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Gemini CDJ 700 Review

Today, every DJ gear manufacturer wants a piece of the control surface market. That's why Gemini decided to introduce now a versatile, fully featured CD deck. The CDJ 700 is a very appealing product with a look that recalls the Pioneer CDJ 900 — plus it has almost the same features and a much lower price. Let's check out if the newcomer can compete with Pioneer's leading products. Read more…
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  • A fantastic unit from Gemini finally!

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 06/09/13 at 13:10
    So far I absolutely love this unit. Over the past 2 years or so, Gemini have seem to have turn a corner in the quality of there products. However, it's not a Pioneer. But it is a close facsimile. And I love that. People have been saying that Gemini has a lot of "balls" copying the Pioneer. I say good for Gemini. Besides who the hell cares who they copy from. I call that capitalism. And for $400 if you want a new media deck that plays CD's and takes a USB stick, and plays them well, then this is a great buy for the price. For this is a great upgrade from my obsolete Denon DNS-1000 which don't have USB, and has a tiny jog wheel.
    Now I read reviews criticizing the quality of the......
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    So far I absolutely love this unit. Over the past 2 years or so, Gemini have seem to have turn a corner in the quality of there products. However, it's not a Pioneer. But it is a close facsimile. And I love that. People have been saying that Gemini has a lot of "balls" copying the Pioneer. I say good for Gemini. Besides who the hell cares who they copy from. I call that capitalism. And for $400 if you want a new media deck that plays CD's and takes a USB stick, and plays them well, then this is a great buy for the price. For this is a great upgrade from my obsolete Denon DNS-1000 which don't have USB, and has a tiny jog wheel.
    Now I read reviews criticizing the quality of the all plastic form of this unit. To those, I have a tip: if you don't throw this unit against a brick wall or drop it from a 2 story building, it should last for many years to come. Put it in a good case or coffin and you'll find that it should be durable enough for transport if you need to take it anywhere. Besides the mostly plastic form factor helps to keep the cost factor down.
    I hate CD's. There limited in there capacity, and they take up space, and cost more money then an mp3. You can put all your music from any year on a thumb nail device and have it instantly ditching those CD's. Its that simply. And that's one big reason why I bought this unit. You can also use an SD cards as well. Nice! And it's a midi controller as well though I haven't use it in midi mode yet. Nice! The jog wheel is huge. It measure almost 8 inch in diameter. It has a nice sturdy feel to it. Has a rubber lining with finger placement all around the outside of it. There's a torque adjustment as well. Now on the lightest setting, it might still feel heavy for those scratchers out there. So this unit might not work well for those with that talent. But if your a BPM mixer like me, then the jog wheel and this unit as a whole will feel just fine. And oh yeah; it's jog wheel looks exactly like one other jog wheel out there on the market right now. Right down to the LCD display in the middle. Nice! The touch sensitive screen is a nice feature but I don't find myself using it to actually browse for files. The screen can also display wave form. That's where the screen could be a little bit larger. But again, cost factor.
    The sound from this unit is incredible. Whether it's CD, USB, or SD, the sound is crisp and clear. The Gemini has a coaxial digital out which I use with my Denon DNX-900 mixer making the sound twice as loud then using the regular RCA's. This unit also works just fine with my Mixvibes Cross Pack and the time coded CD's which I originally bought for my old Denons. And there's a usb on the back for use with any DJ software.
    Now if I were opening a big club tomorrow, I'm probably stocking the DJ booth with either a pair of Pioneer CDJ's or Denon SC's and not a pair of Gemini CDJ-700's. The Pioneers and the Denons are the "Technics" of CD/Media decks without question. But if you need to equip your you small home studio, or maybe a small venue, small bar, do a small house party out in the Hamptons, put your 18 month old in DJ training, etc... or maybe you just want to make an upgrade without deleting your bank account, then this table top deck is plenty capable.
    People should stop making the comparison between the Pioneer and the Gemini. Although the Gemini closely resembles the CDJ-900, Pioneer CDJ's are high end products, with super high end prices. The Gemini is more like second class. But it works. And if it doesn't break down, all the better. And by the way, the Pioneers also break down and occasionally have bugs as well. They call the CDJ-700 a professional media controller. Again I'm not sure if I'm using this unit at a large venue but I wouldn't be afraid to try. Its very well put together and feels solid enough. Control layouts are conveniently placed and easy to use. Its puts out excellent sound, and has all the media options you would want to use. And for $400. It's a no-brainer. Just remember to update that firmware first thing before using...
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  • Good audio output

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 03/25/13 at 20:59
    The CDJ 700 is a table top unit from Gemini and it is average at best. The quality of it was not as good as I though it should have been coming from Gemini. I understood that it was priced pretty low but coming from some of the other units that I have used from them in this price range it was a little disappointing.
    Using this player was very simple and there was no set up process. The manual may help you understand how to work with the navigation and small amount of features available but for the most part I was able to figure it out on my own so I know anyone else can. The jog wheel on it is 5 inches which is pretty big considering the whole size of this unit is not very big. They do......
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    The CDJ 700 is a table top unit from Gemini and it is average at best. The quality of it was not as good as I though it should have been coming from Gemini. I understood that it was priced pretty low but coming from some of the other units that I have used from them in this price range it was a little disappointing.
    Using this player was very simple and there was no set up process. The manual may help you understand how to work with the navigation and small amount of features available but for the most part I was able to figure it out on my own so I know anyone else can. The jog wheel on it is 5 inches which is pretty big considering the whole size of this unit is not very big. They do claim that the job wheel has a “vinyl” feel too it which is not true at all. Any one that has used real vinyl will know this right away when they first get their hands on this unit.
    The screen that is on it is full color and it is a little bigger than 3 inches making it a good size to see what you need to see and still keep it portable. The contrast on the screen is very good though and it is easy to see in any lighting condition.
    You can use this player with a PC and a Mac and not worry about any issues. It supports MIDI and USB devices. It will play CD’s, CD-R’s, and CD’s with MP3 files on it, not CD-RW’s or DVD’s though. The CD-RW’s was a problem for me as a lot of my digital music on CD’s from around 2002 are on CD-RW disk.
    The output audio quality was surprisingly good though considering the price and the overall build of this unit. It gets pretty loud and the audio is very clean and precise. I recommend this to users that do not want to spend a lot of money, but still want to get good sound quality because goo sound quality matters just as much as anything else. But if you can afford to spend a little more money I do recommend going with a better unit from Gemini!
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  • Lots of bugs!!!

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 09/16/12 at 08:08
    Im sure it is a good product, but in my case I've had lots of problems with them due to the dozens of bugs they have... I guess it is because they have a pretty old firmware (2.6.9) I also know there is the latest one (4.1) which might fix most of the bugs... the problem is I CAN'T update them... I've tried everything but they just wont read the .gci file required for the update... Im starting to wonder if my firmware is so old it doesn't have the option of being updated... is this possible?? Has anybody else have this problems?? Does anyone have my same firmware??
    I appreciate an answer cause now Im not really satisfied with the product... Thank you
  • In testing, not bad for now ...

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 07/28/12 at 16:27
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    I use it for one hour
    yes, I used a lot of stuff, all Piopio (except 2000), the Denon DNS-3500, C304 of Stanton, the Axis 9, and the vinyl (Technics.. etc.)
    Looks like the CDJ 900, it seems to respond well to CD, I did not need to trimming the bottom tray of light (exactly 3 hours).
    The first mix in are .. you can not read out the cd (like Denon protection) .. fangler is not the top .. but hey, I'll have to read the doc (not oh well!) To better ie the pilot). slightly less than Piopio fishing, but by increasing the gain on the table, it never shows up ..
    She quickly takes the cd (4-5sec), 1sec to change the title, for a jump of 10 titles, 5sec, time to press the "Next" button, or......
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    I use it for one hour
    yes, I used a lot of stuff, all Piopio (except 2000), the Denon DNS-3500, C304 of Stanton, the Axis 9, and the vinyl (Technics.. etc.)
    Looks like the CDJ 900, it seems to respond well to CD, I did not need to trimming the bottom tray of light (exactly 3 hours).
    The first mix in are .. you can not read out the cd (like Denon protection) .. fangler is not the top .. but hey, I'll have to read the doc (not oh well!) To better ie the pilot). slightly less than Piopio fishing, but by increasing the gain on the table, it never shows up ..
    She quickly takes the cd (4-5sec), 1sec to change the title, for a jump of 10 titles, 5sec, time to press the "Next" button, or click 10 + 1 sec, fast enough ..
    I have not yet made the maj 4.1 (version 3.2.2 I think)
    Good quality / price ratio
    For now, yes .. still some testing to do yet ..
    See you soon.
    See you soon .. RELATED INFORMATION for other ..
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  • It has everything a great ... almost ...

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 07/10/12 at 14:40
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    I have received there's 15 days. I was previously a pair of Numark Axis 9 on the back. Lack of budjet, I left the benefit of the doubt Gemini. I've had to use the occas evening.

    Aspect: it is to actually face a pale copy of Pioneer with a more "plastic". Good ergonomics, we are faced with a platinum intuitive.
    The finish seems honest. The plateau seems heavy but there's a hardness setting ... which is already on the flexible position ... too bad ...

    The buttons have a touchdown franc (nicer than the soft touch of Numark).
    Power:
    We are not in the snapshot, after some strange noises (10 seconds), the unit is operational, with, pleasant surprise with a small screen visibility......
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    I have received there's 15 days. I was previously a pair of Numark Axis 9 on the back. Lack of budjet, I left the benefit of the doubt Gemini. I've had to use the occas evening.

    Aspect: it is to actually face a pale copy of Pioneer with a more "plastic". Good ergonomics, we are faced with a platinum intuitive.
    The finish seems honest. The plateau seems heavy but there's a hardness setting ... which is already on the flexible position ... too bad ...

    The buttons have a touchdown franc (nicer than the soft touch of Numark).
    Power:
    We are not in the snapshot, after some strange noises (10 seconds), the unit is operational, with, pleasant surprise with a small screen visibility bluffing, much information in visually.
    Another pleasant surprise: no breath in pregnant (it changes the Numark turntables and controllers!).

    CD mode:
    The charging time is 8 seconds is quite long, but beyond that time navigation of a beach to another is close to the snapshot (the same for the graphical display).
    USB / SD:
    With a key of 16 gigabytes, speed of recognition is phenomenal!
    Navigation is very intuitive: if the pieces are sorted and correctly identify, it is incredibly easy. For the title change, the inclusion is instant (which is not the case with some controllers).

    The sound quality is good. However, the output level is low and the sound is very cold comparisons with axis 9 (test with the same CD).
    For effects, it is far from the quality of the Alesis Axis 9 or on the side ends of Denon.
    The flanger is not great, the high pass filter and low pass are not honest, the echo is just a draft. The bubble is not bad. Note that you can adjust the intensity of effects but not the frequency.
    The scratch (mode vinyl) defended well.

    Features:
    - Possibility of a single loop with possible corrected by jogging.
    - 3 Hot cue (no memory)
    - Vinyl Mode, which allows scratching,
    - Adjustable pitch bend from 8 to 100% with mode "master tempo" (lock tone).
    - Auto cue mode
    - Ability to loop, scratch and reverse without disrupted song playback
    - Setting the start and stop the song
    - Possibility to use the platinum card in your PC and use the midi mode

    The Good:
    - Display can be read,
    - The touch screen (not necessary either),
    - Good overall ergonomics,
    - Very versatile (cd, DDR, USB and SD card) and multiformat
    - Correct sound card with support for audio from a PC,
    - Output spdif and midi (USB)
    - Updates available online,
    - Possibility of continuous playback of song during the loop, scratch and reverse,
    - 3 hot cue,
    - Finishing correct (for the price),
    - Touch screen
    - Effects scratch correct
    - Quick reading of flash media,
    - Display the "waveform" snapshot.

    The Bad:

    - Effects not top,
    - The master tempo quickly gives voice to the robot slows down or accelerated loss of percussion. A priori, no possibility to choose the key "locked".
    - The pitch control is notched,
    - Bug after update
    - Load Time CD
    - Ignition time,
    - Supported by sound card unstable.

    I would have appreciated:
    - The ability to link between the decks for file exchange, or a repeater,
    - A slightly larger screen,
    - A smaller footprint,
    - More originality, we feel too that the designers have stolen from right to left,
    - A sound more "musical"
    - A jog more flexible,

    The value for money is not bad, hoping that a new update is available soon as version 4.1 does not seem yet accomplished.

    I still leaves the benefit of the doubt until the new update, but I confess that power outages and crashes me a bit cold (no less than four crashes in the evening loading CD Audio or MP3 file ( USB or SD).
    Otherwise they are very functional turntable, no difficulty of use to declare.
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  • Update CDJ-700

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 03/16/12 at 01:56
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Hello DJXCAPTAIN,

    There are updates to fix problems you encounter with your CDJ-700, easy to do, because simply put on a USB key. Feel free to contact us for more information 01 69 79 97 70.
  • Anonymous

    very good turntable

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 03/13/12 at 04:50
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Very good price / quality ratio.

    Bought from platinum in only 22 to € 499!
  • Good platinum in all

    Gemini DJ CDJ-700Published on 01/13/12 at 12:44
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    I use it for three weeks now, before buying it I bought a pair of pioneer cdj 800 mk2. What I like about the 700 is the number of functions rather like the three sympatic effect flanger, echo and filter, the scratch of good quality, three hot cue, in short, the functions are identical to one of cdj 2000 pioneer. However, what I like least is the quality of course: platinum light, the buttons may not work the first time, strange noise at startup, pixel burn lcd on vinyl, bug by now, finally it is seen that the difference between pioneer and another brand.
    The value for money is good. But I think before that choice again, but it was worth the shot because it looks like the test drop a 2......
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    I use it for three weeks now, before buying it I bought a pair of pioneer cdj 800 mk2. What I like about the 700 is the number of functions rather like the three sympatic effect flanger, echo and filter, the scratch of good quality, three hot cue, in short, the functions are identical to one of cdj 2000 pioneer. However, what I like least is the quality of course: platinum light, the buttons may not work the first time, strange noise at startup, pixel burn lcd on vinyl, bug by now, finally it is seen that the difference between pioneer and another brand.
    The value for money is good. But I think before that choice again, but it was worth the shot because it looks like the test drop a 2 cdj 2000's, but not avaec the same price! (Not the same as elsewhere), however, this plate can be fun for beginners, but not for professionnnel. It is not worth pioneer, or even a good cdj 800 mk2, I have compared the one beside the other. I will note this plate 7 out of 10.
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