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Pioneer are the talk of the town today as they’ve unveiled their latest version of their CDJs. Dubbed CDJ-2000 Nexus this year’s changes are going to divide opinion as they add the dreaded synch button. We’ll leave politics for another day, but just imagine what 2 Many DJs will be able to do with 4 of these. Still, for £1600 per deck we’d want them to do our washing and make us cocktails.

World’s first DJ player to be compatible with mobile devices, by USB or Wi-Fi

Our rekordbox DJ software has already revolutionised set preparation with indispensible features such as BPM analysis, beat grid, Hot Cues, Loops and Quantize. And now DJs are using it to create playlists and store music on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Android smartphones and tablets.

The CDJ-2000nexus is compatible with both our included rekordbox software, and our rekordbox app – which can be  downloaded free from the App Store (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) or Google Play Market (Android devices). The player is Wi-Fi compatible, so – in addition to USB – DJs can connect wirelessly from their laptop, PC, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Android smartphones and tablets when the player is hard wired to a wireless router.

NEW! Beat Sync for perfect beat matching every time

Hit the Sync button and the CDJ-2000nexus looks at the rekordbox beat grids of music, on up to four connected players, and snaps them to the beat of the master deck. This amazing feature promises to revolutionise performance, freeing DJs up to get truly creative with loops, cues and scratching, or the samples and effects on their mixer.

High-quality Master Tempo keeps sound faithful to the original 

DJs will be truly impressed with Pioneer’s best-ever quality Master Tempo. The CDJ-2000nexus uses a new algorithm to lock the track’s pitch while they manipulate the tempo, for sound that is more faithful to the original tone.

NEW! Wave Zoom for even more detailed information 

In addition to the original Wave display, which lets DJs see the peaks and troughs of the music, the CDJ-2000nexus is the first player to have Wave Zoom for even more precision on loops and cues. And the popular needle search – which lets DJs slide their finger along the ribbon to intuitively access any point in the track – is now illuminated for improved visibility in the booth.


The CDJ-2000nexus is bursting with exciting new and improved features that really put the joy back into performing.

  • Slip Mode: a popular feature on Pioneer’s CDJ-900, Slip Mode silently continues track playback during a loop, reverse or scratch and brings the music back at the right point when the DJ exits the performance.
  • Improved Quantize: Quantize uses the track’s beat grid to ensure loops and cues are set and triggered in time with music, with 100 per cent accuracy. And DJs can now access Quantize via its own dedicated ON/OFF button.
  • Active Loop: DJs can use rekordbox to set an Active Loop at the end of tracks to ensure they’re never caught unprepared again. The CDJ-2000nexus will even display a beat countdown to that point.
  • Hot Cue auto load: instantly loads up to three pre-set Hot Cues when a track is loaded onto the player.
  • Emergency Loop: if the player becomes disconnected from the source, the CDJ-2000nexus automatically goes into a four-beat loop, which DJs can scratch or mix into another source.
  • Last track played: DJs can use the dial to easily navigate backwards through the last five tracks loaded on a player.
  • Rating on the go: rate and change the ratings of tracks during performance, and it will be automatically synched with rekordbox.

Improved track information to make mixing a breeze

The CDJ-2000nexus automatically displays even more information on its large LCD screen.

  • Beat Countdown: DJs can use rekordbox to mark key points on a track, and the CDJ-2000nexus counts down to them from up to 64 bars away.
  • Phase Meter: DJs can see the position of the beat in the bar and compare the phase with the master deck on each player at a glance.
  • Key Analysis Indicator: this browse feature known as the ‘traffic light system’ shows you which songs are in a compatible musical key with the master deck and, when used with Master Tempo, ensures harmonised mixes every time.

Sharper screen and improved browsing

The new player inherits the 6.1-inch full colour LCD screen from the CDJ-2000. Browsing and selecting music is even easier; DJs can choose how they view tracks – list, artwork, or custom view – and scroll through using the large rotary dial.

My Settings function for immediate access to personal preferences

DJs can access their personal preferences on any CDJ-2000nexus thanks to My Settings. The player automatically detects settings that have been selected in rekordbox – including Quantize ON/OFF and Master Tempo ON/OFF – for a customised DJ booth in seconds.

High-quality sound and improved LAN port

The CDJ-2000nexus boasts professional quality audio circuitry, and a built-in 24-bit/48 kHz sound card, for a clear, powerful sound even at club volumes. A precision engineered Wolfson DAC, which plays master quality audio files up to 24 bit/48 kHz, reduces jitter, while the player’s signal-to-noise ratio of 115dB ensures incredibly accurate sound reproduction.

A new IEC connection allows a more professional power connection for improved sound quality.  In addition the improved LAN port design is more robust and now makes it impossible to plug in the wrong cable.

Stylish, robust design and familiar layout

The CDJ-2000nexus inherits its design and layout from its club-standard predecessor – but with a few improvements. The metal colour jog wheel and pots give the unit a more premium look, while the anti-scratch panel keeps it looking sleek and new. And white illumination ensures a contemporary look and high visibility in the booth.



Other features

  • Improved jog wheel tension dial
  • Control various DJ software via MIDI/HID control
  • Pro DJ link enables sharing source with up to four players connected by LAN cable
  • Supports MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF music files.

Main Specifications

Playable media iPod Touch 4th and 3rd generation
iPhone 4GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, IPhone 3G
iPad 3rd generation
Android phone/Android tablet, etc.
USB storage devices (flash memory/HDD, etc.)
SD memory cards
Computers (Mac/Windows PC)
Playable files MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF
(iOS version of rekordbox enable to playback only MP3 and AAC)
USB storage support file systems FAT, FAT32, HFS+
Frequency response 4 Hz~20 kHz
S/N ratio 115dB or more
Total harmonic distortion 0.0018% or less
USB ports USB A port x 1, USB B port x 1
Audio output ports AUDIO OUT (RCA) x 1, DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL) x 1
Other ports LAN (100Base-TX) x 1, CONTROL (φ3.5 mm mini plug) x 1
Audio output voltage 2.0 V rms
Power use 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Electricity consumption 37 W
Max. external dimensions 320 x 405.7 x 106.5 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 4.7 kg
rekordbox™ music management software (included):
Supported OS Mac OS®X 10.5.8, 10.6 or 10.7
Windows®7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate
Windows Vista® Home Basic/Home Premium/ Ultimate/Business (SP2 and above)
Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional (SP3 and above)
(*Windows® XP Professional x64 edition is not supported)
Playable files MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF


1 A wireless router is required for this connection.

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Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.