.

Disc Compatibility: The DN-500BDMKII will play most Blu-ray, DVD, and audio CDs, making it easy to utilize multiple disc formats within the same system.

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD25, BD50, BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
CD CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DTS Music Disc (DTS Audio CD, 5.1 Music Disc, HDCD, Super Video CD (SVCD), Video CD (VCD)

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats: The Denon disc player supports playback of the following audio/video/photo files recorded on disc, SD card or USB memory devices.

Media Format File Type
Video .3gp, .asf, .avi, .dat, .divx, .mkv, .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .m2ts, .ogm, .rmvb, .tp, .ts, .wmv
Audio .ape, .flac, .m4a (AAC), .mp3, .wav, .wma,
Photo .jpg, .gif, .png
Subtitles .ass, .smi, .srt, .ssa, .sub

Decoding Formats:

Media Type Decoding
Video DivX 3, 4, 5, 6; DivX HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264); VC-1 (Windows Media Video), Xvid
Audio AAC, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-HD, WMA

Control and Connections

Front Panel: In addition to the single disc tray, the front panel also features an LCD display along with the following:

  • USB (2.0): A front-panel USB port is provided for connecting a mass-storage-class USB device (up to 2 TB capacity) for playing back video, audio, and pictures.
  • SD Card Slot: An SD card (up to 128 GB capacity) can be used for playing back video, audio, and picture files.
  • Playback Controls: Basic playback functions are provided for Play, Stop, Pause, and Skip (Forward, Back). A Shift button allows these controls to double their function:
    • Lock: This locks the front-panel controls from inadvertently being changed.
    • IR Lock: Keeps the unit from responding to any IR commands from the remote control.
    • Hide OSD: This keeps operational features, that normally would be displayed on the monitor or tv, from displaying.
    • Repeat: Pressing Shift along with the Skip Back button lets you cycle through the Repeat modes for playback.
    • A-B: Pressing Shift and the Skip Forward button lets you loop a section of video or audio during playback.
    • LED Indicators: Lock, IR Lock, and Hide OSD have corresponding LEDs that light to indicate that features is on or off.

Connections: The DN-500BDMKII's rear panel includes a wide array of connection options for outputting audio, video, and for control features.

  • Balanced XLR: A pair of balanced XLR connectors are provided for running to an amplifier or set of powered speakers with balanced XLR inputs. This provides a signal with the lowest noise level.
  • Stereo RCA: A pair of unbalanced RCA audio outputs can be used to run audio to a consumer-level amplifier or home stereo.
  • 7.1 Outputs: The Blu-ray player features a built-in multi-channel decoder and 8 analog audio outputs for sending multi-channel signals (up to 7.1) to a surround amplifier.
  • Coaxial Digital Output: Digital audio can be sent from the Blu-ray player to an amplifier, receiver, or DAC with a coax digital input. The output format can be selected in the menu with options of: 48K, 96K, 192K, and Bitstream. Bitstream is used when running a multi-channel signal to a receiver or processor that supports video decoding of formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS.
  • HDMI: The DN-500BDMKII's HDMI output can send video, up to 1080p in resolution, to a TV or monitor with an HDMI input. This also provides output for the OSD for displaying the Setup Menu.
  • LAN: The provided rear-panel RJ-45 port allows connection to a modem or router with internet access, for accessing BD-Live content online.
  • USB (2.0): This can be used to play video and audio from a connected USB storage device.
  • Remote Input: The provided RS-232 port lets you connect a host device to control the Blu-ray player using RS-232C serial communication.

Remote Control: The included RC-2000 wireless IR remote control provides controls for all of the features of the DN-500BDMKII. In addition to controlling the Blu-ray player, the remote can also provide basic controls of an HDMI connected tv, via the HDMI Control feature.

Initial Setup: Setup and configuration of the DN-500BDMKII is done through an on-screen menu displayed on a TV or monitor connected to the unit's rear-panel HDMI output. Options include setting the Language, Output Resolution, Aspect Ratio, and broadcasting standard: NTSC, PAL, or Multi if the TV supports both types.


Disc: The following features and functions are available when playing back Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs:

  • Play/Pause and Stop
  • Skip Forward/Skip Back: This allows you to skip to a different audio track, during CD playback, and skip to a different chapter, if playing a Blu-ray or DVD disk. If Chapter Repeat is on, this will skip to either the beginning or end of that chapter.
  • Fast-Forward/Rewind: Speed in either direction can be increased by pressing either button up to 5 times before returning to normal playback speed.
  • Repeat Mode: Offers choices of:
    •  Off
    • Chapter/Track Repeat: Will continuously repeat the selected chapter (Blu-ray or DVD) or track (CD).
    • Title Repeat (Blu-ray/DVD): Will continuously repeat the current title.
    • Repeat All: The current CD will continuously repeat.
  • Random Playback: This option is available during CD playback with 3 modes:
    • Shuffle: Tracks will play in random order without repeating. Disk will stop when all tracks have been played.
    • Random: Tracks will play in a random order continuously until stopped. Tracks will be allowed to repeat.
    • Off
  • A-B: During playback, a section of audio or video can be looped and repeated continuously. The first press of the A-B button sets the beginning point of the loop, while the second press sets the end point.
  • GoTo: Pressing the GoTo button allows you to "jump" to a specific area of the disk. Options include a specific Title/Track, Chapter (Blu-ray and DVD only), or Time. Time allows you to enter a specific location by hour, minutes, and seconds.
  • Program (CD): A list of up to 15 tracks can programmed to play back consecutively in the Program page.
  • Bookmark (Blu-ray/DVD): A Bookmark is a specific location in a video that is stored in the player's internal memory, which allow you to "jump" to that specific location without having to scan through the video. Up to 12 Bookmark locations can be saved and recalled.

Media: Various audio, video, and picture files can be played back from either of the two USB ports or the SD card slot. While playing an audio file, screen information can include: File Name, Type (format), Total Time, Title, Artist, Album, and Genre. In addition to the standard playback functions: Play/Pause, Stop, Search Forward/Back, Skip Forward/Back, media playback includes additional functions:

  • Playlists: Playlists consist of a customized set of audio, photo, or video files set to play back in a predetermined order. Playlists can be created, edited, and stored in the player's internal memory. Each Playlist can only contain the same media type.
  • Bookmarks: Up to 12 Bookmark locations can be saved for quick recall back to those locations during video playback.
  • Photo Playback: During playback of picture files, the Cursor Up and Down buttons will flip the picture either vertically or horizontally, while the Right and Left Cursor buttons will rotate the picture 90˚ either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Additional Features and Settings

Picture-In-Picture (PIP): This feature lets you view additional content, in a small screen within the normal screen, during Blu-ray and DVD playback. PIP functionality works with discs that provide a second video source encoded on it. Note: This feature does not combine video from 2 different sources and is only available on disks that support PIP.

  • 2nd Audio: This allows you to select the language of the audio used with the PIP feature (only available on disks that support this feature).

Analog Audio Outputs:

  • Volume +/-: These buttons can control the volume level for the stereo Audio Outputs and the 7.1 Audio Outputs.
  • Output Volume: The output level from the stereo Audio Outputs and 7.1 Audio Outputs can be set to either Variable (when using the Denon volume controls) or Fixed (when using the playback amplifier's remote control).
  • Mute: Sound from the stereo Audio Outputs and 7.1 Audio Outputs can be muted.

Screen Settings:

  • Zoom: Allows you to zoom in during video playback, with options for: 2x, 3x, 4x, 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4.
  • Angle: Allows you to select a different viewing angle during playback (only available on disks that feature different viewing angles.
  • TV Aspect Ratio: Options include: 16:9 Full, 16:9 Normal, 4:3 Pan & Scan, and 4:3 Letterbox.
  • TV System: Includes options for NTSC, PAL, and Multi (if your TV supports both system types).
  • Resolution: Options include Auto (the player will automatically detect the optimal resolution), 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

3D: The Denon Blu-ray player can be set to automatically play 3D content encoded on a disk. The connected TV or monitor must support 3D playback for this feature.

1080p24 Conversion: When this feature is on, the player will convert the frame rate of 1080p Blu-ray video playing at 24 Hz to 60 Hz (NTSC or 50 Hz (PAL). When off, 1080p 24 Hz Blu-Ray video will play at 24 Hz.

DVD 24p Conversion: When this feature is on, the player will convert the frame rate of 1080p DVD video playing at 24 Hz to 60 Hz (NTSC) or 50 Hz (PAL). When off, 1080p 24 Hz DVD video will play at 24 Hz.

HDMI Color Space: The Color Space for the HDMI output can be set for: RGB PC Level (standard for most computer displays), YCbCr (4:4:4 color space), YCbCr 4:2:2 (the closest approximation to the original color space of video discs), or RGB Video Level (standard for most video displays).

HDMI Deep Color: Each setting indicates the total bit depth that an HDMI v1.3 picture will use. Using a higher bit depth usually improves gradients and color transitions. Options include: 30 bits, 36 bits, 48 bits, or Off (24 bits).

Close Caption: Close Caption content can be viewed when set to Auto. The Custom setting allows selection of Font Color, Size, Style, and Opacity. Background Color/Opacity, and Window Color/Opacity are also available.


Interface: The DN-500BDMKII can connect to a Local Area Network (LAN) via the Ethernet port on the rear panel.

BD-Live: After connecting the Denon player to your local network, BD-Live content on select Blu-ray disks can be accessed. This can include downloadable featurettes and movie trailers, internet chats, scheduled chats with the director, games and quizzes, and more. BD-Live files can be stored in the players internal memory or to an optional USB storage device. Note: Your USB drive must not use the NTFS file system.


Methods: The DN-500BDMKII includes 4 pre-attached rubber feet for using the player on a shelf or table-top. Two rack-ears and mounting hardware are included for rack-mounting the unit as well. When rack-mounting, the player will take up 1U of space.

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6 questions already asked

What DAC chip does DN-500BD MKII have inside? And how can i connect the DN-500BD MKII to an external DAC, like Cambridge Audio DACmagic Plus?
[ Mick  Sep 20, 2020 ]
1 answer
For this type of question it would be best for you to reach out to our Commercial Audio group. You can fill out a request form by following this link:
[ Allison  Oct 16, 2020 ]  Staff
do you need a special external hard drive with this player?
[ dennis  Sep 01, 2020 ]
1 answer
No. It works just fine on it's own. It's a good player. Solid and dependable.
[ FREDERICK A  Sep 17, 2020 ]
how does the external hardrive work?
[ dennis  Aug 29, 2020 ]
1 answer
I must assume that you are referring to the USB external drive you can hook up to the back of the unit. this input operates the same as the front USB drive input. When you insert a USB drive into either plug it will show up on the screen. You will be able to play compatible video and audio files from your USB drive. A list of compatible audio and video files are in the manual, there are many. The manual also explains the steps to access those files. The RS232 hookup on the rear would only be used in a commercial setup for remote access with a compatible computer in a larger system, usually for multiple unit and room control. The RS233 is not an external hard drive hookup.
[ Kim  Aug 30, 2020 ]
The Denon DN-500BD is EOL. What product is the direct replacement for it?
[ eddie  Jun 27, 2019 ]
2 answers
Denon is working on a similar replacement, but this device is still available from many suppliers
[ Kim  Jul 17, 2019 ]
We do not know of , nor carry, the replacement for that unit. It has not be discontinued as far as we know.
[ Calvin  Jul 04, 2019 ]  Staff
Can this player send SACD/DSD digital out to external DAC via HDMI? (Not converted to PCM)
[ OscarG  May 13, 2019 ]
1 answer
The simple answer is no. In order to play a SACD disc you have to start with an SACD CD player before you can convert it to anything. Denon does have a SACD disc player, model number DCD-1600NE SACD/CD. it does not have an HDMI output but it does have Coaxial and Fiber outputs. Prepare yourself though, it is at least double the price of the DN-500BD. Hope that helps.
[ Kim  May 22, 2019 ]
Can this player also stream content from a networked drive via ethernet?
[ chris  Dec 06, 2018 ]
1 answer
It cannot. The Ethernet port is used for network control from something like a computer and for Internet access. We have other products that can stream content from a networked drive. I recommend contacting an advisor on 1-800-555-9369 for a recommendation My Bio:
[ Paul  Dec 12, 2018 ]  Staff

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