Vestax VCI-300 gives DJs peace of mind

CNET's Donald Bell offers his review of the Vestax VCI-300 DJ bundle with Serato Itch software.

One of the biggest arguments against laptop-based DJ setups is that they just aren't as reliable as a conventional turntable rig. For analog gear, the worst thing you have to worry about is a frayed cable or a warped record--unlike digital DJs who live with a constant fear that a software update may invalidate an audio-card driver or cripple their MIDI controller. The more components in the equation (external storage, USB drivers, software authorization dongles), the more you need a computer science degree just to diagnose the problem.


One way to tackle the reliability is to borrow a page from Apple and make a closed system of software and hardware that is deliberately engineered to work together with a minimum of setup or potential glitches. That's exactly what Vestax has done with its VCI-300 DJ bundle, made in cooperation with the audio software company Serato.

The VCI-300 isn't cheap (around $1,000), but it's not a bad value when you add up the cost of buying a hardware interface, 4-channel audio card, and professional DJ software as separate components. You're still paying a premium for the VCI-300's emphasis on reliability, but it's a small price to pay for some extra peace of mind.

You can read my full review of the Vestax VCI-300 DJ system over on CNET Reviews.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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