Pioneer XDJ-RX
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Pioneer XDJ-RX

XDJ-RX, MIDI Control Surface for DJ from Pioneer in the XDJ series.

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Drop7 07/28/2016

Pioneer XDJ-RX : Drop7's user review

« A great device close to a pro system - Highly recommendable »
5

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Value For Money : Excellent Audience: Anyone
As a semi pro DJ, I use this XDJ RX daily for training.

I’ve only had it for a few days, but this was enough to conquer me.

I have tried none of its competitors so far. (I mean, no standalone device!! Only Denon and Stanton offer equivalent products, but they’re a level under! Otherwise, I come from vinyl then CD mixing…)

>> What I like best about it :

.Ergonomics and setting of all functions similar to CDJ / DJM you can find in clubs, to me that’s its #1 asset

.Ease of use – coming from vinyl/CD mixing, I found my marks while I originally feared the XDJ RX would deliver feelings closer to a PC controller. It’s not the case, you really feel like playing on a good old CD player with the feelings and way to proceed Pioneer is known for.

.Rather good sound quality

.Very good screen

.Overall product quality

.Rekordbox, an excellent music library management software

.Of course, its #1 functionality : being useable in standalone with just a USB drive that went through Rekordbox, no need for a PC

."Slip mode" is nice

.Its effects



>> What I like less

.A third channel wouldn’t be too much, if only for mixing an external source (or even 4 channels). Now, I can live with 2 channels as I’m dynamic enough in the way I play, plus I knew it beforehand so this is not a problem at all for me.

.In spite of the great quality and response of the jogs, real CDJ-style jogs would have been much better.

.Otherwise, not much to say about it on the negative side… It’s a great product which I’d call semi-pro level, one step above the DDJ controller series as far as sound quality and building quality are concerned, and well above the CDJ350/400...

.I highly recommend this device for all who dislike software + controller interfaces as much as I do and don’t want to spend $6000 for a CDJ/DJM system, as well as for all who need to work their mixes at home before mixing in clubs… This standalone is a good investment with a excellent value for money, especially when compared with a full system!

[edit : I’ve had the XDJ RX for quite some time now. I can only confirm all that I wrote above, this device is very convincing (and I’m quite picky regarding gear), very easy to use and stable, I never got any problem with it. I very highly recommend it to either a beginner willing to learn the basis of “real” mixing or an experienced pro DJ who needs to train and doesn’t want to buy Pioneer’s Nexus series as this XDJ RX provides the same functionalities for one third of the price while being just as worthy. Getting from a XDJ RX to a pro club setup is seamless, so for all those waiting for an eventual 4 channel version all I can say is you’re missing something that goes to the very essence of mixing, with more natural and real feels than any controller, including Pioneer’s DDJ, all with a better sound quality.]