I was all set to buy the Allen & Heath Xone:S2 until the Pioneer came to my attention. The A&H, while known for their superior components & craftsmanship, it doesn't have the features the Pioneer does. Certainly Pioneer can't claim the same pedigree as A&H, but they're not exactly slouches either. I'm looking forward to seeing some reviews on the Mixers earlier performance & quality. The jury is still out. -Z-
Yeah, I saw this too. Waiting for it to come out. Hopefully it won't be delayed. Pioneer says late September or early October. It's really nice to see a DJ mixer with more then one or two mic inputs. I would have liked all three mic inputs to be XLR but I can live with the 1/4 inch for the third mic. Two mics are enough for 98% of my gigs so it should be fine.
I'm also happy to see a DJ mixer with two zones. This isn't uncommon on a live sound mixer but it's not at all common on DJ mixers. The Allen & Heath XONE:464 has two zones but it's also massive (12U).
I'm not sure how I would use the Mixer as a MIDI controller just yet but I'm sure I could figure out something. The integrated 3 stereo channel sound card means I only have to hookup 1 USB cable from your laptop to the mixer. That's nice.
Lot's of good stuff in there. It does seem a bit expensive but I'm probably going to go for it anyway.
Oh, heck. Just when I decided (looking at the expense side of my QuickBooks reports) that I was all through with new equipment purchases for 2009!
I currently use a Pioneer DJM-3000 mixer and have been mighty pleased with it. But the extra mic inputs, the XLR zone-out, and a few other features and spec's make this mighty appealing.
One thing I don't see noted in Pioneer's current description of this unit is BPM measurement. I find that a very handy feature on my DJM-3000 -- although I must say it is FAR from perfect, and sometimes doesn't do the job. I wonder if the DJM-5000 will measure and display the BPM (from whatever channel one specifies, and/or from master output, and of course in CUE mode). And if so, whether it will do so more reliably than the DJM-3000.