Technology in the standalone DJ system space has come a long way over the years. No longer does picking up an all-in-one system mean having to compromise on quality, versatility, or world-class performance – you really can have it all in a single compact unit.
Standalone DJ systems are particularly popular among newcomers but can also cover the needs of the highest-profile professionals. Far from a shortage of options, the main issue with today’s line-up of standalone DJ systems is finding that you are spoilt for choice.
With this in mind, here is a brief overview of five recommendations for the top standalone DJ systems available in the UK right now:
1. Numark Mixstream Pro
The Numark Mixstream Pro scores top marks by combining the same high-end software as the Prime 4 with a pair of built-in speakers. Not the kinds of speakers you will be able to entertain a crowd with, but absolutely fantastic for practicing between shows. This is a true all-in-one system you can use anywhere and anytime, irrespective of whether you have your headphones with you.
2. Denon DJ Prime Go
With its tiny jog wheels, two channels, and the relatively modest line-up of features, the Denon DJ Prime Go is unlikely to become your main piece of performance hardware. However, consider the fact that it has an in-built rechargeable battery, and you suddenly realize what an insanely desirable piece of equipment you are looking at. Complete with the same sexy 7-inch screen as the Numark Mixstream Pro, the Denon DJ Prime Go boasts the kind of battery life that means you can use it from literally anywhere in the world – no mains power supply necessary.
3. Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3
This thing continues to rank among the best standalone systems of its kind for the simple reason that its setup looks and feels as close to club-standard gear as it gets. Not to mention its immense versatility – the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 can be used independently or as a separate mixer for CDJs or record decks. Packed with the highest-quality hardware money can buy, the Pioneer DJ XDJ-RX3 gets the job done fantastically on stage, in the studio, and in any amateur DJ’s back bedroom.
4. Denon DJ Prime 4
A staple on the scene for some time now, the Denon DJ Prime 4 combines an unusual layout with the brand’s most advanced performance hardware. The result is possibly the most technologically sophisticated all-in-one you can buy right now, boasting everything from built-in WiFi to Engine DJ software to full DJ lighting control via its onboard SoundSwitch control system.
5. Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ
The Pioneer DJ XDJ-XZ is undoubtedly the standalone system for those looking to get the full club-style setup from an all-in-one powerhouse. It has the same-sized jog wheels as the CDJ-3000, a full-sized mixer that’s almost the same as that of the DJM-900, and more inputs and outputs than anything else in its class. It is the most expensive of the five options here by a moderate margin, but what you get is effectively the full Pioneer club-level DJ experience in a convenient, practical, and perfectly portable unit.