Tag: Technics 1200
Str8-90′s proving that old fashioned is always best
Recently, I gave Stanton and their CM 205 design some grief, as I wasn’t particularly fond with the execution of this "hybrid" design. Like I stated in the workingDJ post, mobile DJs should consider it as a second unit (back up unit) to take with them from venue to venue. Since the CM 205 is lightweight and portable-friendly, the convenience is a major plus. However, it has way too many hindrances to turn it into your "right hand unit". But let’s digress-check out the workingDJ post of the CM 205 if you’re interested.
Today, I’m proving that I’m not on the Hate Stanton DJ bandwagon (if there even is one), and that I agree with what they stand for, I agree with their diversity in DJ equipment, their excellence in designing and their skill in bringing portability and, without question, durability into the mix. I agree with products such as the Str8-90, and no, not because it’s 100% pure analog.
The Stanton Str8-90
The fact that it’s traditional is one reason I’m for the Str8-90. As it’s a simple turntable, prepped for a wax record, not much can be said about it that hasn’t already been said. Working DJs know all about the straight tone arm (skip proof) offering just as much as the S-shape of the Technics, and they also know that, when compared to a Tech 1200, Stanton’s STr8-90 trumps it in bonus features. Oh, but that’s not the best part; for scratching DJs especially, the "best part" about this table is the 2.2 Kgf-cm powerful torque on the platters, which makes for unbeatable scratching. And mobile DJs can appreciate that it’s just 21 pounds and ready fo the road. With an aluminum faceplate and platter, working DJs who purchase Stanton’s Str8-90 won’t need to replace it any time soon. But when you have to, you’ll want to.
The features include, but aren’t limited to:
- Adjustable feet
- Motor off feature
- Reverse function
- Blue LEDs and indicators
- Selectable pitch control
- Manual pitch blend
- Much more–try one and find out
Stanton proudly boasts that the features you see up there are features you’re not going to find on the Technics 1200. And the design, which resembles the popular design of the Str8-100, is more a looker than any of the Techs series.
What I think Stanton should add, but I know won’t, is that the Str8-90 isn’t the best turntable for beat mixing, and that’s largely due to the straight tone arm. Many working DJs who aren’t heavy into scratching didn’t know this and went out and bought the turntables anyway. Not a good idea–you may end up wasting your money if you’re not predominantly into scratching.
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