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CDJ 1000 MK3 or CDJ 900?

CDJ 1000 MK3 or CDJ 900?
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Phil_Hobson
PostPosted: 04 October 2010 - 19:07:37 (838)  Reply with quote
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Hi,

I'm looking at buying either a pair of Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK3s or CDJ 900s. Originally I was only interested in the 1000s however despite being discontinued they are still slightly more expensive than the newer CDJ 900.

I realise that the 900s are USB compatible, however they lack hot cues, tempo reset, and SD card compatibility, however since I am from a vinyl background I am unaware of how important these features are when playing live. I also read somewhere that the 900s are of a weaker build quality than the 1000s. I don't mind the fact that the 1000s don't have slip mode, and are not rekordbox compatible, as I can still download recordbox for free and use it to prepare tracks to play on 900s/2000s in a club if need be.

I am essentially just looking for a pair of high quality players that are built to last, relatively future proof and provide all the essential features required to mix dance music to a professional standard. Ideally I would prefer players that are most commonly used in club setups - I know these are currently still the 1000s but I am unsure as whether they will be replaced by the 900s or 2000s any time soon, if at all.

To summarise, would I be better off buying the 900s or the 1000s?

Thanks in advance for any advice happy


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JoshLeGrand
PostPosted: 04 October 2010 - 19:32:01 (855)  Reply with quote
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The 2000's are taking over the clubs fast.
So i'd go for the 900 or wait a few more months if you really want 1000's because the price of the 1000's will go down soon i think.
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Phil_Hobson
PostPosted: 06 October 2010 - 22:21:46 (973)  Reply with quote
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Thanks for the reply.

After deciding against the CDJ 1000 MK3s I am now trying to decide between the CDJ 850 and CDJ 900.

I can afford the 900s, however I am unconvinced by the advantages they provide over the 850s. The 850 lacks Pro DJ Link function, however I can use the £400 saved just to buy another USB stick. I doubt I will ever need to use triplet looping and to be honest I actually prefer the screen on the 850 as the waveform seems clearer. I don't have a digital mixer either so would not use the digital out, and can live without slip mode. I am also skeptical as to whether there is any noticable difference in sound quality that is worth the extra capital.

The only thing that does bother me is the lack of quantised looping. After reading the Skratchworx review http://www.skratchworx.com/reviews/cdj850.php it would appear as though the 850 is not capable of accurate loops - is this something that can be fixed with a firmware update?

Also does the CDJ 900 have any other advantages over the 850s that I have overlooked?
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