Excerpt: Introduction There can be no doubt when I say that Pioneer own the DJ CD deck market. Like the Technics, the mighty CDJ range has become the standard install for many clubs and an essential buy for many DJs wishing to make the jump from analog to digital. When Pioneer released the original CDJ-1000 and subsequent 800, they ruled the roost, led the pack plus many other euphemisms meaning they pwned the scene.
Excerpt: When it comes to music, new technology has in many areas grown to complement rather than supersede the old ways of doing things. This is particularly evident in the world of DJ’ing, with vinyl retaining a die-hard following. Increasingly, though, digital solutions are just as likely to be found in a club as analogue ones, and Pioneer is one of the leading manufacturers of digital DJ decks.
Summary: Pioneer's CDJ range of CD-spinning decks are a permanent fixture in most clubs around the globe. Now there's a new variant aimed at the serious bedroom DJ: the CDJ-400. The deck takes the best bits of the CDJ-1000, adds a few new features such as iPod and USB playback, and packages it all in a more compact form. Vinyl flair The front panel is dominated by a dual-mode jog-wheel that aims to simulate the process of mixing with vinyl.