February 3, 2014

Pioneer DDJ-SZ Serato DJ Controller

Just when you thought there was nothing left for Pioneer to invent, they have chosen the careful route of taking something old and making it new again.  This time, they have found a way to combine the best of their products.  They have taken the jog wheels from a CDJ and have basically implanted them with their newest DDJ-SX controller.  Looking at the two of them from a close glance makes it hard to tell them apart, but if you look carefully you will notice that the jog wheels are actually an upgrade from it.  The pads are colored this time; and I suppose this was to make it easily differentiable from the rest of the controller.

The real question is how much does it cost? When compared to what Pioneer usually sells products for, there is nothing cheap on their menu.  It will cost the average buyer around two grand, and this includes both A and B decks as well as the mixer attached in the middle.  The costs are pretty steep, but still much cheaper than buying a pair of CDJs and trying to afford a good mixer in the middle of it.  As an all in one unit, it ranks up there in terms of looks.