The Gemini PT-2400 has been
out for quite some time now but seems to be a turntable that many
underestimate or overlook without really thinking about it, a fatal
mistake as this is not a deck to be messed with. I wouldn't be as
bold as to say it's a challenge to the mighty Technics or Vestax but
I'll be dammed if it's not far off them.
If there's one great thing
that can be said about Gemini it's that their range of products is so
vast and diverse that it's possible to afford any of them no matter
what your budget may be. I'm sure that most people in their dj lives
have either owned something made by Gemini or at least thought about
getting one. You just need to look at the list of mixers stamped with
the Gemini logo and you will see how easily it could stretch around
the block. Furthermore, the success of the PT series turntables
within the beginner/intermediate market is unparalleled. So how does
the PT-2400 shape up then?
back briefly at the PT-2400's predecessors, the 2000mk2, 2000mk3 you
would expect the 2400 to be a slightly modified version comprising of
all the best bits. Well, in lose terms this is not far from the truth
but the 2400 doesn't stop there, it goes one step better resulting in
a high quality turntable with an excellent performance.
The real test in a turntable
is the feel of strength and power behind it. Just like a good car,
the turntable needs to feel strong and handle well, does the PT-2400
have a solid construction?, what's the start up/stopping time on the
motor like? does the tone arm feel sturdy or is it more likely to
snap of in your hand if you get rough? These are the kind of things
that were on my mind when initially giving the 2400 a demo and I'm
pleased to say that the Gemini passed all of them with flying colours.
The fundamentals of the
PT-2400 are impressive. To start off with then, this is a direct
drive motor driven turntable with a power punching 2.2kg/cm of start
up torque. With this kind of power behind the wheel only the really
heavy-handed will cause the motor problems. The stats clock the
turntable at 0.6 seconds from start to 33.3RPM with a stopping time
around a quarter of a revolution, again quite impressive. The tone
arm has a sturdy feel to it too, reassuring for when you are cueing
or scratching. The straight tonearm found on both Vestax and Stanton
has been causing quite a stir but to be honest this turntable does
equally well without it. The default settings for the tone arm height
and weight were 0 and +3 respectively. No problems here but of course
with a fully adjustable tone arm the height and weight settings are
totally down to you. Other features include 33,45,78 RPM speeds,
reverse play and a 10% pitch control range.
that we have established that this deck has a strong and robust feel
we need to find out how it responds to pitch changes and exactly how
responsive the slider is. This is where we are introduced to one of
the Gemini's new features, the digital display, previously missing
form the PT-2000 series. If truth be told there isn't actually any
need for a digital display, if Technics can lead the turntable market
without one is it just a gimmic? Well it certainly looks cool and
although I was a little dubious to start off with I was actually
pleased with it's overall performance. Changes to the pitch slider
position were instantly reflected in the displays reading and I soon
found myself watching the digits clock up like a speedometer as I
raised the tempo. I don't actually think it's going to make
beatmatching any easier but it's definitely not a hindrance.
Like most turntables released
in the last year or so the pitch slider has had that annoying lock
zone around the 0% mark removed. A quartz lock button has replaced
this, enabling a smooth sliding action through the complete pitch range.
Located in the same pitch
display area on the turntable we also find the two pitch bend
buttons. These were also featured on the PT-2000 mk3 and are a handy
little feature. Basically the pitch bend allows you to nudge on or
slow down the platter in varying amounts, similar to what you would
do manually when lining up the beats between two tunes. That said,
there's nothing new in this technology and it is seen on many other
decks both in and out of the Gemini range. You can call me old
fashioned but I still prefer the hands on approach and manual
manipulation of the vinyl as opposed to it's digital counterpart.
Again this is personal preference but I guess the facility's there if
you want to use it.
In summary this turntable is
of a very high quality and earns its 'professional turntable' status.
This does of course mean that the PT-2400 can not be bought cheap but
in my opinion it's worth every penny. The PT-2400's are currently
retailing at around £579 a pair ($738 USD) and are ideal for
those who are after something a cut above the rest but not quite
reaching the Technics/Vestax price tag. If you've after something
similar to this turntable as an alternative to Gemini then check out
the Stanton STR8-80 or the Numark TT2 Pro, both of which, like the
2400 are extremely good turntables.
Keep your eye's peeled for the brand new version of the PT-2400
featuring the straight tone arm called the SA2400. I haven't even
seen this baby on sale in the shops yet but with a jet black finish
it stands out head and shoulders above the rest of the Gemini range
and the straight tone arm will make this a force to be reckoned with.