Have you been looking for some new equipment, or maybe the ultimate DJ starter kit? So many people make the mistake of buying cheap, generic items that end up burning out quickly, sometimes even during a gig. Nothing look more unprofessional than a malfunction in the middle of a show. The best thing for you to do for your image is to invest in some good equipment from the start, going with a trusted brand that offers a warranty.
But why go with just ‘good’ when you can get the best? The products listed below are the top five best product on the market, as decided by general consumer reviews and expert tests. They are in the five main categories for equipment you need to get started as a DJ, doing real gigs for real establishments. Each one is listed as the best for quality of sound, quality of make, price, and overall positive experiences.
- Technics SL-1200MK2 Direct-Drive Turntable – A better option for someone who has experience with turntables, this piece by Numark is great for professionals. Comes with a 3.7kg torque and excellent sound quality. It is multi-directional, and designed for great noise cancellation from any environmental sources. The one negative with this turntable is that it has been discontinued. But it can still be bought from most stores or websites that sell Numark brand equipment, as well as other Numark DJ cd players.
- Pioneer DJM-800 Professional DJ Mixer – Anyone in the business has heard of Pioneer, which automatically gives you a plus for the DJM-800. The better of most DJ mixers, this comes with a 24-bit, 96kHz sampling capability and Auto Harmonic Tuning. The quality is extremely high, and like most Pioneer products it has a reputation for being long lasting without repairs or replacements being an issue.
MP3/CD Compatible Turntables:
- Pioneer CDJ-2000 CD MP3 Player – The digital age is quickly changing the way that DJ’s share music and mixes. Having a CD/MP3 compatible turntable is crucial, especially one that plays high quality media formats. The Stanton is an affordable alternative to the more expensive models, like Sony or Numark.
Cartridges and Styli:
- Shure WHLB Whitelabel Party/Club DJ Record Needle – One of the more irritatingly expensive items in your kit will be a styli, and it is an item that often has to be replaced more than others. You can get this needle from Shure that is about a hundred dollars less than most brands, and longer lasting to cut some cost.
- Technics RP-DH1200 DJ Headphones – When you buy a pair of headphones you will want to make sure they are high quality and multi-functional. These Technics are a good example of that. They are great for studio work or stage shows. They have excellent noise cancellation and great sound quality.