CDJ alternatives

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looking for a pair of CD/MP3 decks that i could pick up for less than £400, that will tide me over until i can afford a better set-up

a mate of mine has a pair of numark ndx200's and although they did the job they seemed a bit flimsy, like they'd break if i mashed the buttons a bit too hard.

suggestions? Birthday's coming up and my mum called me asking me what i wanted...even with her new £100k salary i would've felt a bit cheeky asking for a brand new pair of cdj2000's
 

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Stanton SCS 4DJ is about £400

no cd's (you just use mp3's on a usb stick) but you dont need a laptop with it either.
 

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Stanton SCS 4DJ is about £400

no cd's (you just use mp3's on a usb stick) but you dont need a laptop with it either.
an all in one setup isn't quite what i'm looking for, as i do intend to expand my setup beyond just the 2 decks in the future.


anyone have any experience with the gemini CDJ 250's?
 

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save a bit longer, get second hand cdj 800s , dont buy twice
i'll probably be buying a set of pioneers at some point in the future, and then use my older/cheaper decks with my pioneers for some 4 deck tomfoolery.

but i really need a set of decks for the time-being and my birthday is only once a year.



it seems that in my price bracket, i have 2 options

numark ndx400

or

gemini CDJ250
 

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i'll probably be buying a set of pioneers at some point in the future, and then use my older/cheaper decks with my pioneers for some 4 deck tomfoolery.

but i really need a set of decks for the time-being and my birthday is only once a year.



it seems that in my price bracket, i have 2 options

numark ndx400

or

gemini CDJ250
cdj 800s or 400s I personally couldn't stand using those 400s for any length of time though man, the tiny platter does my head in
 

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a mate of mine just bought those NDX 400's someone mentioned above, & he is a newcomer to mixing.
I don't mix on CD's regularly but from experience on them they arent great tbh. Jog Wheel is really light and feels flimsy...similar to what people say about the Pioneer 400's

bag a second hand pair of Pioneer CDJ 800's. I have been hunting one down for a short while...but you can bag one in good nick between 200-300. Done a few nights out and they crop up in most booths which must be a plus if you are ever thinking of playing out.
 

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If your looking for a genuinely cheaper alternative to the pioneers, ive had a go on a couple of different gemini cdj's and theyre not that bad. A lot better than i expected to be honest.

Also for some reason ive seen tonnes in the windows of C-EX and cash converters etc. Not sure its because theyre crap or people are just upgrading or what? But generally ive seen em for approx 200 a pair.
 

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buy once
buy right
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This generally.

Really regret starting out with a midi controller. Wish id just splashed on the 1210's sooner because learning on shitty gear sets you back really far. If i had got 1210's straight up id have an extra 8 months of mixing experience.
 

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Not sure how much you can get a pair of NDX 800's for but i had one for a while and very happy with it. Big jog wheel and more features than the Pioneer 800 which I had along side it
 
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Don't buy twice! Save your money. I've recently just sold my 1210s and my cdjs1000 and got my self Traktor and a S4 controller. Amazing piece of kit, 4decks and that's all you need!!! (and a laptop)
 

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had to drop my budget down to £300, including a mixer so i kinda ran out of options really.

went with the NDX200's and a Behringerr VMX200 (no i didn't get it for the bpm counters :teeth:)

if i knew i'd be able to afford to in the next 6 months, i would've waited and got some pioneers, but i've been waiting for a set of decks for too long now and just wanna get my beatmatching down to a tee.

thanks for your advice that i disregarded anyway :lol:
 
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