The Pioneer XDJ-1000 MK2 is the attempt of the Japanese manufacturer to offer a mid-range player, which although it does not have all the benefits of the superiors, has some functions that make it a highly recommended choice if your budget is already tight. in turn, you don’t want to give up a quality XDJ, very flexible and with some premium features.
Construction and durability
The Pioneer XDJ-1000 MK2, how could it be less, belongs to that almost unbreakable range of products from Pioneer DJ that with minimal care can last a long time in the booth.
As soon as we put our hands on the device we realize that the manufacturer has put a lot of effort in ensuring that the materials used are durable, and despite the fact that it has mostly used plastic, it is of quality and gives an appearance of great robustness.
In this regard, it certainly looks a lot like its older brother, the Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2, to which we will make inevitable references throughout this review.
This XDJ-1000 MK2 has some functions only available in high-end players. The first thing that catches your eye is the large jog wheel that it has, it seemed to us the same in terms of size and response as that of the CDJ-2000 NXS2.
Obviously it does not have the same functions, in this case it only has a speed adjustment (Vinyl Speed Adjust) and the possibility of activating or not the vinyl mode, without offering us the CDJ function that is available in the CDJ-2000 NXS2.
In this model, the manufacturer has chosen to dispense with the CD tray, this gives it less weight but also the impossibility of playing CDs, something almost in disuse but that some DJs are still determined to keep, either out of nostalgia or laziness. to be changed to other formats.
Of course, it plays USB memories like its older brother and it is also possible to use it as a controller, although at the moment it is only compatible with Rekordbox DJ. Recall that the previous model, the Pioneer XDJ-1000, was compatible with both Rekordbox DJ and Traktor.
At this point it must be clarified that in terms of supported formats it is identical to the CDJ-2000 NXS2, that is, it can read files in AAC, AIFF, MP3, WAV, ALAC and FLAC formats as well as read USB memory sticks with FAT, FAT32 and HFS +
Another similarity with the Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 can be found on its screen, it has the same size and almost the same functions, to that we must add the Performance mode, which is nothing other than the integration through tactile response of the Hot buttons.
Cue and Loop within the screen. Logically, we would have preferred that these functions were integrated in the form of a physical button, but for years Pioneer DJ has differentiated its basic and medium ranges by removing functions from its superior range, in this case the function has not been eliminated but has been moved to A somewhat less accessible place, as is usual in these cases, a little practice will get you used to this new location relatively quickly.
At this point, the Japanese brand has chosen to offer the same connections as in higher units, it has an analog output in RCA, another in digital, a USB connection to use it in controller mode and finally the RJ45 port to link it with other players through of its proprietary Pro DJ Link protocol.
The only thing that we did not like regarding connections is that the power supply is not integrated into the device, so that carrying it is going to be inevitable in this case.
The Pioneer XDJ-1000 MK2 media player is a good option if you want to have some advanced features available on higher models but without excessively scratching your pocket.
A greater number of physical controls are needed to handle functions such as Hot Cues or Loops, but you have to understand the reasoning behind this limitation. If Pioneer DJ incorporated the same functions and control of them into a model that costs half, potential buyers of superior players would go straight to the mid-range.
If you are one of those who do not need all the functions available in the Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 but still need a quality product that can be used both at home and in professional environments, without a doubt this XDJ-1000 MK2 can be a perfect choice.