I have been using my pair of 1210s for 14 years now and finally last month I bought my first pair of cd players. I was looking at the pioneers but they cost so much and I wasnt really sure if i wanted cd players. Really the only reason I did was because lugging 1200s around to a gig is difficult. I ended up buying a pair of Numark ndx400s for I think $175 USD a piece. They seem to have everything I need currently. A platter, scratch mode, pitch change, play tracks from cd or usb, cue points, loops, and a brake. The only things that is weird is the brake also starts a track slow if left on so it's a reverse of the brake which I don't see why you would ever want that. Also the lock pitch is useless with timecodes which is what I use. The only other thing is I cant seem to find travel cases for them yet but for under $400 USD I think they are amazing. I had only briefly played with the pioneer cdjs so I dont have much to compare it with and these probably aren't as good but I honestly haven't found any issues as of yet.