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Pioneer upgrades its pro DJ range

Flagship Nexus CDJ and mixer get a makeover

2016 Jan 12     
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New models offer better sound quality, an enhanced FX line-up with more granular control and support for lossless codecs

Pioneer has today announced new, upgraded versions of its professional-level Nexus CDJ-2000NX CD player and DJM-900NX mixer. The two new Nexus machines will go on sale next month, priced at €2,299 (that's around £1,733).

The CDJ-2000NX2 (see what they did there?) now features 96kHz/24-bit sound processing and support for lossless file formats, plus a new 32-bit D/A converter. There's a full-colour, high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen display where - to make it easier to select your next track quickly - you can now search by BPM, key and other parameters. There are now colour-coded eight Hot Cues in two banks of four, compared to the previous three, and the Loop Cutter also returns. An offboard power supply and improved pre-amp and output circuitry serve to reduce noise, while other minor tweaks include a three-way switch to select Slip Reverse, Reverse and Forward modes, and the ability to select different quantize amounts. You can see Pioneer's official introduction video below.

The DJM-900NX2, meanwhile, improves on its predecessor with redesigned EQ and fader curves, four new beat FX (Helix, Ping Pong, Pitch and Vinyl Brake) with a touchscreen to select beat values from 1/16 to 4, enhanced 'Sound Color' FX (including the return of the Sweep button), a three-band FX frequency selector so you can apply FX to just the lows, mids or tops (or any combination thereof), and independent send/return on both 1/4-inch jacks and USB. There's a 96kHz/24-bit soundcard, while 64-bit DSP minimises clipping when you're layering up multiple FX and there's also an improved clip indicator. Oh, and on the connectivity front there are now four turntable inputs, two USB ports and two headphone sockets, all designed to make for smoother DJ handovers. Again, you can see the video trailer for this one below.

For more information, see the Pioneer DJ website





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