5 of the Best All-In-One DJ Systems in 2021 (updated Nov)

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.


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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 DJ 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. The Engine 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 or 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 DJ music management & DJ software.
  • Both wired & WIFI connectivity options within Engine; 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.
  • 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 and 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; all pro inputs & outputs as standard (record your DJ sets from any connected source).
  • 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’.

Its 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!

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Approximate price:

Expect to pay somewhere between $1,800-2,200 USD.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Denon’s feature overview or check out this full video review. Also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy links based on location:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


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.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

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. Also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy links based on location:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


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 music management/DJ software and also works as a DJ controller with Virtual DJ. It was released to the 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 DJ music management/DJ software.
  • Both wired & WIFI connectivity options within Engine; 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 about with the prime 4 – such as the built-in hard drive and SD card inserts, and wired & WIFI connectivity. With its smaller, non-adjustable touchscreen, it’s basically a stripped-down 2-channel version of it.

At around $1,500 USD, the Prime 2 is about $500 cheaper than the XDJ-RX3 (Pioneer’s 2-channel standalone contender that’s next on this list), and there’s no question that it’s 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’?

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Approximate price:

Expect to pay anywhere between $1,400-1,850 USD.

Need more help deciding?

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

Where to buy?

Here are some handy links based on location:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


4. Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 - Birdseye view

Description:

The XDJ-RX3 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 is also compatible with Serato DJ Pro (support coming in early 2022).

It was launched to market in November 2021, making it the most recent DJ system on this list to be released.

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-RX3 - Front angle

Front angle

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 - Side angle

Side angle

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 - Birdseye view

Birdseye view

Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX2 - front view

Front view

Pioneer XDJ-RX3 - Rear view

Rear view

Key features/specs:

  • 2-channel, 4-deck all-in-one DJ system, comes with Rekordbox and compatible with Serato DJ Pro.
  • Prepare your music in Rekordbox and transfer onto USB sticks; pre-set cue points, loops, add beat countdowns, analyze keys and much more.
  • Large, high-res 10.1-inch touch screen – now with rapid browsing, playlist bank, touch preview and countdown timer.
  • Improved audio design of the circuit board for better sound (compared to previous model).
  • 6-inch touch-capacitive jog wheels with tension adjustment and colour ‘on jog’ displays.
  • 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, WAV and FLAC.
  • Built-in ‘Sound Color’ and ‘Beat FX’ taken from Pioneer’s DJM pro club mixers; now includes an extra 6 Beat FX and 2 additional Sound Color FX as found on the XDJ-XZ.
  • 8 fully-illuminated performance pads on each channel with secondary pad layer modes (with gated Hot Cues). Pads trigger hot cues, Beat loop, Slip Loop and Beat Jump.
  • External outputs to connect turntables or CDJs plus 2 Mic inputs; all pro inputs/outputs as standard.
  • Size: Width 728.1mm x Depth 469.5mm x Height 118.4mm.
  • Weight: 9.3kg

Key takeaways/conclusion:

Coming in at around $2,000 USD, The XDJ-RX3 is the upgrade from Pioneer’s previous 2-channel standalone contender, the XDJ-RX2.

With a more refined design than the previous model, the RX3 also inherits the layout and workflow of a professional Pioneer club setup, creating a seamless transition from the bedroom.

It has a new high-res, 10.1-inch screen (the biggest on ANY standalone system from Pioneer to date), with a more powerful processor than the RX2, allowing tracks to load quicker – all in all, offering a much better browsing experience than before!

Pioneer has also added ‘on jog’ displays on the jog wheels this time around. The small screens show if you have things like vinyl mode, beat sync or slip mode engaged, and you can also display track artwork or a custom logo.

Simply put, if your heart is set on an all-in-one DJ system from Pioneer—and, if you think you’re never going to use 4 channels—then this is likely 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 mentioning that you ARE able to connect CDJs and turntables with the RX3, unlike its closest competitor in this category, Denon’s Prime 2. Just don’t forget, there’s no WiFi connectively, so no streaming services.

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Approximate price:

$2,000 USD when it came out (Nov 2021).

Need more help deciding?

Watch Pioneer’s walkthrough video or check out this full video review. Also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

Here are some handy links based on location:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


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 DJ.

The software is built into 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 DJ 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 any 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!

Overall Rating:
★★★★★
★★★★★

Approximate price:

Expect to pay between $1,000-1,400 USD.

Need more help deciding?

Watch Denon’s promo video or check out this full video review. Also visit the manufacturer’s product page.

Where to buy?

The MCX-8000 is a little bit harder to find than others on this list. Here are some handy links we found:

Note: Commissions may be earned from the above links. See our affiliate declaration.


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 or buy it on Amazon.com.


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FAQs:

What is a standalone DJ controller?

Standalone DJ controllers (also known as ‘all-in-one DJ systems’) are basically DJ controllers that don’t require a connected laptop to operate them. It’s important to note that regardless of whether you choose a ‘’regular’’ DJ controller or an all-in-one DJ system, you’ll still need a reliable laptop as a base to organize your music.

What is the best standalone DJ controller?

The best standalone DJ controller is the Prime 4 from Denon DJ – at least from a technological standpoint. It has a built-in hard drive and SD card inserts, wired & WIFI connectivity, plus other unique features. However, the XDJ-XZ from Pioneer contests this, as it’s the only standalone unit on the market that almost identically replicates a ‘CDJ’ club experience.

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!

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

Affiliate Disclosure: To help fund the website, 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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