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    I currently have Numark Stealth w NI Audio 2 and Traktor pro.

    I'm upgrading and have a $2,000 budget.

    I want new speakers AND new mixer/table.

    So... I can get a pair of used Technics dz1200's for around $900.. but that would leave me with only $1000 for speakers and amp..

    I want the technics cuz they look cool and not many other ppl would have em.?
    but theyve gotten mixed reviews..

    So what do you think? I really dont know what my options with the audio would be....

    I've gone the controller route but I think I want to go the DVS route..

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    you really want to spend 900 USD on something that has bad reviews and only looks cool?!!!!
    i'd rather say get sth that really works!!!
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    like what though? lol
    I'm thinking 1200's NI 4 and for a mixer I really have no clue...
    and the needles: are any needles compatible with scratch pro?
    thanks for the quick reply btw

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    not exactly a dvs, and to be honest kind of a waste of money. those things are no good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ SynthEtix View Post
    like what though? lol
    I'm thinking 1200's NI 4 and for a mixer I really have no clue...
    and the needles: are any needles compatible with scratch pro?
    thanks for the quick reply btw
    yeah any needles will do. shure m44-7s are good and not too expensive.
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    for speakers... what about a b-52 Matrix system?
    I'm not playing any big venues soon, and when I do I just borrow a buddy's system.

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    actually. I'm gonna look up some 1200's on craigslist or ebay and stuff and see what pricing i can find. then ill see about the sound

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    What kind of sound system are you looking for?

    Something to play out with legit style that you plan on moving around, or something that will really be nice in your own pad?

    You plan on sticking with Traktor I imagine, so upgrading to Scratch will be some $$ as well. I'm not sure how much off the top of my head.

    You can usually find 1200 MK2's around for about $300 (USD) a pop used if you spend some time and look around, and you'll need a decent mixer as well. You can also start thinking about a CDJ route if you wanted to as well.

    Figure out how much you have to spend on each thing, because it all depends on /what/ you want. Big speakers = big money. Nice decks = decent $$.

    You can't have your cake and eat it all, gotta pace yourself even with a larger budget.

    Here's my suggestion if you want the DVS Route:


    ~$499 - Traktor Scratch Pro w/ NI Audio 8 DJ

    ~$600 - Two Technics MK2 tables, used - Industry Standard

    That's sitting on about ~$1100 before buying a mixer and speakers.

    One thing that might work best is sitting and waiting on Craigslist and seeing if someone is dumping a setup for cheap money, if they honestly just aren't into it.

    But DVS systems aren't cheap, because it's basically your normal tables/mixer setup and adding another audio interface into the equation.

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    +1 on the SL-DZ series being absolute crap. I owned a pair when they first came out, and the scratch quality is horrible, producing an extremely digitized sounding output, and the SD card requires a proprietary format Panasonic dongle to use.

    Great idea, just poor execution.

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    building my system bit by bit sounds like a good idea. im just so impatient sometimes! lol

    ok so what I'm thinking is..
    since I already have traktor, sound card, and Numark Stealth
    I'm gonna use the $2k to buy a good sound system only- for gigs. Then when i get more money I'll upgrade up to the 1200s. Since I've only been playing small gigs I dont NEED new decks.. So I was thinking something like the "EV 4000 boom pack" on 123dj.com
    http://123dj.com/packages/pa/ev2500boom.html

    thanks for all the help. glad i'm not gonna buy the dz1200s since i got input from you guys- actual people, not reviewers from 2007! ha

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