The new CDJ-1000 MK3 deck provides full MP3 compatibility, a HOT LOOP feature, 'JOG feeling adjust' and improved presentation of track and WAVE data. With refinements to the CDJ-800MK2 also headlined by MP3, the new decks round out a Pioneer CD/DVD DJ range that's fully digital and MP3-ready. The deck offers the same robust build beloved by club owners and DJs, is finished in the familiar high-quality polished look and remains faithful to the clean, clear layout that has become the accepted format for tabletop CD decks.
With full MP3 support including VBR files, intelligent features, such as the direct folder search button, allow DJs to quickly access files within folders on the disc for intuitive, fast cueing. A total wide tempo range (+70% to –100%) also gives greater control than many competitor models.
Along with multimedia cards, SD cards are now also compatible with the CDJ-1000MK3 so that HOT CUES, HOT LOOP points and WAVE display data can be easily stored and loaded.
In keeping with the high quality components of the CDJ-1000MK3, gold RCA connectors are fitted along with a digital out for connection to digital mixers such as the DJM-800 / DJM-1000, ensuring the highest level of sonic purity available. Subtle design changes like the metallic master tempo button also mark the player as the third generation of the industry standard deck.
The new features add to the unique capabilities of the CDJ-1000MK2 and ensure that, as single tabletop CD systems cement their position as the dominant market platform, Pioneer continues to define the mark for digital DJ'ing: a level that has again been raised by listening to and acting on feedback from DJs.
The CDJ-800 MK2 retained the same key design themes of its big brother, the CDJ-1000MK2, and has a strong installed base, especially in the club and bar sector and among bedroom DJs and enthusiasts. Its revisions have also been influenced by consultation with the DJ community and many of the new features on the CDJ-1000MK3 are carried through into the CDJ-800MK2.
The CDJ-800 MK2 has a stylish new silver metallic finish and metallic JOG buttons and also includes full MP3 compatibility; tracks can be operated in the same way as CDs as the deck is equipped with 'Folder Search', and in 'Text Mode' the artist name, track title and file name are shown on the display.
The feel of the JOG wheel is tweaked to mirror that of the CDJ-1000MK2. The track data display is of a higher resolution (multicolour and fluorescent) and the address data has been extended to include the complete track. Resume play is also included alongside the backlighting of the re-loop button. In addition, it's now possible to make short beat loops on the CDJ-800MK2 due to the inclusion of an AUTO BEAT LOOP command: by pushing the loop-in button, DJs can create a one-per-eight BEAT LOOP.
With digital connectivity, the CDJ-800MK2 can be at the centre of a full digital environment, providing a deck that offers the core professional features that have made Pioneer the mark by which other tabletop CD systems are measured.
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