In our days the best DJ cd players in the market offer extremely useful and powerful features. There is one brand tho which rule them all.
Pioneer is dominating in the market of DJ cd players and you cannot go wrong with any of the CDJ models. The successful serie has been around for years and it’s the first option of any new bar/club that install a DJ setup. Every pro DJ out there has at lease once play with one of the CDJs.
Even if cd descs, turntables and DJ mixers have start to lose popularity to DJ controllers, they are still prominently on any professional DJ desc.
What is a DJ cd player
The name pretty much gives everything away. It is a sound device that is used to reproduce music files from CDs in variety of audio format. DJ players have evolve and give you the opportunity to add music from your USBs or DJ softwares. In fact in some cases like our first pick for the best dj cd player, only 1 USB is enough to perform live.
There are some features that characterize a DJ cd player. Jog wheel with vinyl and cd mode, cue points, BPM fader and loop buttons are some of the standard features of any DJ cd player.
What to consider when you buy a DJ cd player
- Jog Wheel: With a jog wheel you are having easy access to the song and perfecting beat-matching as well. By the speed you turn the wheel it takes you forward and backward on your track. You can also perform scratching or other effects. Touch sensitive wheels are easy to find. But for quality wheels that will last abuse it will cost you a bit more.
- Audio formats: Check if the cd player supports the audio formats you are using. MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF.
- Cue points: With a cue point you can save a certain spot of the song and then access to it by pushing a single button.
- Loop Buttons: A loop button let you select a start and an end part of the track and repeat it. It’s ideal to extend the duration of the track and to achieve a smoother mix.
- Display function: Another common feature on DJ cd players is the display function. You have the ability to watch complete track info as well as duration and waveform.
- Software integration: Some digital DJ players offer integration with music softwares for super easy performance. Rekordbox software is one of them and is available with Pioneer models.
5 BEST DJ CD PLAYERS
1.PIONEER CDJ-2000 NEXUS
The beast by Pioneer has been installed in every big DJ event, club or festival on each corner of the globe. CDJ-2000 NEXUS is simply the best DJ cd player in the market and there is no doubt about it. All professional DJ’s have perform with this bad boy and there are zero complaints about this model.
CDJ-2000 NEXUS has a beat sync mode, with which you can link up to 4 units, one will be set as the master tempo and the rest will be perfectly sync to the same BPM. 2 banks of 4 Hot Cues give you the opportunity to put instant playback of pre-set cue points at your fingertips.
Pioneer CDJ-2000 NEXUS offers multiple media playback options USB,SD card, CD, Traktor HID and Rekordbox. Rekordbox is in the package and ready to give access to more features and enhanced track information. As well it support all major audio formats, MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF, FLAC and Apple Lossless Audio (ALAC).
The 7″, full color touch screen is the icing on the cake. It displays all track info such as wave zoom, needle countdown, phase meter, and more. As well as keyword search and track filter mode to help you browse and select your tracks faster.
Conclusion: Without a doubt is an unreachable gold dream for any beginner, as a pair of those and a DJM mixer cost as much as a brand new car. But it would probably be waste for a beginner to purchase them for practice at home. CDJ-2000 NEXUS is a professional high-end multi player worth the title of “the best DJ cd player in the market”.
Dj’s who use it: We already said that probably every dj out there has touch and perform with CDJ-2000. If not, then they wished they had.
2.PIONEER CDJ-900 NEXUS
Pioneer CDJ-900 NEXUS is an excellent alternative to CDJ-2000 NXS. Some DJs and club owners prefer it because of it’s lower price ratio. If you buy 2 or 4 units for sure makes a big difference. The variations between those two siblings by Pioneer are not much. But some pro DJs indicate that those differences are major.
One of the omission of the CDJ-900 NEXUS is the Hot Cues. Which certainly give some creative possibilities for your live performances. Secondly is missing the touch-strip, with which after you enter loop mode, you can simple fix your loop length with your fingers. Touch strip is also helpful for quick and easy track searching.
CDJ-900 NEXUS offers Wi-Fi and USB connectivity like the above. As well as Slip mode, Beat sync and supports all major audio formats. The big full color LCD screen is flat but is still perfect for browsing and track info. You can also overview a track waveform with a zoomable display.
Conclusion: Even if it’s missing some features compare to CDJ 2000 NEXUS, my personal opinion is that CDJ 900 NEXUS is a better value for money choice. It covers the needs of any professional in the field and so will yours.
Dj’s who use it: This is also a cd player that the majority of DJ’s use. Nina Kravitz, Ellen Alien, MAKJ between them.
The first three places in our list for the best DJ cd players are manufactured by Pioneer. First two models are targeting professionals and clubs while CDJ-350 is more for a beginner or semi-pro who wants a good practice before an event.
The “light” Pioneer CDJ-350 supports various digital audio formats including MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF. And you can import the files either by CDs or USB stick. It also includes beat display function, auto beat loop function and BPM lock. With the included Rekordbox software you can manage music files on your computer and make the selection of songs even faster.
Some of the significant shortcomings of the CDJ-350 are the missing waveform display of the track and has no access to cue points. The link between units is also not available.
Conclusion: Pioneer CDJ-350 is an excellent choice for beginner djs who want a tool to practice and easily transport to small events. It is small and light and the construction is good quality. A pair of those cost less than one CDJ-900 nexus and they will make a great set with a 2 channel mixer DJM-350.
Dj’s who use it: Avicii
Pioneer dominated the first three places of our list. But this model by Gemini has similar characteristics as the CDJ-900 and for 3 times less budget. For sure is lacking appearance and reliability but i believe it worth your attention.
Gemini MDJ-1000 is compatible with various audio formats like MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF. Except CDs you can also play music with your USB. With the ethernet link functionality you can use only one USB and share between up to 4 units. It has also MIDI capability to use as a controller for your music software.
The 4.3” full-color screen is not brilliant but still displays a large waveform. The auto BPM lock, 4 hot cues points and 8 auto loops on this tool are features you see in a pro dj cd player. However you might notice milliseconds variation on the auto loop and you will have to manually fix the problem.
The biggest concern here is the durability of the tool. I found a couple of bad reviews regardless broken buttons and not readable cds after a short use period.
Conclusion: MDJ-1000 has a good amount of useful features and comes in very attractive price tag. The built quality and appearance are lacking compare to Pioneer’s models and is not recommended for professional use. If it’s your first DJ cd player you will ever purchase then Gemini MDJ-1000 is ideal to learn the basic use of many performing features.
For a small reduce on the price you can also check Gemini’s “smaller” model CDJ-700.
5.RELOOP RMP-3 ALPHA
At this point you have a better understanding on the important characteristics of the majority of DJ cd players. The Reloop’s first true crossmedia player offers most of this features and for a very affordable price.
Reloop RMP-3 Alpha covers the needs of the most. With auto loop points, 4 cue points and 9 DSP effects to experiment and perform live. It supports all major audio formats and also offers USB connectivity. Nice also to see that all control elements, buttons, knob, encoder, fader and jog wheel are MIDI compatible.
Another DJ cd player that with only one USB you can perform live. Connecting two RMP-3 Alpha players throw USB audio link you only need one source. The only thing i dislike here is the small screen which only displays track info and no waveforms.
Conclusion: The Reloop RMP-3 Alpha has a bit better built quality then the above but still not as good as CDJ’s by Pioneer. It is a bit more pricey and the absence of a waveform display may be a deal-braker for some DJs. However if you cannot afford a Pioneer CDJ player, this piece of equipment is ideal for home practice and small events.