So, I've been downsizing my studio for a few weeks now and decided to get rid of my mixers. I had an Djm-600 (fun, but not the greatest) and an allen & heath 464 (really big, great sound...just didn't need it anymore). After getting rid of those I decided, "heh...maybe I should get a mixer just for playin' around...", so I did. I looked on ebay and picked up a dj-2000 for $200 (not a bad price...right?...wrong)...and could not be more unhappy. After plugging it in and powering it up I knew I had made a bad decision. My monitors started to hum due to a mic channel, and then when I tested out the crossfader I got that ever so depressing scratching sound. The next day I performed a complete overhaul, and returned it to like-new condition. I took it all apart, cleaned it, replaced the crossfader and other parts, and then put it all back together. The crossfader sounded great (no scratching), but then when I set up my decks I noticed that I couldn't make the input volume low enough. I played with everything, and finally got the sound to be 'acceptable' at best. Note (before I forget): If you have a professional studio and want a mixer that has good sound DO NOT BUY THIS MIXER! Next, I checked out the effects. The fact that the buttons of the effects light up is great, but the effects simply do not cut it. I pushed 'flange', and it sounded like no flange effect I've ever heard. Pushed filter...and the same. After going through all the effects I came to the realization that the effects should be "Rolands interpretation of______(fill in the blank)", which isn't exactly bad if you're lookin' for an effect that is truely unique. ...also, bpm sync is god awful. Next, the eq knobs and faders are sturdy to a fault. No on the fly eq-ing or fading, or you might just break something.
scoring: 1 to 5 (1 being crap, 5 being great)
Build: 2-better than radio shack, worse than any other professional mixer out right now (and few others that aren't professional). Features: 2- Could've been a 5 if roland put quality into their mixer, but with the cheap parts and lack of stability it really can't be over a 2. Sound: -1...yup, negative. I've never had a mixer that sounds as bad as this. I bought my first dj mixer at radio shack in '94 and it produced better quality than this (I compared old mix tapes of mine to the sound). There is NO WAY that the sound of this mixer could ever be compared to any Djm, Xone, Rane, Tascam, or anything of the like...just not possible. Everything sounds squashed, distorted, piercingly bright, or simply put...bad. No matter how much you mess with anything.
When this mixer came out I really wanted one, but didn't have the money. Now that I have one, and restored it to near pristine condition, I'm looking to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you're a beginner, and can find this mixer at a good price, then by all means get it. If you do any professional work, then stay away from this mixer...else you be fired and made fun of.