• Rainy

    Question please – so with firmware update you can’t play 320 kbs mp3s ? Can you play Wavs/Aiffs etc with this cdj ? I use key lock all the time on Pioneer and sound is just ok, not great, apparently this Tecnhics CDJ sounds terrible, very tinny & digital, when using key lock, is this correct ? Please let me know your thoughts.

  • Peter

    Where can I buy this?

  • Djkenny Isglobal

    see a lot of haters in the forum .lmao
    com on guy yall got admit…. these sucked ass big time when they first came out.
    @ Greg Carollo im going to respect your opinion about 30 yrs in the game (granted im right there with you!) BUT … you say you bought the dz1200 & never had ANY OF THE SAME ISSUES like other have seen with the dz1200 (your a lie if you ever told one) NOW JUST STOP IT OK..LMAO you sound real silly right now….lmao!! look dude…. Thes were common problems PROVIN over & over & over… now all of sudden you the lucky one out the bunch huh (dude please!) sound to me like…. like your just trying to be heard but anyways…… if the conversion kit will save the dz1200 im down when a true dj takes risk on a product like…( i did) and its a total failure, to see someone take intrest in at least trying to correct the problem i think thats wonderful cause panasonic sure didint, they took the money… discontinued…& ran leaving us holding ( not 1 ) but.. 2 expensive pieces of junk
    cheers to the dz1200mk2 for caring & and time of corrections!!

  • http://www.williamthakonqueror.com WilliamThaKonqueror

    I had a pair!! I knocked over my Vodka drink and pretty much one was history. I for the longest didn’t want to sell it, however I sold my Vodka DZ12.
    I still have one more of these DZ Turntables, It sits on my computer desk as decor, after watching this and reading all the comments, maybe it is time to sell it!

  • calkutta

    yes,this is a brilliant hack….however,a numark HDX is midi,has an 80gig hard drive and effects…this is cool if you already have one,hate it,and wanna just skratch on it…but the HDX,not the CDX,the CDX has the CD slot problem,as does the HDX,but you dont need the CD slot when u can load it from your computer via USB or a Flash drive…plus the effects are great…you could show up atta party with a HDX and not need a computer,it has stand alone cue points,effects etc..one less thing to go wrong.or,u could use the DVS with it and go Bananas…this is cool,but not being MIDI and no hard drive seems…well wack…put a fader in it and i will buy the new super QFO…but regardless..its brilliant hack wise…

  • Greg Carollo

    I dont care what the world dj community has to say about this unit. I bought 2 and have NEVER had any problems. I have had no distortion or noise issues and at the place where I have had my gear worked on, the owner confided he constantly was repairing broken Pioneers for being built like shit. This guys mod looks unnecessary but if you want to be cool do it. After 30 years I honestly am embarrased to call myself a dj. It is NOT the art form it was requiring years of work and practice and has now become a joke celebrity attention grabber. When people get residencies at the biggest clubs after having djed a month. The only thing I look forward to now is owning my own private spot where I can set the rules and govern mentality. I wish all the old schoolers the BEST. I hope you guys feel the same…

  • marcus

    If all goes well with this maybe they will come out with a controller next.

    • Oddie O’Phyle

      this product is 10 years old and a cd deck. panasonic/technics aren’t known for controllers. i seriously doubt that they would pour cash into R&D for an already flooded controller based market to compete with pioneer. they lost momentum years ago in the dj subculture to the cdj. technics tend to be the standard when people think of turntables, but pioneer at this point has picked up the ball and hasn’t stopped running.

  • Dan Leach

    I can see why people want to revive them – they are a good-looking piece of gear!

  • Sensei Haus

    Check out the DJWORX site also to see our discussion there.

  • Sensei Haus

    Another “Dj review site that does no research”.

    Before you start “Hacking” a beautifully
    engineered machine think twice. The 2-3 major issues this person speaks
    about have been addressed by OUR product for almost a decade. The main
    factors to consider are the “minimization of play” of the
    disc and the optimal weight of the disc that replicates the feeling of
    an analog 1200. You cannot achieve this with some old records and just
    “guess & hope” to get the right weight you are at the will of
    whatever vinyl you’ve “found”. Back to the hacking of your turntable, no
    need to do such a modification when you can use a properly designed
    “interface” that is engineered with the two previous factors.

    These SL-DZ1200′s are not being made anymore you don’t need to do
    anything to increase it’s chances of having problems in the future.

    Lol and I have to say when you watch the video he is always using the
    “outer edge” of the record as MOST dj’s do so a screen wouldn’t be in
    the way anyways with his technique. That’s also why Panasonic designed
    it this way. It’s like having a “colostomy bag” attached to your body
    that you have to always find a pillow or stand to put it on. The DZ is
    such a beautiful machine why destroy it when you don’t have to?

  • kindawant

    Anyone know where I can get a loaded SD card compatible with the DZ with current serato timecode on it?

  • lawerds

    i’d trade/sell my 1210′s for a pair, 1210′s are super heeeeavy, and im not exploring the boundries of technical stratching when i play out so why would I NOT want these?

  • Simone

    I have one of these, bout ready to go ahead and sell it. Owning one of these things now has like having a Yugo or one of those other crap cars in the garage, kinda embarrassing. IF this could actually be pulled off (I hope that placement they show for the display ISN’T permanent, looks a bit weird), I might be inclined to be interested again.

    • DJ Hombre

      You can either have the display hooked up to the back of the unit or on a tether and place wherever you like…check their facebook page for the photos.

      • Simone Phoenix

        Ok, cool. Thanks for the info!

  • Nelson Mercado

    I own a pair of those Technics and what a waste of money the platter always got stuck I had to buy some lube in order to spin the platter back n forth and in time it only got worst. They only last me for like 5 months. $1800 down the drain.

    • Dan White

      Exactly part of what he fixes in the mod! ;)

    • Dan Leach

      Is that because the platter was too heavy? It always looked that way to me which is why I was put off…

      • Ed Spencer

        No, the platters ‘stick’ due to a build up and other issues. If you clean them thoroughly they don’t stick. Basically, there’s a ‘slipmat’ of sorts between the top piece you touch and the platter itself. You just need to clean this well and make sure it’s dry. I used a set of these for years and they were rock solid performers. ESPECIALLY when coupled with a DVS. I’ve used a set with Torq, Serato, and Traktor without issue. And I used an SD card for playback of a few samples that I recorded from a CD as well.

        And I’m loving the idea of a modified version of these… I just wish someone would hack the firmware and ‘fix’ the problems with the playback from the SD card. ;) Perhaps in time… :)

  • Adam Seckel

    210kbps seems a bit of a hold up though

    • Dan White

      To clarify: 210 kbps is just if you use internal playback. that’s more than suitable for DVS timecode, which is what most people using these units recommend.

      • Oddie O’Phyle

        just picked up a Z2 from my local gear shop yesterday, starting to put some pennies aside for either a pair of turntables (again) or a pair cdj’s. saw this and my eyes light up… so cool. thnx dan.

        • JoeySuki

          dont get these, go calssic 1200s or cdjs, make thses last resort

          • Oddie O’Phyle

            i’ll probably be grabbing a pair of tech 12 mkII’s again, got rid of my last pair about 15yrs ago (baby food and diapers were more important at the time). the reason why my eyes light up about this is for the nostalgia and novelty. if this fix clears up a bunch of issues to make them usable, i can scrape up a used pair with coffin cases for about $400. the only thing i’d be using these for is at home with time code anyway.

          • Oddie O’Phyle

            just wondering… ever hear of a track called “disco makes me”?

      • Adam Seckel

        Didn’t even think of that! Good shout.

  • Oddie O’Phlye

    what a cool article, i hate the concept of living in a disposable society. i love the fact that this guy has fixed a flawed unit and is now retro-fitting.

  • stefanhapper

    Interesting story about the DZ-1200 – If Panasonic had not ignored these issues back then, do you think we would have more DZ-1200 (mk5?) instead of CDJs in today’s clubs?

    • dj vinny

      I think so …..because technics had a hold on the turntable market most dj ‘s would have had some kind of loyalty especially since they dominated that market for almost 20 years. Pioneer would have not been so expensive with
      More proper competition .

    • Dan White

      Not unlikely. As Vinny mentions below, Technics had a foothold in the club market already (similar to Pioneer’s current state). That makes it much easier to be a trusted name for people who know less about DJ tech – like club owners, managers, etc.

  • Mutis Mayfield

    Maybe it is the new (secret leaked by Qbert) pioneer product?

    • Oddie O’Phyle

      doubt it, this is not a new product. it is a retro-fit fix by an independent third party. it is also not a pioneer product.

    • Dan White

      For those who missed it, here’s that article: http://www.djtechtools.com/2014/02/05/pioneer-working-on-a-new-dj-turntable/

      Not likely – Q was referring to something about a Pioneer project!

    • Mutis Mayfield

      I was kidding folks… But maybe Pioneer will came with something similar like this (and HID/Midi… For Serato)