The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ has landed today, a huge 2+2 channel (more on that later) professional standalone DJ media player and DJ software controller.
I say 2+2 because contrary to what you might think at first glance, the XDJ-XZ is not a standalone 4 channel media player, since only channels 3 and 4 can play from USB.
The XDJ-XZ can only be used in a 4 channel configuration when playing from software (for now Rekordbox DJ but Serato DJ pro compatibility is coming, as the name indicates) or when using external gear such as other CDJ players or turntables.
Compared to the Denon DJ Prime 4, the XDJ-XZ lacks a certain innovation swagger: the touchscreen lags several years behind tech-wise (no multi-touch for example), no 4 channel USB control, no SSD support… And that at a much higher price.
In summary, if you are looking for a standalone unit with the distinctive Pioneer DJ “industry leader” look & feel, all the features you can handle and the versatility and looks to stand it’s own in every professional setting, the XDJ-XZ is probably a very good choice. Keep an eye on our full review coming soon.
ADVANCED FEATURES AND USER EXPERIENCE FROM NXS2 SETUP FOR PRO PERFORMANCES
Full-size jog wheels make mixing and scratching feel just like you’re using the CDJ-2000NXS2. And, thanks to On Jog Display, you can keep an eye on important track information via the color screen in the center of each one. All the knobs and controls on the XDJ-XZ are arranged in the same way as those on the NXS2 setup too. Mix with four channels and add texture to your performances with all 14 Beat FX, plus the 6 Sound Color FX, from the DJM-900NXS2.
SUPPORT FOR VARIOUS MEDIA AND DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE STYLES
The XDJ-XZ gives you the freedom to play the way you want. Plug in USB drives loaded with rekordbox-analyzed tracks or connect your PC/Mac to use our professional performance application, rekordbox dj. You can even play tracks directly from your rekordbox library via Link Export mode, so you don’t need to export playlists from your laptop to USB drives. Want to introduce audio from external sources? Connect turntables, samplers, smartphones, and more, to channels 3 and 4. And if you want to perform with Serato DJ Pro, you’ll be able to do this following a firmware update, coming early 2020.
HIGH-QUALITY SOUND AND MULTIPLE EQS
Rock your crowd with crystal-clear audio. You can fine-tune your whole mix using the 3-band EQ on the master output and, with 3-band EQs on each of the mic inputs, it’s easy to adjust the sound of either MC. Worried about feedback? Switch on the Feedback Reducer feature and it’ll automatically lessen the “howling” frequency if it occurs.
PRO DJ LINK SEAMLESSLY SYNCS EXTERNAL EQUIPMENT FOR EXPANDED CREATIVE OPTIONS
The XDJ-XZ is the first all-in-one DJ system to support Pro DJ Link. This means you can connect external equipment such as CDJs to channels 3 and 4 and sync audio to your mix. Use the screen on the XDJ-XZ or the one on the CDJ to browse tracks on USB drives connected to either unit.
TOUCH SCREEN AND COLOR ON JOG DISPLAY
Use the 7-inch LCD touch screen and the color On Jog Display in the center of each jog wheel to keep an eye on waveforms, Hot Cues, BPM, and more. With so much visual information available, you can focus on your performance and keep your eyes off your laptop when you’re performing with rekordbox dj or Serato DJ Pro (coming early 2020).
- Three USB inputs (two top-loading for USB devices and one laptop connection) for
- smooth back-to-back performances and DJ handovers
- 16 multicolored Performance Pads (8 per deck)
- Mic input circuit produces clear audio, even with high input level
- Robust, high-quality design
- Single unit with grab handles for easy carrying and setup
Pricing and Availability
Available this month, for USD 2.299