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It’s here! The CDJ-2000 pro-grade DJ player for the digital age


Evolution. Changing times call for changing tools. That’s why our new multi-format player is the natural selection for the next generation of DJs.

It’s been 15 years since the genesis of Pioneer’s first CDJ deck, which led to the world-beating CDJ-1000 series.

Now it’s time for something completely new.

Introducing a major leap forward for the club standard CDJ series: the CDJ-2000 – Pioneer’s new professional player for the digital age.

The CDJ-2000 fizzes with fresh DNA and can play music from multiple sources, including CD, DVD, USB storage devices and SD memory cards.

It also comes with the revolutionary music database management software for DJs: rekordbox™. Based on our ‘Prepare & Perform’ concept, rekordbox works (for both Mac and PC) like the leading music database management software, but is more creative and more DJ-friendly.

rekordbox allows DJs to prepare more before their performance and opens a door to tools such as Hot Cue Banks and Quantize, for perfectly synced loops every time. DJs can then export data to a USB or SD device to access vast libraries of music files and perform live – without the need for extra equipment or any inconvenient rewiring in the club.


All major music formats from multiple sources, including USB and SD card.

No need to burn CDs, simply take your USB device to the club, plug in to the CDJ and play.

Through the industry-first Pro DJ Link, music files and database data on one single USB or SD device can be shared simultaneously by up to four players connected via LAN (local area network) cable.

Plus, the data history of each DJ set is automatically saved and can be made into a playlist that can be loaded back into rekordbox.

Another key facet of the CDJ-2000 is its advanced HID (human interface device) and MIDI capabilities for native control of DVS (digital vinyl systems) via USB. What’s more, it achieves Pioneer’s highest sound quality to date through an improved audio output circuit, a new audiophile-pleasing Wolfson DAC processor, and a built-in 24-bit/48 kHz sound card.

Naturally, the CDJ-2000’s layout is related to its robust, reliable predecessor, the CDJ-1000MK3. However, although it fits easily into the MK3’s footprint, it ramps up performance with the largest (6.1-inch) clearest full-colour screen in the business.

Below the screen is an industry-first waveform Needle Search™/Needle Drop ribbon, so that all the convenience of direct file browsing can now be found in an intuitive hardware format. Add to these features a highly evolved illuminated Jog wheel, and an overall enhanced design, complete with carry handles and Kensington lock, and you have the ideal digital innovation for total performance and seamless synchronisation.

The CDJ-2000 is available from November 2009 with a suggested retail price including VAT of €1799 which includes rekordbox software.


CDJ-2000: dawn of a new species

Key Features

Fully compatible with a wide range of media formats

Besides regular audio CDs (and MP3 data CDs and DVDs) the CDJs can play music files that have been copied to SD memory cards and USB storage devices, such as flash memory and hard disk drives.

Compatible file formats are MP3, AAC, WAV and AIFF (16/24-bit). Files on Tonium’s Pacemaker*1 can also be played when connected as a storage device via USB.

rekordbox database management software: ‘Prepare & Perform’

The idea behind ‘Prepare & Perform’ is that rekordbox works in harmony with DJs, allowing them to analyse, arrange, edit and export their music and data to digital media before their performance.

Put simply, rekordbox offers an alternative to taking a laptop to the club. Not only does it function like a database for DJs (and is compatible with the leading music database management software through a bridge feature) but it also offers many more creative opportunities.

DJs can prepare cue points, loops and Hot Cues in advance of their show. They can manage music files by editing tag information and artwork, while rekordbox analyses such track information as BPM and wave data.

DJs can also edit beatgrids, which utilise the CDJ-2000’s new Quantize performance features, so, as an option, all cue points and loops can be set perfectly on-beat every time.

In addition, users can create, edit and manage playlists in rekordbox and the CDJ-2000 creates a history playlist on your storage device of every track played for review when you next sync with rekordbox.

Huge full-colour display screen leads the market

A bright, elevated 6.1-inch LCD enables DJs to acquire all information at a glance in the dark. And it’s not just about browsing directly though text, because artwork can also be displayed.

Thanks to a combination of the GUI (graphical user interface) and a rotary selector, track browsing/selection is made super-quick and easy. Plus, for on-the-fly programming, tag lists can be created using the dedicated Tag button.

Meanwhile, that all-important wave data is displayed with improved precision, so that high/low amplitude components can be grasped in the greatest detail to date.

Industry-first Needle Search™/Needle Drop for speedy searches and previews

This industry first reproduces digitally the action of needle dropping on vinyl. Needle Search™ lets you instantaneously preview music at any chosen point with pinpoint accuracy.

Simply slide a finger along the Needle Drop pad while listening to the stuttered preview and checking the wave display to locate peaks and troughs. This tactile ribbon controller can also be used to conduct keyword searches.

Industry-first Pro DJ Link for multi-play from a single source and file sharing among 4 players

For the very first time, DJs can connect up to four CDJ-2000s and rekordbox by LAN connection and instantly share music and data between the players. That’s one LAN hub, one USB storage device or SD memory card, and countless creative possibilities – multi-directionally reinforced.

Improved quality audio output circuit with Wolfson DAC processor

A high-performance Wolfson DAC processor allows audio to be reproduced with a lush analogue feel. Great news for audiophiles is the better signal-to-noise ratio, giving a massive improvement on the CDJ-1000MK3 processor, and a new hybrid operation amplifier circuitry that also minimises noise. The result is a clear, transparent sound that is faithful to the original.

Advanced connectivity with 24-bit/48 kHz sound card, HID and MIDI control via USB

The CDJ-2000 has a built-in sound card so no extra interface or unnecessary rewiring is required and connection is possible by using only one USB cable. Information can be output as MIDI to software and other MIDI devices via USB.

The player can also be used as a MIDI controller. But HID control offers superior interfacing with software, beating MIDI with speed, audio/visual streaming and two-way information on displays. Consequently, the player can easily, precisely and natively control such DVS systems as Serato’s Scratch Live*2 and Native Instrument’s Traktor*3 series – without any need for time-coded discs.

Quantized beat loop for perfectly synced cue points, loops and Hot Cues

After music files have been analysed with rekordbox™, the Quantize function automatically corrects and syncs the beat during a manual loop or real-time cue in.

This even works if the in/out point is off beat. There is also a convenient auto one-touch four-beat loop onboard, if required. And thanks to a new 0.5 frame step, there’s twice the resolution for setting even more precise cue and loop points.

An extra three Hot Cue Banks, available via the rekordbox™ playlist

Aside from the three Hot Cue buttons on the CDJ-2000 player itself, there are also three Hot Cue Banks to be found in the rekordbox™ playlist. This provides users with an abundance of Hot Cues to further extend the editing opportunities.

Advanced new Jog for smooth operability and greater feeling adjustment

The all-new club conscious Jog dial is illuminated in four different places. It’s also much quieter and smoother in operation, and has a far wider tension range when compared to the CDJ-1000MK3.

Main specs at a glance

Compatible media
  • Music CD
  • CD-R
  • CD-RW
  • DVD±R
  • DVD±RW
  • DVD±R-DL
  • USB Memory Devices
  • SD Memory Card
Compatible files
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • WAV (16/24-bit)
  • AIFF (16/24-bit)
File systems compatible with USB Storage
  • FAT12
  • FAT16
  • FAT32
  • HFS+
Frequency range 4 Hz – 20 kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio 115dB or higher (JEITA)
Total harmonic distortion 0.0018% (JEITA)
USB ports
  • 1 x USB-A
  • 1 x USB-B
Audio out 1 x RCA
Digital out 1 x Coaxial
Other terminals
  • 1 x Control (φ3.5 Mini-plug)
  • Remote Control
Audio output voltage 2.0 Vrms
Power supply 220-240V (50 Hz/60 Hz)
Power consumption 29W
Dimensions (W x D x H) 320 x 405.7 x 106.4 mm
Weight 4.6 kg

rekordbox database management application specs

Compatible Operating Systems
  • Mac OSX (10.4.6 or later)
  • Windows Vista® Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business
  • Windows® XP Home Edition, Professional (SP2 & Later)
Compatible Files MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF
System Requirements - CPU
  • Mac OS X: Intel® Core. Duo (or equivalent processor) 1.83 GHz or faster
  • Windows Vista® or Windows® XP: Intel® Pentium® 4 (or equivalent processor) 2 GHz or faster
System Requirements - Memory 512 MB or more
Free Hard Drive Space 250 MB or more (Not including the space needed for saving music and other files)
Disk Drives CD-ROM Drive
Display XGA (1024×768) or greater recommended

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Published: 17 September 2009

*1 Pacemaker is a registered trademark of Tonium. For more information on the version that can be used via a USB connection with the CDJ-2000/CDJ-900, please see Tonium’s website.
*2 Scratch Live is a registered trademark of Serato Audio Research. For more information on the version that improves compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/CDJ-900, please see the Serato Audio Research website.
*3 Traktor is a registered trademark of Native Instruments. For more information on the version that improves the compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/CDJ-900, please see the Native Instruments website.
*4 Cross is a registered trademark of MixVibes. For more information on the version that improves the compatibility when connected with the CDJ-2000/CDJ-900, please see the MixVibes website.