Philips M1X-DJ (lifestyle 001)

Philips, the Dutch multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate, today at Berlin’s IFA show introduced a novel DJ controller which doubles as a powerful portable speaker dock. Designed in partnership with Armin van Buuren, a Dutch trance music producer and DJ, the M1X-DJ system has a built-in Lightning port and a place to easily dock your iPhone, iPod or iPad device for hassle-free mixing or music playback.

Oh, it also happens to combine best of both worlds by augmenting a mixer and onboard turntables with 80-Watt speakers and a handy shoulder strap so you can lug this thing around with ease. Jump past the fold for the full reveal…

Bluetooth audio support allows you to share your music from any Bluetooth-enabled device – it’s the ghettoblaster reinvented for today. Even if you’re not into DJing, these plentiful features are bound to make you the star of every party or gathering.

Inapt at mixing tracks together?

No problemo, just fire up Algoriddim’s excellent djay 2 app (read Lory’s in-depth review) that the M1X-DJ supports right out of the box and combine some playlists.

Armin van Buuren shares what drove him to team up with Philips:

Fans often ask me what equipment they should buy when they want to start mixing themselves. A lot of kit can be expensive, so with the M1X I wanted to create something that’s accessible for everybody.

The other great thing about the M1X is that you can play it wherever you want, whether that’s the beach, the park or your street.

Philips notes folks can use Algoriddim’s djay 2 iOS app to switch between tracks on their playlist or mix individual songs together “for a sound that is truly your own”. The integrated DJ turntables should make mixing and scratching easy as a pie.

I have no doubt in my mind that novice and expert DJs alike are going to love the M1X-DJ’s pro-grade platters, cross faders and other oft-used controls music producers have come to depend on.

Philips M1X-DJ (front with background)

Used on the go, the system can run up to five hours on regular D-size batteries.

Too bad we won’t be able to get our hands on this sleek gadget before November, when the M1X-DJ is scheduled to ship for a recommended retail price of 399 euros, or approximately $525.

Philips M1X-DJ (isometric 001)

It’s interesting that Philips is now attempting to venture into this space.

Regardless of how sound its biz strategy is, the firm surely has an impeccable sense of timing: just two weeks ago, the rival consumer electronics maker Pioneer put out its own DJ mixing console for the iPhone and iPad, the $429 DDJ-WeGO2 system.

If DJ-ing isn’t your thing after all and all you want is to enjoy some music on the go, I strongly recommend taking a look at Philips’s gorgeous speaker dock with Lightning I/O. On a related note, Philips made headlines earlier in the year with its app-enabled smart bulb called the Hue and assorted accessories.

  • Viktor_Zweig

    Shouldn’t speakers be on the other side?

    • Sturt Grndin

      That’s what I was thinking!!! Anyone??

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        It fits such a small fan base that even the developers don’t care.

      • Chris Longden

        I maybe wrong here but from the video it looks like the deck part can be lifted out and turned round…

    • Helder Pinto

      You can detach the top and turn it around.

  • chumawumba

    This is made for the type of person who likes playing music for himself

    • Im going to buy this humhle lil all-in-one simple dj controller ciz i jz some1 whom jz wanna spread the beauty of real trance to my ppl at the beach of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah state of east Malaysia n i’ll be doing it at no cost but purely d sake to promote trance in my very lovely place where 800k ppl whom nvr been exposed to trance. So yea, im playing for the public. Alon the way if there r frens whom needs financial support esp on saving a life of a family member when he/she couldnt afford medical fees, i’ll be doing a fund raising by spreading the love through music, not a single cent will i be taking, n as much as i could help. Will i be playing for myself? Absolutely no.

      Cheers

  • GaugePrower

    if you look at the top photos it shows speaker holes facing away from the dj, and the bottom photos show the speakers aimed toward the dj… im thinking these photos are just prototype renderings or they put speakers on both sides or something… i doubt there are speakers on both sides though.

    • Helder Pinto

      Did you even watch the whole video?! I’m amazed you spent that time typing all that without making a 4 second research.
      You can detach the top and turn it around.

  • For everyone who is wondering why the f**k the speakers are not on the other side, let me just say that the table is removable from the speakers and you can place it on the speakers whatever side you want.
    So, is not that dumb.

  • Ramsey Salah-Mars

    nooooo….. 80 Watt speakers… come on. Check out Sonys 420 watt system. this is a joke

    • FOFF

      just use RCA outs and an amp this is like a portable cd player dude

  • Huntz

    Wack.

  • Chris Longden

    I just sold my CDJ2000s, as I didn’t need them anymore, and downgraded to the Pioneer XDJ-R1 as I love the idea of being able to control the whole thing from my iPad/iPhone 😀

  • FOFF

    this looks cool as hell

  • the M1X-DJ is scheduled to ship for a recommended retail price of 399 euros.