After weeks of speculation, Pioneer DJ just unveiled the XDJ-RX2. The RX2 is an interesting evolution from the original XDJ-RX, featuring 8 performance pads per channel, a touchscreen, double USB input, sound color FX with parameter knob and a few other new features.

Let’s dive in!

Key Features

7-inch large touch screen

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 screen
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 screen

Stay in control of your performances at all times with help from the 7-inch large touch screen in the center of the XDJ-RX2.

Keep an eye on waveforms and detailed track information, including sync status, from both decks at the same time to ensure seamless mixing. Use Wave Zoom for a closer look at the current playback position and call up a QWERTY keyboard to quickly find the next track you want to play. You can also browse through tracks using the large rotary selector and Needle Search, Track Filter and Short Cut features, all of which come from the top-flight CDJ-2000NXS2 multiplayer.

Layout and performance features from the djm-900nxs2

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer

Perform precise, smooth mixes on the XDJ-RX2 using the EQs and channel faders which feature curves equivalent to those on the DJM-900NXS2 mixer. Add creative flair with Sound Color FX and Beat FX, also inherited from the flagship mixer.

Multicoloured performance pads

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer
Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 mixer

Unleash your creativity with eight large, multicolored Performance Pads on each deck for instant access to Hot Cues, Beat Jump, Beat Loop, and Slip Loop, all of which are popular professional features. You can set up to eight Hot Cues on each deck.

Usb connection (link export) for Rekordbox

Pioneer DJ double USB input
Pioneer DJ double USB input

Import tracks to our Rekordbox music management application on your PC/Mac to prepare them for performances by analyzing BPM and setting up Hot Cues and loops. Using USB CONNECTION(Link Export) mode, you can connect your laptop to the XDJ-RX2 and play your prepared tracks via the system without needing to export them to a USB device.

First Impressions

So in the end, no 4 channel version and no bigger jog wheels. But still, the XDJ-RX2 is a worthy successor to the original XDJ-RX. The new mixer layout is much more aligned with the DJM series mixers. The 8 performance pads per deck are not the fully RGB lit found on the DDJ controllers but still look like an improvement over the original ones.

What is really cool is that you can use Rekordbox DJ with the RX2 right from the start, compared to the long time we had to wait for the RX to be compatible with Rekordbox DJ.

We will surely be doing a full review of the new RX2 here on DjTechZone, so stay tuned!

Pricing and Availability

The Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 will cost USD 1.699 and will be available end September 2017.