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CAT: HER 146
25 Mar 13
DJ controller with air control and built-in audio outputs (limited edition)
Review: The Hercules DJ Control AIR is the first portable USB DJ controller to feature air control, in addition to touch controls. The Hercules DJ Control AIR includes innovations which aim to make mixing attractive, intuitive and spectacular, whether you're an amateur DJ, or just getting started.
The Hercules DJ Control AIR is a 2-deck DJ controller with 2 pressure sensitive jog wheels, 8 velocity sensitive pads and the exclusive AIR contact-less control module for complete control over mix, sync and effects. Touch sensitive jog wheels provide intuitive switching between scratch, pitch bend and browsing within tracks. The 8 velocity sensitive pads control the sampler, loops and effects. Pads can be set as on/off or gradual controls and the inner backlight shows pad activation.
The Hercules AIR control is a contact-less sensor that lets you control features with a wave of your hand and works under all lighting conditions. It features an on-board sound card with a 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo mini jack for the main output and a 1/4" stereo headphone jack for cue/preview.
The DJ Control AIR is the first DJ controller for computers featuring touch and air control or adjustment by infrared. The infrared proximity sensor built into the unit lets DJs control their choice of function (volume level, effects, etc) without touching the controller, simply by moving their outstretched hand above the sensor. It's like there's magic in the air when performing a set. The AIR control functions regardless of the ambient lighting, allowing users to modulate a software setting quickly and intuitively no matter where they are.
Thanks to its 2 pressure-detecting jog wheels, the DJ Control AIR is perfect for scratching. The jog wheels, each 4" in diameter, detect the pressure exerted by the user's hand. As a result, the feeling when scratching is as natural as when scratching on a vinyl record or CD turntable, ideal for learning and perfecting scratch techniques, just like on professional DJ hardware. The jog wheels also allow for easy control of the pitch bend function, as well as browsing through playlists.
Hercules have also included 2 sets of 4 progressive pads for users looking to control sounds with a minimum of gestures. These pads transmit a command and its velocity, to control loops, samples or effects. Just tap your finger on a pad to play an effect, for example: the pad lights up when touched, and transmits not only the on/off command, but a gradual command as well. This lets the user easily vary the attack of a sound sample, or its volume, or modulate the amplitude of an effect. The backlit pads, along with the lighting on the other controls, allow for easy viewing even in low-light or dark conditions.
Taking a great leap forward in the world of mixing, Hercules have created an intuitive ensemble of controls on a unique mobile control surface. These controls have typically only been available to seasoned musicians via multiple controllers, each of which is programmable and/or dedicated to a specific function. The DJ Control AIR also features built-in audio outputs.
CAT: HER 200
30 Apr 12
Versatile DJ headphones for DJing and leisure use
Review: The HDP DJ M 40.1 from Hercules have 50mm drivers and a fully flexible design, making them ideal for DJs who need to monitor music through one ear cup only. The closed cup, circum-aural design of the earcups provide superior comfort even after hours of use and block out ambient noise.
CAT: HER 210
19 Mar 12
Professional DJ headphones with style and comfort
Review: The construction and design of the Hercules HDP DJ-Pro M1001 professional DJ headphones is somewhat of a mixed bag. The Hercules M1001 headphones are made up of almost completely plastic making them easy to wear for long periods of time and also making it light in weight for transport. On the downside, the light plastic feels like it may not hold up to much abuse or to Mobile DJ's who are constantly on-the-go with their set of headphones. Even the key joint areas that bend and swivel are also full-plastic construction which means DJs will need to be careful not to drop or hit them when handling and using these headphones. The earcups can fold, swivel, and rotate very extensively to give DJs their optimal position for monitoring. This gives the Hercules M1001 lots of diversity and this is where the headphones will appeal to more users than other top brands that do not swivel or fold in a similar manner. The earcups themselves contain 50mm drivers to handle deep bass and to also completely cover the ears for excellent sound isolation and adequate non-powered Noise-cancelling to get rid of the outside sounds. They fit nice and snug without actually squeezing your head. The earcup and headband pads are very comfortable and soft with a leather-like material covering them for ultimate comfort. The headband is also extendable to fit any size head comfortably. There is a removable cable that can attach to either the left or right earcup depending on where a DJ would rather have this connection. Hercules also included a gold-plated mini-to-quarter-inch adapter so they can plug into any piece of equipment you need.
The Hercules HDP M1001 DJ headphones have excellent sound quality. The Hercules M1001 headphones even handled well with distorted and super-loud monitoring conditions without any degradation to the sound quality. The sound isolation is one of the best that I've reviewed as each earcup fits nice and snug over-the-ears that does a great job at eliminating background noise without the use of batteries and other technologies. None of the frequency ranges bled over into the others during out 2 hour stress-test period.
In conclusion, The Hercules HDP M1001 DJ headphones are recommended for any user who needs an over-the-ear professional grade headphone monitoring solution that has great sound quality and a competitive price to match.
CAT: HER 215
13 May 13
Folding DJ headphones
Review: The DJAdv G401 features 50mm with a full range frequency response of 15 Hz to 22 KHz, tailored for DJ and studio use and swivelling earcups for 1 ear monitoring while DJing. As well as this the G401 headphones also feature a sturdy, stylish design, with large, soft earpads for effective noise cancellation and isolation in loud environments.
CAT: HER 195
15 Oct 12
Pair of HiFi inspired 2.0 multimedia speakers
Review: The Hercules XPS 2.0 60 speaker system is a hard act to follow.
With a total power output of 60W and magnetic shielding, these XPS 2.0 60 multimedia speakers from Hercules certainly don't do things by halves.
The design of the XPS 2.0 60 system is similar to that of a HiFi, meaning it'll fit seamlessly into your home. Meanwhile, the adjustable controls have been built into this system's body, allowing you to tone down or crank up the volume instantly.
CAT: HER 190 (B-STOCK)
26 Dec 11
B-STOCK: Box opened but product is new, unused and in perfect working order
Review: *** B-STOCK: Box opened but product is new, unused and in perfect working order ***
Because a successful performance depends on a careful mix preparation, the monitoring speakers are an essential item in any DJ's personal studio for beginners, amateurs and expert DJs alike. To this end, the Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ monitor speaker system offers precise sound restitution, enabling DJs to become aware of every detail in their sound and to hone their mix to perfection.
The XPS 2.0 80 DJ monitor speaker system was developed with the assistance of Hercules' specialized DJing teams, and has been subjected to in-depth testing by Hercules' audio engineers. All have worked with high-end materials and components to deliver the precise, homogenous and quality sound that DJs demand.
The XPS 2.0 80 DJ monitor speaker system comprises 2 compact wooden satellites, designed to reduce clutter in your home studio. The front face's curvature has been calculated to ensure a clear and balanced sound flow. Each satellite features a silk-dome tweeter, for sharp and pure treble. At the center of each satellite, a 4" woofer with a Kevlar diaphragm, a material offering consistent performance, that is less subject to deformation than other materials, delivers ample and homogenous medium and bass sounds.
Finally, the XPS 2.0 80 DJ monitor satellites' front face features a dual port system, often required by DJs to receive and assess all the bass frequencies in their creations.
Offering simple control over advanced features, the XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor speaker system features user-friendly front-mounted buttons that allow DJs to adjust the general volume, as well as bass and treble levels.