I dont normally do this, but the main reason I bought this turntable was because it looked good. Of course there was an element of its quality and functionality, but the design was the main driving force behind the purchase. When I was shopping around for a new set of turntables I was shocked at how much they had risen in price, and so I was surprised by how cheap the PD1 was in relation to the quality of the overall product.
One bit of advice I would give, and you could say that this is a minor disadvantage, is that once you have purchased these turntables, choose a location to place them, and make sure that they wont have to moved. This is because they are quite heavy, and at almost 10kg, you wouldnt want to be moving these around a lot. Now, the design is great, and resembles a more more expensive set of turntables, and features the normal twisting buttons, starting and stop, and complete pitch control, so although the Citronic model may not be top of the range, you wouldnt think when you are using them.
The quality of sounds is in one word amazing, and control of the sound is incredible, with the bass in particular brilliant. Of course you will always find better qulaity sound with more expensive turntables, but for someone just starting out, these are a great way to start. I would recommend this product, but for those of you who are more experienced with this sort of equipment, you may find yourself disappointed and require more advanced models, in my opinion anyway.
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The citronic PD1 is a well produced budget range turntable which immitates the look of the Technics 1200 series.
You would pay only a fraction of the price in comparison to Technics at only £290 a pair you won't find much of a better deal for a set of direct drive turntables!
The PD1s are quite heavy at 9.6KG per deck but not quite as heavy as the 1200 series at 12 KG each.
Featuring the same design of the twist on/off button, quick start/stop, pitch selector and the pitch control are almost identical to the Technics models so it does make you feel like your using a pair of Technics but only by the eye as any professional hand would notice the precise differences between the models!
The PD1 comes with Stanton 500 V3 Cartridges when purchased new which does prove to deliver a fine crisp sound with a good bass response and they are also known to feature Anti Skate control which stops your needle flying back and forth across the deck.
The pitch control features a 10% pitch which allows beat matching with ease, the unit simply connects to any DJ mixer or amplifier via RCA phono leads.
I would recommend these decks to anyone who's got the ambition to begin a new venture in the DJ industry or for anyone who simply want's a half decent set of direct drive turntables without the huge pricetag.
The 1st decent turntable I owned.I had a pair of these about 7/8 years ago and they were my 1st pair of 'proper' turntables.They use a direct drive motor to power them which is a must if you are really trying to do any kind of djing.What i liked most about this turntable was its sturdiness,it has a very solid feel to it.Unlike most turntables in this range you put your hand on the platter and it starts moving but the pd1 did not.This was not my only reason for buying them but it was a big plus as i felt comfortable taking them to various places knowing they could take a knock or to.
The overall look of the turntable is very stylish in my opinion,other turntables in this price range look well a bit cheap with big buttons and a very weak feel to them.this thing feels like it was built to last.I had them for about 2 years and never had any problems with them except replacement cartridges which is standard with any turntable. They held the speed of the vinyl very well.The pitch control was a little on the slow side it would take a while to react after I had moved the pitch control slider.Not a massive problem after you have had a few hours to get used to it. That was probably the only downside to it.It is very easy to take apart and clean.
I have seen that you can pick up a pair of these now for £250,which is a bargain when you compare that to a price of a single Technics 1210 deck which is about £500.They are defiantly worth buying as entry level turntables or if you are looking to just dj as a hobby, then these are probably the best ones in that price range.
I bought a pair of these, second hand, in 2005 or thereabouts. They were my first "decks". I had done my research on budget decks and they appeared to be the best option available.
Bear in mind I was totally new to mixing, with no tuition or anyone to learn off. It took me a few months to be able to beatmatch with them and then I had the opportunity to play on Technics so I could kind of appreciate the difference between budget and industry standard. I also played on a few pairs of other budget decks such as Soundlabs.
What I noticed was that the torque of the Citronic was quite a bit stronger than the Soundlab, and it would hold the speed of the record for much longer with very little variation. The torque was of course nowhere near that of the Technics.
The design was fairly good but I couldn't help but feel that they would break easily if dropped. I never did this though so I have no idea.
I would recommend these to someone thinking of starting mixing. You can pick up a pair for £100 off eBay on a fairly regular basis. You should be able to sell them for the same as you bought them for, if you want to shift them. If you are considering buying first hand then stop, you can most likely get a pair of 2nd Technics for the price of a pair of brand new PD-1's. You really won't have a problem with the Technic's being second hand. They will rarely be damaged or faulty.
I recommend getting a pair of 2nd hand PD'1s and seeing how you get on, whether you can afford all the records you want (you'll end up selling your kidneys after a short while!). Stick a pair of Stanton needles on them and then if you don't want them or you are sure you like mixing and want to upgrade, then flog them on ebay to the next newcomer! The circle is complete!
citronic pd-1 direct drive dj decks
these decks r quality for the price they are you can do loads with them depending on the mixer i have a 4 channel mixer and its jusk quality i think for my next pair of decks ill step up one and go to cd decks have a look at my decks on ebay http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?IT&ih=007 there only £135 auction or £235 buy it now thats a complete bargin for 2 turntables and a 4 channel vivanco mixer with all leads 7 vinlys new microphone new headphones new needles and new slipmat.
High Torque Direct Drive Motor
33, 45 RPM Selectable
Supplied with Stanton Cartridge
Built in Target Light
Processing/Quality: 75% Reliability: 100%
Ease of use: 100% Features: 75%
Sound quality: 50%
i think its worth the money especially on ebay you can get it for peanuts these days look at my ebay
Now, i'm just a beginner myself, and can easily beat match on any machine and i also used to work in "turnkey", in the DJ department.
There are many beginner decks around, but none i feel of the same quality as the PD1's. Most entry level decks feel as though they are made of tin, but these feel solid. They're weighty and also look great. All the bits from the target light to the start button feel well made, and i've had mine for about 3 years now, and they have not let me down once. Ignore what the "snobs" might tell you about getting some proper decks, with faster pick up and brake speeds, more torque etc. Thats why THOSE decks cost £300-400 each, and these cost £170 each; even cheaper when you go for a package deal.
These are a seriously fantastic compromise! In regards to the word "entry-level" (words...), there seems to be a mist that clouds the fact...they usually mean "just short of useless" or more formally, BASIC. I guarantee that any newbie will find these decks more than just about useful. They'll serve you well for about two years till you can comfortably mix two records without any hiccups as if playing a single record continuously.
The start-up speed on the platter is not gonna blow your mind but still quick. Check the Vestax pdx2000s if you wanna see what "blow your mind" means! To tell you the truth, the platter picks up not much slower then the legendary Technics 1200s/1210s. The difference is in the torque. Make sure you have a soft touch! Besides, anyone who thinks that they should be able to plonk their index digit on a record full force, should seriously consider another profession/hobby. One thing is for sure, the PD1's will force you to be light and accurate when touching the vinyl, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. So, simply put, you get enough torque from this motor; certainly not a lack of it. The braking speeds are good too, but then I always use my hand to stop my records DEAD. I think the only problem with these decks is that the pitch control is not entirely accurate. But these are not pro-decks, so I'm sorry to say, but you're gonna have to learn to keep the tunes in time manually now and again. After about 40 secs, once you've matched the beats using the pitch slider, you'll notice that your mix will slowly sync out of time. I've always, got around this by just touching the vinyl (speed it up or slow it down EVER SO SLIGHLTY...no lead touches!!), or using the record spindle in the middle of the platter (the silver metal stub!!) to just control the mix. C'mon, Dj'ing is a "skill" after all! So that's a downside i suppose, but the only decks that will offer you solid pitch control and sustain are the professional range. And unless you're a pro, why spend £800 upwards "trying" your hand at dj'ing???
Other than that, the Citronic PD1's are seriously a good pair of decks. No problems with sound output terminals (????), or cheap buttons, wobbly platters. If you find that these problems occur THEN TAKE THEM BACK!! You wouldn't keep a brand new car with an oil leek would you??? Ask yourself why they are the best selling entry level decks around. The same reason why the Technics are the best selling decks altogether-because they are the best!
So to sum up, the only complaints you'll get about these decks are from people used to using professional top of the range turntables. In which case you have to ask them, "why are you using/buying entry level decks to do what only the Technics' can do???????????". If you're new to the scene and you need a pair of sturdy reliable decks to begin your trade/hobby, then there are none better for the price, than the Citronic PD1 turntables. Don't just ask me, read the mags, and ask the people who know, DJs.
Thought they were ok as my first decks but as I got better at mixing I realized how bad these were. No torque meant platter stops when cueing record Woundnt track properly, needle just doesnt stay vertical when cueing Wont hold pich exactly needing constant adjustment Not enough head weight requiring coin/blutack on the cartridge to get anywhere I couldnt recomment these decks. Spend the same and get a second hand set of better decks or just pay a bit more in the knowledge that they will last you alot longer. I still have the MSX-1 mixer however and think thats great.
These decks are awful, and I really mean it. I bought a pair 2 years ago, and have never, ever managed to get them to work properly. They are jumpy, despite the fact I have money blue-tacked to the arm, I have one deck with a wobbly platter, the other decides to only give output through one speaker from time to time. Start up speeds are frighteningly slow, and the total lack of torque is shown not just through the slow start up and braking times, but also because every time I'm waiting to cue up a record, the platter beneath my hand stops. Dead. Which is very annoying indeed. Above about +5 you start to notice that the decks have a tendency to ever so slightly change speed over time, and anything between +1 and -1 the deck plays at zero, which means you have to predict when you might fall in this range and change the speed on the other deck. On the plus side, they are cheap, so you shouldn't feel too guilty when you chuck them out of the window!! Also, if you can mix on these, not only do you deserve a medal, but you should find mixing on a proper pair of decks an absolute doddle. I'm not joking when I say I can beat match on Technics 1210s in about 15 seconds, whereas it can take me a minute and half easy on my Citronics. If you are thinking of buying these, the only way you could go worse is by getting very very cheap belt drives. I would strongly advise saving your money for a little longer and buying something better. Unfortunetly, this is a case of you get what you pay for...
Now I’m a total, well was a few weeks ago, newbie to the dj scene. I've been to the clubs, danced to the tunes and thought I could do that, looks cool and could be fun. So I set about getting some equipment, ploughing through mags the name Citronic seemed to jump out at me and let me tell you what I brought was worth every penny. I got myself two Citronic PD-1 decks and a mixer, and the decks are just brilliant. They have all the features of some very pricey vinyl turners but with a very cheap price tag, only 150 squid that’s what they cost me!!!! The PD-1 is a direct drive deck, and if your serious about dj'in u gotta get direct drive as opposed to belt drive, direct drive has a much quicker start up time, better cuing as the platter (bit the records on) doesn't slip and all the pros got them so they gotta be the biz :O) It comes with slip mats and Stanton 500AL carts and stylus to run in the groves and catch the beats, and they are good quality sturdy carts. The PD-1 also has a ±10% pitch change for slowing and speeding up those beats to get it in time with the next tune. There is a very quirky bit on the pitch control when taking it back to 0 as it has a point where there is a slight glitch, but this isn’t a problem once you master where to dump it in the tune, and no one even notices :O) The deck has an 8 pole 2-phase brush less motor, which gives 1 Kgf.cm of start up torque and a start up time of just 1 second from 0 to 33.3 rpm. It has electronic brakes to stop the record and it will stop dead in about 1 second. It’s a pretty sturdy deck weighing in at just over 8.6kg and is 450 x 350 x 145 mm in dimension. Once you get it out the packaging and manoeuvre through all the cables and padding it’s very simple to set up, put that there, this there plug it in put that in, that on and hey presto plug it into your mixer and the mixer into your amp and get out a bangin
g tune and you are up and running. If your looking to get started in dj’ing and your on a budget of about 350 pounds then you can quite easily get a good deal with two PD-1 decks and a good mixer and all the trimmings for that. My advice to anyone looking to buy some direct drive decks is to get yourself a pair of these, they is mint and I aren’t tellin no porkies, happy mixing fellow djs.
Now, these are nice decks. REALLY nice decks, and they can be yours for a very low price. I owned a pair of these for quite some time, and they never, ever let me down, I have to say. The only reason that I still don't have them today is they got pretty much destroyed when they were sitting in the boot of my car and someone hit me up the backside with some force while I was waiting at a traffic light.... The first thing you'll notice about the PD1 is how well it is built. For such a low price, the workmanship is absolutely excellent. It looks right, it feels right, and it feels almost like a professional deck. Almost. You'd have to put this one in the "semi-pro" range, but there's very little to rival it in this price range. The performance is also exceptionally good, better than you might expect for the price. The motor is nice and torquey, and the platter will keep turning pretty much at the speed you set it too, unless you go crazy and apply a hell of a lot of pressure, but why would you be doing that? The pitch control is also remarkably accurate for such a cheap deck. OK, so it may start to wonder a little if you start thinking you're Sasha and attempt a full-on 10 minute mix or something, but for the majority of people who are just doing this as a hobby, it will serve you very, very well, and you'll be able to go through the beat matching process without worrying about how much flutter you have in your decks. The start up time is pretty damn good for a deck in this range, as is the braking to the platter. The layout is good, with the power on the strobe,(which produces a funky blue coloured dot rather than the traditional red) the start/stop under that, and the 33/45 rpm buttons and pitch control on the right. You get all the features you would expect, i.e. +/1 10% pitch, strobe, 33/45rpm, target light, steel 45rpm adapter, anti-skate etc etc, and at only £163 incl
uding slipmats and Stanton 500AL cartridges, you really cannot go wrong. The only slight reservation I have is the quality of the tonearm. It is the only thing on the deck that looks and feels "cheap" and unprofessional. It is actually quite stable, but you could have some minor problems if you're going to be scratching. There's no height adjust for the tonearm either, but then there isn't one on many decks in this price range. If you've got limited money, then you've really got to look at either this or the XL-500 mark 2 from Gemini. I think that the Gemini just edges it for me, however, there are some excellent package deals available with the PD1's, you can get two of them with a decent mixer for £400, so shop around.