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Gear Selection Advice (DDJ-SX2 vs. DDJ-SR vs. pair of XDJ 1000s)

I’ve got a $2K budget for upgrading my DJ setup.

 

I wanted your opinion on how to proceed as I look to upgrade from my current low-grade setup (a pair of low-end Denon CD players + Vestax 4-channel mixer).

 

About me: I’ve DJed off and on for the past 7 years and I’ve hit the breaking point with pure CDs (I just hate burning 10-20 CDs before each occasional gig with music, as it’s fairly time-consuming and not very efficient + I edit most of my tracks in Ableton Live).

 

In terms of type of gigs I do, I’ll mainly be doing gigs in and around the NYC area (mainly at bars) or the occasional warm-up slot or mobile gig (I have a soundsystem).

 

I’ve given myself 3 options

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getting a pair of XDJ 1000s or

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getting either a Pioneer SR controller OR SX2 controller in combo with a Mid-2010 Macbook Pro with 2.53Ghz intel and 4 GB 1067 MHz DDr3

What would you do?

 


 

 

Here's my opinion:

 

Pros and Cons of Each:

 

XDJ-1000 Pros:

 

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Seem more reliable and durable than a controller setup in the long-run (infinitely less likely to crash during a gig than a controller setup)

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A seemingly easier transition for me to be able to switch to any of the industry-standard CDJs that clubs have if I open up for DJs (CDJ-2000 + 900 Nexus) as I’ll be familiar with Rekordbox and the players.

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Seems like I could eventually add a SR to my setup if compatibility becomes an issue

 

XDJ-1000 Cons:

 

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A lot of small bars don’t have them, they usually have 2 technics/belt-driven turntables if anything (meaning I’d have to carry them to the gig).

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More costly than the controller setup (I do have a $2K budget)

 

Pioneer SX2 Pros:

 

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Seemingly more durable and reliable than the SR (not USB-powered)

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4 channel mixer instead of 2, allowing me to add an additional deck if need be.

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more mobile DJ friendly as there’s an XLR output that I could attach to all external sound systems

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Same setup everywhere which leads to you being really familiar with your equipment.

Pioneer SX2 Cons:

 

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How reliable is it in the heat of the moment?

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I would have to carry it to every gig.

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I’d prolly add the UDJ backpack to my mix to carry around to each gig in add the magna control stand

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Hard to fit in a lot of bar/club DJ booths (maybe the magna control stand)

 

Pioneer SR Pros:

 

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Very portable

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Would easily fit into most DJ booths

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Cheapest out of all the options

 

Pioneer SR Cons:

 

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Apparently not 100% reliable

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Primarily USB powered w/o a power supply making it heavily reliant on the laptop

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Once again, reliability (what do you guys think?)

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No XLR output

 

Any suggestions?

Mr. Koto

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SX2.

I use the SX every weekend as a mobile DJ and would recommend the SX2 to anyone. The SZ is too big, the SR misses the mark for some features on the SX, so that's my call. The XDJs are great, but you still need a mixer, and 3 separate pieces are harder to transport than 1.

Pulse 0 票
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que tal tengo un controlador pioneer ddj sx2... puedo usar este controlador con la sx2

jesus noel romero 0 票
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i would go for xdj... and djm-750 but its just me - i own 2knxs and 900nxs...maybe think about standalone xdj-rx? thats a great option too. All of the advantages from mobile equipment but can act as a standalone.

Mateusz Kasprzak 0 票
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if you do a lot of mobile I would also look at the XDJ-RX, but my vote go's to the DJM/CDJ setup and not the SX2 because you will then have all your music Rekordbox'ed and everything for when you get to play at a club that has a DJM/CDJ setup

Armand 0 票
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Sorry only saw now that you posted this 7 months ago. What did you go for?

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