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Old 20th September 2008 , 09:23 PM
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Hi everyone, this is a user review thread that focuses on Decks and Mixers. Please write a review of any items you currently own within those categories using these guidelines as best as possible...



1. Name of the product and current version:

2. When you bought the product:

3. Why you bought it:

4. How much did it cost:

5. Installation / Setup:

6. What do you like about it?:

7. What don’t you like about it?.

8. Any improvements:

9. Comparison to similar products:

10.Would you buy it again:

11.Licence:
a. Transfers allowed?
b. How many, per (PC or MAC)

12. Format (PC or MAC):

13.Copy Protection:


14. Pros and cons summary:

15. Rating:



Please bear in mind they are just guidelines. You can make your review as long or as short as you wish of course. Thanks for your help!
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Old 21st September 2008 , 12:36 AM
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1.Name: Pioneer Cdj mk III

2.When you bought: 2007
3.Why you bought it: wanted cd decks
4. Cost: £750 each
5.Set up: Easy as pie
6.What do you like: Bright LCD display, easy to use, look stunning, jog wheel resistance adjust, pitch -/+6, -/+10, -/+16 & -/+100 and reads MP3's
7.What donít you like: certain parts such as cue and play button very fragile, can feel a bit plasticy but then it is plastic
8.Any improvements: make it more robust
9.How does it compare: In a league of it's own in my opinion. Industry standard for cd decks
10.Would you buy it again: YES YES YES

Pro's - clear display, easy to use, looks good, reads MP3's, pitch adjust6/10/16/100

Con's - some parts of the deck are fragile and very expensive

Any one thinking about purchasing a pair of CD decks, if you have the funds invest in a pair of these, you wont be disappointed!!!
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Old 21st September 2008 , 12:42 AM
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1.Name: Technics 1210mkII

2.When you bought: many moons ago
3.Why you bought it: upgraded my Gemini PT-2000's
4. Cost: at the time i paid £300 each
5.Set up: easy
6.What do you like: Solid, good timing and the deck to have
7.What don’t you like: nothing
8.Any improvements: imo nothing needed to be done
9.How does it compare: Best deck for dj'ing imo, Industry standard
10.Would you buy it again: if i had to replace then yes

Pro's - Solid with great timing and engineering

Con's - none

These are the "IT" decks. why do you think they have lasted the test of time
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1.Name: Allen & Heath Xone:62

2.When you bought: 2007
3.Why you bought it: To compliment new Cdj's
4. Cost: £749.99
5.Set up: easy
6.What do you like: Solid, nice components and every thing is laid out in front of you in a simple format and no sound degradation.
7.What don’t you like: I don't like the severity of the pots, it doesn't take much movement to almost kill the Bass, Mids or treble! i would of preferred more of a gradient like it's little brother the Xone:32. this too also applies to the filter. I also don't like the fact you have to engage the Eq's, many a time i forget as i don't use it often
8.Any improvements: more gradient on all pots
9.How does it compare: Not as finessed as some other mixers out there but it does the job and does it well. no fancy bells or whistles compared to say the pioneers but good sound performance
10.Would you buy it again: yes

Pro's - Solid, Simple & Sound quality unbeatable

Con's - Pots are too harsh
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1.Name: Allen & Heath Xone:32

2.When you bought: 2006
3.Why you bought it: Wanted an Allen & Heath
4. Cost: £499.99
5.Set up: easy
6.What do you like: Solid, nice components and every thing is laid out in front of you in a simple format and no sound degradation. I love the filter!!!
7.What don’t you like: Nothing this Mixer for me is Perfect
8.Any improvements: No
9.How does it compare: Not as finessed as some other mixers out there but it does the job and does it well. no fancy bells or whistles compared to say the pioneers but good sound performance
10.Would you buy it again: Most Definately

Pro's - Simply Excellent, Rough and rugged always good to go, i use it as my spare mixer that i keep in the car in case i need it. This is the BEST mixer i have ever had and in terms of durability used!

Con's - None what so ever
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1.Name of the product: Behringer VMX 100
2.When you bought the product: April 2007
3.Why you bought it: I need a mixer for scratching
4. Cost: 90€
5.Set up and/or installation: Very simple , just plug the cables on the right places
6.What do you like about the product: the BPM counter
7.What don’t you like about it: The crossfader is kind of hard to manage and it isn't a defect.
8.Any improvements you would like to suggest for the product: A better crossfader
9.How does it compare to similar products out there: It could be the worse on it's price range unfortunally
10.Would you buy it again: No
11.Pros and cons summary: The bpm counter is a good thing but the crossfader takes all the fun away.

Rating: 2/5
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1.Name of the product: Pioneer DJM800
2.When you bought the product: January 07
3.Why you bought it: Wanted to upgrade from djm600, new features tempted me
4. Cost: £1000
5.Set up and/or installation: Very simple , plug and play
6.What do you like about the product: The colour effects, sound quality, and midi control
7.What don’t you like about it: cannot use midi/audio modes separately
8.Any improvements you would like to suggest for the product: not really, apart from separate midi/audio modes as mentioned in 7.
9.How does it compare to similar products out there: Rivals any competition in its range
10.Would you buy it again: Yes, however i'd seriously consider an allen & heath 3d if I had to purchase again
11.Pros and cons summary:

Pros: The colour effects are fantastic, brought a new demension to my mixes when used with the other effects

Cons: None, mixer has done everything I could ask of it
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1.Name: Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

2.When you bought: Q2 2008
3.Why you bought it: snapped my Technics HP's
4. Cost: £139.99
5.Set up: Plug and Play
6.What do you like: Every part is replaceable, Light and position able also lovely drivers.
7.What don’t you like: Ok here is my ONLY gripe but its quite a serious one, where the head bar splits the cables that feed the signal to the bins can imo be cut if the head bar is opened and closed with out keeping an eye on the cable in between the split bars, its very hard to explain but my advice to you if you are seriously considering them is to look for yourself and see if you are capable to always be conscious of the issue so you don't forget and close the split bars crimping the cable in the process. If you can operate with this issue they are brilliant
8.Any improvements: address the cable issue
9.How does it compare: Best HP's iv used, again Industry Standard imo
10.Would you buy it again: Wouldn't buy anything else

Pro's - Flexible, easy to service, great drivers

Con's - Cable issue see above
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use hd25's myself, first class product dont know anyone that doesnt like them lol (and i know quite a few that use them)
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use hd25's myself, first class product dont know anyone that doesnt like them lol (and i know quite a few that use them)
Industry Standard baby, Industry Standard
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1.Name of the product: M-Audio Torq/Connectiv & Control Vinyl
2.When you bought the product: December 06
3.Why you bought it: Wanted to bring the my 1200's back to life and didnt want to splash out on serato
4. Cost: £220
5.Set up and/or installation: Very simple , install plug and play
6.What do you like about the product: Very stable and easy to use, cheaper than rivals
7.What don’t you like about it: GUI quite crowded and difficult to make out, only a minor complaint though
8.Any improvements you would like to suggest for the product: improved GUI
9.How does it compare to similar products out there: Rivals any competition in its range, very stable and cheaper than others
10.Would you buy it again: Yes
11.Pros and cons summary:

Pros: Very stable, have played on a low spec laptop for up to 8 hours at a time with no issues

Cons: GUI and library browser could be better
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You guys have been a huge help. Big collection of reviews here already.

I think most of the user reviews have actually appeared within the categories for this forum so far. Interesting.

It may even be possible at some point to find out the specific area of expertise of most members on this forum just by looking at the concentration of User reviews in each forum.

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You guys have been a huge help. Big collection of reviews here already.

I think most of the user reviews have actually appeared within the categories for this forum so far. Interesting.

It may even be possible at some point to find out the specific area of expertise of most members on this forum just by looking at the concentration of User reviews in each forum.

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yeah iv simply been able to comment on this stuff as iv always been around Dj gear and would say am most comfortable with it
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1.Name of the product: Behringer B-control Deejay 200
2.When you bought the product: December 2006
3.Why you bought it: i suffered from stupidity back then
4. Cost: 200Ä
5.Set up and/or installation: The instalation was quite complex
6.What do you like about the product: Nothing
7.What donít you like about it: The crossfader has a slow midi response and the program it used made my computer crash if i used it too much (dunno why though), also the jogwheels are kind of stupid
8.Any improvements you would like to suggest for the product: i hope improvements were made on the 3000 model
9.How does it compare to similar products out there: I haven't tried the others so i can't compare.
10.Would you buy it again: No
11.Pros and cons summary: no pros, and too much cons i cannot list.

Rating: 1/5

(Ok this review sounds too destructive but it's not )
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Rating: 1/5

(Ok this review sounds too destructive but it's not )
At the end of the day e-vinyl you did very well to be harsh, if it meant being honest. If you did not really click with the product (even if it does look nice) then you have to tell it like it is. Being frank, even if you are being quite critical is much better than trying to cover things up, just to avoid being negative. Constructive criticism can be a very valuable source of info. Just as much as positive feedback. Well done
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