dj mixers featuredChoosing a DJ mixer has become serious business. Gone are the days of the old two-channel, three band eq ones with no effects. Today’s mixers are complex machines that are part soundboard and part software controller.

We’ve chosen what we think are six of the best DJ mixers currently on the market. We’ve tried to give attention to a range of budgets and styles, with the hope that everyone will find something that’s right for them.

Top 6 Best DJ Mixer Comparison Table

Product Name

Channels

EQ/ISO

Connector

Our Rating

Price

Pioneer DJM-2000nexusPioneer DJM-2000Nexus

4

3-BandUSB4.5

$$$$$

Allen & Heath XONE23Allen & Heath Xone:DB4

4

3-bandUSB4.5

$$$

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol Z2Native Instruments Z2

4

3-bandUSB4

$$

Rane Sixty-Two PerformanceRane Sixty-Two Performance

2

2-bandUSB5

$$$

DJTECH DIF1SDJTech DIF1S

2

2-bandUSB4.5

$

Allen & Heath Xone DB4Allen & Heath Xone:23

2

3-bandUSB4

$

The big dogs

Pioneer DJM-2000 Nexus

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Overview & features

Love it or hate, this flagship Pioneer mixer is industry standard in clubs worldwide. The DJM2000-Nexus is a very high quality and forward thinking device. Perhaps the most interesting and innovative feature is the touchscreen control for the Beat Slice effect. This enables a DJ to essentially remix a track on the fly and in the mix.

  • Built in 8-channel USB sound card
  • Midi functionality
  • Support for Serato & Traktor
  • Renowned Pioneer build quality
  • Feature packed effects unit
  • Standard 3 band EQ
  • Standard pioneer filters
  • Multiple ins and outs supporting analog & digital devices

Is it right for you?

There is a lot of debate as to whether this mixer is really worth the money. Yes you could go with a lower model and augment it with a soundcard and outboard effects unit, however you would probably be making things more complicated than they need to be. If you are in the market for a top-notch club mixer you can’t go wrong here.

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Allen & Heath Xone:DB4

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Overview & features

Allen & Heath is renowned for building high quality products with outstanding sound and amazing features. The Xone series of DJ gear, which includes midi controllers and mixers, is dedicated to being digital friendly.

The DB4 is more of a hybrid than its Pioneer counterpart, meaning it goes a step beyond mixing sound from different channels. DJs can expect to find a multi-channel USB sound card as well as a dedicated effects bank powered by a quad core processor.

  • On board 24-bit / 96 kHzUSB sound card
  • Built-in looper
  • Dedicated effects unit with expression controls
  • Renowned Allen & Heath sound
  • Unbeatable build quality
  • Trademark X-link technology
  • Wide range of inputs & outputs

Is it right for you?

Allen & Heath is the name among house & techno DJs because their unbeatable sound, design, build quality and innovation. If you’re looking to get the best mixer money can buy for a club or home studio this is it. Also, if you’re looking for something that is forward thinking and will last, you can’t go wrong here.

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Native Instruments Z2

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Overview & features

As you can expect from Native Instruments, the Z2 is a hybrid of controller and mixer designed to work seamlessly with Traktor. The Z2 is unique in that it is a 2 + 2 device. This means that despite only having 2 line faders you can utilize up to 4 channels with the press of a button. The logic behind this is to integrate midi devices as well as traditional deck controls.

The Z2 can easily be combined with either a modular controller, such as the X1, or with turntables in a Digital Vinyl System. In addition, DJs can easily integrate midi devices, such as Maschine or a Novation Launch Pad, to control track decks or remix decks.

  • Sturdy aluminum chassis
  • Durable & responsive faders, buttons & knobs
  • Full Traktor integration
  • 24-bit / 96 kHz USB sound card
  • Traktor Scratch Pro with Remix Decks
  • Traktor Scratch Pro timecode vinyl & CDs
  • MacroFX & Flux mode
  • 2 standalone channels + 2 remix channels

Is it right for you?

The Z2 is great value – for less than a thousand bucks you get a mixer that competes directly, and in some ways beats, the biggest names in the industry. If you’re looking to get into Traktor and want to buy a mixer, the Z2 is a smart move. If you’re already a Traktor user and want to upgrade or move to a standalone, again, this it is also a smart move.

Native instruments has really put a lot into this, so much so that it’s almost easier to see it in action, rather than describe it. Check out DJ Craze’s routine to get an idea of the possibilities.

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Rane Sixty-Two Performance with Serato Live

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The Rane 62 is a 2-channel battle mixer with tight Serato integration, including a dedicated effects unit and dual USB soundcards allowing two DJs to use it. With a spacious mixing section and quick access to 10 trigger buttons it’s easy to see why this one is targeted directly at the turntablist crowd.

  • Bundled with Serato Scratch Live
  • Dual USB soundcard allows two computers to interface
  • 32-bit audio processing
  • Full eq control & filtering
  • Dedicated effects unit
  • Durable & sensitive line & cross faders

Is it right for you?

Rane has a well-deserved reputation for being the leader in Serato hardware. The 62 is a significant upgrade from the once favorite line of TTM mixers. The most notable upgrade here is the use of the 10 trigger buttons that can also act as cues. If you are a turntablist aspiring to the be the next Q-Bert or Z-Trip give this baby some serious consideration.

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The underdogs

A bigger price tag isn’t always better. In fact, many of the flagship models have features that you won’t ever use for home sessions. Here are a few where less is definitely more.

DJTech DIF1S

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Overview & Features

This is the latest offering from DJTech and it’s been getting a lot of attention with its back-to-basics approach. By today’s standards this is an almost minimalist mixer with no dedicated effects or trigger buttons. However, DJTech has included a Mini Innofader and DVS inputs.

  • 2-channel scratch
  • Contactless Mini Innofader crossfader
  • 2 CD inputs
  • 2 phono inputs
  • Microphone input
  • DVS mode always switching between digital & analog inputs on the fly

Is it right for you?

This is an excellent option at a great price. If you’re a seasoned scratch DJ who hasn’t gone all in with a Rane this is great choice to get you into the world of DVS without denting your savings. Paired with a moderate sound card and a set of decks or a controller, the DFIS is a killer mixer.

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Allen & Heath Xone:22

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Overview & features

Built with renowned sound and build quality, this one delivers where it matters most. Without the maximalist approach of other mixers in the Xone series, this minimalist option comes in at a reasonable price making it attractive for home mixing and for new DJs.

  • 2 channel mixer with dual phone & line inputs
  • Trademark filters
  • 3-band EQ
  • FX Loop
  • RCA & XLR outputs

Is it right for you?

If you can live without an onboard sound card but still require all the build and sound quality of Allen & Heath this is the choice for you. It is also an excellent option for home practice sessions allowing you to focus on your mixing skills and not the bells and whistles of bigger mixers.

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So, which one is the best?

As with most things in life, the answer depends on you. Whether you’re looking to go all out and get the best money can buy, or if you’re on a tight budget, there are quality options available to you. Just as important as price is how you DJ – scratch DJs have very different needs than mix DJs. And while there are hundreds of models to choose from, remember, at the end of the day all mixers do the same thing, so don’t labor too much over which one is perfect.