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Pioneer DJ CDJ-350 Media Player Review

Christian Yates
Last updated 5 October, 2018

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The Lowdown

The Pioneer CDJ-350 feels like a consumer device rather than a serious piece of DJ gear, which for the price means we’re not big fans of it. You’re better off saving up for something like the XDJ-700 or XDJ-1000MK2 instead.

First Impressions / Setting up

The Pioneer CDJ350 is a digital turntable that can play from USB thumb drives and CDs and can also be used as a MIDI controller along with your DJ program of choice.

The screen and buttons on the CDJ350 are bright which is great for low-light situations. Scrolling through tracks from a USB is easy and intuitive with all the necessary details all on the screen such as BPM and tempo grid on there. It also has a tempo adjuster and Master Tempo button that changes the pitch of the song when disengaged.

Other functions include a playlist button, options for manual and automatic loops and a vinyl mode for scratching.

In Use

Creating loops is easy on the CDJ350s and you have the option to cut them to 1/2, 1/4, 1/8. The jogwheel and faders feel smooth and has a decent nice weight to them.

Using the 350s as a Midi controller is simple and is compatible with Rekordbox DJ. The package does not come with the cable to connect it to a laptop.

An Amazon reviewer mentioned that the jogwheel feels very similar to the 350’s older brother the CDJ-400, and it may be a bit small for some people who prefer larger jogwheels, especially for those who like using big jogs.

Lastly, the price is a bit steep for the features that the CDJ-350 has especially since you can get a lot more in the same price range.

Conclusion

Targeted toward beginner to intermediate DJs, the Pioneer CDJ-350 has some extra bells and whistles and name pedigree but has a couple of missteps and questionable features that it is hard to recommend it especially in its price range.

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