The latest Pioneer Pro DJ baby. Does it worth it? Tough question. I couldn’t resist anyway because I’ve been waiting so long for such gear!
This CD player is very similar to the excellent Pioneer CDJ 1000 MK3. The big improvement is really in the ability to read from USB device all kind of music format (except the recent FLAC which is more and more used by the way).
One CD player can be connected to another one (up to four of them in line) with a LAN cable and you can browse this way the USB plugged to another player.
In theory you can plug your CDJ 2000 players to a computer via a network switch and play this way any song from your entire library (WAV, AIFF, MP3 and AAC). But this functionality although described in the user manual is not available yet (will be later with a firmware update). Here comes the first disappointment.
The players come with a software called RekordBox. Don’t get excited too much, this is nothing like Serato or whatever. This is just to manage your tracks library in a smart way. The idea is to get your tunes analyzed with the software, you can tag them, store Cue Points and send them to your CDJ 2000 players. But the software is somehow not reliable yet and had one update already. (For example this messes up your MP3 tags) I would strongly recommend that you play around with a small excerpt of your library before you get all your tracks scanned by the software.
This being said the CDJ 2000 is without surprise a jewel of Pro DJ technology and in my opinion the best CD Players available in the market as the CDJ 1000 are.
This important to know that if you cannot afford such a price I would advise you to go for CDJ 1000 players than you can hook up with Serato Scratch Live and play all the tunes stored on your computer. No doubt that the arrival of the CDJ 2000 will drag the price of the MK3 down. You can also get slightly used devices for a lot less.
Don’t forget to take a look at Pioneer DJ Forums that enclose full of information.