I’ve been a cdj user since the bomb proof mark 1's and have "lived" with the issues in the 2000s which have generally been addressed in due course. I'm a Pioneer "fan" but I'm beginning to question my loyalty in the face of what seems like a user gouging exercise.
I paid a hefty sum for the 1000's, then another hefty sum for the 2000's, now I am being asked to pay another hefty sum for the nexus players which have new functionality that my 4 year old laptop has had ever since I bought it.
Yes I paid $1500 for my laptop 4 years ago, and I still use this with advanced HID on the 2000's and traktor. I have speedy track analysis, sync (lol), Waveform zoom,etc but my 2000's which cost double, can’t do this?
Imagine if each time Native instruments released a new version or updated release to their product, and demanded that I buy a new laptop every time. They would be out of business.
I'm not saying the hardware in the 2000's CAN do the things the nexus can do, but for 2 grand a pop... they should.
The only conclusion I can come to is that by hiring top dj's like laid back etc. to endorse these new features, we forget the fact that we now need to spend 4 grand to get a few new features that the 4 grand we already spent should have been able to give us.
Stick a laptop motherboard in the next versions of the cdj, then we can upgrade the memory, or cpu etc. to support new features rather than binning the whole thing each time for a new model.
My $1500 laptop is still going strong at gigs whether its nexus or 2000's and can still run the latest versions of Traktor. The Pioneer approach just seems a wee bit unfair.
This is just my view of why some of the bad vibes of late have been happening. I know Pulse and Gav are doing their best and they have always been helpful to me, but even they must see why this is happening.
Just my view of course, happy to be corrected.