Denon DJ MCX8000 Review

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The state-of-the-art MCX8000 manufactured by the one and only Denon DJ is among the latest standalone DJ players and DJ controllers on the market, and stands firm when it comes to its unprecedented high quality.

Aside from the countless out-of-the-box features that are bound to blow your mind right off the bat, you’ll be impressed by the rather simplistic – but not simple – aspect of the controller, which intuitively combines pragmatism with pleasant aesthetics for a never-seen disc jockeying experience.

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The Denon DJ MCX8000 is on our review list of 5 best DJ controllers

What makes this controller so special in the first place?

It doesn’t take much to realize that disc jockeying is pretty strenuous an activity. The MCX8000 controller makes it very easy for each and every DJ out there to undertake his or her job without undermining the mixing complexity which the respective DJ must approach.

How specifically? Let’s pore over the key features for a thorough analysis.

Key Features of the Denon DJ MCX8000

#1 – No Computer Needed to Operate

Take over the DJ booth like never before with the all-new standalone MCX8000 controller and transform a monotonous set into a full concert experience that everyone actively participates in.

Two hi-definition display screens control Denon DJ’s Engine 1.5 software and Serato DJ operation, while a 4-channel digital mixer comes with three built-in instant effects for Engine software and line inputs.

Velocity-sensitive performance pads for cues, rolls, slicer and samples are also present on the sturdy-metal construction for enhanced control.

#2 – Built-in Engine Software

Engine is the revolutionary software which enables you to operate the controller without using a laptop. This obviously allows you to play your sets using media from your USB stick.

On the other hand, if you install Engine 1.5 on your PC/Mac, you can create your own playlists, set cue points and analyze your entire library, though this is optional.

*Watch this video review by DJ Tekneek of the Denon DJ MCX8000 to get a closer look.

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#3 – Quality Sound and Effects for the Best DJ Experience

The MCX8000 delivers a high-quality controller with XLR outputs for both the DJ booth and the PA system.

To top off the already-amazing 24-bit sound, there are a total of three sound effects, namely delay, echo and noise for the outset of a vivid atmosphere.

#4 – Let’s Alternate!

If you feel that the atmosphere is too intense for a one-man job, don’t worry, as the MCX8000 enables two DJs at a time to smoothly hand off duty from one to another.

There are no interruptions between sets, as the Engine software allows the DJ to either plug into the MCX8000 visa USB or Serato DJ while in sync with the vibe.

There are two USB ports for flash drives in front of the MCX8000, while around the back there is a powered USB port for external hard drive.


#5 – Unprecedentedly-High Performance Media Player/Controller

There is no other DJ controller in this price range which offers its own built-in software, all the while interfacing seamlessly with Serato DJ.

You will be immersed into an impressively-performant standalone technology with high-definition screens, concomitantly-run Serato DJ and a 24-bit 4-channel mixer which essentially means that the atmosphere will reach unconceivable peaks of hotness.

So, to recap, the MCX8000 includes:

  • revolutionary Denon DJ Engine standalone technology
  • 2 USB inputs for Engine playback in standalone mode
  • 4-deck Serato DJ software
  • 2 high-definition displays show Engine and Serato DJ operation
  • Professional 4-channel digital mixer with 2 microphone inputs
  • 3 built-in instant effects for Engine playback and line inputs
  • Velocity-sensitive performance pads for cues, rolls, slicer and samples
  • Ethernet connection to control lighting and video
  • Serato DVS Upgrade ready
  • Metal construction


Product Specs

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Unit:
    • 2.39 (W) x 1.42 (D) x 0.23 (H) in feet
    • 28.68 (W) x 17.04 (D) x 2.76 (H) in inches
    • 728.47 (W) x 432.82 (D) x 70.10 (H) in mm
    • 8.34 kg
    • 18.39 lbs.
  • Giftbox & Unit:
    • 2.84 (W) x 1.76 (D) x 0.43 (H) in feet
    • 34.08 (W) x 21.12 (D) x 5.16 (H) in inches
    • 865.63 (W) x 536.45 (D) x 131.06 (H) in mm
    • 10.71 kg
    • 23.61 lbs.

Package Contents

  • 1 X MCX8000
  • 1 X Power Adapter
  • 1 X USB Cable
  • 1 X Quickstart Guide
  • 1 X Software Download Card
  • 1 X Safety & Warranty Manual


It goes without saying that Denon DJ’s MCX8000 excels in most aspects, the most notable one being that you don’t have to worry about computer-related problems and limitations, which is a huge advantage considering most DJ controllers out there are exclusively reliant on Windows and Mac OS-based computers.

MCX8000, along with the revolutionary Engine software are a completely fulfilling match in this price range: the 4-deck Serato control and Engine-provided freedom from computers, plus the ability to switch to local USB drives when using either Serato or Engine.

There are no obvious disadvantages to using this DJ controller, but it is highly advisable to bear in mind the fact that it is not the most expensive market entry either.

Still, the controller is made of great material, looks moderately fancy and gives the best bang for your buck in this price range. Good luck!

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