We have talked a lot about the entry level DJ products being released, but DJ Tech has been putting some exciting stuff together, at a great price point. We had a sit down and got shown some exclusive stuff.
First we got to see the DIF-1S in action, and will be putting together some footage of DJ JesC, rocking out later at the show. But they also sat us down and showed us two speakers, the Checkmate 30 (3 inch) and Checkmate 40 (4 inch), that are, to put it lightly, inexpensive.
They were running the turntables through them and within 5 minutes were getting noise complaints. These things were really loud, crisp, clean and small. The Checkmate 30 speakers will retail for…. $49 a pair, and the Checkmate 40s will go for $79 a pair. They are small, light, and will sit right at home with any bedroom/office setup, or for a small house party.
The end result, for DJ Tech, is to get back into the DJ-In-A-Box business. They are currently working on developing turntables that are reliable and aim to be sold for under $199, and will box them with the DIF-1S and two speakers. Putting these together with an SL2 or Audio 4 would be the perfect starting point for any timecode setup, and for hopefully less than $799.
Obviously, once we have more information we’ll get it to you. DJ Tech is taking a serious look at their branding (the DJ Mouse anyone?) and reputation, and instead of pushing it forward and taking a risk in a market saturated with MIDI controllers, they are pulling it back, going back to basics, and trying to simplify the market.