Pioneer XDJ-RX DJ System Preview
The Pioneer product which we’ll look at is an all-in-one DJ system, a player and mixer targeted at home DJs who want all the club-standard features. The Pioneer XDJ-RX compact all-in-one design player features all the bells and whistles you can find on Pioneers’ top of the line mixers and CD turntables. The only thing of importance missing here is CD loading tray slots. Without the ability to play CDs, the focus here is playing all of your music through USBs or controlling your software directly straight from the console. CDs are not required for the unit to operate with it being able to work either by rekordbox USB or the rekordbox app.
The real nice turn ons for this unit are the large 7-inch full-color LCD display screen that shows information for both decks, and the ability to record your mix directly to USB and even play it back the recording on the unit after.
The playable files are the usual MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, and the iOS version of rekordbox.
The sound card inside is 24-bit / 44.1 kHz which is just a small grade above CD quality 16-bit.
There is a nice slew of ports to be found on the back such as connections for 2 Master Outs, 1 Booth Out, 2 Phono and 2 Line Inputs, 2 Headphone Monitor Outs (1 1/4-inch Jack and 1 MiniPin), and 2 Microphone Inputs (1 XLR and 1 Jack), and lastly LAN for firmware updates and quite possibly streaming functionality.
The last thing of note is the price. With a suggested retail of $1,499.00, it is priced $500 more than it’s older brother, the XDJ-R1. Which one you want to buy depends on two big deal breakers, so choose accordingly to what you need.
If you need CD loading slots for a massive CD collection but also want to play USB, or use as a MIDI controller, buy the XDJ-R1.
If you need all the filter and effects functionality found on the Nexus series players and top of the line mixers, plus a large LCD display screen, buy the XDJ-RX.