DJ CD Player Reviews

Chef Napalm

Lost in the Supermarket
In the market for new gear? Looking for the most bang for your buck/punch for your pound/explosion for your euro? Me too. So, let's hear some opinions.

Obviously, Pioneer have the market mostly cornered with they're CDJ-1000, but at $1500CAD (~700GBP) each they're totally unaffordable. I've been thinking about Numark CDXs or maybe even Tascam CD-DJ1s.

Any thoughts?
 

sodiumnightlife

Sweet Virginia
I wouldn't mind getting one of those all in one cd player kits...any reccomendations? needs to be cheapo. I might just get an external sound card for my computer, I don't know. Persuade me one way or t'other...
 

Gavin

booty bass intellectual
I know shit, but on another forum I visit everyone's saying screw CDJ's, Serrato's the wave of the future.
 

hint

party record with a siren
Pioneers
PROS: The only CDJs I ever feel totally comfortable with... even down to the CDJ100s. Setting up cue points is straightforward on all the models (although the actual process varies). The balance of the jog wheel on the 800 and 1000 models is great.

CONS: Expensive! The cheaper models (i.e. not the 800 or 1000) can be a little sluggish - I don't trust them for dropping tracks in from a standing start.

Numark Axis series
My favourite "budget" choice... responsive, nice rubber buttons. I find setting cue points tricky, but that's probably down to the fact that I've never sat down with one to work it all out (only ever used them in the heat of battle, so only time to check the basics).


Denon
Can't remember the model number I've used, but it's one of the spinning platter versions. These are the best I have used for scratching (basically like scratching a 7"). But the platter is belt drive, so as soon as you let the track run you're back to mixing with belt drive turntables - pushing and pulling tracks in the mix using the platter is awkward and unreliable. They provide +/- buttons for nudging but that's a cop-out. Also, the interface was unnecessarily fiddly... you have to press and hold buttons and wait for lights to flash to access certain functions, for example.

I've never used on of the Technics CDJs. They look great... but there were videos online at the time of launch which showed some serious flaws with the audio when manipulating the pitch. This could well be fixed by now.
 
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sodiumnightlife

Sweet Virginia
yeh i guess an external soundcard and a mixer would be good. Anyone got any suggestions for a dirt cheap external soundcard?
 

sodiumnightlife

Sweet Virginia
What are you planning to do? Play tracks from your computer into a DJ mixer and mix them?

You will need 4 audio outputs for that, as a minumum (i.e. 2 stereo tracks).
ah right, one more reason not to trust stupid music shop workers..."oh no two channels will be fine." haha. that box does look good chef...if a little more than i was looking to spend. I'm really torn between just getting a sound card and a mixer or one of those basic cd player kits that I could hook my laptop up to as well. All i basically want to do is learn to beatmatch and be able to try out mixes before I (hopefully haha) move on to djing places.
 

Chef Napalm

Lost in the Supermarket
that box does look good chef...if a little more than i was looking to spend. I'm really torn between just getting a sound card and a mixer or one of those basic cd player kits that I could hook my laptop up to as well. All i basically want to do is learn to beatmatch and be able to try out mixes before I (hopefully haha) move on to djing places.
I thought it was a bit more than I was willing to pay, too. That is until I started shopping around. The big plus is the Firewire; it's a much more reliable conduit than USB, but doesn't enjoy equivalent support from manufacturers. Similar units include Echo AudioFire4, Edirol FA-66, Hercules 16/12 FW, and M-Audio 410 FireWire. Of all the cards I demo'd, the Firebox was, in my mind, the best value for money.

This may be more of what you're looking for.
 

Chef Napalm

Lost in the Supermarket
to be honest i'm swaying more towards one of these.

I think it will do everything I want and i think i've talked my parents into going halfers with me on it for my 19th haha.
I would urge you to consider real turntables. Learn to beatmatch with vinyl and everything else is easy. You can get half-decent decks, mixer, cans, carts and all for £249.

Another thing to consider is that turntables means you could also go Serato/Finalscratch/Torq at a later date
 

sodiumnightlife

Sweet Virginia
as much as that looks tempting...i don't own any vinyl. It would take too long and take too much money to build up the record collection. So it's cds i think.
 

Chef Napalm

Lost in the Supermarket
as much as that looks tempting...i don't own any vinyl. It would take too long and take too much money to build up the record collection. So it's cds i think.
In that case, I would implore you to save up a bit more cash and get some proper CD players and a real mixer. Those all-in-one units are a maintenance nightmare. At least with separate CD players and mixer, if one goes you only have to replace part of your set-up.
 
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