Pioneer’s mid-range DJM-800 has long been a favourite of DJs thanks to its sturdy build quality and its well-balanced mix of flexibility and straightforward usability.
Released back in 2012, the DJM-850 updated the 800’s design without being a major leap into new territory in the manner the 2000 series was. The mixer features the same robust build quality and a similar effects setup as its predecessor, whilst adding a USB soundcard and a handful of modernised performance features and effects.
It doesn’t have the same flashy Pro Link functionality as Pioneer’s top end DJ hardware, and it isn’t the cheapest unit in its category, but for a well built, capable and very usable four-channel mixer, the 850 is hard to beat.
Full review: Pioneer DJM-850