You simply cannot become a DJ without headphones, period.
Choosing the best dj headphones can be hard, dauntingly hard since there are now many brands to choose from. If you are looking for a new DJ headphones, but are finding it difficult to make a choice then read on.
This article will help you to choose the right set of DJ headphones along with a list of the best DJ headphones that you should look into.
Here are some of the most important features of the perfect set of DJ headphones for both newbie and experienced DJs.
1. Your headphones should be comfortably worn around your neck
This may sound strange to newbies, but experienced DJs know that you mostly have your headphones around your neck and not on your head. The reason is that headphones are mostly used to cue tracks. Therefore if they chafe or scratch your neck you will only cause problems for yourself.
2. Your headphones should have a coiled wire
It is important that you buy headphones that have coiled wire. This will help you to easily move around your equipment while taking requests or managing the equipment. A coiled wire is easy to manage and doesn’t get tangled, making it ideal for DJing.
3. They should give great sound
For any DJ headphone it is imperative that they offer you sound that is loud and coherent. With new headphones that are coming in the market some use USB power to work that doesn’t give ideal output volume. You will not understand this if you are new to the profession of DJ, but you will be thanking this article when you hit your gig in very loud surroundings.
Our top picks
- 1 Technics RP-DH1200
- 2 Pioneer HDJ-2000
- 3 Sony MDR V700DJ
- 4 Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
- 5 #1 Dr Dre Monster Beats Studio Headphones
Technics claims the RP-DH1200 Dj Headphones’are for those that want absolute quality, style, and comfort on the decks, or at the studio? Well then, let’s take take them for a spin and see how these babies perform. Are they worth the money?
Technics RP-DH1200 DJ Features
Of the features Technics lists for this model, we felt the most important ones were:
- Closed-ear design so you hear every note
- Folding swing-arms for one-sided monitoring
- 24k gold plated stereo plugs for flawless contact.
- Able to handle very high volume so you can CRANK IT UP.
What do we think
Ok, the first thing we noticed is that the volume can be turned way up without any distortion at all. You may even want to record your mp3s at higher bitrates because you will be able to hear the difference between 128 and 256. If you own a generic set of headphones you will be noticing the difference immediately.
Club and Venue DJ’s should determinately “hook-up” with a pair of these. They’re designed like a tank…durable. They are one of the most durable headphones we’ve come around.
We thought the weight was an ounce or two heavier than some of the other models, but man, the sound makes up for it. Also, the coiled cord stays out of the way. Overall, Oh, yea, we liked them! We fought over who got to keep these babies.
What do others say about them
We pretty much found that the RP-DH1200′s always rank between 4.5-5 stars in other evaluations.
Pioneer claims the HDJ-2000 Professional Dj Headphones’are their premium headphones, “tweaked for studio sound”. Oh yea; ”tweaked for studio sound”? Well then, let’s take take them for a spin and see how these babies perform.
Pioneer HDJ-2000 Features
Of the features Pioneer lists for this model, we felt the most important ones were:
- Tweaked for Studio Quality You are supposed to hear the difference like night and day
- 3500 mW power handling magnets
- Awsome surround allowing you to crank it a bit down for “no fatigue” extended periods.
- Metal construction instead of plastic to keep them from breaking.
- Head and Shoulders above the HDJ-1000
What do we think
Wow, this is a real true professional DJ headphone set.
You are going to notice the awesome surround immediately. Since the cups are huge and go over the ear we found it necessary to turn it a bit down to “save the ear”.
It’s pretty easy on the ear also, it’s got memory foam. And for those that use it, it’s also got a mono/stereo switch.
The only thing to say about the construction is that it feels pretty solid. It’s metal, probably magnesium. Goodbye to the cracks you get from plastic models. We gave it a good wall banging and they didn’t break. Dude, forget the cheap units, after you sample these, you won’t ever compromise on headphones again. #@?#>, don’t you hate it when this happens?
Sony MDR V700DJ
Sony claims the MDR V700DJ’are for DJ and remix applications. So let’s cue up the sound, start spinning and see how these babies perform. Are they worth the money?
Sony MDR V700DJ Features
Of the features Sony lists for this model, we felt the most important ones were:
- Studio Quality advanced engineering to provide a clean, detailed sound for professional DJ and remix applications
- Neodymium 3000 mW power handling magnets for professional applications.
- Reversible Swivel Earcups and Auto Swivel Return to enable single-sided monitoring.
Note: One of our guys actually turned out to have used this model for over a year, so we persuaded him to give us a tour from a DJ user point of view.
What do we think
Ok, the first thing we noticed about the Sony MDR-V700DJ is the bass. You don’t just hear it, you can feel it vibrate in your ear. Pretty much gives you an extra level of intensity and fullness when compared to the cheaper dj headphone models we’ve looked at.
These babes definitely pass our criteria for bass oriented genre.
But, what about the vocals? Or other genre?
Fortunately we found that even with the outstanding bass levels, it does not seem to overpower the treble instruments or vocals, they still come through clearly. But be advised, in some instances you may need to crank the volume down, yep, they actually vibrate and can make the bass overpower other genre.
The Materials seemed pretty good too, we gave them a good all around tossing and they seemed to hold out well. No broken pieces or attachments. The pair our guy has been using for a little over a year also look in pretty good shape. So, while things may differ depending on care and amount of use over years, it looks like this model is solid enough to withstand the wear and tear. But the construction is plastic.
Sennheiser claims the HD280 PRO Headphones’are Perfect for professional monitoring applications. Well then, let’s take take them for a spin and see how these babies perform. Are they worth the money?
Sennheiser HD280 PRO Headphones Features
Of the features Sennheiser HD280 PRO lists for this model, we felt the most important ones were:
- Dynamic, closed-ear headphones with up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound so you hear every note in all the ranges.
- Correct blend of bass, midrange and crisp highs without one overpowering the other.
- Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction to block out background noise.
- Single-sided, coiled cable so you don’t have to deal with either insanely long or short chords.
- Earpads, headband padding, and audio cord are easily replaceable so you don’t have to ditch the headphones over a broken cable or torn headfoam or headband.
What do we think
The first thing we noticed is the crisp highs, no distortion there. Also the cups are huge, in case you have big ears, no problem there. The cups also spin around so they can be folded, this is a must for many users including this dude. The bass had to be tweaked a little, but once set, it sounded awsome.
These babies can be cranked up without loosing the balance between the bass and the highs.We liked the fact that most of the pieces can be replaced without having to ditch the headset. How many times has a broken wire doomed your favorite headset?
Our only concern is that they are made of plastic. We didn’t experience any cracks but plastic units have a possibility of getting them after heavy abusive use. Overall, pretty darn good sound, especially for the money, can’t go wrong with these.
What do others say about them
We pretty much found that Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones always rank between 4-5 stars in other evaluations.
#1 Dr Dre Monster Beats Studio Headphones
Dr Dre Beats Studio Headphones’are for those that want absolute balanced high volume performance anywhere including the studio. Well then, let’s take take them for a spin and see how these babies perform. Are they worth the money?
Monster Dr Dre Beats Studio Headphones Features
Of the features Beats Studio by Dr. Dre lists for this model, we felt the most important ones were:
- Really loud great audio quality so you hear every note the way the artist intended.
- Awsome blend of the correct bass and crisp highs at the same time without one overpowering the other.
- Noise canceling so background sounds don’t interfere with the music.
- Able to handle very high volume without distortion so you can CRANK IT UP.
- Plug in Cable so you don’t have to ditch the headphones over a cable problem.
What do we think
The first thing we noticed is the volume capability. These babies can be cranked up without loosing the balance between the bass and the highs. Both come in at the same time and sound awesome. We could even hear some of the notes that we missed when not using headphones.
The noise canceling microphone was insane, the humming from the A/C was gone. Can’t wait to try making my GF’s accusing voice dissapear- just kidding. Really, just kidding bae 🙂
A simple but great feature is the mute button on the headphones. No need to take them off, just mute when you need to talk to someone and actually hear what they are saying. They were pretty comfortable too.
One thing we missed though is the full rotation of the cup, some of us are used to this feature.Overall, yep, they saound awsome and they look pretty darn cool.
Choose a Pair of DJ Headphones
Finding a good pair of DJ Headphones is not as easy as finding a common pair of headphones. DJ Headphones are special because they are made specifically for DJs and the type of music they handle.
There are many things you have to consider when choosing your DJ headphones. Gathered here are some of the key things that you should know about when buying a new pair of DJ Headphones.
They should be comfortable – not too tight, not too loose
You will have to wear and use your headphones a lot. With that in mind you should consider getting DJ Headphones that are comfortable to wear. They shouldn’t be too tight for your head and nor should they be too small or big for your ears.
As mentioned earlier you will wear your headphones around your neck a lot as well, which means the band should be of great quality so that it doesn’t chafe or cut your skin.
Consider buying “closed back”
Every experienced DJ knows that closed back headphones as compared to the open casing ones are more durable and reliable. Closed back help you in disabling the background noise and allow you to listen and create music in complete isolation from unwanted noises.
Don’t worry about the cost
Like most shoppers you may want to buy cheap DJ headphones, but you will regret this decision the moment you get them. The reason is that with low cost you have to put up with bad quality of sound, poor design that leads to chafing against your skin, irritation and uneven sounds – a poor balance of treble and bass. Go for good quality DJ headphones.