Master & Dynamic is a relatively new professional audio company that produces some high quality audio products for high end users. The Mastser & Dynamic MH40 over-the-ear headphones sport 45mm drivers, real leather and metal construction, and some great accessories that would fit the bill for a DJ or producer's performance and lifestyle needs. We're working on the full video review, but we've finished the unboxing video to show you all that comes in the package.
The M-Audio company has just released a nice new and affordable recording package that will allow aspiring performers, producers, or speakers to easily start laying down professional vocal tracks for a project. The M-Audio Vocal Studio Pro Recording Package comes bundled with an M-Track USB Interface, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, studio headphones, and Ableton Live Lite for only $199.
I've been personally using Odyssey flight cases for my DJ equipment for over twenty years now! Odyssey always seems to bring out new cases and bags to protect DJ equipment almost as soon as the piece is released to the public. The newly announced Pioneer XDJ-RX all-in-one DJ Rekordbox system was recently released to the masses and Odyssey has already produced new flight cases and bags to accommodate.
Alto Professional has just introduced a brand new line-up of powered speakers that are lightweight, versatile in setup, and affordable in price. The new Alto Professional TX Series line of two-way, active loudspeakers include the TX8, TX10, TX12 and TX15 with different size woofers apparent in the naming. Each TX features a bi-amplified design, high-efficiency drivers, trapezoidal enclosures, and steel grilles for protection.
In our next video for the weekly video series, I will share with you my favorite or personal best DJ headphones for under $100. DJ headphones need to be rugged and durable, while providing good isolation and high volume levels for accurate monitoring during a performance. The Urbanears Zinken check all of these boxes and much more.
Novation has always been bringing producers and live performers excellent controllers to apply their trade on and they've finally introduced a companion Soundcard and USB hub device to make it easy to connect all of that MIDI goodness to a hardware setup. The new Novation Audiohub 2x4 soundcard has a three-port USB hub, two inputs, and four outputs to connect all of the setup to a computer and other sound systems.
A brand new company called LyxPro has just released a cool set of headphones that are advertised as being great for DJ's and Sound professionals alike. The LyxPro HAS-20 headphones have large 50mm over-the-ear drivers, good passive isolation, and a folding/swivel design for easy transport and one-ear monitoring. We have a set of LyxPro HAS-20 headphones in the lab for the review treatment, but check out the unboxing video to see my first impressions.
The recently announced Cerwin Vega P1000X powered 10-inch two-way loudspeakers are on full display at this year's Atlantic City DJ Expo and we had DJ Spark give us the video rundown to see where they fit in the CV range. The new P1000X is the new two-way speaker that sports a 10-inch woofer and an internal 1000 watt Continuously powered amplifier.
Mackie has been really busy lately bringing out new Thump Powered Speakers that pump out over 1000 watts each and now they are adding new affordable powered monitor speakers to their new range called the CR3 and CR4. The New Creative Reference line of Powered Monitors come with three-inch woofer (CR3) or four-inch woofer (CR4) versions and also house silk dome tweeters for great high and mid range accurate sound reproduction.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional headphones have been in used in professional setups for performers and sound engineers around the world. They are known for comfort, durability, and good overall sound quality. Audio-Technica has recently released the updated ATH-M50X headphones which don't stray far from the tried and true aesthetics and sound properties, but adds slightly better materials and three removable cables for even more versatility.
The Mackie Brand keeps expanding their lineup of Thump Loudspeakers to offer users even more power and more versatility with every release. The new SRM750 and SRM2850 speakers both feature dual subwoofers in their enclosure for insane amounts of bass and they have a power boost with an internal amp capable of throwing out 1600 Watts of power! Watch the video, then head over to the Mackie website to see what these new world-class speakers can do.
Odyssey has been making high quality DJ cases to protect all types of DJ equipment when in transport and not in use. I've been personally using Odyssey cases for nearly 17 years and they keep releasing new products with a twist to keep all DJ's happy. The latest release is their new Black Krom cases which are a bit more "slim" than regular gear cases and they also have a stealthy black appearance all the way around.
There's been lots of pro-audio speakers coming out on the market as of late and longtime speaker manufacturer Mackie decided to add some new actively powered 1000W speakers to its existing SRM and Thump Series lineups. The new SRM350 and SRM450 both exhibit the same durable build quality and portability as the originals and the new Thump Series has been completely revamped to house the new 1000W class-D internal amplifier.
At this year's NAMM 2014 show, American Audio announced that they would release a new active speaker lineup with good features and low costs that would appease DJ's and performers on a budget. That range is the CPX Speaker line and they are now released and ready for purchase at any local retailer. The CPX active speakers all have built-in class D amplifiers and they come in lots of different size configurations to suit the space or venue needs. There is a CPX-8A (two-way speaker with 8-inch woofer $150), CPX-10A (two-way speaker with 10-inch woofer $200), CPX-12A (two-way speaker with 12-inch woofer $250), and CPX-15A (two-way speaker with 15-inch woofer $300).
At this year's NAMM show, Behringer expands it's Nekkst studio monitor lineup to include a few new sizes and options for DJ's and producers on a budget. The Behringer Nekkst series monitors were created by the founder of the KRK monitors, Keith R. Klawitter, so you know they are really going to pack a punch and perform up to expectations. The Behringer Nekkst series is now available in K5 (5-inch), K6 (6-inch), K8 (8-inch), and K10 (10-inch subwoofer).
The recently released Reloop RP-8000 Professional MIDI DJ turntables sport some of the familiar Super-OEM turntable DNA including the same high-torque motor and tonearm that is found on the Stanton ST-150, Reloop RP-6000, AT-LP1240, etc. The RP-8000 also has an additional digital Pitch LED display, eight rubberized MIDI pads, four MIDI layer buttons, and an over-sized encoder knob which can all be mapped to any MIDI compatible DJ software out on the market today. The main difference with these new Reloop turntables is that they have a familiar "Technics" turntable look and layout with a brushed aluminum top plate, recessed aluminum pitch sliders, and the familiar aluminum start-stop buttons found on the corners. The Pitch range of these turntables can be switched from +/- 8%, +/- 16% and +/- 50% and there are also start and stop adjustment knobs to control the speed that the platter starts and stops the track.
Audio-Technica has just announced a new line of M-Series headphones that will add different price and performance tiers to their existing and widely popular ATH-M50x headphones. The ATH-M20x are the entry level headphones that have 40mm drivers and will cost $69. The ATH-M30x adds better and louder sound at $99. The ATH-M40x adds slightly better drivers, a fold-hinge construction, and a removable cable for $139. The top performing ATH-M50x adds bigger bass booming 45mm drivers for $239.
At this year's NAMM show, Cerwin Vega has announced new additions to their desktop speaker lineup that would fit nicely into a compact studio or DJ setup. The Cerwin Vega XD Desktop speakers are all internally powered which are now offered in a new four-inch XD4 full-range, five-inch XD5 full range, and eight-inch XD8 powered subwoofer to add to the existing XD3 speaker offering. These speakers are nice and compact but still sport the same high-quality sound and bass characteristics that CV is known for.