5 of the Best All-In-One DJ Systems in 2021

5 of the best all-in-one DJ systems 2021

Overview

As the DJ controller market continues to evolve, all-in-one DJ systems‘ (sometimes referred to as standalone DJ controllers) have fast become a popular alternative to DJ’ing with a laptop.

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll provide a simple overview of the 5 best all-in-one DJ systems in 2021, along with everything you’ll need to make a buying decision.

As the market leaders in this category, these are the 5 best standalone DJ systems you’ll find anywhere on the market. They’re all priced between $1,100-2,600 USD.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out other similar posts on our best DJ controller series page.


Need some help before we get started? 

Depending on where you’re at as a DJ, you might want to consider checking out these two posts before we jump in:

Post #1: A quick introduction to DJ Controllers: This post is mostly for beginners …it explains everything you need to know before splashing out on a DJ controller.

Post #2: A quick introduction to DJ software: This post provides an overview of the 4 biggest players in the DJ software market right now. It’s worth a read if you’re new to digital DJing, or even just skimming over if you need a recap on the key players and what that means for you.


Who are these all-in-one DJ systems for?

An ”all-in-one” (or standalone) DJ system will be most applicable if you roughly fall into one of these 3 categories:

  1. You’re an experienced DJ that’s looking for a high-end DJ system for their home or studio setup.
  2. You’re a mobile DJ that’s looking for a ‘no laptop required’ professional unit for their gigs.
  3. You’re a passionate bedroom or ‘hobbyist’ DJ that likes the idea of DJing without a laptop.

How to choose?

Once you’ve decided that an all-in-one DJ system is what you’re looking for, then it really comes down to which one you prefer – and of course, what DJ software you plan on using.

The 5 on this list are all high-end DJ systems, all with more functionality than most DJs would ever realistically use in a typical DJ set or at a gig. Specs and connections-wise, they’re all designed for professional use.

With that said, what’s MOST important is that you consider their unique selling points, and what that means to you and your situation!

An important note before we get started

One common problem with some of these ‘best DJ controller’ blogs you see online, is they tend to date very quickly, which is partly due to the rate at which new controllers (or DJ systems) hit the market. This post, however, is regularly updated by our team as things change or appropriately when new models get released. 

In other words, whenever you’re reading this, you can rest assured it’s as up-to-date as you’re going to get!

Let’s jump into the 5 best all-in-one DJ systems in 2021!


1. Denon Prime 4 

Denon DJ Prime 4 - arguably the best all-in-one DJ system on the market

Description:

Released at the beginning of 2019, The Prime 4 from Denon DJ has to be the most advanced all-in-one DJ system available in the market today.

It comes with Denon’s proprietary Engine Prime music management & DJ software as standard, and will also work as a DJ controller with Serato DJ Pro or Virtual DJ.

Power supply:

It’s ready to go out-of-the-box, either as a standalone unit or as a DJ controller powered through your laptop/USB port.

Product slide show:

Denon Prime 4 (birds-eye view)

Birds-eye view

Denon Prime 4 (top angle)

Top angle #1

Denon Prime 4 (top angle)

Top angle #2

Denon Prime 4 (top angle #3)

Top angle #3

Denon Prime 4 (front view)

Front view

Denon Prime 4 (rear view)

Rear view

Denon Prime 4 (side view)

Side view

Highlights:

Leading the way with regards to innovation, there’s no shortage of things to talk about with the prime 4. It has a large marketing-leading touchscreen, built-in hard drive and SD card inserts, and also supports higher-quality uncompressed music files such as FLAC and WAV files. The Engine Prime music management software (that it comes with) has wired & WIFI connectivity, allowing for the use of supported streaming services including Beatport Link, Beatsource Link, SoundCloud and TIDAL.

You can also import your music library from the leading DJ software providers, allowing DJs that are currently using Serato, Rekordbox, and Traktor to easily synchronize it and move it over. Same goes for iTunes.

Key features/specs:

  • 4-channel all-in-one DJ system; comes with Denon’s Engine Prime music management & DJ software.
  • Both wired & WIFI connectivity options within Engine Prime; supports streaming platforms including Beatport Link, Beatsource Link, SoundCloud and TIDAL.
  • Option to sync and import your music library from all the leading DJ software providers.
  • Multicore processor powered with rugged metal chassis.
  • Multi-function 10-inch glass, colour touchscreen with adjustable stand and advanced library search options.
  • Supports uncompressed audio files including FLAC, ALAC and WAV files.
  • Keep your entire music collection on board; load your music either via the built-in SATA hard drive (hard drive not included), USB port, or the SD card insert.
  • 6-inch touch-capacitive metal jog wheels with HD display in centre for track artwork or your personal logo – plus customizable RGB light for visual preference.
  • 14 FX controls taken from Denon’s X1800 pro club mixer.
  • 8 performance pads for each channel for Hot cue, Loop, Roll, Slicer, and samples.
  • StagelinQ connectivity for Event/Pro DJ lighting and video control.
  • 4 USB inputs, 2 dedicated Mic channels.
  • Dedicated ‘Zone Outputs’ allow you to control a different location (or room) through one of the 4 channels.
  • Powerful Key Sync controls for seamless harmonic mixing.
  • External outputs to connect turntables or CDJs; record your DJ sets from any connected source; all pro inputs & outputs as standard.
  • Size: Width 728.47mm x Depth 496.82mm x Height 103.63mm.
  • Weight: 9.7kg.

Key takeaways/conclusion:

This top-of-the-range DJ system is well ahead of its time in the market, with its versatility and connectivity specs making it an excellent all-in-one option for any mobile DJ. Or more generally – for ANY DJ that has a thing for the ‘latest tech’.

It’s built-in hard drive space and SD inserts are unique in the market, giving DJs the option to easily carry around their entire music collection ‘on board’. You can even control multiple room outputs in a venue with this thing if you wanted to.

Whilst it won’t be for everyone, the possibilities are endless with the Prime 4!

Approximate price:

Expect to pay somewhere between $1,700-2,000 USD depending on your location. Whilst it’s usually cheaper with Amazon, always consider the pros & cons of ordering through a local retailer/distributor with regards to after-sales service and delivery costs, etc.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Denon’s intro/feature overview or check out this full video review. You can also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy buy links based on a few different locations:


2. Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ - arguably the best all-in-one DJ system on the market

Description:

Released at the end of 2019, the XDJ-XZ is Pioneer’s flagship 4-channel all-in-one DJ system. It comes bundled with their proprietary music management and DJ software, Rekordbox, and also works as a DJ controller (w/connected laptop) with Serato DJ Pro and Virtual DJ.

Power supply:

It’s ready to go out-of-the-box, either as a standalone unit without the use of a laptop or as a DJ controller powered through your laptop/USB port.

Product slide show:

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (birds-eye view)

Birds-eye view

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (top angle)

Top angle

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (laptop setup)

Laptop setup

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (4-channel setup)

4-channel setup

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (turntable setup)

Turntable setup

Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ (rear view)

Rear view

Key features/specs:

  • 4-channel all-in-one DJ system (note, you can only use 2 channels in standalone mode).
  • Also works as a DJ controller with Serato DJ Pro and Virtual DJ.
  • With ‘Link’ export mode you can plug in CDJs to use the other 2 channels.
  • Prepare your music in Rekordbox and transfer onto USB sticks; pre-set cue points, loops, add beat countdowns, analyse keys and much more.
  • 7-inch LCD touch screen + colour on-jog displays.
  • Full-sized 8-inch mechanical jog wheels, identical to that found on Pioneer’s CDJ-2000NSX2 media players.
  • 3 x USB ports; useful for back-to-back DJ changeovers without laptops, and for recording your set on a spare USB.
  • 2 x laptop connections for DJ changeovers or back-to-backs with laptops.
  • 6 Built-in ‘Sound Colour’ FX and 14 ‘Beat FX’ taken from Pioneers’ DJM pro club mixers.
  • 8 multi-colour rubber performance pads for each channel to trigger various in-software features.
  • 2 x Mic input with dedicated 3 band EQs, talkover adjuster and feedback reducer.
  • Dedicated onboard room/master EQ controls.
  • External outputs to connect turntables or CDJs; all pro inputs/outputs as standard.
  • Size: Width 878mm x Depth 466.1mm x Height 118.4mm.
  • Weight: 13kg.

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ is the largest (and easily the heaviest) DJ system on this list. It has lots of pro functionality that would typically appeal to mobile DJs, with its 3 x USB ports, dual laptop plugins, a dedicated dual-Mic area, and onboard master EQ control area.

At around $2,500 USD, it’s also the most expensive unit on this list, with the Denon Prime 4 coming in about $500 cheaper depending on where you get it from. Regardless of price, the XDJ-XZ is unique in its own right, as it’s literally the only standalone unit on the market that almost identically replicates a CDJ club experience. And considering the most basic club setup would cost roughly 3 x the amount, there’s no doubt, that’s a massive selling point!

Whilst the XDJ-XZ may not compete with the Prime 4 in the ‘latest tech & innovation’ department, it really depends on what’s most important to you (ie, that massive selling point I’ve just mentioned!). Just bear in mind, it only works with two channels in standalone mode (not four) – which could be an issue for some.

Approximate price:

Expect to pay anywhere between $2,200-2,600 USD.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Pioneer’s intro/promo video or check out this full video review. You can also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

The demand has been huge since the XDJ-XZ came out. Try your luck with these links below:


3. Denon Prime 2 

Denon DJ Prime 2 - arguably the best 2-channel all-in-one DJ system on the market

Description:

The Prime 2 is a 2-channel all-in-one DJ system from Denon DJ. It comes with Denon’s proprietary Engine Prime music management/DJ software and also works as a DJ controller with Virtual DJ. It was released to market in January 2020.

Power supply:

The Prime 2 will be ready to go out-of-the-box, either as a standalone unit without the use of a laptop or as a DJ controller powered through your laptop/USB port.

Product Slide show:

Denon Prime 2 birdseye view

Birds-eye view

Denon Prime 2 top angle

Top angle

Denon Prime 2 (front view)

Front view

Denon Prime 2 (rear view)

Rear view

Key features/specs:

  • 2-channel all-in-one DJ system; comes with Denon’s Engine Prime music management/DJ software.
  • Both wired & WIFI connectivity options within Engine Prime; supports streaming platforms including Beatport Link, Beatsource Link, SoundCloud and TIDAL.
  • Option to sync and import your music library from all the leading DJ software providers and iTunes.
  • Multi-function 7-inch glass, colour touchscreen with advanced library search options.
  • Supports uncompressed audio files including FLAC, ALAC and WAV files.
  • Keep your entire music collection on board; load your music either via the built-in SATA hard drive (hard drive not included), multiple USB ports, or the SD card insert.
  • 6-inch touch-capacitive metal jog wheels, with HD display in centre for track artwork or your personal logo, plus customizable RGB light for visual preference.
  • 14 FX controls taken from Denon’s X1800 pro club mixer.
  • 8 performance pads for each channel for Hot cue, Loop, Roll, Slicer, and samples.
  • StagelinQ connectivity for Event/Pro DJ lighting and video control.
  • 2 dedicated Mic inputs with EQ, level, and talkover controls.
  • Powerful Key Sync controls for seamless harmonic mixing.
  • Size: Width 644.8mm x Depth 410.1mm x Height 120.2mm.
  • Weight: 7.2kg.

Key takeaways/conclusion:

The Prime 2 has most of the same ‘tech-leading’ features that we spoke above with the prime 4 – such as the built-in hard drive and SD card inserts, and wired & WIFI connectivity. With it’s smaller, non-adjustable touchscreen, it’s basically a stripped-down 2-channel version of it.

At around $1,500 USD, the Prime 2 is marginally cheaper than the XDJ-RX2 (Pioneer’s 2-channel standalone contender that’s next on this list), and there’s no question that its way more advanced from a tech/innovation perspective. And whilst you can’t connect turntables or CDJs with this unit, it still has just about everything that most mobile DJs are ever going to need.

If we were to assume that you’re sold on getting an all-in-one DJ system from Denon, then the only question you really have to ask yourself is – ‘do I just pay an extra $400 (give or take) and get the Prime 4’?

Approximate price:

Expect to pay anywhere between $1,400-1,850 USD depending on where you’re located and where you get from.

Need more help deciding?

Watch this feature overview from Denon or check out this full video review. You can also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy buy links based on a few different locations:


4. Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 - arguably the best 2-channel all-in-one DJ system on the market

Description:

The XDJ-RX2 is a 2-channel all-in-one DJ system from Pioneer DJ (the latest in the ‘RX’ series). It comes with their music management/DJ software, Rekordbox, and was released to market in 2017.

Power supply:

It’s ready to go out-of-the-box, either as a standalone unit without the use of a laptop or as a DJ controller powered through your laptop/USB port.

Product slide show:

Pioneer DDJ-RX2 birds-eye view

Birds-eye view

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 (top angle #1)

Top angle #1

Pioneer DDJ-RX2 top angle #2

Top angle #2

Pioneer DDJ-RX2 rear angle

Rear view

Key features/specs:

  • 2-channel, 4-deck all-in-one DJ system, comes with Rekordbox.
  • Dual-USB ports onboard for standalone mode. Load your tracks on one and record your mixes on the other; also useful for back-to-back DJ changeovers without laptops.
  • Supports high-quality uncompressed audio files including AIFF and WAV files.
  • Prepare your music in Rekordbox and transfer onto USB sticks; pre-set cue points, loops, add beat countdowns, analyze keys and much more.
  • 7-inch touch screen with QWERTY search, plus features taken from Pioneer’s CDJ-2000NXS2 decks and their DJM-9000NXS2 mixer.
  • Touchscreen includes an on-screen keyboard, needle search, track filer, and short cut features.
  • Built-in ‘Sound Colour’ and ‘Beat FX’ taken from Pioneer’s DJM pro club mixers.
  • 6-inch touch-capacitive jog wheels with normal and vinyl mode as standard.
  • 8 back-lit performance pads for each channel to trigger hot cues, Beat loop, Slip Loop and Beat Jump.
  • Quantize feature to improve beat timings, Beat sync for harmonic mixing, and slip mode.
  • External outputs to connect turntables or CDJs plus 2 Mic inputs; all pro inputs/outputs as standard.
  • Size: Width 728mm x Depth 443mm x Height 108mm.
  • Weight: 9kg.

Key takeaways/conclusion:

This is definitely the best 2-channel all-in-one system that Pioneer have released to date, with the layout and workflow designed to create a seamless transition from bedroom-to-club. The 7-inch touchscreen has plenty of features, and provides an excellent ‘club-like’ library-search experience.

 If your heart is set on an all-in-one unit from Pioneer – and, if you think you’re never going to use 4 channels – then this is possibly the one for you. It’s approximately $500 USD cheaper than the 4-channel XDJ-XZ, and it’s got just about everything your average bedroom DJ (or indeed mobile professional) would likely ever need.

It’s also worth noting that you ARE able to connect CDJs and turntables with the RX2, unlike its closest competitor in this category, Denon’s Prime 2.

Approximate price:

Expect to pay anywhere between $1,700-2,100 USD.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Pioneer’s intro/promo video or check out this full video review. You can also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy buy links based on a few different locations:


5: Denon MCX8000 

Denon DJ MCX8000 - all-in-one DJ system

Description:

Released in 2016, the MCX8000 is a 4-channel all-in-one DJ system from Denon DJ. It comes with their proprietary music management/DJ software, Engine Prime.

The software is built in to the unit for when you’re using standalone mode, and it works as a fully-functional 4-channel DJ controller with Serato DJ Pro.

Power supply:

It’s ready to go out-of-the-box, either as a standalone unit without the use of a laptop or as a DJ controller powered through your laptop/USB port.

Slide show:

Denon DJ MCX8000 (birds-eye view)

Birds-eye view

Denon DJ MCX8000 (top angle)

Top angle

Denon DJ MCX8000 (rear view)

Rear view

Key features/specs:

  • 4-channel mixer; works as a standalone unit with Engine Prime and also as a DJ controller with Serato DJ Pro.
  • Prepare your music with Engine on your laptop and export straight onto USB for standalone mode (2-channel only in standalone mode).
  • Rugged metal construction; ideal for club use or ‘on-the-road’ for mobile DJs.
  • Touch-sensitive jog wheels with adjustable torque.
  • Dual high-res displays show Engine and Serato operation.
  • 2 USB inputs onboard for standalone mode with Engine. Load your tracks on one and record your mixes on the other; also useful for back-to-back DJ changeovers without laptops.
  • 8 Velocity-sensitive performance pads for each channel for Cues, Rolls, Slicer, and samples.
  • 3 built-in instant effects for Engine playback (standalone mode) and line inputs.
  • StagelinQ network connection to control lighting and video.
  • External outputs to connect turntables or CDJs, plus 2 Mic inputs; all pro inputs/outputs as standard.
  • Serato DJ DVS, upgrade-ready.
  • Size: Width 728mm x Depth 433mm x Height 70mm.
  • Weight: 8kg.

Conclusion:

The MCX8000 is an extremely versatile unit, and is built to last. It’s definitely worth considering for any mobile DJ that uses Serato, or indeed by DJ that uses their own gear in a venue. To give some perspective within this category, it’s a whopping $600 (give or take) cheaper than the Denon Prime 4. And, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it really looks the part as well!

Approximate price:

Expect to pay between $1,000-1,300 USD depending on your location. Whilst it’s usually cheaper with Amazon, always consider the pros & cons of ordering through a local retailer/distributor with regards to after-sales service and delivery costs, etc.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Denon’s intro/promo video or check out this full video review. You can also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy buy links based on a few different locations:


6?? Denon Prime Go 

Denon Prime Go - all-in-one DJ system

The Prime Go from Denon DJ is a battery-powered, standalone DJ system that’s designed for professional use. No phone or laptop required …just stick in your SD card and you’re good to go!

Priced at about a grand, everything is high-quality on this unit, plus you get all the latest tech that we’ve come to expect from Denon. Considering the size of this unit (seriously, it’s tiny!), it could be used for those gigs where there isn’t much room, or maybe as a backup or travel controller perhaps …if that solves a problem for you.

Because of its lack of mainstream appeal, unfortunately it didn’t make our top 5. If it sounds interesting feel free to check out the website.


Other ‘best DJ controller’ posts:


We do our best: Although we’re very confident we’ve selected market leading products based on their budget ranges (ie the best all-in-one DJ systems on the market), we’re still only human. Our suggestions & opinions may not necessarily reflect the best thing for your situation, so please feel free to do your own research if there’s anything you’re unsure about!

Many thanks to Jamie from We Are Crossfader and Phil from Digital DJ Tips for the awesome product review videos we linked to in this post!

Affiliate Disclosure: To help fund our operation, some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you choose to make a purchase we’ll make a small commission from it. It’s important to mention that this commission NEVER comes at an additional cost to you. Ever!


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