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Estacy
02-06-2012, 09:29 AM
Some interesting stuff from Numark, a lollipop headphone. Brave move, I want one!


http://www.numark.com/product/redphone



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hQ2JmWe4DI&feature=youtu.be&t=53s

mainstreamdjs
02-06-2012, 09:57 AM
I actually find the REDWAVES very uncomfortable and not movable at all...they seem too bulky for me. Regardless, I believe numark just dropped it down a notch but creating the redphone.

JonnyFlash
02-06-2012, 11:36 AM
I do not see the point in the lollipop design. I mean having to hold it up to your ear. I dunno maybe I am old school in the fact that I like to have both my hands free to adjust the tempo or to block someone from spilling a drink all over my set up or defend myself from the zombie invasion :twhack:

[O/][iii][O/]
02-06-2012, 12:18 PM
I do not see the point in the lollipop design. I mean having to hold it up to your ear. I dunno maybe I am old school in the fact that I like to have both my hands free to adjust the tempo or to block someone from spilling a drink all over my set up or defend myself from the zombie invasion :twhack:

The point for many users of this design is for several reason:

If you know your tracks inside and out there's no need to keep monitoring them in headphones.

Headphones have a tendency to lie to you about what's really going on in with the mix on the dancefloor.

Monitoring should be done with monitors, not headphones for a more accurate sense of what's being sent to the mains.

The freedom to move without being tethered to headphones around neck/head.

Regarding your comment about hands being free, you don't need to hold a CueStick. If designed properly it simply rides on your shoulder just like a home telephone does (see below). They idea behind it is that you only use it during cueing (hence the name "CueStick"), NOT during the mix. If you truly know your tracks there's no need to stay stuck in headphones. You just cue up, start the mix, set the stick down out of the way and go about performing the mix using the booth monitors. That way you know exactly what the mix is doing on the dancefloor. Headphones on the other hand can give you a false reading on this.

Hope this helps.


PS: Regarding your comment about being "old school", lollipops (aka: CueStick, Stick, Monophone, etc.) actually are old school.The guy in the video above even says "remember these back in the day" at 0m, 53s. They've been documented in use going back to the 70's. Google Larry Levan. Frankie Knuckles, Little Louie Vega for just a few examples.

PSS: For anyone interested in crafting their own CueStick, I have posted on my website a DIY on how to go about it. Just visit http://blackscience.com and go to the Weblog section. There used to be an entire 20 some odd page thread that covered all this here on djforums.com before the site went down. Don't know if it was archived or not, but it sure would be handy if the admins could repost it because it went into great detail about every aspect of CueSticks. I'm guessing Numark was monitoring this forum back then, saw the amount of interest on that thread and decided to throw one into the market.

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy304/innerwebs/mistermac_cuestick1.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy304/innerwebs/mistermac_cuestick5.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy304/innerwebs/mistermac_cuestick4.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy304/innerwebs/mistermac_cuestick3.jpg

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy304/innerwebs/mistermac_cuestick2.jpg

Estacy
02-07-2012, 04:06 PM
I remember that topic, I love the look of the custom monophones. unfortunately I don't have a broken headphone laying around and I haven't got the slightest clue how to connect the cup to the handle

Estacy
02-26-2012, 06:04 AM
small update:
a big DJ store here in the Netherlands priced it at 53 euros, so I'm guessing it's going to be around 60-70 dollars in the US. seems like a fair price, about half of the redwave