First Impression

The XDJ-RX looks very reliable. Certainly for those who have experience with DJM units like this. The familiarity of two players with a mixer in between and a large, clear to read screen. Also for those who are not familiar with the PioneerDJ series, you will find it easy to learn and use. This cannot be said for every modern DJ controller, because you may get lost easily with some of the models currently on the market. With the consistency Pioneer has to offer, it is much easier to learn and use new products with without any step learning curve.

Layout

The XDJ-RX has a layout you would expect. Basically two physical decks with a mixer in between. Except that there’s no screen per deck, but just one large display in the middle of the unit directly above the mixer. This has the advantage that you can see everything at a glance. In addition, the waveforms themselves are placed neatly on top of each other, so you can clearly see if your beat grids connect.
Sound quality

The pioneer XDJ-RX NZ sounds just as good as the DJM-900 Nexus, quite good enough to use in the clubs. I was really surprised when I exchanged my DJM-250 in combination with Traktor (Audio 2 DJ) with the XDJ-RX. I got so much more punch, which makes sense because the XDJ-RX has been developed with small venues in mind, such as small cafe and bars and the fact that these players would need to have a good output. The great thing about the unit is the fact that when you have a USB stick in the second usb connector, you can use it for recording purposes. Directly from the device, you can record to a USB stick and can even add track marks with the XDJ-RX. How cool is that!

Sync

This option is a must have nowadays and it’s available on the XDJ-RX. You can choose whether you use it or not, that’s up to you. If you decide to use it, you have to prepare the tracks in RekordBox if you want this function to work properly with the beat grids. Compared to sync on Traktor, PioneerDJ is not always 100% perfect. However when that happens, you have the jog wheels to be able to adjust that a little bit, to get your track perfectly on beat. So you retain that ‘real’ DJ feeling. When you decide to use the sync function, you can get very creative in combination with the effects. Especially when you turn on the Slip mode, allowing you to create very unique and cool buildups without having to worry about whether the beats are still perfectly in sync.

Conclusion

PioneerDJ delivers with the XDJ-RX. It’s a device you can really enjoy! Everything feels solid, like you expect from PioneerDJ. Everything you need is in the unit and the screen is of the same high quality as you see on the CDJ-2000 Nexus. In addition to RekordBox, you can also use the RX as midi controller, which turns the XDJ-RX into a versatile controller. Personally, I can speak nothing but praise for the XDJ-RX and it has my highest recommendation, because I have to admit, what more could you wish for from your DJ gear?

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