Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 Review

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 Review

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 is the proposal that Pioneer DJ offers to those users who need two-channel controllers compatible with Rekordbox DJ and that are easily transportable while being sufficiently complete in terms of functions so as not to have to opt for higher versions of four channels that although in general, they are better in terms of technical characteristics they are also heavier and more bulky units.

Construction and durability

Pioneer DJ DDJ-800 meets the quality that the Japanese manufacturer has accustomed us for years in its upper-middle range of DJ controllers.

The DDJ-800 is a device entirely made of plastic, however to the touch and in continuous use, it does not give the impression of being a controller that cannot withstand the small bumps and scratches that it should foreseeably suffer in the cabin.

Of course, its apparent quality in terms of the materials used in its construction should not stop you when buying a bag or a rigid flight case that allows you to transport and store it safely and thus avoid some of its components in the future. more sensitive such as the faders, knobs, or screens with which it has its two jog wheels can suffer some damage at the time of assembly or disassembly, which is undoubtedly one of the most critical moments when using DJ controllers In cabin.



In our tests, the Pioneer DDJ-800 continues to have a sound very similar to that of its older brother the Pioneer DDJ-1000. However, in terms of technical characteristics, there are some differences between the DDJ-800 and the DDJ-1000 regarding sound that are important for you to know.

The first one is that the signal/noise ratio in the Pioneer DDJ-800 is lower, specifically 111 dB compared to the 112 dB marked by the Pioneer DDJ-1000. On the other hand, the distortion level at the USB input in the 800 is 0.003% and in the 100th it is 0.002%.

With which and although it seems that the differences are minimal, a sound connoisseur should know that the Pioneer DDJ-1000 with the technical characteristics in hand sounds somewhat better.

The fact that the sound card in both devices has the same values, 24 bit / 44.1 kHz, certainly helps to balance the balance a bit, but on paper, the sound of the DDJ-800 is somewhat worse than that of the DDJ-1000.

Although it is true that in our tests and have used the two models in session, the differences for us have been hardly noticeable. In any case, we can firmly affirm that the Pioneer DDJ-800 has a good sound, with which you will be able to use it in almost any type of event that in this crucial aspect will not disappoint you.


The Pioneer DDJ-800 pretends to be a reduced version of the Pioneer DDJ-1000 and in most cases, it succeeds, however, some features that are key in the DDJ-1000 cannot be enjoyed in the 800.

For example, the jog wheels, in the case of the DDJ-800 they are smaller and do not have the same touch, the reason is very simple since in the 800 we do not have enough space to house the jog wheels of the DDJ-1000 which are ultimately the same ones that are mounted on Pioneer DJ’s high-end CDJs.

In another vein, we do not have the buttons to apply 4 bar loops automatically on both deck A and B. Here the lack of space cannot be the reason because it hardly occupies and we do not believe that the price is that high not to be able to provide the Pioneer DDJ-800 with such a simple yet useful function.

We fear that on this occasion what has prevailed is to differentiate the 800 and the 1000 with widely accepted functions to force the user to buy the most complete and at the same time more expensive model.

The Pioneer DDJ-800 also does not have a dual audio interface for transparent switching between DJs to the audience.

As for the rest of the functions, they are practically the same in the DDJ-800 as in the DDJ-1000, with which you have two displays on the jog wheels to consult vital information such as BPM, pitch, waveform, etc.

Two effects units made up of Sound Color Effects with Dub Echo, Pitch, Noise and Filter and Beat FX with up to 14 different effects including the new FX called Mobius which are currently only available on the Pioneer DDJ-800 and the Pioneer DDJ-1000.

The possibility of using the controller as a standalone mixer with two line inputs and two other phono inputs is another excellent news to give our sets sufficient flexibility if our laptop fails or we simply want to DJ with two turntables or two CDJs and use the DDJ. -800 as a mixer.


final thoughts

The Pioneer DDJ-800 is an excellent controller that has what it takes to meet the needs of all types of DJs. Pioneer DJ has differentiated it from the 4-channel version by cutting functions but also price, in fact, the DDJ-800 is a few hundred cheaper than the DDJ-1000, therefore it is understood that the manufacturer wants to place this model in its intermediate-range of prices so that those users who cannot afford more complete controllers but who do not want to acquire basic units that are always very limited in terms of functions and technical characteristics can access.

In any case, the DDJ-800 is an excellent controller that has everything you need to make complete sets for DJs, all in a very small space and with a very low weight (just 4.7 kg.)

And that despite that in our opinion it is sold a bit expensive, it is an ideal solution if you do not have the necessary budget to acquire more complete units but still want to buy a quality controller that will last you many years in the cabin.

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