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         Numark CDX: puts the industry in a spin




         NUMARK CDX
         VINYL EMULATED CD PLAYER
         THE LATEST VINYL-EMULATING CD PLAYER FOR DJS REALLY DOES LOOK AND FEEL LIKE ‘THE REAL THING’, BUT DOES IT SOUND AS GOOD AND PERFORM AS ACCURATELY TOO?

         PRICE: £649 INFORMATION: WWW.NUMARK.COM CONTACT: 01252 341400                                                                                                                                       D
                                                                                                                                                                                                       words:David Eserin



         THE         Numark CDX is the latest
                     incarnation of hybrid
         deck/CD players; a DJ tool purposely
                                                    enough small tricks up its sleeve to
                                                    excite a DJ’s imagination for years of
                                                    innovative use.
                                                                                                disc and the complex circuitry inside
                                                                                                the player that measures its position
                                                                                                and movement exactly. So regardless
                                                                                                                                            was intended. Because of the
                                                                                                                                            resolution of CD audio there is a very
                                                                                                                                            obvious ‘digitised’ effect to the sound
                                                                                                                                                                                       OVERVIEW
         designed with a bit of an identity                                                     of the motor or platter, the disc           if it is slowed right down. On some        >> Change the slip mat and vinyl
         complex. The many benefits of DJing        PLATTER MATTERS                             controls the speed and direction of         players it is quite obvious that they      >> 4.5kg motor torque
         with the CD format have become             It’s simply not possible to pull off        the audio.                                  have used a processor to simply add        >> Key lock & key tune control
         increasingly apparent, but DJs (and        certain types of scratches without the      Between the platter and the vinyl disc      a wishing sound when the player is         >> Pitch: ± 6, 12, 25 and 100%
         therefore manufacturers) still want        constant drag of platter underneath         is a normal slip mat (provided), this       scratched, which makes scratching a
                                                                                                                                                                                       >> Brake & start time adjust
         the actual CD players to mimic vinyl       vinyl. Certain turntablist skills rely on   can be replaced for a favoured mat          variety of sounds almost
         in the closest possible way to offer       the nuances of a platter that is free to    while even the vinyl disc can be            indistinguishable from one another.        >> 8 beat-sync effects &
         the same much-loved feel, instant          rotate independently of the vinyl, or       replaced for a favorite piece of vinyl      The CDX has managed to tune the            tap-tempo
         reaction time and characteristic           in this case the controlling disc.          such as a picture disc. The vinyl disc      scratch sound so well that it requires     >> Intelligent seem-less looping
         sound that vinyl offers.                   So the CDX certainly stands proud as        is not as easy to grip as most normal       some serious ear bending to tell the       >> Slot loading CD drive
         Well, this new CD player doesn’t just      the only CD player available so far         vinyl so this could be a welcome            difference between the CDX and a
                                                                                                                                                                                       >> Reverse playback options
         act like a turntable, it is a turntable!   that has perfectly copied the medium        personal touch. However, the                normal deck using the same sample.
         Based on the Numark TTX digital deck       of the standard turntable. It is the        provided disc and slipmat offer quite       There is still a very slight difference,   >> 33 and 45 RPM
         and with the very same platter and         same size that most DJs are                 a realistic feel to start with.             but this is still the best scratch         >> Digital output
         4.5kg torque motor, it’s hard to           accustomed to and the platter is very                                                   replication we have heard to date.         >> MIDI connections & clock
         believe that you are using a CD player     sturdy, and the motor is also               SOUND QUALITY                               The best way to test this is to move       >> Full size 12" aluminum platter
         at all. In the search for a digital        incredibly strong. Even beat-matching       So, the feel of the deck is certainly the   the platter as slowly as possible to
                                                                                                                                                                                       >> Slot-load CD transport
         counterpart to vinyl, the feel and         DJs will welcome this approach to           best we have ever tried for a CD            see if there is any strange modem-
         control that scratching on a moving        playing digital music because the           player, but an equally important            like noise. Scratching should have         >> CDR compatibility
         platter gives is equally important as      CDX feels just like a deck.                 question is whether the CDX can             character between swipes of different      >> Multiple scratch modes
         the actual scratch sound produced.         The platter fits onto the motor drive in    sound as warm and smooth as vinyl?          speed to prove an exact correlation        >> Bright fluorescent display
         The CDX not only mimics a turntable        the same way as the TTX, with two           If the scratch sound is dodgy there is      between the original audio and the         >> 3,000 cue point memory
         but improves on it, with eight effects     small pin holes on the bottom that fit      little point in using it extensively, and   scratched sound. Also, the point of a
                                                                                                                                                                                       >> Battle-style platter controls
         that can be synced to the internal         into the drive mechanism. The               no scratch DJ would go near it.             scratch sound should never drift,
         beat counter. It has tap-tempo, key-       normal middle point is still there, but     Well, the CDX has incorporated audio        which can be tested by scratching the      >> Anti-Shock™ buffer technology
         lock and independent music tuning          with the CDX this centre rod is able to     processing to correct the digital           same hit over and over at varying          >> Fader/remote start & relay play
         controls. It also has comprehensive        move freely and is the direct               sound that results from playing             speeds and keeping an eye on the           >> User-updateable software
         looping, MIDI connections and              connection between the vinyl control        digital audio in any other way than it      marker to see if it changes position.

				
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