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    Lightbulb Good deal or should i consider my options?

    Hey guys,

    so this guy has offered to sell me 2 cdj400s and a djm400 in a case for $1200. I think its a pretty good deal. Currently i have my buddies setup comprised of a cdj400,gemini cdj600 and a behringer 4 channel mixer but he wants the stuff back so im looking to have my own setup.

    My dilemma is whether its worth it to invest in the cdjs vs a controller with a laptop. I also currently have a mixtrack pro with my old laptop running traktor. I was contemplating getting an S4 and picking up a macbook pro 13in.

    My skills with beat matching are average but nothing spectacular by any means. I really want to learn to be proficient with cdjs so i think they are a wise purchase instead of picking up a new lapto/S4 combo.

    What do you guys think? Any opinions appreciated.

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    Sounds to me like you already know what you want.
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    I was on the fence with the same decision.

    I now have the 400s and i absolutely love them....Ive used my buddies s2 a lot and messed around with an s4 a few times...I think the s2 and s4 are great pieces of hardware, but even my friend who owns the s2 wishes he had my setup.

    One thing i can say, i would try and grab the cdjs and case, but possibly look into a different mixer. Unless u really like the djm-400 then stick with it. Its not a bad mixer but figuring the cdjs go for about $400 each, that leaves you will $400 to get a different mixer or even toss in a little extra cash for a really nice second hand mixer...

    Cant go wrong with the cdjs or the s4 though....
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    thanks for the input, yea those are my options. I just need to really consider if im going to start playing in clubs/bars again in the near future. I definitely want to its just a question of how much free time i'll have. I'm just out of college and recently started my first job so dropping $1200 on anything (let alone on one of my hobbies) is big purchase at this point haha.

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    No way. You can get cdj400s for like 600 a pair and there is no way i would pay any more than $150 for a djm400 it's just not a great mixer or worth much more
    Last edited by Xonetacular; 02-22-2012 at 12:24 PM.


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    I almost bought a pair of 400s a couple months back for $400 (for both) off of craigslist. Instead I saved up and bought a pair of Techs and couldn't be happier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeb View Post
    I almost bought a pair of 400s a couple months back for $400 (for both) off of craigslist. Instead I saved up and bought a pair of Techs and couldn't be happier.
    $400 for BOTH?!? And you didnt buy them?? Im sorry but i find that hard to believe. Unless they were broken....
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    yea this is another issue entirely but i find CDJ's to be incredibly cheap feeling and insanely expensive for what they actually are. I could understand paying $1000-$1200 for top of the line stuff but the fact that people think 400's are worth more than $200 a piece is joke IMO. If it wasn't for the fact that they are a club standard (and more fun in some senses) i would be happy using an S4 like i used to for awhile.

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