Exactly this topic concerns me the most. And this is not just about the buttons. It’s also about the faders and knobs. I´m a big fan of the MC7000. It´s a great device. But after about 2 years of use, this device unfortunately causes problems.
When I read that Denon built the Prime 4 from the ground up, I was very happy with that. New electronics, new faders, new buttons, new knobs, etc.
At first this sounds good. After all, you have to offer something to the market. Especially if you want to make pioneer competition. But somehow I do not really believe in it!
A few days ago I was able to play around with the x1800. Packed with technology. But the device felt like you had a cheap mixer in your hands. At least the fader and knobs. The knobs were all wobbling. Also the filter knob had a lot of air when turning. And if you compare the front of the x1800 with the prime 4, they look pretty much the same. In both, the knods are the same.
Therefore, I do not think that the Prime 4 completely new parts were developed. The warehouse is full of X1800 spare parts. I think that even with the Prime 4, the Knobs will all be a bit shaky and in the course of time it will get worse. I hope I can soon test a Prime 4 device and all that I have written about it is not true. Let’s wait for it.
By the way… Since my MC7000 is back in the repair I had to do music with my old SX1. Even after many years, all Knobs are not as shaky as at the MC7000 device.