Here is a small selection of our most popular items – please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to advise on the rest of our range, or if you need help finding something unusual or rare.
The CDJ-2000 was the original game-changing CDJ and it is the one that made USB DJing the norm.
It retains all of the classic features for CD & MP3 playback from the CDJ1000mk3, as well as the USB MP3 playback capability first seen from Pioneer on their CDJ400 model, and a link function that allows you to share one USB stick or SD card between two or more CDJs. The CDJ-2000 (including nexus and nexus 2) are the only Pioneer CDJs that supports playback from an SD card, so some DJs (e.g. Sasha) can only play on a pair of linked CDJ2000’s.
The CDJ-2000nxs (CDJ 2000 nexus) is still the current industry standard and it is the one that most DJs will expect to find in the booth. Like the original CDJ2000, it plays tracks from CDs, SD cards and USB storage, with a link function that allows you to share one USB stick or SD card between two or more CDJs. Many Traktor and Serato DJs MUST have a CDJ2000 nexus (not nxs2 or original CDJ2000) and these are the most likely to be suitable for all of the DJs at a party or event.
The CDJ-2000nxs2 (CDJ 2000 nexus 2) is Pioneer’s latest top of the range CDJ.
It builds on the success of the ubiquitous CDJ2000nexus and adds some improvements in functionality and sound. Like the previous models, it plays tracks from CDs, SD cards and USB storage, with a link function that allows you to share one USB stick or SD card between two or more CDJs.
The XDJ-1000 (XDJ 1000) is a budget version of the CDJ2000. You can only play music from USB as it does not have a CD drive or SD card slot, and many of the features have been moved to the touch screen (rather than having heavy duty buttons), but it retains the USB link function and the user experience is very similar as it has all of the main controls and features. As you would expect, the build quality and sound quality are not as good, but they are a great way to save money, especially on a weekly hire.
The current mixer of choice for CDJ users is the Pioneer DJM900. It builds on the success of the ever popular DJM800 and adds a few little tweaks in a very welcome update. The in built effects and sound quality are slightly improved and so are the faders and the overall build quality. The sound colour effects now include the excellent noise, dub echo, and space effects, alongside the traditional filter & crush effects, but the big selling point though is the addition of USB MIDI capability for almost every single knob, button & fader on the mixer. This is great for users of DVS systems such as Serato Scratch Live or Traktor Scratch as it allows you to control the software using the mixer. You can use it in a very similar way to an outboard USB MIDI controller like the Traktor Kontrol X1 and all you need is a USB cable and the appropriate drivers (which are available as a free download). The DJM900 is one of all only two mixers that fully integrate with the CDJ2000 and CDJ900 with the link mode for sharing of source files and effect quantization – the other is the DJM2000. The last selling point for the DJM900 is that is has a Traktor Scratch certified sound card built in so you can use time coded vinyl or CDs without plugging in your Native Instruments Audio 4, Audio 6, Audio 8, or Audio 10. It is also compatible with the “club kit” version of Serato DJ, so you can use that without an external soundcard like a Rane SL4, SL3, SL2 etc.
The DJM800 is one of the most popular club mixers and it is very easy to use, thanks to its simple layout and idiot proof effects. There are two basic Mic inputs, plus four main channels with two inputs on each (only three Phono inputs for turntables though). Each channel has a ‘colour’ knob with a choice of four effects (harmonic, sweep, crush, or filter) but 90% of the time DJs just use the filter effect, which gives a simple LPF filter when turned anti-clockwise and HPF filter when turned clockwise. They are not a patch on the Allen & Heath Xone VCA filters but they do the job and they are very easy to use. The rest of the effects are found in the ‘beat effects’ section and they are basically an update of the effects from the classic Pioneer DJM600 mixer. There are 13 effects in total and the most popular ones are probably filter, echo, delay, flanger, reverb & roll. All of these are ‘beat linked’ which means that they follow the auto BPM (or manually tapped BPM if you prefer) for the channel that you apply them to. The crossfader has a basic curve adjust switch and is just about usable for scratching, but the faders in general are not that great, so turntablists would be much better off with a proper scratch battle mixer, or something like an Allen & Heath Xone:92.
The DJM350 is the the perfect match for the CDJ350s and it’s the smallest of the Pioneer mixers with inbuilt effects. It has the familiar Pioneer layout, as well as 4 effects on a sweep control (gate, jet, crush & filter), and a USB input for recording of mixes. There are only two channels, but both have two inputs so you can easily hook up a laptop or iPod alongside two CDJs.
The Allen & Heath Xone 92 has 4 main channels for Phono or Line sources and you can use the awesome Allen & Heath VCA filters on any of these. The 92 has the advantage of two separate filters so that you can use two separate effects at the same time – LPF on one deck and HPF on the other for example. This is a big plus in our book!It also has two extra channels which can be used for Mic or Line sources. They are often used for an effects return, but unlike the the main four channels you cannot use the filters or the crossfader on them. All six channels have a four band EQ on them, rather than the three band EQ that you find on Pioneer and the rest…..
Like the Xone 92, the Allen & Heath Xone:DB2 has 4 main channels, and two of these are switchable between Phono or Line sources. It has a unique trimodal EQ section, with the option to use standard EQ, isolator style, or LPF and HPF filters instead of the usual Low / Mid / Hi set-up.
The aux sends and extra two channels have gone, but in their place, you have two effects units; one for each side of the crossfader. There is a separate mic/line with EQ, gain, and level controls, which effectively gives you five channels, and all of these are assignable to the crossfader (and therefore the effects)