After getting over the fresh factory wrapped smell and assembling the CDX (fitting rubber slipmat and vinyl to the platter), it sits seamlessly in amongst my pair of Numark TTX's. The styling is the same as the TTX decks, using the same platter and overall layout. The CDX is lighter than the TTX - acoustics don't play the same role as they do on vinyl decks so some savings have been made with heavyweight cases. The overall build quality of the CDX is also lower than the tank-like build of the TTX, but still of a high quality. That said, if you plan to play out with them on a regular basis, I'd get some good cases to house them.
The CDX comes with vinyl (albeit non-playable) - predrilled with 3 holes for the centre lug to snuggly fit to. A template is also supplied for you to adapt your own vinyl to be used. Don't worry - 3 small holes are all that are required so you'll be able to use the vinyl again if you wish. As with all Numark decks, a rubber slipmat is supplied, though I recommend using your own. I have a skratchworx slikmat on this model right now, that gives me a nice balance between grip and slip. This is one of the advantages of the CDX over other CD decks on the market - you can truly modify the feel as you see fit to exactly match your current vinyl deck. And that's it - all ready for action.
For more info check out Numark's CDX quick assembly instructions.
Overall, while still being a feature-filled deck, some thought has obviously gone into making usage as simple as possible. Sharing many common components with the TTX, the start/stop buttons are still in place, as are the start/brake wheels. And the reverse button is now the CD eject button.
One of the first things that strikes you is the apparent battle position layout. The pitch fader is at the back whereas on a regular deck (and almost every other deck on the planet) it's at the front. Immediately, club DJ's will be having to change the way they use decks to cater for this revision to the standard. But for turntablists, this position is second nature. Sadly, the CDX lacks the flexibility of the TTX to move the slider around. And you can't rotate the CDX as this will block access to the CD slot.
After being in the DJing world for a good year or so I am relatively familiar with turntables and CDJ players. I first started like most DJs nowadays with turntables, these can be relatively cheap for low end turntables only setting you back around £100 including a mixer and will help you become more confident and that you want to follow DJing since you don't want to go and invest £2000 for a pair of pioneer CDJ players and a month later, not be interested in them anymore.
One thing I have always thought is that since music nowadays is now first out on MP3 and CDs why still stick with vinyl, many think that CDJ doesn't show your skill at scratching and isn't the real thing but old school turntables will be going out the door soon since now the most popular formula is CD and MP3 or WMA.
Gemini first thought of combining the two vinyl and CD/MP3 with their Gemini CDT-05 but this is very expensive (£500 for just one) so Numark took the opportunity to make something more like CDJ and Turntable with this Numark CDX.
From the front loading deck it looks like a CDJ player with the CD slot but as you look at the top of the hybrid turntable you see a completely different world.
Instead of being restricted with a normal jog-wheel on a normal CDJ player you have a full size vinyl platter. The standard blank vinyl which Numark provides can be replaced with any old vinyl for more of a realistic feel.
The Numark CDX will not play vinyls and if you want one that plays CDs/MP3 CDs/Vinyls you should look into Gemini's CDT-05. The Numark CDX feels just like a vinyl only you are using a CD and you could create a custom playlist using your computer, burn it onto CD and play and scratch over it using this piece of kit. It also has a variety of effects including echo and flanger and has an easy small jog-wheel to select tracks, cue points and effects.
You have a full pitch control slider and can do everything a normal turntable would throw at you apart from the needle drop. In my opinion I think this is an excellent buy at around £130 from ebay listen as Used but in mint condition or you could fork out £300 for a brand new one.
This Numark CDX has a very nice party trick, if you look at the back of this you will see all the outputs, now you have the standard Line out left and right and digital output.
You also have a relay and remote socket but the best thing is, is that you have Midi input and Midi output sockets. If you have a Midi Keyboard you can plug the Midi Keyboard Out socket into the Midi Input of this CDX and use it with applications like Virtual DJ Or Numark Cue which is a favorite of mine. This is a must have for beginner DJs through to Average all the way to Top End DJs I believe!