NAMM 2015: Hands-on with the Pioneer XDJ-RX

Updated with video: does this all-in-one DJ system cut the mixing mustard?

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NAMM 2015: There's plenty of new DJ kit being showcased at the 2015 NAMM Show, and Pioneer's new XDJ-RX 'all-in-one' standalone controller could be the most significant arrival of all.

Its competitive price and wealth of familiar features will undoubtedly appeal to tune-spinners who want a pro-level Pioneer DJ setup at home without spending heaps of cash on a separate turntable-mixer setup - especially since a laptop isn't required.

We spent a good 30 minutes putting the XDJ-RX through its paces on the Pioneer stand. Songs are scrolled through and loaded using a single rotary in the centre of the mixer. If you're used to traditional CDJ mixing (where each CDJ has its own display screen), navigating tracks via one screen (and a single set of controls found directly on the mixer's middle) will take some getting used to.

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Other than that, users familiar with Pioneer DJ equipment and rekordbox software will have no trouble getting tunes lined up and in the mix. The pad-based Loop Slice function makes stutters and loops a pleasure to work with, and the per-channel Colour FX and Beat Effects, while not as plentiful as on the DJM-900NXS, give you more than enough sound-mangling possibilities.

As the two turntables share a single centre screen, and there are no CD drives, it appears the Japanese manufacturer has keep its costs down, offering a tantalisingly affordable 'pro' solution for the DJ who's keen to board the Pioneer train.

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