I have both.
I have no concerns with the build quality of either. Although the DN’s outer case is certainly more durable (being solid metal) the OP-Z’s encoders (excluding the volume knob) seem more durable as they are flush mount. Also, the OP-Z could almost certainly survive a drop since it is so light; not sure if I would risk it with the much heavier DN.
Most of the complaints about the OP-Z seem to be regarding initial build quality, so my advice is to buy from a store with a good return policy.
The DN sounds lovely. It is my favorite sounding synth of all time.
BUT as good as the DN sounds, it has been gathering dust since I got my OP-Z in November. The OP-Z is such a pleasure to use (and sounds great in its own right, if you know what you’re doing). Plus, I can always have it with me, which is a game changer.
Here’s how I see it:
- Relatively large and heavy
- Extremely powerful synthesis
- Sound design focused
- Decent performance features
- Great sequencer
- No sample playback capability
- Takes itself very seriously
- Extremely small and light
- Rather limited synthesis
- Composition focused
- Stellar performance features
- The best sequencer currently on the market (IMHO)
- Sample playback capability
- Does not take it self too seriously, it’s more fun
I get more done on the OP-Z. Some of it may sound a bit rough around the edges compared to the silky smooth DN, but at the end of the day, getting more done is getting more done, and LoFi can be really nice.
But hey, what works for me may not work for you. Just my experience.
Edit: more clear word choices