Today we send a warm welcome to the latest addition to the Pioneer family, the new XDJ-1000MK2. The MK2 brings a handful of new features, keeping up with the demands of DJ’s around the world.
As was expected, the new XDJ implements features from the flagship CDJ-2000NSX2 including eight Hot Cues, FLAC and ALAC support along with higher quality touch screens. Adding to the list of improvements, Pioneer has also lifted the DDJ-SP1 connectivity from the 2000’s. The added features have created a fantastic bridge for DJ’s who want all the whistles and bells of the higher end Pioneer CDJ series, at a significantly lower price point, particularly those that don’t require a CD player. The XDJ comes in at about $1200 USD, almost half the price of the CDJ-2000NXS2 at $2197.
Keeping it real:
We have had the opportunity to fiddle about with both the CDJ-2000NXS2 and the XDJ-1000 this past week and while both are fantastic players they do have some noteworthy differences. Each has pro’s as well as cons. For starters, the XDJ is significantly lighter than the CDJ. The CDJ weighs in at a heafty 12.6 lbs (5.7 Kilograms) while the XDJ is a mere 8.1 lbs (3.7 Kilograms.) The added weight of the CDJs ensures they don’t scoot around in the club, however, the weight (or lack there of) of the XDJs makes them quite a bit easier to lug around from gig to gig.
Next on the list is tactile control. The CDJ gives you loads of buttons, knobs and switches to fiddle with, but the XJD has replaced most tactile controls with touchscreen options, including the Hot Cues. We’re sure the future of CDJ’s/XDJ’s/WhateverDJ’s will include some sort of haptic feedback, but for now, you are still just touching a slab of glass, with no tactile feedback. This is where the XDJ falls short. Anyone playing with a significan amount of Hot Cues in their set can testify that pushing a button on a screen is much not nearly as nice at hitting real buttons, and using the XDJ’s live made hitting Hot Cues a bit scary and it’s quite easy to hit the wrong one. It’s not all good news on the CDJ-2000NXS2 though. As many will know, one of the new features of the NXS2 is the new “Slip Reverse” switch, replacing the classic reverse toggle switch with a three position switch. Down being reverse, middle being forward and up being a spring loaded momentary switch engaging slip reverse. The idea is great but the real world scoop is, when performing, it’s quite easy to accidentally engage the reverse now that the switch only needs to travel half the distance. We didn’t have this problem when we played an hour long set on the CDJ’s, but the possibility of it was quite obvious upon learning the layout of the player and moving ones hands from the Hot Cues to the main cue or play button.
One of the biggest differences between the two, at least for the moment, lies in the new CDJ’s lack of HID support. This makes the XDJ-1000MK2 massively more attractive to Serato users. We were quite surprised to find out that if you want to use the CDJ’s as a controller to mix videos you have to cross-grade to Rekordbox Video, a whopping $278 USD. While that seems to be a reasonable price for a professional DJ program, it can be a bit disappointing to anyone who has already purchased serato DJ along with the Serato Video plug-in or MixEmergency by Inklen.
Despite their differences, the new line of Pioneer players are both fantastic options for DJ’s. Weather you were on the original NXS or the gen 1 XDJ’s the transition up should be quite seamless, save for the lack of HID support. Both players have a fantastic feature set and top notch build quality, that can be appreciated by festival headliners and entry level DJ’s alike. You can get more info about these great players at Pioneers Website
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