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Pioneer DJ take on the Xone:96 with their DJM-V10 mixer


Pioneer DJ’s new sixchannel DJM-V10 mixer is something of a left turn for the brand, seeing them step away from the establishe­d design of their NXS range in favour of something that appears to be taking aim at Allen & Heath’s popular Xone:96.

As with the 96 – and also the Richie Hawtin-designed Model 1 – the DJM-V10 features an eyewaterin­g amount of connectivi­ty designed for maximum flexibilit­y in a club environmen­t. Alongside the six analogue mixer channels are three send/return channels, plus a flexible array of master, booth, headphone and other I/O options. The mixer is also DVS-ready for rekordbox, Serato and Traktor, and is equipped with two USB ports for seamless digital changeover­s.

Most interestin­g, however, are the new EQs and filters, which deviate from Pioneer DJ’s usual

designs with the inclusion of a newly-developer four-band EQ, plus channel compressor­s and low/ high-pass filters. There’s a new three-band master isolator too.

The DJM-V10 doesn’t entirely do away with Pioneer DJ’s existing designs though, as the brand’s establishe­d Beat FX are included here, along with a new Shimmer effect.

Pioneer DJ are emphasisin­g the sound quality of this new mixer too, which boasts 64-bit mixing and dithering processing, 32-bit high-quality A/D and D/A converters and a low-jitter clock circuit. The company claim this can achieve “a full low-end, vibrant mids, and precise highs”.

It’s certainly an impressive looking package, and we look forward to seeing how it stacks up against its most obvious rivals in use. The DJM-V10 is set to arrive in Feb priced at 3,299 euros/£2,799.

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