A few days before NAMM 2016 Pioneer CDJ dropped a the updated versions of their 2 flagship products, the Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 & DJM-900NXS2

Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2

The CDJ-2000NXS2 improves on the predecessor on a few key points:

  • High resolution touch screen, just like the one in on the XDJ-1000
  • 4 color coded hotcue buttons that control 8 hotcues in total.
  • New high resolution soundcard: A 96 kHz/24-bit sound card is built into the unit, with a 32-bit D/A converter and improved digital out. The power supply is separated from the unit to reduce noise interference.
  • Support for lossless audio formats (FLAC & Apple Lossless Audio)

The unit still has a CD player, which is probably a wise choise from Pioneer considering many pro’s still carry around cd wallets as backup solution in case of emergencies.

Check out the promo video below:

Pioneer DJM-900NXS2

We already shared the leaked images for this one last week, and now we can check it out in it’s full glory.
A few notable features:

  • 64-bit mixing processor, enhanced dithering technology, and a low-jitter clock – all deliver a warm, natural analog sound. There’s a 96 kHz/24-bit sound card and direct digital connection and a new power supply.
  • Second USB port on top of the mixer for added connectivity (ex: a second laptop)
  • Additional 1/8″ headphone jack
  • Min max setting for soundcolor effects, so you can control the amount of effect you add to your mix
  • Improved channel fader curves: the three curves have been fine-tuned for more precision and control, while the EQ curves now have more precision across the highs, mids and lows.
  • There’s a more accurate clip indicator, paired with a redesigned gain structure ensures meters don’t go into the red too early.
  • Finally the peak limiter minimizes distortion even at high volumes.
  • Independent Send/Return: connect external hardware and software to use alongside the internal FX. InterApp support means you can use FX/Instrument apps on your iPad – for example the virtual RMX-1000 app.
  • 6 Sound Color FX
  • Bigger knobs for more nuanced control of all Sound Color FX.
  • 14 Beat FX, and a few new ones: Ping Pong, Vinyl Brake, Helix, Pitch, improved Reverb.
  • Bigger X-Pad with OLED screen: more easily see and toggle FX and change parameters.
  • FX Frequency: choose which frequency range to apply effects to.
  • Channel selection LED: know at a glance which channels you’re applying Beat FX to.

Check out the video below

Our Thoughts

I believe that this is a solid upgrade for the NXS series, and Pioneer has listened to what DJ’s were asking for.

On the other hand, I can’t shake the feeling they are trying too hard to offer too many bells & whistles (all those endless combinations of fx layers that now become possible) while most pro dj’s using this kind of gear don’t really need them in actual performance situations.

In the end, it’s all about music selection and timing, much less about the amount of effects you can throw at your audience..

I would really like to see a solid, professional unit from Pioneer that delivers basic features but that will last a life time…

Prices: both units will retail for USD 2199.

What do you think of these units? Is Pioneer securing booth domination for years to come with this? Share your thoughts below!

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