Pioneer developed the first prototype CDJ back in 1992 which, over the past 22 years, has become the de facto standard in club DJ equipment on a worldwide scale! Vinyl purists may still prefer the trusty Technics 1200/1210 decks that were the long-time leaders of the club world, but nowadays many clubs only have the CDJ option available. Sadly the vinyl deck is generally demoted to a laptop stand or a place to rest CD wallets in the clubs that still have them, and Pioneer plan to continue this digital revolution with the new XDJ-1000!
Now Pioneer are making the next leap in digital media DJ equipment, the XDJ-1000. At first glance you'd be forgiven for assuming it was just another CDJ in Pioneers long line up, that is until you attempt to insert a CD. The XDJ-1000 is the first DJ device from Pioneer to not support CDs, only digital audio (MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF) via a USB input.
While it may look like a normal CDJ, Pioneer have added some new features to improve the Digital DJ experience including a large, full colour LCD touch screen which allows DJs to search their USB storage by typing on a QWERTY keyboard displayed on the screen.
With this move to fully digital media, Pioneer have also included WiFi connectivity to the XDJ-1000 (as included on the CDJ-2000), allowing DJs to browse and play audio from devices connected to the local network, which, while sounding like a great feature, may make those track requests from party goers a bit more difficult to ignore when they have the requested track on their phone!
The XDJ-1000 is priced at £829 making it a much more affordable option than the CDJ-2000 which currently sells at £1499, while still sharing many of the same features!