Decisions, decisions, decisions… the Pioneer CDJ-3000 or the Denon SC6000? To be honest, it’s only you who can answer that question, but to help you out a little, we throw these two heavyweight mediaplayers into the ring and let them battle it out. Trained and developed by the most important DJ-brands of the moment, it’s anyone’s guess who’ll come out on top. As such, we kind of stepped back here and left it up to you to decide who wins out. You can’t blame us – the very best DJ gear will always come down to how smoothly it supports your particular workflow and whether or not it offers the functionality that you actually find essential – only then do you know that you’ve found your new DJ-based BFF.

Pioneer CDJ-3000 vs. Denon SC6000: A Battle to the Death-ish

Pioneer is Simply the Standard

Pioneer are definitely sitting on top of the world when it comes to DJ gear, and that’s partly down to the vicious circle that the company have managed to perpetuate. You’ll find Pioneer stated on every DJ rider, and as a result, you’ll find it at pretty much every festival and club, and because you can find Pioneer gear in almost any DJ booth, Djs will put it on their rider, and round and round it goes. As long as they keep managing to meet the demands of every kind of DJ, this cycle is unlikely to break, and it’ll remain near impossible for any other brands to get a look in. Djs like to know what they’re getting, and they’re usually pretty familiar with Pioneer, to the point where clubs and organisers won’t risk the cost of kitting out the booth with gear from a different brand. If anyone does happen to use a different setup from a different brand, they tend to bring it along with them, because they already know the deal anyway.

Pioneer CDJ-3000 vs. Denon SC6000: A Battle to the Death-ish

But is it Actually the Best Choice?

With all of that in mind, Pioneer is undeniably the best choice if you want to be flexible enough to play public sets at clubs and festivals. By learning your craft using a Pioneer setup, your knowledge can be easily transferred to any booth in the world. But, then is it the only gear you should even consider? Of course not. I mean, we all want other DJ brands to continue to exist, like Native Instruments, or in this case, Denon DJ. In the last few years, Denon DJ have taken a hefty bite of the market by (somewhat aggressively) launching incredibly fresh gear that, if we may be so bold, is often actually technically superior to anything that Pioneer is calling its new ‘top-shelf’ model. Little Denon-developed details like the ability to switch between two decks with a double audio-output, and the inclusion of a built-in battery that protects your player and keeps your set going during short power outages, are all beautiful little pieces of technical thought, making Denon a more than viable option. But, then again, do you really need these details? Because if you do, you’re going to be paying a fair amount for them.

Pioneer CDJ-3000 vs. Denon SC6000: A Battle to the Death-ish

Denon make a More ‘Personal Instrument’

Denon DJ gear is a great choice if you’re a DJ looking for a more ‘personal instrument’. If you have a healthy appreciation for the technical side of things and you’re ambitions aren’t focussed on playing nothing but the biggest festivals, then something from Denon DJ should suit you just fine – and then some. In fact, the functionality of Denon DJ gear doesn’t just offer a playing tool, but something that will only help you hone your skills and grow as a DJ. Also, take details like the layer function of the SC5000 and SC6000; even if you only pick up one of them, you essentially have two players in the bag. This is something that a Pioneer player just cannot do. But yeah, if the fesitval organiser is paying the bill, and you’re given a DJ booth with six players linked up, the absence of a ‘layering’ function becomes pretty irrelevant, pretty quickly.

Both Have the Right to Exist

It’s clear that both Denon DJ and Pioneer have earned the right to exist and have their own dedicated following. In the case of Pioneer, you do get granted access to the holy grail of music librarians in the form of Rekordbox. Denon DJ does offer a similar software called Engine, which is just as efficient and frankly excellent a tool when it comes to organising your library. So, both of these DJ-gear giants actually make a similarly unique offer when it comes to both hardware and software, which leaves you with one question: what works best for you? If you’re a faithful Rekordbox user, then bear in mind that Denon DJ setups can actually handle a Rekordbox USB stick with little fuss these days. So, you could actually happily prep your set at home using Rekordbox, then head out and play on any hardware going, whether it’s been made by Pioneer or Denon DJ.

See Also…

» Pioneer CDJ-3000
» Denon SC6000

» Poke Your Head Into the Future with the New Pioneer CDJ-3000
» The Pioneer CDJ-3000: First Look
» 7 Tips for Preparing Your DJ Set
» What’s the Best USB Stick for Djs? And is it an SD Card?
» How To Make a Solid, DJ-Contest-Worthy Mixtape

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  1. Harveyspecterdj says:

    No Pioneer is not the standard anymore. More and more pro DJ’s are making the switch. If you’re in the discord channels of the top DJ’s you see they are more and more people lurking towards Denon. They are the better players on every level. We see Pioneer hopelessly sponsoring a few toppers. They are still very very good players for sure. But overpriced and using obsolete technology. And no there is NO conversion process needed from Rekordbox to Denon. It can read a Rekordbox prepared USB on the fly. But Pioneer cannot read an Engine Prime prepared stick.
    Sorry but Pioneer has just 1 thing left that isn’t even true anymore: “we’re the club standard”

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