Djaying to the max with a complete novice. . This review is from the perspective of one middle-aged technofobe and one djaying complete novice. It also hopes to answer the question “is this system suitable for the complete beginner in djaying?”my sixteen year old son has aspirations galore and his latest one is djaying to a huge crowd in the national dj awards. This will be no mean feat as the nearest thing he has come to djaying is listening to eminem on different technological products and at an array of volumes from loud to extremely loud. After much convincing but hardly understood techno babble, my son managed to convince me that he actually knew what he was talking about. I agreed to let him test the ‘philips ds8900 dj sound system’. So how did he fair?he managed with a little huffing and puffing to remove the system from its box (it being a very tight fit). You can either plug the unit directly to the mains or for portability insert 8 x 1. 5v batteries (these are not included).
And the deliveiried was really fast.
Philips may just have the answer and blow the cobwebs away. The mix-dj speaker and control unit is one of the first speaker/control desk combos i’ve seen. The speaker unit is substantial in its weight and construction. I’m not so sure about the white finish – maybe black would have been a better option?. The control deck is adorned by faders, knobs, buttons and sockets. The mini turntables complete the package. The controls are tactile but i doubt they’ll endure much punishment that djs inflict on equipment. The unit can be powered by the mains (highly recommended) or by a set of eight `d’ size batteries but this will only last for a couple of hours depending on the volume and use. You can connect a bluetooth enabled device to stream music to the unit but then that’s not the point of the mix-dj – it’s there to create your mixes.
- Loud, Portable and Brilliant Quality
- Disappointing sound for the money
- Cracking DJ Sound System
- A DJ kit in a box
- Fancy being a DJ? Philips may just have the answer and blow the cobwebs away
- Be the center of every party!
Philips DS8900/10 M1X Bluetooth DJ Sound System
- Bluetooth streaming for unsurpassed sound clarity
- Reversible control panel for protection during travel
- Runs on AC as well as D cell batteries
- Top quality scratch wheels and cross faders
- Hook up to external speakers & amplifiers with an audio out
Philips comes up with the oddest creations, but sometimes they are genuinely innovative. This is one of these innovations, but with a couple of very big caveats: you must have an iphone or ipad with a thunderbolt connection, and you must have the djay2 app. If you are an android user, this dj kit is not for you. There are two parts to m1x-dj: an integrated amp and speakers, and a dj deck. The speakers come in a fairly large white box with a concentric stereo speaker pair (that’s tweeters in the centre of two mid/bass speakers, arrances about 18″ apart for stereo), with a large cavity that develops a decent reflex bass sound. It is not by any means a hi-fi: this music for parties, and it gives out a decent volume and plenty of bass for use in home or small venues. You can power it using batteries (8 x d cells should last around four hours) or using mains. The dj deck fits onto the top of the speaker box. It is reversible, so that when carrying it on the tube or in the back of your car the controls are all protected.
Disappointing sound for the money. This product basically combines a speaker system for the iphone or ipad with a controller for algoriddim’s djay 2 application, with the intention being to produce an all-in-one solution for djing and mixing. Given the price of this device, i was a bit disappointed that there was no copy of djay 2 included – you really need to run it on an ipad, and at present it costs the best part of a tenner. I assume philips assume that anyone buying one of these will already own a copy, but a voucher for a free download would have been a nice gesture. The physical controls mostly copy the on-screen controls in djay 2, with the addition of a set of tone controls (low, mid and high) for each channel. The decks move smoothly to the touch, but the crossfader (which will see a lot of use) feels very flimsy and undamped, and i’m not convinced that it’ll stand up to heavy use – this is one component which is designed to be easily replaceable on professional dj rigs, so this is not a great sign. The overall feel is rather plastic-y and insubstantial – the controls don’t feel as if they are about to fall to bits, but they also don’t feel as if they will last for years. The speaker system consists of two active bass drivers and a passive bass radiator.
Loud, portable and brilliant quality. I’m not sure about the negative rating below but i can’t rate this unit highly enough. I use it with the djay 2 software on my ipad and then i use my spotify account through that. I found the physical decks easy to use, navigate and mix on. They react instantly and every button i require is there. The huge shock came when testing the volume quality and volume levels. Prior to ordering this unit i was planning on using the built in speakers as ‘monitors’ and connecting external speakers for the audience but i was very wrong. House parties and even smaller venues will not require any external speakers, this is so loud with a really nice sound – the bass is brilliant. Overall i can’t fault this piece of kit.