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Pioneer RMX 1000…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags on March 16, 2012 by eljmayes

Effector/Sampler much in the same ilk as the EFX-1000. Released in May at a cost of £599/$999.

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Pioneer CDJ-850…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags , on July 14, 2010 by eljmayes


A brief overview of the new CDJ-850 from Pioneer. It’s an updated version of the CDJ-800, with USB functionality plus a few minor tweaks around the edges. My first impressions of the unit is that is is a CDJ-900 with a silver paint job and a couple of the features removed. Again there is only one hot cue to play with, forcing users to upgrade to the CDJ-2000 if they wish to have the industry standard three. All in all, I’d advise buyers to look at the CDJ-900 or the Denon DN-S3700 before spending their cash on the CDJ-850. The CDJ-850 will retail for £800 in the UK and is released next month.

Pioneer DJM-2000…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags on March 11, 2010 by eljmayes


Short video that outlines the features of Pioneer’s new mixer which weighs in at (deep breath) £1749/$2999. My first impressions are that it’s a SVM-1000/DJM 800 hybrid with effects which can be sidechained, and is aimed at complementing the new CDJ 900/2000s. It will be available in June worldwide.

Pioneer CDJ-900…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags on September 20, 2009 by eljmayes


Short video outlining the features of the new CDJ-900 announced recently. It’s basically a cut down version of the CDJ-2000 with it lacking the a colour screen, DVD support, three hot cues and numerous other features. Although still a very capable looking player the oversight with the hot cues is a massive one, even with it’s new looping controls. Even players less than half the price of the CDJ-900 sport three hot cues as standard, so it’s puzzling why Pioneer left them off the CDJ-900.

The price is £1099, which is exactly the same as a CDJ-1000. That leads me to believe that the CDJ-1000 will be discontinued, so consumers will have to choose between the CDJ-900 or the CDJ-2000 if they wish to buy a top end Pioneer player.

Pioneer CDJ-2000…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags , , , , on September 17, 2009 by eljmayes


It’s finally here, the new multimedia player by Pioneer. Some of the specs outlined in the video are impressive, adding a colour screen, DVD support, needle drop features and editing software. The Pacemaker integration is interesting as well because of Pioneer’s notoriety for always wanting to go it alone in everything they do. However, the majority of the features can be found on other players/DVS systems so Pioneer have played it relatively safe.

Weighing in at $2149 (around £1500) per player I can’t see too many bedroom DJs upgrading from the CDJ-1000s as the new features, although useful, aren’t so unique that it would be essential to buy the CDJ-2000. The price is around what you pay for a couple of Denon DNS-3700s or a Numark NS7 and a low end laptop. So in conclusion I cannot see many lower end users going immediately for the CDJ-2000, just nightclubs that the top flight DJs play in. They will be available in Europe and America from November.

As I know that a many of my viewers are from Spanish speaking countries I’ll include the Spanish version of the overview video as well.

Also, I know that a few people from French speaking countries so I’ll include the French version of the video as well.

Literally one person once visited my blog from Germany so I’ll include the German version of the video as well.

I can’t remember anyone ever visiting my blog from Italy, but I’ll include the Italian version of the video as the young lady presenting it is rather beautiful;).

Pioneer Dawn of a New Species…

Posted in DJing, Technology with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by eljmayes


James Zabeila, Armin van Buuren, Eddie Halliwell, Roger Sanchez and now Paul Woolford say maybe a little too much about the new media player from Pioneer (which I suspect will be called the “CDJ-1000 MK.4”). It’s likely to have the same basic features as the rest of the CDJ series however all hints lead to the addition of a LCD screen, USB ports and some type of integration with DVS software.

The whole marketing of the new media player is really building it up to be a revolutionary product, however I have my doubts as to what unique traits can be included that have not been included on other media players.

The price will be between £1100 and £1500 I feel, which would be around double of the Denon DNS-3700.

More videos are promised by Pioneer between now and the unveiling of the product on the 17th September, so watch this space.

**UPDATE**
The new player has been unveiled and is called the CDJ-2000- all the information you need is located here: – http://tinyurl.com/ngwas2 (redirects to an article on my blog).

Denon DNS-3700- CDJ Killer?..

Posted in DJing with tags , on January 16, 2009 by eljmayes


Denon are just about to release the very versatile looking DNS-3700 which is being hailed as a threat to the Pioneer CDJ series. It boasts a nine-inch direct drive vinyl platter, MIDI mapping, USB drive connectivity, hot cues and effects. All this sounds great, however it’s going to retail at £899, which is about £150 more than a Pioneer CDJ-1000 Mk.3. Back to the drawing board I think for Denon;).

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