DJ-CD Player - What to consider when buying?
Pioneer's CDJ series was the club standard for equipping DJ headquarters with high-quality CD players. The CD players started an evolution at that time and have undergone an evolution: because classical CD players are no longer the devices of today, but rather DJ media players with CD function.
- So why should you still have to deal with CDs these days?
- What are good CD players on the market?
- What should I consider when buying a CD player?
These and many other answers to these questions can be found in our guide.
Why still CDs?
There are several reasons for using the Compact Disc! On the one hand, the sound quality of a CD is not to be despised and is far superior to any MP3 file. So if you want to focus on the best possible quality, you have to practically grab the CD.
If you work professionally as a DJ and regularly play on e. g. online platforms or on the radio, you should also be able to handle CDs: Many radio stations do not want DJs. that only use controllers and MP3s and set it as a criterion for playing with CD or vinyl.
Here again, point 1: The sound quality has to be right, because compression via the Internet or radio frequency causes double damage to playback with already compressed mp3 music.
Brands, models, features
There is no way around the Pioneer brand. It launched the CDJ series and still dominates the market today. The models are all of high quality workmanship and still set the standard today. Alternatives come from Gemini.
The Gemini CDJ-series players can be seen as the cheap clone of the Pioneer flagships, which is reflected in the name.
However, the devices don't want to be understood by just any other CD player in the entry-level market, but Gemini wants to give the price-conscious professional a tool that relies on the well-known CDJ design of the top dog.
What should the player offer?
Important basic functions are the possibility to set one or more cue points and to be able to save and reload them. (mostly from external sources such as USB sticks). The cue points are then loaded automatically as soon as the CD is inserted. Some players also offer an auto-cue function that automatically sets the loops.
In the last few years many CD players have been released that can also handle mp3s. Those who value this should pay attention to whether the player masters this and which formats are supported.
The display should be sufficiently bright and large enough to ensure that all information can be read even in poor club light conditions.
With the jog-wheels you can make smaller or bigger jumps in the song pieces. This is where the spirits divide. Some would like to have a rather stiff wheel in order to be able to steer precisely to the right place, others would prefer smoother jog wheels to be able to jump quickly to the corresponding points.
High-quality models also display information in the jog wheel, such as the current track time and whether the deck is running synchronously.