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Pioneer Introduces CDJ-1000MK3 and CDJ-800M2 Digital Turntables

Published: Wed May 03, 2006  News Feed

Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3

The robust build of the CDJ-1000MK3 returns with its familiar high-quality polished look and clean layout. The new features make it easier to transport music as well as simplify cueing, looping, scratching and stretching of tracks.

MP3 Capability: As stated above, the player accepts playback of MP3 music including VBR files. A direct folder search button was added to allow DJs quick access to files within folders on an MP3 disc.

JOG Wheel Feeling Adjust: This idea comes directly to Pioneer from DJs who provided feedback about how to take the performance aspects of the MK2 to the next level. The CDJ-1000MK3 includes a dynamic JOG feeling adjust letting DJs modify the resistance of the non-slip metallic jog wheel to meet individual styles. Sweet! The wide tempo range (+100% to 100% with CDDA and +70% to 100% with MP3) also gives greater control.

Multicolor Fluorescent Display: The display on the wheel was improved with a brighter, fluorescent display for quick visuals to music information. The larger cue marker and angle marks make it easier for scratch DJs to time their effects. The track display area was doubled in resolution (50 dots to 100 dots wide) to accommodate WAVE data and playing address details so users can see a track's entire length at a glance. The MK2's display was already quite good, but doubling the resolution and increasing the character length from 10 to 16 should make the waveform display even more accurate and easy to read.

Hot Loop & Hot Cue Button: The player utilizes a single button to perform hot loop and hot cue storage, holding up to three loops per track. Orange and green illumination differentiate hot loop and hot cue tasks. Three loops per track allows for provocative mixing and remixing on the fly and is a welcomed attribute.

Card Slot Upgrades: The MK3 now has a protective door covering the card slot. This prevent accidental card discharges. In addition, the MK3 can read MMC cards as well as SD.

Resume Play: A resume play feature starts the disc at the exact time a CD is ejected eliminating the need to start playback from the beginning of a disc. The feature is especially helpful when a CD is ejected accidentally.

Upgraded Gold RCA Connectors: Ensuring the highest level of sonic purity, the players use gold RCA connectors to minimize audio signal resistance.

Effects: No beat synced effects are available in the MK3. It would have been great if Pioneer incorporated some of the effects from the 600/800 series, but we didn't get the love.


The Pioneer CDJ-800MK2

The CDJ-800MK2 gets sexed up with a stylish new silver metallic finish and metallic buttons, but retains the same key design themes found in the MK1.

MP3 Capability: The unit's MP3 playback capability includes a "Folder Search" and "Text Mode" to provide artist name, track title and file name for quick access to music files, however many long time CDJ users were expecting more robust search features.

JOG Wheel Adjust: The feel of the JOG wheel is tweaked to mimic that of the CDJ-1000MK2. The jog wheel retains the non-slip metallic finish of the CDJ-1000MK3 as well as the same features on the JOG.

Track Data Display: As on the CDJ-1000MK3, track information through a higher resolution display is extended to show the complete track.

Resume Play: Much like the CDJ-1000MK3, the unit resumes CD playback at the time a CD is ejected.

Auto Beat Loop: DJs can create 1/8th beat loops with a new auto beat loop command with a quick hold of the loop-in button.

Effects: None.


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