It's easy to forget that there are other decent to great quality mixers out there other than Pioneer and Xone. Maybe the Play Differently Model1 for the techno heads out there, but for most, it's either the 900 or 92. This becomes even more of a case seeing as both companies have various level mixers at different price points, but there are way more options out there than many may even be aware of. Take Reloop for instance. They've been around since the late 90s, and have built a reputation for solid quality products. The best? Maybe not, but they also aren't charging you $2500+ for a mixer. For this review, we are going to be taking a look at their top of the line unit, the RMX90 DVS. Released earlier this year, the company adds digital vinyl support, and direct Serato integration for seamless plug and play. I must note that I am not a Serato user, so this review will be solely on the mixer itself.
Looking straight at the layout of the mixer, things are fairly standard. 4+1 channels, with switchable line/USB/phono ins. Each channel has a 3-band EQ, that can be switched between standard and isolator modes, as well as a bipolar filters knobs, being high pass to the right, and lowpass to the left. The EQs are a bit dramatic for me, even in standard mode, but that's personal taste. However, these are adjustable via the hidden menu we discuss later. I have to say that overall, this is a very, very good sounding mixer, especially if you compare it to the DJM900. It's clear and punchy. Moving on to the FX section, there are 12 onboard effects, which are pretty good. I like the reverb a lot actually, and I would say it's better than the 900. It's not as harsh and muddy. The echo is also great. The tape delay is an interesting choice for an effect, but the bit crush could use some work. It's a bit lackluster for me, even when maxed out.
What I really dig about the RMX90, is that there are some interesting features that you normally wouldn't find on a mixer of this price. First, the cue filter. Although they labeled it as CUE EQ, in actuality it's a high/lowpass filter, which I find to be rather unique. This could be useful if you really want to just hear the kicks of whatever tracks you're mixing together. Next, is the ability to have a fader start. This is something that not many DJs use on the 900, but it's a cool way to change things up. Again, this isn't something you'd see on another mixer at this price point.
Another cool thing about this mixer is the depth of control you have when you dive into the options menu. Yes, this unit has a hidden menu option, that lets you control a whole range of things. One of them, and easily my favorite function on this kit, is the ability to adjust filter resonance. This is huge. One of the main reasons I prefer the Xone mixers to Pioneer is because of this feature. Unfortunately, adjusting it isn't as quick as a Xone, but hey, it's better than not having the option at all! The final feature I like, although I didn't use it due not using Serato, is that this unit has a built in USB hub. Technically it's 1+3, meaning there is a designated port for going to your computer, but the extra three are a definite welcome. On top of this, the mixer is Inno Fader compatible for those of you who prefer that.
So closing thoughts? Overall, this is a killer piece of hardware. It's an extremely well built and rugged machine, that can handle whatever a club throws at it. The sound is clear and punchy, and the level of customization you get makes this a real winner. Will you see this in a club? Probably not. Maybe a bar or small lounge, but for home use or as a DJ-for-hire, this is definitely something to consider if you want professional quality without spending a fortune. Oh, and by the way, it's $999, which is a bargain for a mixer that can hold its own against the big dogs.
Pros: Extremely well built, sounds great, and is very customizable. Not to mention it's directly plug-and-play with Serato for seamless integration
Cons: Might be a bit out of some people's price range, hidden menu features aren't easily accessible on the fly
Final Score: 8/10