The Pioneer-DJM 350 and the Pioneer DJM-400 are two of the best-selling mixers among the entry-level range of Pioneer DJ DJ mixers.
In fact, the DJM-350 continues to be sold on the market after Pioneer DJ discontinued it and decided shortly after to put it back on sale due to the commercial pull they still have.
The DJM-400 for its part has not been manufactured for years but as usual in these cases it is relatively easy to get a unit in good condition on the second hand market.
Construction and durability
Quality metal is the predominant material in both the Pioneer DJM-350 and the Pioneer DJM-400, the only plastics they incorporate are those of the faders of each channel and those of the different knobs.
This fact gives it extreme durability, which is why it is very popular among sound equipment rental companies, where we know that precisely they are not going to give it much “affection”.
The only one it has is the screws, in both mixers the black paint that covers them wears out and you see that horrible original gray color. This problem affects all the hardware of both the Pioneer DJM-350 and the Pioneer DJM-400 and fortunately in current two-channel mixer models this no longer occurs but at that time it was very common.
The solution happens or by painting the screws yourself, something not very advisable if you do not know what type of paint to use because if it is not the correct one it will fall off again.
Or the most radical, buying new screws that Pioneer DJ sells as spare parts, although in this case the same thing will happen to you over time unless the manufacturer has changed the type of paint, something that we honestly do not know with complete certainty.
Without a doubt the most important aspect in a mixer, the sound of both devices is not bad, although it is true if we consider that they are low-cost products that do not have the best components.
So do not expect a great performance at events with large sound systems because they were neither designed for that purpose nor would it be logical to use them at parties of that size.
However, if you want it to play at home or for small or large events like those that are usually done with mobile discos, pubs, small bars, etc. Will not disappoint you.
In this section there is no clear winner, according to our experience with the two mixers you are going to get a very similar sound for not saying the same.
In the effects is where we can see the first notable differences, in fact the Pioneer DJM-400 in this aspect wins by a landslide. It has up to 7 effects (Delay, Echo, Filter, Flanger, Phaser, Robot and Roll) that can be applied to any of the two channels and even to the Master and the Mic.
The Pioneer DJM-350 for its part only has 4 effects (Crush, Gate, Jet and Filter) although in its case, if you update the firmware, you can change some of those effects for new ones although it is true that they will always be limited to a maximum of 4. Incomprehensibly Pioneer DJ in this model decided that you could not apply the effects to a specific channel, as long as you do it it will be applied to the Master with which it will affect any signal that is playing at that moment, something at least annoying if what we want is to give our sessions a certain dynamism.
Another point where there are not many differences is in the connections, the only notable one is the two jack inputs that the Pioneer DJM-400 has for microphones that can also be converted into auxiliary inputs that in the case of the Pioneer DJM-350 only has one and that it is not possible to alternate as an auxiliary.
For everything else, both have two inputs for line and another two for phono, they also have two Master outputs in RCA and the power supplies are fortunately integrated into the mixers.
The only point where the Pioneer DJM-350 wins is in the possibility of recording your sessions through a USB input, in fact Pioneer DJ has not provided this function any more in its mixers (now the manufacturer’s high-end mixers allow record sessions via mobile with an app developed by Pioneer DJ herself).
The mode of operation is very simple, you only need to connect a pendrive and press the large REC button, once done you can even divide the session by songs through the Track Mark button and even play it or go forward or backward with the dedicated buttons.
We can contribute little more from this comparison but to highlight the equality of two very similar products that barely have a few years of difference and that were not for small aspects such as the effects in the case of the Pioneer DJM-400 or the recording function in the Pioneer DJM-350 would have a hard time knowing which is one and which is the other.
In any case, your choice as always will depend on your tastes and needs, but whether it is the Pioneer DJM-350 or the Pioneer DJM-400, you will be choosing a mixer with a great quality-price ratio and that despite the time elapsed can still more than meet the needs of today’s DJs.