Pioneer DJM-V10 is currently the flagship in terms of Pioneer DJ club mixers, the Japanese manufacturer has managed to revolutionize a historically very conservative market segment that does not usually present news as often as other manufacturer devices.
Undoubtedly one of the great assets of this Pioneer DJM-V10 is its high quality sound, the brand confirms that it has studio-quality 96 kHz / 64-bit mixing processing, as well as A / D and D / A converters of 32 bits and a low jitter clock circuit.
Other details, such as the compressor available on each channel to improve the sound of unmastered tracks or vinyl with old recordings and that were not made in the highest quality, confirm that Pioneer DJ has put special effort into this very important factor.
So much so that within the technical characteristics of the mixer it dedicates a special section on their website that details some of the components used for the sound of this mixer, something unfortunately unusual among manufacturers and that surely the most gourmets of sound will find it will love it.
Construction and durability
The V10 is huge when compared to traditional 4-channel club mixers, the fact that it incorporates 6 channels and includes “extras” such as isolator, the aforementioned compression per channel or two effect units with new knobs and parameters, make that the device exceeds in width and height those that we are used to seeing in the cabin.
However, a larger size and a higher weight does not adversely affect, in our opinion, the quality of the construction and its possible durability, quite the opposite.
Its metal body supports the entire interior and exterior of the table very well and gives it that aura of quality that we are used to seeing and playing on high-end Pioneer DJ products.
As usual in this section, only time will give or take away the reason, but we sincerely believe that the DJM-V10 can compete in durability and resistance with the iconic Pioneer DJM-800, a mixer from more than 20 years ago and that we can keep seeing in many booths working like a charm.
The Pioneer DJM-V10 comes, as it could not be less in a high-end model, with a very complete connection panel that includes all the sound sources that any DJ could need to develop their set.
These include: 6 line inputs, 4 phono inputs, 2 microphone inputs (1 on Jack and 1 on Jack / XLR combo), 6 digital inputs, 2 audio interfaces, Master output on XLR, on RCA and in digital, Booth output in balanced Jack, REC output in RCA, Midi Out, RJ45 input for Pro DJ Link protocol and something very new such as the possibility of connecting two external effects processors and a third in digital format through the Pioneer RMX-1000 app compatible with both iPhone and iPad.
Additionally, the V-10 is officially compatible with both Rekordbox DJ and Serato DJ and Traktor Pro and their respective DVS systems. With which in practice it is almost impossible that the mixer is not compatible with some of the different formats that currently exist for DJing.
Pioneer DJM-V10 is the best and most complete mixer that Pioneer DJ has released to date, many DJs have criticized the Japanese brand that the similarities with its great competitor, the Model One, are more than reasonable.
However, in our opinion, that the aesthetic similarities and that even some functions are very similar or equal to the Model One, does not detract from the quality of the V-10. The “inspirations” between manufacturers have been happening for years in the technology applied to the DJ and probably in the short term, we will continue to see this type of behavior.
But that one product is “inspired” by another does not necessarily detract from its value, the V-10 exudes quality on all four sides. It is a very complete device that from the minute one has conquered many booths,
The only thing that we see in this mixer is that it is a product that needs a small learning curve to master it, that is, it is not a typical Pioneer DJ mixer, therefore the controls are not located in the same position as the rest of the brand’s club tables.
Therefore, if you are one of those who are going to use it the first time, you will see and touch parameters that are not where they always are, this detail that may seem anecdotal is not so much if we have to act for the first time in an event and we do not know minimally the V-10.
That is why the best thing is that if you have to play at an event with this table, make sure that you can first try and touch it,
Finally and although it is nothing negative, we miss the presence of the Sound Color FX section, which although it is present under another name and with another distribution, we believe that it can mislead many DJs who have been using these types of effects for years.
Partly it is logical that Pioneer DJ has chosen to eliminate it because the V-10 itself is a revolutionary product and never seen before, but we believe that the absence of the Sound Color FX can confuse more than one user.
Obviously, the use and time will make you master the new effects section, but perhaps until then, the effects cannot be used with the same agility and effectiveness as with the rest of the company’s mixers.
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