The Good Numark's NS7 affords laptop-based DJs the look, feel, and control of using professional, motorized turntables, without all the hassle and limitations of analog gear.
The Bad At around 35 pounds, the Numark NS7 is a beast of a system, and not nearly as portable or affordable as its competition.
The Bottom Line The Numark NS7 accomplishes what DJs have dreamed of for years--a seamless melding of reliable audio software and high-performance analog-style control.
More and more DJs are trading in their turntables for laptops, lured by the advantages of digital audio (hard-drive music libraries, searchable music catalogs) and the appeal of carrying less equipment around. The digital transition can be bittersweet, though, as DJs come to miss the feeling of scratching, cueing, and matching tempos with tried-and-true analog turntables and mixers.
Manufacturers have struggled to bridge this gap between analog and digital DJing with a number of solutions, ranging from awkwardly retrofitted turntables, to flimsy . After reviewing our fair share of digital DJ tools over the past few years, we're happy to say that nothing approaches the sophisticated features and rock-solid design of the Numark NS7.