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Pioneer DJ DM-50D review

Pioneer has had a long history of making equipment tailored for DJs in particular, although recent years have begun to show a steady decline in the company’s influence.

The trajectory seems to be following a path similar to Technics and Nokia, especially as companies like Denon have begun to take the lead in terms of DJ equipment.

Anyway, they’ve come out with the DM-50D active monitor speakers, so let’s see what they have to offer.

About the author

I’m a producer and audio engineer with a decade’s worth of experience with a wide range of gear and recording techniques. I’ve worked with a huge variety of monitoring systems, including Genelec, Neumann, Adam Audio, Focal, JBL, and Yamaha, among others.

Pioneer DJ DM-50D monitor speakers review
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Final verdict on the Pioneer DM-50D 3.4

Overall, the Pioneer DJ DM-50D monitors are a fine budget choice for beginner producers looking for a decent-quality and portable audio solution. They offer a decent enough performance, solid build quality and convenient features, making them good for small home studios.

What I like

  • Compact size and sleek design.
  • Reasonably detailed for what they are.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (BT model).
  • Affordable.

What I don’t like

  • Limited frequency response range.
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Power and frequency response 3.0

In terms of performance, these speakers are definitely louder than one would suspect with their 5-inch woofers and 1-inch soft dome tweeters.

However, it’s worth noting that Pioneer has made it difficult to find the exact specs for the power and frequency response of these speakers, which is a bit suspicious. From what I can tell, the speakers have a peak power of 25 watts and a frequency response of 60 Hz to 20 kHz.

The roll-off at 60 Hz is not great, especially for hip-hop producers, which these monitors seem to be marketed for. It might be worth looking into a subwoofer. On the other hand, these could be fine for a live monitor solution for working DJs.

The sound quality is otherwise decent, with decently clear and accurate reproduction of both highs and mid-range frequencies. The speakers are also equipped with a bass boost function for an added bass boost – not that it will do all that much.

I/O and controls 4.0

All controls are located on the rear panel of the left speaker. It offers balanced TRS, unbalanced RCA, as well as an 1/8-inch stereo mini jack.

On the top left corner, you’ll notice a switch that allows you to go from DJ to Production mode. Pioneer hasn’t left a lot of info for this particular feature, other than saying that the Production mode ensures a flat response.

Lastly, the right speaker is connected via copper Class 2 wiring.

Build quality 4.0

The build quality of the DM-50D monitor speakers is solid and they have a sleek, modern look. The volume knob and Bluetooth controls (DM-50D-BT model) are conveniently located on the front of the speaker for easy access.

Compared to other studio monitors

While the DM-50D might be a decent choice for those of you looking for cheap studio monitors, here are some alternative options to consider.

Pioneer DJ DM-50D vs DM-40D

The DM-50D is similar to the DM-40D, but the DM-50D has a slightly larger 5-inch speaker driver, while the DM-40D has a 4-inch driver. Both monitors have Bluetooth connectivity (BT models) and are designed for desktop use, but the DM-50D will have a slightly fuller sound due to its larger driver.

Pioneer DJ DM-50D vs Mackie CR5-XBT

The Mackies have Bluetooth connectivity like the DM-50D-BT, but they have a different aesthetic and are geared towards a broader range of multimedia applications such as music production, gaming and video editing. I would go with the Mackies if you’re more serious about production.

Pioneer DJ DM-50D vs PreSonus Eris E4.5

The PreSonus Eris has a smaller driver than the DM-50D but it’s designed specifically for music production. The Eris also has more input options, compared to the Pioneer, and it’s a bit cheaper. I would recommend going with the Eris.

Who are the Pioneer DJ DM-50D speakers best suited for?

The Pioneer DJ DM-50D monitor speakers are best suited for hobbyist and novice music producers, as well as DJs and other performers who are looking for a compact and portable monitoring solution.

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