Product Type: Numark turntables
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Good all-rounders for beginner DJs
Member Name: dannyorange
Advantages: Stylish design, easy to use, high torque, cheaper than chips
Disadvantages: Flimsy and inaccurate pitch control
As my first turntables, I am reasonably happy about them.
Numark was perhaps one of the first ones to introduce fashion to turntables and even now (many years after these models first saw the daylight) it looks stylish and sexy. More importantly, despite low price and cheaper materials, it does look and feel quite sturdy - the only thing which you are actually afraid to give a harder treatment is the pitch. All controls are well placed and easy to access (not that there are too many of them + reverse button is a bit more difficult to reach but I don't use it too often anyway) and the two HUUUUGE on/off buttons are simply priceless for scratch DJs! A choice of straight and S-shaped tonearms is a nice option though cannot claim that one could not live without it.
Apart from this, there are no functions worth special mention - just plain simple no nonsense turntables with all the regular stuff you would expect to find - 33/45/78 speeds, +-10% pitch with quartz button, usual connections.
When it comes to actually using it, despite its competitive pricing the turntable work quite well and could be used even professionally. High torque means the platter gets to full speed in no time while the anti skate settings allow you to get the best combination of needle & vinyl wear vs stability.
The only and actually quite big problem is the speed hold which is way behind Technics or Vestax but that is a well known issue of Numark. Even when you find the perfect pitch level for beatmatching the digital technology cannot hold the speed at the same level too well and you have to constantly readjust the speed which can become an issue if you like long transitions. Furthermore the the speed is automatically set to 0% within around half a centimeter each way from zero level mark which is sometimes annoying too!
In general, fair quality, beautiful design and ease of use makes these the recommended turntables for wannabe dj's who wants the vinyl feel. At the end, you can get a pair of these for less than a pack of crisps!
Summary: Cheap & cheerful solution which could still go better - great for beginners!
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