theres a time display that can either show the time remaining till the end of the track (this is the default) or the time elapsed since the beginning of the track. usually you start making the transition when the time counter has reached 1:30 or so.
It's often between 0:55 and 1:00... And for another tune, it can be 1:20... (for me) But with cue on virtual Dj it's easy, you can see exactly when you'll arrive at your cue point to make the transition. Maybe without any software and with CD decks, you must make your transition only with listening so. A bit more complicated.
with the larger cdjs, it's possible to store many cue points per track and even permanently (on an mmc card for example), but i can't say for sure if it's possible to set the time display to "time remaining till cue point x". but anyhow, you shouldn't rely on such things anyway. suppose you go to play in a club and they only have some diff kind of cdjs, you wouldn't be able to play properly then. so, it's in your own interest to get used to mixing by listening only. don't ever start to rely on any features of any specific cdjs too heavily.
I must agree with you here dfx, get used to listening to tracks and after a while you know when changes are gonna happen in a track and how long it is to the end roughly! pre-listening to determine when and how you bring in next track, and setup EQ is important but effort on such time features is not recommended eg. you cant do it with vinyl anyway, its guesswork and becoming familiar with records and the track, and like dfx said "LISTENING" IS THE KEY.
As for the larger CDJ's, i can speak for the 800's and 1000's, its not possible to as dfx said "set the time display to "time remaining till cue point x", its only time remaining for track (default) or time lapsed for track! but if you really wanna use this technique, as much as i suggest against, use the time lapse feature and set your cue, then it will tell you how far in the track you are, then when set change it to time remaining, and you can then start it from the previous amount you got from time lapsed to get to your cue point! but ill say again not something i recommend either, its one of those bad habits that software can give you as i have used software when i started out also, now i use both but have learnt from the bad habits associated with it!
Hey I don't think you should rule out Denon!
ok i take that back i've only tried a denon cdj for like a few seconds and i found the jog wheel with the slipmat kinda strange, esp. in handling. but i guess that's just a matter of getting used to.
that being said, my new "hate brand" in matters of cdjs is numark i had to play on a pair of those once, and it was just horrible.
anyway, i'm trying to get a pair of pioneer 800s now