WIN Pioneer Gear - DDJ-SB DJ Controller and a pair of HDJ-500 headphones
- Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:56
When you think about dance music, there is one brand that stands head and shoulders above the rest: Pioneer. Best known for their range of CD decks, or CDJs as they're more commonly known, the Japanese electronics giant first entered the industry in 1994 with the CDJ-500. Several new models emerged in the years after, but none ever did enough to win over the DJs. Vinyl and Technics turntables were still the dominant force. In 2001 however, that all changed. The CDJ-1000, with its efficient cue/play buttons and trademark jog-wheel, revolutionised clubbing as it had been previously known. Riding the wave of download culture, the 1000 was soon a fixture of every booth in the land, giving birth to a whole new realm of performance possibilities. As it became clear that lugging crates of vinyl around the globe was a thing of the past, and that there was more to mixing that just beatmatching, the product was quick to be endorsed by the world's top spinners. Today, Pioneer's latest model, the CDJ-2000, has not only overtaken Technics in the market, but eliminated even the need for CDs with its use of USB memory sticks.
To focus in on the CDJ however, is to neglect a wealth of innovative products from Pioneer. The DJM mixer series are considered the market leaders alongside Allen & Heath's Xone range, while its monitor speakers, headphones and all-in-one mixing consoles are easily among the best in the business. Pioneer only deals in top of the range.
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