I prefer the Technics 1200 over the CDJ
Over the years of being a mix and scratch DJ, there is one tool that I prefer for use when I’m being creative with music and that is the Technics 1200 Turntable.
The Technics 1200 Turntable has been around since the late 70’s and has become very popular amongst DJs that like to cut and scratch. However, this particular turntable was not meant for this particular use. This turntable was chosen for vigorous usage by DJs because of its power driven motor and robust frame.
Most turntables are belt driven, which means, it is powered by a belt and does not produce enough torque to constantly move the platter back and forth and continue to maintain the speed of the music when the hand is released from the platter, therefore DJs choose to go with the direct drive in which the Technics 1200 offer.
I stopped using my turntables in the early 2000’s and started using cdjs because vinyl was becoming obsolete. In the Mid 2000’s a dj program called Serato became popular with DJs that like to mix and scratch and it enabled me to use either the cdj or turntable. So after purchasing Serato, I started back using my turntables and had not gone back to the cdjs since the mid 2000’s.
The cdj on the other hand, is a cd player with a platter on the top of it which looks like a turntable and supposedly feels like a turntable depending on how much money you spend. I have the Technics 1200 turntable and the Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK2 which was the top of the line when it was first created. The Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK2 is the closest cd player anyone will get as far as having a real feel of a turntable. You can purchase the Pioneer CDJ MK2 1000 for $1,200 vs paying $800-$1,000 for the limited edition Technics 1200’s.
I only use my cdjs are when I’m doing small events such as weddings, anniversaries and banquets, but when I’m doing shows of a mass crowd or I just want to show off, I’m using the Technics 1200’s. I’m not saying you are not a real DJ if you are not using turntables but I’m creative as hell when I’m using turntables and I think they look better. I love the look I receive when people look over and see me performing on a turntable. A lot of times people from the crowd will pull out their camera phones and begin to record because it is not something most people see on a regular basis at a club.