Some discerning DJs will tell you that if you don’t know your way around traditional DJ decks, you can’t really call yourself a DJ. There’s a time and a place for the latest digital alternatives, which have transformed the pro DJ landscape in ways nobody saw coming. Nevertheless, there’s something uniquely appealing about a set of classic DJ decks that’s impossible to replicate.
That’s why we thought we’d take a look at some of the best DJ decks doing the rounds in 2019. Some decks made their debuts a little earlier and held onto their top-seller status by being no less than awesome. In the spirit of all things festive now is a good time to obtain a quality piece of DJ equipment on the countdown to Christmas.
If you’ve decks on your mind and you refuse to compromise on quality, we strongly suggest setting your sights on the following five front-runners:
Technics SL-1210 MK7 Turntable – £799
Unashamedly exclusive and reassuringly expensive, the SL-1210MK7 Direct Drive Turntable from Technics is a masterpiece of modern engineering. In terms of durability, reliability, versatility and ease of use, these ultra-premium DJ decks are as good as it gets right now. In fact, they’re the only all-new DJ turntable Technics has released in almost a decade, which tells you a lot about the staying power of these things.
Pioneer PLX-500 K Turntable – £299
Aiming for a slightly different side of the market, the Pioneer PLX-500 K Turntable illustrates how you don’t have to spend a fortune to take home a serious set of decks. Each deck comes complete with a cartridge, stylus and slipmat, which along with the USB output make for everything you need to get started. There’s even a choice of colours – the classic black (PLX-500-K) and the ultra-cool white (PLX-500-W) variant for added visual appeal.
Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable – £599
Manufacturing the same type of collection, though at a slightly more elevated position, is the Pioneer’s PLX-1000 Turntable. The PLX-100 has the versatility, performance and durability to take on the pro circuit. They’ve combined the primary design elements of their traditional turntables with the latest cutting-edge technology, creating a final product that’s familiar yet fantastically advanced. Multi-pitch control, high-torque direct drive system, club-grade sound quality – the list goes on and on.
Denon DJ VL12 Prime – £599
According to Denon, the DJ VL12 Prime is ‘designed for today, built for the future.’ Boasting perhaps the most advanced acoustic isolation capabilities on the market, these things can withstand even the heaviest bass environments without the slightest hiccup. Another example of a superb direct-drive turntable for professional DJs who can’t afford to compromise on quality, the Denon DJ VL12 Prime is an expensive deck that’s worth every penny and more.
Pioneer PLX-500 Turntable & DM-40 Speaker Bundle – £389
Last in our list, the Pioneer Direct Drive DJ Turntable & Speakers Bundle gets a notable mention for its truly unbeatable value for money. As the name suggests, this ultra-affordable package comprises 1 x Pioneer PLX-500 Black Turntable, 1 x Pair of DM-40 Active Studio Monitors and all the cables and connect as needed to get things up and running for less than £400, almost impossibly good value for money.
0% DJ Finance Available…
Don’t forget, DJ finance packages with interest as low as 0% are available to cover the costs of bigger purchases. Pay a deposit of just 10% today and get your hands on your gear right away, spreading the remaining balance by affordable monthly repayments.