I'm a wedding DJ who primarily uses a notebook computer, but I needed a backup and something to use in case I needed to reboot the PC for some reason. I was using a Gemini pro dual CD player, but bouncing around on the road, and the temperature extremes finally got the best of it and it died. I decided I'd be better off with something with no moving parts to fail, so I bought the Pyle Pro PDJ250U. I was also looking at the Numark D2 Director, but it had more features than I needed, and I saved a bundle going with the Pyle unit.It's a great unit for the money and works very well, if you work around a few little issues. The only caveats with this unit are:1) The jog dials are VERY easy to bump when playing, and if you're paused, it makes a rapid stuttering sound in that spot, which it's supposed to do, but would be very annoying when DJ-ing a wedding. One way to minimize the chance of that happening is to keep the fader on that channel down until you're ready to play the file.2) The 2GB SD card limit per side is somewhat constraining, but it still beats carrying CDs around. (It does not support the SDHC high capacity cards.) But you can get 200-300 128kbps mp3s on a 2GB card, and considering you only play about 70 during a 4 hour dance, that should suffice if you choose wisely. I have also successfully used an 8GB USB thumb drive with the unit, so that offers more storage. And according to the tech people at Pyle, you can also use a USB hub for even more. The drives also need to be formatted to FAT32 to work with this player.3) There are 2 discrete players in the same unit. That means you can't access a file on the left side SD or USB slot with the player on the right side, and vice-versa. If you want your entire library accessible from both sides, (which I do) you'll need to copy it to both USB or SD sources.4) On most mp3s, the player cuts off the first second of the song, as it auto-cues it up to the one second mark. This would be a dealbreaker, but you can download a freeware utility called MP3 Trimmer that will add silence of whatever length you like at the beginning of a bunch of tracks at once. It's fast and easy. Add 1.4 seconds to the beginnings of the tracks, & it cues up perfectly on the machine. If for some reason MP3 Trimmer doesn't work for you, there are plenty of other programs that will do the job as well.5) And it's not a big thing, but the track navigation could be better. There's a handy navigation knob you turn to scroll through the tracks. Once you find it, you press the knob to make that track current. That's great. But, you can only see one track at a time on the display. Let's say you have several tracks by the same artist. Since you only see the first dozen or so characters until you select the song, you have to press the knob to select the song in order to see the whole title scroll across. A better solution would've been to make the text smaller and give you more characters, AND to show 5 lines of text. The two preceding tracks in on top, the highlighted track in the middle, and then the next two below. That would make finding the right song more intuitive. That being said, it's still pretty simple. By the way, if you hold the navigation knob down while turning, it selects the folder rather than the file. The manual is about 3 pages long and basically useless, but you can learn all about the functions just by playing around with it. It's pretty easy to use.It's worth mentioning that the Numark is[$]on up, there's a Denon for around [$], and this unit is around [$]. If I were spending [$]on a unit like this, I would expect it to be better. But I've heard about issues with the Numark too, so nothing's perfect. Cortex makes some similar players that are affordable, (Still more $$$ than the Pyle, tho.) but I've heard plenty of horror stories about them failing, spontaneously rebooting every 20-30 minutes, and stuff like that, so it made me reluctant to use them.For what you spend on the Pyle, you're getting an awful lot. Only time will tell if it will hold up in the long run, but since there are no moving parts, I have no reason to doubt that it will work indefinitely. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this unit as a CD player replacement to a wedding DJ. It's a good, well built piece of gear, and fairly priced for what it does.
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