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Best DJ Mixers 2018

Thursday, 28 June 2018 12:18:43 Europe/London

Best DJ Mixers 2018

Welcome to The DJ Shop’s top DJ Mixer guide. With so many DJ mixers on the market, it can prove challenging to know which one is suitable for you.

A DJ Mixer is a vital piece of equipment within any DJ setup. Essentially it is a unit that provides DJs with the ability to seamlessly transition between tracks. A number of sound sources can be connected to a mixer including turntables, CDJs, DJ software, etc. Headphones can also be connected to allow the DJ to line up the next track with ease. DJ mixers normally come in the form of 2-channel or 4-channel. The two-channel mixer can link up to two CDJs/turntables whereas the four-channel can accommodate up to four CDJs/turntables. It is worth noting that larger clubs tend to favour the 4-channel mixer over the 2-channel.

If you are fairly new to Djing it can be quite daunting trying to identify a suitable mixer. This is one of the reasons why we have produced this article. On the market, you will find there are 2-channel, 4-channel, some with effects, some without, 3-band EQ, 4-band EQ… the list goes on. To help narrow things down we have decided to subcategorise them into 4-channel and 2-channel mixers. A 4-channel mixer is desired; however, it certainly is not essential. It is also worth noting that the EQ band number is an important factor as it has a great effect on the quality of the sound output.

Below you will find a collection of DJ Mixers that we have selected to feature within this article. They cover a wide range of Djing abilities, so you will be sure to find one to match your skill level along with budget.

 

Best 4-channel DJ Mixer

A 4-channel mixer allows for up-to four audio inputs to be connected simultaneously and is what you will usually find within a club DJ setup. Below you will find five DJ mixers we believe are worthy of making the list.

 

Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 Professional DJ Mixer

To start, we have the Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 DJ Mixer. This high-end, 4-channel mixer features 4 phono inputs, 2 USB ports, DVS (Digital Vinyl System) control and Pro DJ Link capability (where you can connect up to four players and use only the one source). There are two headphone connections (3.5mm mini jack and 6.3mm jack) and two mic inputs (6.3mm jack and XLR). The DJM900NXS2 also features a 3-band EQ which provides more precision over the high, mid and low frequencies, a booth output, adjustable crossfader curve, crossfader assignments and numerous effects.

DJM-900NXS2 Video Introduction


There are 14 Beat FX which includes Pitch, Vinyl Brake, Helix and Reverb, and 6 sound colour FX, each of which have a dedicated parameter knob that allows for settings to be changed for each of the effects.

DJM-900NXS2 DJ Mixer

The mixer is a standard 12 inches and weighs in at 8kg, it has a frequency range of 20-40,000 Hz, a 96 kHz sampling rate, 24 bit A/D Converter, 32 bit D/A Converter, <0.005% (LINE) distortion, S/N Ratio Line of 105dB, S/N Ratio Phono of 88dB, S/N Ratio Mic of 79dB and a 60 watt power consumption. 

Pioneer DJM-750MK2 Professional 4-channel DJ Mixer

The next four-channel mixer we thought we would include is the DJM-750MK2. Many of its features have been inherited from the DJM-900NXS2 mentioned above. It includes four phono inputs, four line inputs, two USB (B/A) ports, a mic input (6.3mm TRS jack and XLR) and is rekordbox DVS ready. There is also an independent mic section featured on the face of the unit.

DJM-750MK2 Video Introduction


You will find a 3-band EQ which has the ability to isolate or stop a normal curve. Additionally, there is a Sound Colour FX (Sweep, Filter, Dub Echo and Noise) along with eleven time-based effects, which come with the means to independently modify the effects of each frequency.

Pioneer DJM-750MK2 Best DJ Mixer 2018 Blog Article

The 750MK2 is a standard twelve inches and weighs in at 6.6kg. It has a D/A converter of 32-bits, A/D converter of 32-bits, sample rate of 48 kHz, S/N ratio of 105dB (LINE), total harmonic distortion of <0.005% (LINE-MASTER1) and a frequency response of between 20-20,000 Hz.

 

Denon DJ X1800 Prime Professional 4-channel Club Mixer

The next mixer on our list is the four-channel Denon DJ X1800. This mixer is a standard size at 12-inches and weighs approximately 7kg. It features a 3-band EQ, four Phono/Line switchable channels, OLED screen, BPM FX section with frequency controlled ‘band-isolation’, dedicated sweep and BPM FX knobs and a Flex-Fader Crossfader.

X1800 Video Introduction


The Sweep and BPM FX section allows you to select either Noise, Wash Out, Gate or Dub Echo effect and then use Sweep to further modify the sound. The X1800 comes with a touch strip that provides greater flexibility when modifying the FX BPM and LFO’s, in addition to 12 classic Denon effects already installed.

Denon DJ X1800 Prime Professional 4-Channel DJ Club Mixer

The Denon X1800 comes with 24-bit/96kHz digital sound output, two mic inputs (6.3mm jack and XLR) and two headphone outputs (3.5mm mini jack, 6.3mm jack). It has a frequency response of between 22-22,000 Hz, Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 93dB (Line) and 87dB (Phono), sample rate of 48 kHz and a total harmonic distortion of <0.02%.

 

Reloop RMX-90 DVS DJ Mixer

The Reloop RMX-90 has a lot to offer including digital sound design, hi-res 24-bit audio interface, 3-band EQ with classic and isolator modes, a filter on each channel, an integrated 8 in / 8 out audio interface, Beat FX and a RMX Innofader option (can be used to replace the crossfader).

RMX-90 Video Introduction


The RMX90 is completely MIDI-assignable with any device that is MIDI compatible. Not only that, it comes with a full copy of Serato DJ along with the DVS Expansion Pack, and two Serato NoiseMap timecode records. It has a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz, EQ range mic at 100 Hz, 10 kHz: -12dB/+ 12dB, EQ range isolator at 70 Hz, 1 kHz, 13 kHz: -∞ dB (total kill)/+9 dB, EQ range classic at 70 Hz, 1 kHz, 13 kHz: -26 dB/+ 9 dB and weighs in a little heavier than others at 7kg.

Reloop RMX-90 DVS DJ Mixer

The Reloop mixer has 7 Line (RCA) inputs, 2 Phono (RCA) inputs, 2 Mic (6.3mm) inputs, Master XLR (Balanced) output, Master RCA (Unbalanced) output, Booth (6.3mm Jack) output, Record (RCA) output, headphone (3.5 mm / 6.3 mm Jack) outputs and USB port.

 

Allen & Heath Xone 92

The Xone92 is the last of the 4-channel mixers we deem to be one of the best currently on the market. Some will argue that this is a six-channel mixer, which on paper it is, however, the channels are split. There are 4 phono/line and 2 mono/mic or stereo return. We wanted to include it as for the money it has a lot to offer!

Xone 92 Video Showcase


The Xone 92 also boasts a 4-band EQ, which includes total kill on high and low frequencies, wide Q for cut and narrow Q for boost. The mixer also features twin mics and two headphone ports, 3.5mm mini-jack and 6.3mm jack. There are also two independent stereo mix outputs (1 XLR, 1 TRS), two auxiliary sends, a dedicated boot output, P&G professional crossfader, EQ switch (split cue and mix to cue balance), ducking facility on the mono/mic channel which ducks music by 20dB, and a lightpipe display to show the current status of the performance controls.

Allen & Heath Xone:92 DJ Mixer

The mixer is again a standard 12-inches and weighs in lighter than the others at 6kg. The A&H Xone92 has a frequency response of between 5-30,000kHz, a total harmonic distortion of <0.003% and crosstalk of >-93dB (inter-channel).

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Best 2-channel DJ Mixer

We have discussed the 4-channel DJ mixers so now we move on to the 2-channel mixers. You will find they are still packed with quality features, they just have fewer channels. We have selected three DJ mixers we deem to be worthy of making the list.

 

Pioneer DJM-250MK2 DJ Mixer with Effects

To start, we have the DJM-250MK2 which is a 2-channel mixer complete with 1 USB port, 3 Line (RCA) inputs, 2 Phono (RCA) inputs, 1 Mic (¼ inch TS), 2 Master Out (XLR / RCA) and 2 Headphone Monitor Out (¼ inch Stereo Phone Jack / 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack).

DJM-250MK2 Video Introduction


The DJM250 has 3-band isolators and has inherited a couple of features from the industry standard DJM-900NXS2. This includes a high-quality Magvel crossfader and a dedicated filter on each channel which has been taken from the Sound Colour FX. The mixer has a frequency response of between 20-20,000 Hz, a sample rate of 48kHz, total harmonic distortion of <0.005% (Line-Master1) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 94 dB (Line).

Pioneer DJM-250MK2 DJ Mixer with Effects

This mixer is certainly value for money. We almost forgot to mention that it comes complete with a rekordbox DJ licence key as well as a rekordbox DVS one!

 

Allen & Heath Xone 23 High-Performance Mixer

The Allen & Heath Xone 23 is a professional DJ mixer that is high quality and durable. It is crammed with features including a 3-band total kill EQ, crossfader curve adjust and VCA faders and their very own widely known analogue VCF (Voltage Control Filter) system.

Xone 23 Video Introduction


The mixer features dual Phone / Line inputs, balanced XLR Mic input and Mix out, an independent booth out, record (RCA) out and 3.5mm / ¼ inch headphone outputs. The unit itself contains a 9-segment signal level monitor, along with back lit controls and light pipe meters. The frequency response range is between 20-20,000 Hz.

Allen & Heath Xone 23 High Performance Mixer

The Xone 23 weighs in under 3kg and is standard size for a 2-channel mixer. This mixer may be compact however it does not compromise on quality or power.

 

Pioneer DJM-450 2-channel DJ Mixer with FX

The DJM-450 is a 2-channel DJ mixer that may appear small however it is powerful. It is crammed with many features and design elements from the industry standard DJM-900NXS2. The mixer features a crossfader, channel faders and EQs, built-in soundcard, 64-bit digital signal processor, Sound Colour and Beat FX.

DJM-450 Video Introduction


The DJM450 includes 3 Line (RCA) inputs, 2 Phono (RCA) inputs, 1 Mic (¼ inch TRS), 2 Master Out (XLR, RCA), 2 Headphone monitor out (¼ inch stereo jack, 3.5mm stereo mini jack), 1 USB (B) port and 1 USB (A) port. The RCA inputs/outputs are gold plated to ensure the highest quality of sound and an independent Mic section so the microphone and AUX input can be used simultaneously.

Pioneer DJM-450 2-channel DJ Mixer with FX

This Pioneer mixer weighs in at just over 3kg and is again, standard size for a 2-channel mixer. It has a frequency response of between 20-20,000 Hz, a signal-to-noise ratio of 94dB (Line), a <0.005% distortion and a sample rate of 48 kHz.

Again, it is worth mentioning that this DJ Mixer also comes complete with a rekordbox DJ licence and a rekordbox DVS licence.

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Conclusion

Thank you for reading this article. As you can see there are a wide range of mixers from a number of different brands. Many of them are crammed with additional features, and a lot of them come complete with a copy of their associated software. It would not be fair for us to select one mixer as ‘The Best’ as it really is personal choice. They all have their good points along with suiting a variety of budgets. Whichever one you are drawn too, rest assure, you will not be disappointed by either its quality, usability or performance.

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