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Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ: Review

Watch our review video of the new all-in-one Pioneer XDJ-XZ DJ system.
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The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ is the newest stand alone Rekordbox DJ setup that includes full-sized jog wheels from the DDJ-1000 and a full DJM-900NXS2 mixer setup for club-standard familiarity. The XDJ-XZ truly feels like a real flagship Nexus setup without the hefty price tag.

The XDJ-XZ has the ability to playback files directly from the unit via USB drives without the need for a computer. When a computer is connected, however, the XDJ-XZ can also be used as a full out controller for Rekordbox DJ, Virtual DJ or Serato DJ Pro. The Pioneer XDJ-XZ can only work with two channels in standalone mode but can unlock the other two channels using a computer with RDJ, VDJ, or SDJ. The XDJ-XZ can also work with all four channels when using two external XDJ or CDJ decks via RJ-45 Link cables.

Check out our full review video and summary below to see if the Pioneer XDJ-XZ is a good fit for your DJ adventures.

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Pros

  • Excellent flagship Nexus feel and layout
  • A plethora of output options and DVS-ready inputs for Ch3 and Ch4
  • Compatible with Rekordbox DJ, Virtual DJ, and Serato DJ Pro
  • DJM-900NXS onboard effects, crisp crossfader, and solid controls
  • DDJ-1000 controller jog wheels and screens
  • Familiar Pioneer hi-res screen from XDJ/CDJ lineup

Cons

  • No Internal 4-deck playback
  • The screen is older technology and not close to Denon PRIME screen quality
  • Large size for mobile DJs

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