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Right here we have the Vestax pdx-200,what many believe to be the main rival of the Technics 1210's,so how does it fair up?.The price You would probably be looking at £350 for a single turntable,so it is cheaper then the 1210 but how does it compare? Going on the look and feel of it not very well,it has a really cheap plastic finish to it and the buttons feel very weak and unstable.The platter is very wobbly and has no anti vibration pad underneath it, not a very good start.The motor is pretty noisy not a huge thing as most of the time you will be playing records on it , but it does not install much confidence as it sounds very whiny like it is struggling.Also there is no target light not exactly great when you are mixing in a club and cant see sod all. So how does it fair when using it,well not good the needle jumps across the record randomly, this maybe due to it having no anti vibration pad and plastic feet,which are non-adjustable. The pitch control is not very good, ive mixed on loads of different turntables but this really was a challenge it is hard to explain how it worked.I move the pitch slider to increase the speed of the record and nothing would happen then all of a sudden it would speed it up to fast,it is like it has a delay.I have used 2 different pairs of these and had the same problem on both sets.I have been told they are unreliable and my friend is constantly replacing fuses. They appear to be good for scratching though as my mate demonstrated,they looked solid and the needle did not skip,play a record normally however and you will come across countless problems with the needle jumping.Pretty random I know give a beat of a beating and they work fine,try to play them smoothly and they don't work properly. It has a pointless function on it called the reverse button.This plays the record backwards,why on earth you would need to do this is beyond me,it is just Vestax packing pointless crap into their turntable to make it seem like it has more functions then it's rivals. The pitch option is pretty cool though rather than the 12% + and - the Vestax offers a staggering 50%.Pretty handy if you are mixing different genres of music with variable BPM'S. They just do not feel right overall almost like a toy that is the only way i can really describe it ,It does not feel sturdy it feels like it will break, and with the needle jumping across the record for no reason it makes it very hard to get into the mix, I was constantly worrying and waiting for the needle to jump,not good as i did not enjoy mixing on them. Personally I would stick to Technics, yes they are more expensive but it is definitely worth it.The look and feel of these turntables is budget and not what I would expect for the price.The jumping needle is a huge negative, whether your making a demo cd or playing out you do not want the needle jumping no matter what.So my opinion would be to save up and spend that little bit extra and get the Technics
After owning a not fantastic set of direct drive Numarks, I decided to upgrade to the Vestax PDX2000. The difference was instantly noticable. The Vestax have a thunderous lightning quick start up and the tone arm feels completely solid, something I've always had an issue with the Technics 1210 series. The adjustable start up and stop is a nice addition, I personally have the stop turned up just a little as if it is set to instant stop then it is harder to manipulate the deck for example, a spin-back / rewind. Although they are a lot lighter than the Technics, they feel solid enough although I have managed to snap off a couple of the legs by constantly moving them around from house to house. The lack of a dust cover / lid is frankly unacceptable considering the amount of money paid for a top quality product such as this. I've now owned these for about 6-7 years and they are still going strong. They do appear to go incredibly easy on needles, I've only replaced mine (Stanton 500 carts) once in that period! Some prefer Technics, some prefer Vestax...but I can gaurantee neither will say a bad word against their own personal favorite!
The debate between Vestax and Technics will probably go on for ever. In my oppinion there are two main factors that seperate Vestax and technics. Technics are superior for their reputation in the business, but on face value, vestax have produced the better turntable on this occasion. The pdx2000 brings a big smile to your face from the minute you feel the platter spinning under your palm. Its powerful, sturdy, smooth and skip proof. The build quality is excellent. It feels great, but I have to admit, it does look a bit weird and space-age for my liking. The extra pitch function is fun to use and very hand in dj production. The reverse mode works suprising well, the straight arm really does the business - its virtually skip proof, even if the old table you have your decks on is a bit wobbley, your records will still play without a glitch. Mixing on a pair of these will make you think their is no other decks forthe job. If you are used to technics, you will find your true potential on these. These decks quite simply seperate the boys from the men when it comes to turntables. If you go for a pair of these I can assure you, you will not be dissapointed.
Technic's turntables you gotta love 'em. Quick starting, reliable, sleek and not just a little bit sexy. Every one I've ever met through my DJ'ing addiction has either got them, is saving for them or wants them. Every club system worth its salt has at least two sitting in the booth and it even has its own Mixing championship and clothing line. Its been like this ever since I became hooked on vinyl about 14 years ago. There has NEVER been a contender to the kingdom built up around what will always remain a groundbreaking design and engineering classic. Until now. When Vestax released the PDX2000 turntable it prompted the usual debates started whenever a manufacturer launches a new high end direct drive turntable, can it match the technics? Each and every time the new pretender to the throne falls well short, sometimes not in terms of performance but always in terms of impact. But this time it was different, people where curious, even the 'if its not technics Im not using it' types (amongst which I used to count myself). Now I had owned and loved a pair of 1210's for about seven years at this point and we had been through a lot, I had a buyer lined up and had just got together enough money to replace them with shiny new ones. And here I was comtemplating switching allegences! After a lot of soul searching and unbelievable inner turmoil I decided to give the VESTAX a try, that was over a year ago and I can say without doubt it was a blinding decision. Why? For starters the look, very superficial I know but these look like the serious bit of kit they are. Compare them to technics, no competition. A bloke on the street could confuse Soundlab DLP3's with a black 1210 mkII, what is he going to confuse these with? Now stick a pair of Blueberry Stanton I-tracks in and they sound better than they look, Vestax claim there is little or no distortion created by the casing, the re not lying, even with a poor quality amp and speakers on these the sound is crystal and that is coming in from the front end, the needle on the record and whats immediately involved at that stage(i.e. the deck). While we on the casing these are extremely durable, mine get knocks all the time and theres not a scratch on them, not the slightest scar, even from when a friend decided to see if they would survive a stair fall(okay they where flighted up at the time but still! :) ). Both the pitch faders(theres two on each deck) are smooth and extremely precise and the quartz lock is spot on, I have never had a record come of pitch, ever. The Anti skating arm has never skipped or skated the needle out of the out of the groove even when the rooms been shaking with Bass. The reverse function which allows the record to be played backwards is perhaps the one thing offered in the functionality which I feel is prehaps unnessacery but then I never use it, the rest of the extras this kit has are great, adjustable start and stop facility allowing you to perform power offs and power ups without risking the power jumps you risk on standard decks, as well as fiendishly complex paced mixes. Aiding the standard +/- 10 pitch fader is the +/- 50 pitch fader and if you thought you'd never use that you'd be very mistaken. I guess the point I am trying to get accross is that this product is in a different class. One that unfortunately(?) puts it above all else(well unless I can get the money up for the 8000's!), my mixing style has changed using the extra's on here, but thats advancement not regression(dont worry I can still nail it on imferior machines). I've been honest, I loved my 1210's to bits and still do but it was time to look to the future and I am glad I did.