CDJ alternatives

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  1. rysk

    rysk Part-time waster

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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
     
  2. GoldenGinge

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    The one up from the NDX200 is what I have.

    The NDX 400s and they do me fine. You can pick up a pair for £400 ish
     
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    mr meh Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. rysk

    rysk Part-time waster

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    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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    EuroTide Well-Known Member

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    save a bit longer, get second hand cdj 800s , dont buy twice
     
  6. rysk

    rysk Part-time waster

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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

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    gemini CDJ250
     
  7. originalsinner

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    ndx400s, bought mine for 400 new. Got better and Now rocking a CDJ800 with an NDX400
     
  8. WhoSayReload?

    WhoSayReload? Well-Known Member

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    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
     
  9. craig@zool

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    Having a convo with a DJ store manager the other day whilst picking up a bag for my S2 on this very subject and he recommended these, I have never seen them but he said that the Gemini cdj (250, 210's) always get returned and not once had a problem with these?*

    kOOL SOUND 620'S
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kool-Sound-CDJ-620-black/dp/B004K89N6A

    * I am a vinyl & controller DJ so CDJs are not my forte! ;)
     
  10. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Currently Putins Koala

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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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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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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.
     
  12. Teddy

    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    buy once
    buy right
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    Forau CONCUSSION RECS

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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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    Teddy 60% Staff Member

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    we've all been there ded.

    ive got a loft full of shit gear ive had and broken over the years.
     
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    muzzadj POW!

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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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    You should do advertising :teeth:

    I can picture you doing a lawyers for you advert.
     
  17. Binary_UK

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    Get on ebay and get a pair of CDJ800 MK1's, I got 2 for £350 and they are the business :)
     
  18. charlie.joyce

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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)
     
  19. rysk

    rysk Part-time waster

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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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    good luck can be annoying at times. think i have heard good things about the ndx's in the past