I am now the happy owner of a pair of Pioneer XDJ-1000 ‘multi players’.
Last year at the VBW I used my own CDJ1000s in the Pressure Cooker and whilst they worked fine for me at home and have done for the last 7+ years I’ve had them (maybe 10 ?) the constant wear and tear all weekend and obvious heavy hands of the VB DJs caused them to malfunction a little. I realised the extent of the problem when I had to use them for the first time since September at the recent UKG night in Xairo. I still managed fine through a 2 hour set but it was just the excuse I needed to take the plunge and commit to new equipment, as it would be necessary come September.
The XDJ-1000 are ‘basically the same’ as the new CDJ900/2000 except there’s no slot for the CD, meaning you use either a USB stick or your Hard drive/laptop to connect your music library, although why anyone would feel the need to use a laptop and/or separate controllers now is beyond me.
After just a few minutes of using them, I think they are absolutely fantastic. I urge anyone to commit and get them, they are half the price of the new CDJ2000s and come with touch screen, loop function and so much more !
Here is a video I had shared on Facebook showing the comparison. The reviewer adds a note that really, he would stick with the CDJ2000s. Well I’ve probably DJ’d a little more than him and find no reason at all why you’d want to pay all that extra money… but I am no tech expert at all so just expressing an opinion.
Thanks to Steve Crane at DJ Tech Direct for giving me some preliminary advice before I purchased these locally.
My CDJ1000s are now being serviced, I did think about selling them but then realised… “WTF am I going to play all my old CDs on ?” ha ha.