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Submitted by Lead  Flag on 08-07-2004 02:45
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What's in the charts?

This article is build up out of three different charts, each comparing another generation of Pioneer DJ CDJs. The differences in between the generations are to different to fit in a single chart there are 3 different charts in this article.

This is not a feature list, for all the features check each product in the Gearbase, links above each column.

The charts are shown starting with the latest models, followed by the previous generation.

3 Generations of Charts

The first Ultimate CDJ Comparison Chart was written al the way back in 2004 and compares all models of the CDJ-800 and CDJ-1000 series players by Pioneer DJ (Pioneer ProDJ back then).

 First Generation CDJ Comparison Chart - 8 July 2004

The second on years later and covers the lineup from CDJ-850 through CDJ-2000.

 Second Generation CDJ Comparison Chart - 19 June 2010

 

 

2022: 3nd Generation CDJ Comparison

With the CDJ-3000 a new generation of CDJs emerged so here is the chart with all the major differences between the last top end decks, in style of the previous CDJ Comparison Charts.

The are 3 models in the CDJ-2000 series: CDJ-2000, CDJ-2000nexus and CDJ-2000NXS2.

The Nexus naming is introduced in Pioneer DJs lineup with the CDJ-2000nexus, then still spelled in full. Nexus refers the a connection hub or center piece as this is what the ProDJ Link connection would end up to be. You can hook up all players to a link, including the mixer and 2 computer and they can all work from music spread out over all devices.

Pioneer DJ CDJ Comparison Chart - Third Generation
Gearbase entry:

CDJ-2000

CDJ-2000nexus

CDJ-2000NXS2

CDJ-3000

Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000 Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000nexus Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Pioneer DJ CDJ-3000
Availability discontinued discontinued discontinued active model
Introduction 2009 2013 2016 2020
SRP in Europe ( € ) 1.849,- 1.999,- 2.299,- 2.499,-

Performance

Hot Cue/Loop Buttons 3 3 4 (2 banks) 8
Beat Jump Control touch screen buttons + screen
Beat Jump Steps 1 2 + 8
Auto Beat Loop Control button screen button + screen buttons + screen
Auto Beat Loop Steps 1 2 + 8 2 + 8
Reverse on/off on/off on/off/slip on/off/slip
Touch/Release speed rotary 2 2 2 1
Rekordbox support playback        
Beat Sync      
Slip Mode      
Instant Doubles  *    
Track Filter Button    
Shortcut Menu Button    
Key Shift  
Key Sync  
Touch Preview  

Jog wheel

Consistency (alike)           
Jog Display FL FL FL 3.5'' LCD
Tension Adjust        

Display

Display Pioneer CDJ-2000 (Photo) Display Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus Display Pioneer CDJ-2000NXS2 Display Pioneer CDJ-3000
Screen Size 6.1'' 7'' 7'' 9''
Display Resolution ? ? 800 x 480 1280 x 720
Touch screen  section  full
Listed Tracks 6 6 8 10 or 12
Scrolling Wave Display      

Hardware

Needle Search Strip     touch screen touch screen
LAN 100BASE-T 100BASE-T 100BASE-T 1.000BASE-T
Max Devices ProDJ Link 4 4 4 6
ProDJ Link via RJ45        
ProDJ Link via USB    
Dimensions (WxDxH) mm 320 x 406 x 107 320 x 406 x 107 320 x 415 x 113 329 x 453 x 118
Weight 4.2 kg 4.7 kg 5.7 kg 5.5 kg
 

CDJ-2000

CDJ-2000nexus

CDJ-2000NXS2

CDJ-3000

 

 

2010: 2nd Generation CDJ Comparison

Around 2010 a new bread of CDJ's was around with the Pioneer CDJ-850, CDJ-900 and CDJ-2000. As these players have a different features set and are released 10 years after the original CDJ-1000 launched they deserve their own chart.

There is no hard line that determines the generations and I doubted to extend this chart with the later CDJ-2000NXS and NXS2, but think they would better placed in a new seperate chart that you might have read above.

Pioneer DJ CDJ Comparison Chart - Second Generation
Gearbase entry:

CDJ-850

CDJ-900

CDJ-900NXS

CDJ-2000

Pioneer DJ CDJ-850 Pioneer DJ CDJ-900 Pioneer DJ CDJ-900NXS Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000
Availability discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued
Introduction 2010 2009 2013 2009
SRP in Europe ( € ) 925,- 1.329,- 1.424,- 1.849,-
Extended info Pioneer CDJ-850 Pioneer CDJ-900 Pioneer CDJ-2000

Performance

Frame Accuracy 1 frame 0.5 frame 0.5 frame 0.5 frame
Cue/Loop Point Resolution 74 p/sec 149 p/sec 149 p/sec 149 p/sec
Reverse Control Button Button Button Lever
100% Wide Range Pitch Audio CD All Media All Media All Media
Auto Beat Loop lengths 4 4 1 1
Loop Devider steps 4 8 5 1
Hot Cue/Loops 3
Rekordbox support playback        
Beat Sync    
Slip Mode  
Quantize    
Eject Lock  
Needle Search Strip  

Display

Dot Matrix resolution 100 x 28 180 x 58
LCD Display size 6.1'' 6.1''
Waveform resolution 100 x 7 100 x 7 hi-res hi-res
Tilted Display    

Jog wheel

Consistency (alike)           
Tension Adjust  
Illuminated Ring (On Air)  

Hardware

Wolfson DAC   WM8728   WM8740
HID Support        
Digital Out(SPDIF)      
ProDJ Link (RJ45)      
SD Card Slot for music  
DVD (music files) playback  
Dimensions (WxDxH) mm 305 x 364 x 106 305 x 385 x 116 305 x 385 x 116 320 x 406 x 107
Weight 3.3 kg 3.9 kg 3.9 kg 4.2 kg

CDJ-850

CDJ-900

CDJ-900NXS

CDJ-2000

 

 

2003: First Generation CDJ Comparison

The initial chart featured all CD players from the first generation of CDJs, starting with the CDJ-800 up to the CDJ-1000MK3.

The CDJ-1000 was introduced first and the CDJ-800 would follow withing a year. These decks would mark a turning point in many DJs lifes as it helped them making the switch from vinyl to CD.

The CDJ-1000 would get 2 upgrades within the model, the CDJ-800 only one. The models where launched relatively quickly after each other, each time bringing more refinement to the features. The Jog wheel of the CDJ-1000 series would get improved each version, thanks to constant development and feedback from the market.

Pioneer DJ CDJ Comparison Chart - First Generation
Gearbase entry:

CDJ-800

CDJ-800MK2

CDJ-1000

CDJ-1000MK2

CDJ-1000MK3

Pioneer DJ CDJ-800 Pioneer DJ CDJ-800MK2 Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000 Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000MK2 Pioneer DJ CDJ-1000MK3
Availability discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued discontinued
Introduction 2002 2006 2001 2003 2006
SRP in Europe ( € ) 749,- 879,- 1.499,- 1.499,- 1.499,-
Extended info Pioneer CDJ-800 Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 Pioneer CDJ-1000 Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3

Performance

Waveform Length 29 dots 33 dots 50 dots 50 dots 100 dots
Jog Quick Return    
Reverse Control Button Button Lever Lever Lever
Hot Cues 3 3 3
Hot Loops 3
Tempo 0% Click    
Tempo Reset button      

Memory

Internal Memory (Cue/Loop) 1p/cd, 500 discs 10p/cd, 800 discs 10p/cd, 100 discs 10p/cd, 100 discs
Removable Memory Card

MMC

100 p/cd, 10.000CDs
3 Hot Cue/Loop p/cd

MMC

100 p/cd, 10.000CDs
3 Hot Cue/Loop p/cd

SD

100 p/cd, unlimited
3 Hot Cue/Loop p/cd
Memory Card Included    

Jog wheel & Jog Display

Display Pioneer CDJ-800 Display Pioneer CDJ-800MK2 Display Pioneer CDJ-1000 Display Pioneer CDJ-1000MK2 Display Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3
Jog Tension Adjust  
Rotating Feeling smooth smooth not smooth smooth adjustable
Jog Movement loose not loose, heavy not loose, heavy not loose, heavy adjustable
Consistency (alike)          
Display Red CUE marker        
Display Yellow Total Ring  

Pitch Accuracy

6% Pitch Scale 0.02% 0.02% 0.02%
10% Pitch Scale 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.05% 0.05%
16% Pitch Scale 0.1% 0.05% 0.05%
24% Pitch Scale 0.1%
100% Wide Pitch Scale 0.5% 0.5% (0.1% MP3) 0.5% 0.5%

Illumination

Play/Cue normal bright normal bright bright
Reverse Indicator bright bright normal bright bright
Hot Cue normal bright bright

Hardware

Digital Output DJ Functions        
VBR & CBR MP3 Playback    
Silver Ring on Jog    
Silver Pitch knob    
Dimensions (WxDxH) mm 305 x 331 x 109 305 x 344 x 108 320 x 370 x 105 320 x 370 x 105 320 x 370 x 105
Weight 3.9 kg 4 kg 4.2 kg 4.2 kg 4.2 kg

CDJ-800

CDJ-800MK2

CDJ-1000

CDJ-1000MK2

CDJ-1000MK3

 

Pioneer DJ Chronological Timeline : /Gearbase/timeline/1/Pioneer-DJ/




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There are 13 Comments

  Flag DJ-TQ wrote on 16-04-2006 @ 13:49
lang leve de CDJ-1000 MKIII!! Winking my eye

  Flag Twizz wrote on 16-05-2006 @ 18:01
jep, helemaal, kwis nie da dr zoveel verschille tusse zaten:S:D
  Flag ArCee wrote on 04-06-2007 @ 19:06
Ik mis wel wat verscheidenheid in merken en uitvoeringen eigenlijk??
  Flag Lead wrote on 05-06-2007 @ 00:11
dit is een vergelijk tussen CDJ's, niet tussen CD spelers in het algemeen... daar zou 1 pagina ook te weinig voor zijn :D
  Flag freddiejay wrote on 18-01-2008 @ 16:25
kan de cdj 400 mee aan de comparison worden toegevoegd, of verschilt deze teveel van zijn "big brothers"
  Flag Lead wrote on 18-11-2008 @ 19:22
De CDJ-400 is een speler uit een andere klasse. Qua looks zou hij er wel tussen kunnen, maar hij is ontworpen voor een heel ander doel en daarom staat hij er niet tussen. Jogwheel is ook een heel ander principe.
  Flag Dav3 wrote on 09-07-2010 @ 07:28
netjes, altijd fijn zo.n overzicht, nu is het toch wel duidelijk dat er meer verschil tussen de 850 en de 900 zit. b.v. HID support. Ik lees namelijk overal dat de 850 ook HID support heeft...
  Flag Lead wrote on 10-07-2010 @ 12:28
HID heb ik opnieuw uitgezocht maar dat zit WEL op de CDJ-850 (ik had het mis)
Dit moet alleen wel door de VDS systeem worden ondersteunt. Werkt dus waarschijnlijk nadat je je mix software hebt geupdate.
  Flag Dolivieira wrote on 06-08-2010 @ 20:06
Al met al mooi lijstje Lead. Daar hebben we wat aan. Athans de?Pio liefhebbers. ?
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  Flag maDJam wrote on 31-08-2010 @ 15:22
Great post- Tiny correction on the dimensions of the CDJ900 & CDJ2000- they\'re not the same size:

CDJ2000
320 x 106.4 x 405.7 ?mm?

CDJ-900
305 x 115.6 x 385 ?mm
  Flag Lead wrote on 27-01-2020 @ 01:10

So long after your post, but it is corrected...

  Flag Lead wrote on 23-02-2022 @ 01:29

Bigtime update, I've added the latest generation of CDJs in a new chart. including the CDJ-3000.

I've also restyled the complete topic, it still hold all the data it had but got a fresh look. It still had layout code from more than 15 years old that now if finally replaced

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  Flag W.i.M wrote on 27-02-2022 @ 14:01

Jeetje, de CDJ-1000 alweer zo oud, ik begin me ineens een stuk ouder te voelen.

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