NAMM06: Numark Introduces Professional Turntable / MP3 CD Player
The X2 - a new concept in professional DJ equipment? 23/01/06
Numark, have announced the X2 (pronounced X-squared) Professional Direct Drive Turntable / MP3 CD Player which they say is a new concept in professional DJ equipment.
Hereâ€™s Numarkâ€™s own descriptionâ€¦ â€œEquipped with a full size 12-inch aluminum platter, tone arm, and CD drive, the X2 is the one piece of equipment capable of controlling a DJâ€™s vinyl, CD, or MP3 collectionâ€”and doing so with the time tested â€˜old schoolâ€™ vinyl approach. Offering a wealth of features that provide the utmost flexibility as a performance vehicle for professional DJs, the new X2 also makes a formidable addition in permanent club installations where space is at a premium.â€�
Numark CEO John E. 'Jack' Oâ€™Donnell commented on the new X2, â€œNumarkâ€™s X2 Professional Turntable / MP3 CD Player is an incredibly capable performance tool that offers a long list of features professionals demandâ€”all of which is packaged into a compact form factor that occupies minimal space. For DJs who prefer working with real vinyl and want that same vinyl â€˜feelâ€™ when controlling CDs, the X2 is the right tool for the job.â€� Weâ€™ll leave it up to Numark to describe the main points of the X2 with an extract from their press releaseâ€¦
With 4.7kgf-cm of torque, Numarkâ€™s X2 benefits from the industryâ€™s highest torque direct drive motorâ€”providing the stability and durability professionals demand night after night. Featuring adjustable pitch control and support for both 33 and 45 RPM vinyl records, this exceptional turntable employs an ultra-precise aluminum tonearm with cue, height, and anti-skate adjustments, and accepts straight or S-shaped tonearms by means of its interchangeable tonearm system. With its 12-inch anti-drag aluminum platter designed specifically to reduce friction and its solid core construction that fights vibration and unwanted noise, the X2 is designed for years of trouble-free operation.
For the utmost precision when working with CDs and MP3 CDs, the new X2 provides a special 12-inch vinyl record with spindle locking capability, so no needle is requiredâ€”facilitating true vinyl â€˜feelâ€™ when scratching discs. The X2 also offers adjustable start and brake speeds, along with forward/reverse toggle with Bleep for CD.
As a CD/MP3 disc player, the X2 excels. With full functionality for both standard audio CDs and MP3 CDs (data discs), this powerhouse unit provides Anti-Shockâ„¢ buffer technology for uninterrupted playback, scratching, seamless looping, and pitch control functionalityâ€”everything DJs demand. The X2 also incorporates key lock capability at any tempo up to Â±100%, two hot stutter starts, a 3,000 cue point memory, and includes Numarkâ€™s legendary Beatkeeperâ„¢ automatic beat calculation technology to keep DJs fully informed about the music theyâ€™re playing.
The X2â€™s superior ergonomic design demonstrates Numarkâ€™s thorough understanding of the DJ market. The unitâ€™s CD transport mechanism features an illuminated slot for easy loading under low light conditions, and thereâ€™s a bright Vacuum Fluorescent Display that shows MP3 song titles, BPM, time, and unit status. And with its dual â€œbattle-styleâ€� start/stop controls, the new X2 is pleasure to work with. Additionally, the X2 includes anti-vibration height adjustable foot design, a removable aluminum target light, and is user-upgradeable via Internet downloads.
The X2 Professional Turntable / MP3 CD Player is expected to ship in Q2 of 2006.