Unfortunately, these came in only on Sunday at Namm 2017 so we couldn’t check them out. That being said, it’s pretty big news as Gemini brings out an new range of players at prices that DJ’s will find more than competitive.

Let’s go 1 by 1.

Gemini MDJ-900

Gemini MDJ-900
Gemini MDJ-900

First of all we have the MDJ-900, the new flagship media player. It looks like it has the same features as the MDJ-1000 minus the CD player, so expect it to be a bit cheaper.

Key Features

  • Flagship-quality USB media player with 4.3″ color screen, moving waveform, and onboard search and analysis.
  • Eight-inch ultra-high resolution capacitive touch platter with center display delivers professional quality performance.
  • Network linking opens up features like library sharing and BPM sync between units.
  • Extensive auto-looping support includes 8 auto loops, loop roll mode, and dividing or multiplying loop lengths to create that perfect build.
  • Up to 4 hotcues per track give you instant access to those important parts of your music.
  • Built-in Hipass / Lowpass filter gives you unique mixing possibilities not found on other products.
  • The smooth 100mm pitch fader and adjustable pitch range from 4% to 100% let you mix with surgical precision.
  • Adjustable platter tension and start/stop times let you dial in the feel that’s perfect for you.
  • Multiple platter modes available, including slip mode, reverse play, vinyl, and stutter cue.
  • MIDI Mode turns your MDJ-900 into the ultimate platter controller – complete with on-screen deck info* (*in Virtual DJ).

Gemini MDJ-600

Gemini MDJ-600 front
Gemini MDJ-600 front

This is the smaller brother of the MDJ-1000 player. It has less features (for example, it’s not possible to link players together through ethernet to share the same USB music source) but at approx USD 259, it’s also a steal.

Key Features

  • Full-featured CD and USB media player with 4.3″ color screen, moving waveform, and onboard search and analysis.
  • Five-inch high resolution touch platter is perfect for even the most demanding performance.
  • Manual and BPM-based auto looping makes it easy to create builds or extend breaks.
  • Four hotcues per track let you jump to that sample or drop with ease.
  • Loop Roll adds complicated sounding stutter edits by pushing one button.
  • The 100mm pitch fader and adjustable pitch ranges from 4% to 100% let you mix with surgical precision.
  • Slip Mode means you can use scratches or hotcues without ruining your mix.
  • Multiple platter modes available, including reverse play, vinyl, and stutter cue.
  • MIDI Mode turns your MDJ-600 into the ultimate platter controller – complete with on-screen deck info* (*in Virtual DJ).

Gemini MDJ-500

Gemini MDJ-500 front
Gemini MDJ-500 front

Finally, we have the MDJ-500, with all the features of the MDJ-600 but without the front loading CD player. Again, a lot of bang for your buck considering this unit will set you back no more than USD 199.

Key features

  • Flagship-quality USB media player with 4.3″ color screen, moving waveform, and onboard search and analysis.
  • 8″ ultra-high resolution capacitive touch platter with center display delivers professional quality performance .
  • Network linking opens up features like library sharing and BPM sync between units.
  • Extensive auto-looping support includes 8 auto loops, loop roll mode, and dividing or multiplying loop lengths to create that perfect build.
  • Up to 4 hotcues per track give you instant access to those important parts of your music.
  • Built-in Hipass / Lowpass filter gives you unique mixing possibilities not found on other products.
  • The smooth 100mm pitch fader and adjustable pitch ranges from 4% to 100% let you mix with surgical precision.
  • Adjustable platter tension and start / stop times let you dial in the feel that’s perfect for you.
  • Multiple platter modes available, including slip mode, reverse play, vinyl, and stutter cue.
  • MIDI Mode turns your MDJ-900 into the ultimate platter controller – complete with on-screen deck info* (*in Virtual DJ).

My take

This is a great player line-up from Gemini! Bringing out the MDJ-900 is a smart move. CD player mechanisms are expensive, and above all subject to fail with all the moving parts, so leaving them out in favour of USB only connectivity is not only good for the price, but also for the reliability of the player. And if you still DJ off CD’s the MDJ-1000 remains available.

Having two smaller players, the MDJ-600 and MDJ-500,  that operate in the sub USD 300 range is great for DJ’s on thight budget, but that still want onboard screens to get that CDJ effect. Gemini gear can’t match the quality of Pioneer DJ gear, but for a home setup to train on you could do a lot worse than these.