Pioneer XDJ-700 Review

Pioneer XDJ-700 Review

The Pioneer XD-700 is the most affordable media player currently available from Pioneer DJ alongside the Pioneer CDJ-350.

Its contained price should not mislead you, in many respects it still retains the same functions as some of its older brothers.

Build quality

One of the few aspects that has not convinced us of the Pioneer XDJ-700 is its construction, to the touch it seems somewhat flimsy although honestly this fact can be caused by the lightweight of the device.

It must be taken into account that the XDJ range is characterized by not having a built-in CD tray, therefore the weight of the set is significantly less, this characteristic together with the fact that the XDJ-700 is the smallest of this type of units. given the feeling that it is a worse built product.

Although from what it seems it still uses the same materials, plastic in the case combined with some metal elements such as the Play and Cue buttons, the screws, etc.

As we always clarify at this point, only the passage of time will offer us the necessary information to know if this XDJ-700 is well built or not, although if we take a tour of the official forums and networks of the Japanese brand we do not observe an increase significant of the complaints in this regard.

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Functionality

The Pioneer XDJ-700 continues to inherit some of Pioneer DJ’s media player functionalities that have made it the undisputed industry leader.

It is still compatible, how could it be otherwise, with USB memory sticks both in pen drive format and in external hard drive format.

It can also be used in controller mode, although it is unfortunately only compatible with Rekordbox DJ at the moment, not like some higher models such as the Pioneer CDJ-850 or the Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 that are compatible apart from the application of Pioneer DJ with Traktor or Serato DJ Pro.

Regarding the possibilities of looping, hot cues and playback are exactly the same, the only difference is that in the Pioneer XDJ-700 the Hot Cue buttons do not exist.

And this factor is decisive for some when deciding on their purchase, obviously the buttons are but they are tactile and are applied from the touch screen of the unit.

Many users are used to using the touch screen functions by now but it is clear that not everyone is willing to sacrifice some of the buttons that DJs use the most on a player like this.

On the other hand, this limitation can be solved if you use the Pioneer XDJ-700 in controller mode and as a complement you use the Pioneer DDJ-XP1 pad controller, which allows to launch Hot Cues and many other functions from the pads themselves. However, if you use the XDJ-700 with pendrives you cannot use the DDJ-XP1 which works with the Pioneer XDJ-1000 MK2 for the same operation but not with the 700.

screen

Another of the great novelties of this XDJ-700 is its large touch screen, from which you can access practically all the functions of the unit. From selecting the source of your music, to accessing the different looping lengths or the device configuration menu, just to give a few examples.

The screen size, 7 inches, is the same as higher units, ensuring quick and convenient access to all the player’s functions.

The only but is that this type of screen has a limited life, like any other touch screen, Pioneer DJ has not given official data in this regard but the usual thing is that it has several million touch operations.

Logically, once the screen does not respond to the touches, you will have to change it for another, but we repeat, this problem is presented by any touch device on the market.

final thoughts

One of the aspects that the manufacturer has improved the most in these 700 is the connection section. Now it incorporates the essential RJ45 port to proceed to link the device with the Pro DJ Link protocol.

This connection, which is very common between mid and high-end players, is not at all in the Pioneer CDJ-350 or Pioneer CDJ-400 for example, which were clearly limited when it came to sharing files from the same USB stick.

Of course, they incorporate the essential RCA output, a USB B type connector, the Kensington slot in case you need to fix it in a safe place and, of course, the connection terminal to the current that totally surprisingly includes the transformer on the outside and not on the inside as we were used to by Pioneer DJ in similar models.

It must be remembered that the fact that the transformer is together with the power cable implies that the chances of it breaking are greater and that carrying it is always going to involve a significant inconvenience.

Needless to say, if the transformer is broken or damaged in any way, you will have to buy a new one and if you opt for the official one it will be anything but cheap.

accessories

The Pioneer XDJ-700 apart from bringing the typical in this type of products, that is, wiring, instruction manual and little else, comes with a plastic base that allows the unit to be raised.

By not having a CD tray, this XDJ is less wide than its predecessors, the Pioneer CDJ-350 and the Pioneer CDJ-400. Therefore when placed with a standard mixer it is lower than usual, this base allows the device to be raised and places it at the same height as the tables and other DJ-related devices that more or less all tend to have the same height.

final thoughts

The Pioneer XDJ-700 is an excellent proposal for DJs with a limited budget or with space problems in their booth, it contains all the desirable functions in this type of players and at the same time it becomes an alternative to traditional controllers thanks to its flexibility. and especially to its reduced dimensions and its low weight.

As negative points, the fact of not having physical Hot Cues buttons stands out, although it is true that this as everything is a matter of habit. And the decision of Pioneer DJ, we do not know if due to technical reasons or not, to remove the transformer from the device with the problems that this may cause in the future.

We sincerely see the Pioneer XDJ-700 as more pro than cons and we see it as a recommended purchase if you are one of those who want to get into the use of the famous Pioneer DJ XDJ for the first time or simply acquire it because it adapts perfectly to your tastes or needs as a DJ.