RRP £699
By The Disc DJ Store October 04, 2017

PIONEER XDJ-700 REKORDBOX READY MULTI PLAYER

Product Review

PIONEER XDJ-700 REKORDBOX READY MULTI PLAYER

We put the CDJ1000’s fully featured compact baby brother through it’s paces to see how it matches up...

There are some brands and products that become such a de-facto standard in their field that their names become interchangeable with every other product of its kind. Hoover and Tannoy are just such brands, and in the DJ world, the CDJ has become the name used by many for all CD-based DJ media players.

The flagship CDJ 2000 has been the industry standard since it launched, but now the new Nexus iteration promises even more. The name suggests fine-tuning and an update rather than a complete overhaul, but how much difference does this update make?

We find out in our CDJ 2000 Nexus Review.


Key Features

  • - Standalone MPC – no computer required
  • - Brand new MPC software, all new code - built from the ground up
  • - 10.1” full-colour multi-touch display
  • - CV/Gate connections
  • - WiFi, Bluetooth & Ableton link capability in future updates
  • - 10.1” full-colour multi-touch display
  • - CV/Gate connections
  • - WiFi, Bluetooth & Ableton link capability in future updates

In the box

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below).

  • - CDJ-700 Unit
  • - CDJ-700 Instruction Manual
  • - Recordbox Software CD
  • - RJ45 Link Cable
  • - 3.5mm Mini to Mini cable
  • - AC Power Cable
  • - RCA Cable

Setting Up

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below).

The Track Filter menu is the most useful new browsing feature. Instead of sorting playlists by BPM or key and scrolling through loads of tracks, you can quickly choose a playlist or any directory of songs and apply a filter on top of it. I found that this saved me a significant amount of time in the process of finding the next track. Score one for efficiency – but as with most onboard software features, we hope that Pioneer DJ can find a way to bring this feature to other CDJ unit.
 

Build Quality

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below).

The Track Filter menu is the most useful new browsing feature. Instead of sorting playlists by BPM or key and scrolling through loads of tracks, you can quickly choose a playlist or any directory of songs and apply a filter on top of it. I found that this saved me a significant amount of time in the process of finding the next track. Score one for efficiency – but as with most onboard software features, we hope that Pioneer DJ can find a way to bring this feature to other CDJ units.

The touch screen itself great/works well, but isn’t essential to the unit, unlike on the XDJ-1000 where the touch controls for Loop, Beatjump, Sync,
 

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Recordbox

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below).

The Track Filter menu is the most useful new browsing feature. Instead of sorting playlists by BPM or key and scrolling through loads of tracks, you can quickly choose a playlist or any directory of songs and apply a filter on top of it. I found that this saved me a significant amount of time in the process of finding the next track. Score one for efficiency – but as with most onboard software features, we hope that Pioneer DJ can find a way to bring this feature to other CDJ units.

The touch screen itself great/works well, but isn’t essential to the unit, unlike on the XDJ-1000 where the touch controls for Loop, Beatjump, Sync.
 

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Connectivity

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below) etc don’t have hardware buttons to trigger them. A few instances where touch makes a difference (check second image below)

Other Features

The biggest immediately noticeable update on the new CDJ-2000NXS2s comes on the top third of the unit, where there’s a brand new 7” touchscreen and browsing knobs around the design around the track select button. The browse knob/button workflow takes a bit of getting used to if you’re coming from the older CDJs – there are now four buttons that form a ring directly around the knob (check first image below) etc don’t have hardware buttons to trigger them. A few instances where touch makes a difference (check second image below).
 


WATCH THE CDJ-700 IN ACTION

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Our verdict

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  • PROS
  • • New 6.1-inch screen.
  • • Touch-sensitive needle search function.
  • • Rekordbox software.
  • • Touch-sensitive needle search function.
  • • Rekordbox software.
  • CONS
  • • It's big.
  • • It's expensive.
Review date: 04.10.2017 Author: Richard Gill
 
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