Pioneer Announces The New CDJ-850 Player!


Pioneer CDJ-850 offers pro-series design, precise control, rekordbox™ music management software and music-file ready features for aspiring DJs.


LONG BEACH, CA – (July 8, 2010) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. Professional Sound and Visual Division redefines the DJ experience today with the announcement of its new CDJ-850 digital media player, inspired by Pioneer’s cutting-edge professional CDJ series for the next generation of DJ entertainers. The CDJ-850 player adopts many of the technical advances made in the industry standard pro-series versions and invites all levels of DJs to create, perform and share mixes like a professional.

Pioneer is dedicated to bringing DJs the best audio/video and live performance products. For newer DJs looking to elevate and greatly enhance their performance and creativity, Pioneer’s CDJ-850 delivers enhanced mixing features, excellent audio quality and a new platform for them to share their music.

“With the increasing popularity of the DJ art form and culture, we understand the importance of creating products for all levels of DJ skill sets. Our aim with the new CDJ-850 is to ensure that DJs get to enjoy similar innovative features and design to those found in our flagship CDJ-2000 and CDJ-900 players, and get to experience the best product for their needs,” said David Arevalo, senior marketing manager, Professional Sound and Visual division for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Key Features of the CDJ-850 include: 

  • Pro-series Design & Exacting Features – Inheriting the club standard layout and precise control features of its professional CDJ series, the CDJ-850 integrates a large 206mm jog dial for continuous free and easy control along with a rotary selector and browse buttons integrated within the display. 

  • Compatible Media and Formats – Users can mix a variety of music formats and media, as the CDJ-850 is compatible with MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF digital audio formats recorded on USB storage devices or CD-R/RW discs.

  • Included rekordbox Software – Pioneer’s new exclusive DJ music management software makes it easy for home DJs to effortlessly organize their entire music library as it analyzes files (settings, creating playlists, saving histories) to their custom specifications. As used by professionals to optimize DJ play, the software enables users to:
    - Analyze data such as the Wave, Beat Grid, BPM, and ID3 Tag(*1) of music files 
    - Create cues(*2) and loops settings
    - Create and edits playlists
    - Save history of music files played on the CDJ-850

  • USB Export Capability – DJs using the rekordbox software can easily export their music files and custom managed data onto a USB device and quickly plug in directly to the CDJ-850 and access tracks without the need to be linked to a PC. Play histories on the CDJ-850 are automatically recorded onto rekordbox via connected USB device for the DJ’s next session which makes the cycle of music file management, DJ play and preparation for future sessions very simple. 

  • User Interface – The display and user interface of the player is designed for quick and fluid music selection. Combined with its rotary selector, navigation through music lists (title, artist, BPM, etc.) is extremely fast and easy. The WAVE display enables smooth DJ play because the user can visually analyze the flow and dynamics of the entire song.

  • DJ Software Control and Audio Interface – The CDJ-850 multi-media player features MIDI, enabling control of various DJ software running on a laptop. With the use of the built-in USB HID interface, the CDJ-850 can also control more complex operations of DJ software without the need for a control disc. For additional versatility, the player can also be used as a PC audio interface.

  • Tag List Function – Equipped with an editable Tag List functionality, users of the player can easily register tracks during play or preview to add to their playlist queue. The song order in the Tag List can be altered and saved as a playlist in rekordbox.

  • Additional Features of the CDJ-850 - 
    - Auto Beat Loop function creates a beat loop with a touch of a button.
    - Four levels(*3) of settings can be made for the maximum variation range of a song’s tempo (±6%, ±10%, ±16% and WIDE).
    - Resume functionality plays music from where it was left off when removed and later reloaded. 
    - Excellent vibration-resistance due to built-in Shock-Proof Memory(*4) and Floating Architecture.

    The Pioneer CDJ-850 will be available in August 2010 with a suggested retail price of $999.

    Main Specifications

    Compatible Media: Music CDs, CD-R/RW, USB storage devices (such as flash memory, HDD, etc.)
    Compatible Files: MP3/AAC/WAV/AIFF
    File Systems: FAT16, FAT32, HFS+
    Frequency Response: 4 Hz – 20 kHz
    S/N Ratio: 115 dB or higher (JEITA)
    Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.003% or less (JEITA)
    USB Ports: USB-A Port × 1, USB-B Port × 1
    Audio Output Terminals: AUDIO OUT (RCA)
    Other Terminals: CONTROL (3.5 mm mini-plug)
    Audio Output Voltage: 2.0 V
    Power Supply: 120 V ac (60Hz)
    Power Consumption: 21 W
    Max External Dimensions: 12.01in (W) x 14.35in (D) x 4.15in (H)
    Unit Weight: 7.3 lbs
    Included Music Management Software: rekordbox
    Compatible OS: Mac OS X (10.4.6 and later), Windows® 7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate, Windows Vista® Home Basic/Home Premium/Ultimate/Business Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional (SP2 and later) (Note: Not compatible with Windows® XP Professional x64 edition)

    *1 Wave: displaying the dynamics and density of the sound of the entire song and allows the structure of the entire song to be checked
    Beat Grid: refers to the beat position displayed on the waveform in rekordbox
    Beats Per Minute (BPM) indicates the tempo of a song numerically, so the beats per minute is its BPM
    ID3 Tag: refers to the standard for writing meta-data, such as the artist, year created, title, etc., into an MP3 file

    *2 Cue: refers to a point in a song 
    Loop: Repeatedly playing a snatch of music seamlessly

    *3 WIDE only works with music CDs. Music files such as MP3, AAC, WAV & AIFF can be set in three levels, ±6%, ±10%, ±16%

    *4 A technology that prevents skipping by storing the audio in memory just ahead of the music playing.

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    Pioneer offers a complete line of professional DJ Equipment through its Professional Sound & Visual Division. Its DJM series of mixers has become an industry standard at clubs, studios, mobile rigs and homes around the world, known for its high quality sound and reliability. For more information, visit

    Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, established in Tokyo in 1938, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

    PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation
    rekordbox is a registered trademark of Pioneer and is a music file management software for use with Pioneer products.


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