I think Pioneer has proven to be more reliable, they are used by many DJ's worldwide, and I think the CDJ-200 isn't a bad choice. The vestax has more features like Scratch and some more effects, but I don't know if it's just as reliable, for a drive inn, buy CDJ-200.
I however have heard many good comments on the Vestax. It's a decent CD-player from a good brand (Vestax= high quality). I don't think you can go wrong with either one of these players. I must also say that I have personally only used Pioneer CDJ's so far, and the build quality is excellent as well.
User edit by Mixt-Ape on 19-02-2009 @ 18:52:44 (62%)
Based on my experience with the Pioneer CDJ-400 and Vestax mixer PMC-280, I would say go for the Pioneer. Their CD-players are used in every club around the world, and not without a reason. Vestax builds good stuff, but I think Pioneer's CD-players are just a tad better.. If the CDJ-400's are within the range of your budget, I'd definitely have a look at those as well, they're very good players for home use, i.m.o. better than the CDJ-200's (more features and the controls are more like the CDJ-1000's, the worlds club standard).
My opinion is that vestax need to build Mixers, and MIDI-controllers. Let Pioneer handle the CDJ-stuff. I would choose the pioneer, beqause of the build and bomb-proof quality. Also the cdj200 reacts more like the cdj1000mk3 which is the worldwide club standard.