The RX2 may be the second iteration of the initial XDJ-RX, which was sort of a major deal when it had been released back 2015. For DJs attempting to enter the Rekordbox ecosystem (however, not wanting to buy more costly, separate components), it creates for a logical choice.

Being truly a standalone system, the XDJ-RX2 plays directly from USB stick no laptop computer is necessary. This setup simulates a complete Nexus setup (though, it’s more much like Pioneer’s mid-grade hardware… for instance, the mixer section resembles the DJM-450).

Pioneer has made a small number of improvements to the unit, which brings it to an even that feels similar to a professional tool when compared to a budget compromise. For the proper DJ, the XDJ-RX2 is a superb choice.

XDJ-RX2 vs. THE INITIAL XDJ-RX
This version makes several improvements over the initial RX. The very first thing you will likely notice may be the addition of better performance pads. Nowadays there are 8 rather than four, plus they feel similar to “beat pads” instead of the clicky buttons in the last version.

The RX2 also brings over some very nice features from the flagship CDJ-2000NXS2 players… including its high-quality touchscreen (providing needle search, QWERTY search, track filter and shortcut functionality), and the encompassing browse controls. Rather than a shared middle “Browse” knob, everything functions just like a CDJ in this regard (aside from a tiny change in loading a track to a deck… start to see the video above).

The ethernet port (for Pro DJ Link) has been removed, which probably won’t affect way too many persons who buy this unit.

Frequently Asked Questions
What music formats does the XDJ-RX2 support?
The RX2 supports MP3, WAV, WAV, and AIFF. It plays directly from USB key, will load tracks through USB from your own laptop, or will “play directly” from your own notebook computer with a Rekordbox DJ license.

Could it be worth upgrading to the RX2 easily have the initial XDJ-RX?
This will depend on you to determine, but most likely not. It’s big money to pay out for 4 extra performance pads and an increased touch-screen. However, if you don’t have either unit… it is the one to buy.

MUST I get separate Pioneer pieces instead?
You could; for instance, a DJM-450 and XDJ-700 combo. But this costs several hundred more dollars, you have a downgrade on jog wheels, and you also introduce more setup time.

May be the XDJ-RX2 DVS compatible?
Surprisingly, Pioneer has omitted DVS support in this unit. It isn’t qualified for using timecode, not with Rekordbox DJ.

Who’s It For?
DJs who’ve club and festival aspirations will feel that the XDJ-RX2 makes plenty of sense. The layout is familiar, and all but identical, to the “standard” setup a DJ will face as part of a more substantial scale show.

Since a complete NXS2 setup costs something similar to 6 thousand dollars, it doesn’t seem to be so bad to pay out $1699 for a functionally-similar system. In addition, it functions as a controller (via Rekordbox DJ), if you tend to bring a notebook computer along for the ride. In this sense, it might not exactly function as most budget-friendly option around (because the whole no-laptop thing is a huge selling point, here).

The RX2 could be less suitable for some mobile DJs, talking with its general size and weight. In addition, it could be cumbersome for smaller-scale shows what your location is sharing a booth with other DJs.

But also for the DJ who would like a “home version” of the standard, or wants an all-in-one, non-laptop solution for DJing… the XDJ-RX2 fits the bill.