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Classic Cd Players - Pioneer Cdj-500 And Cdj-500ii

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The first DJ product from Pioneer.


This was the world first DJ CD Player with Master Temp and a Jog Dial to control the pitch bend. Master Tempo is a feature that never left the range of Pioneer CDJ and CMX CD players. And with most new players comes a next generation because quality is never good enough. The jogdial is the Pioneer Concept of the best possible control over your player. That lots of other manufacturers copied Pioneer's design is a prove to me of the originality of the design. The basic concept was build around a DJ's point of view so Easy Operation, Quick Response from all features and Flat Level Control (no menu's or double/triple functions for buttons)



Master Tempo is a digital correction that holds the key of the music to the key that is was originally meant (at 0% pitch). This means that you can use the tempo (pitch) control without you hearing that the key of the music changes qualitative to the pitch correction you make. Also when you use the Pitch Bend function you'll hear no noticeable change in the music accept the change of speed (not the change of the music).



The Loop Function was limited to a few minutes, but never before DJ's could use an Seamless Loop with so much ease. The CUE also sets the Loop In point, with a separate button the Loop Out point could be set.


October 1994, discontinued 1996




First DJ-CD player with jog-dail and loop

In the time that Pioneer released the CDJ-500 (followed up by the CDJ-500II and finally by the CDJ-500II LTD) this was a machine with lots of industry first feateres. Things that people always wanted to have on a CD player, but that were not available at that time. Nowadays Pioneer proves it's leadership with flagship models like the CDJ-1000 series.


Jog Dial

For a Closer-To-Vinyl Feel! : This large, quick-response dial makes frame-by-frame search and cue point selection easy and accurate while providing a closer-to-vinyl turntable feel.


Flat-Top Design

The CDJ-500II's top-mounted controls are easy to use, for DJs used to working with turntables. The controlls are situated on a position that DJs are used to.


Quick Start

When you hit the Play button, the CDJ-500II starts the music instantly so you can match rhythms with pinpoint accuracy. There is absolutely no delay noticable !


Playing Address

A light bar provides an at-a-glance graphic indication of elapsed playing time, this feature makes it possible to keep an eye on the remaining time in just a blink. Also it's possible to swith the dispayed information from played/remaining time.


Tempo Control

A DJ-standard long-stroke slide allows quickresponse control over pitch and speed within the range +/-10%.


Master Tempo

An industry first, this new Master Tempo control locks in the music's pitch even when the tempo changes. Now you can vary the beat with no change in vocal or instrument tone. Or more important : corrections in tempo are almost not hearable....


Auto Cue

Automaticly sets a CUE point in a track on the position where the player measures an increasement of the audio level. This is mostly the first beat in a track. Unfortunalty when you're tracks starts with a slowly increasing sound this function might not work perfectly.


Manual Cue Auto

Cue automatically locates the song's start point even if it differs from the track's 0 frame, while Manual Cue allows the cue point to be set freely. Also, using the Cue button, you can operate the player like a sampler.


The Manual Search button or the jog dial can make cue point a frame-by-frame search of the CD for the exact cue point you want. This is a function that has been inplanted in all future products that followed this legendary CDJ-500II


Real-Time Cue Point

Set the cue point by pressing the Loop In button during playback. Then press Cue to set the cue point.


Fader Start Play / Back Cue Play

When the CDJ-500II (LTD) is used with a DJM-500, DJM-300, or DJM-300-S mixer, you can start the music with a fader, or cross fader, or use them to return to the cue point.


Safety Guards

Power and Eject button safety guards prevent accidental music cutoff and the pickup protective slide operates automatically when the CD door opens.


Loop Features

The CDJ-500II has some very handy Loop features.



Any sequence can be sampled and seamlessly looped as many times as desired (max length of the loop is 10 minutes).



This function lets you set a phrase start point in real time during a live performance. The end point is also set in real time. The CUE points is the same as the LOOP-IN point, so for the most accurate in-point you should just set the CUE point in the right position and the only thing you have to bother about is the LOOP-OUT point, but after some practice nothings is in your way for perfect loops.



During a loop, use this function to enter the Loop-Out Point correction. Then, after the adjustment is made, the jog dial enables easy re-setting.



With Long Loop, up to 10 minutes of music can be sampled and seamlessly looped as many times as needed, while Short Loop lets you loop half beats and phrases as short as one frame.



After a loop is released, the reloop button returns you to the loop start point.




Product Type

CD Player for DJ's

Type of Discs

12 & 8cm

Disc Format


Frequency Response

4Hz ~ 20kHz


0.004 % (JEITA)

Signal to Noise Ratio line

106 dB

Dynamic Range

96 dB

Channel Seperation

98 dB or less

Power Supply

AC 220-240V, 50/60Hz

Power Consumption

21 W


320 x 362.1 x 98.5mm ( WxDxH )

Net Weight

4 kg


Operating Manual, Power Cord, Control cord, Forced Eject Pin


(April 1996, discontinued 2003)


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