Showing off to some sick beats is one way to spend a Friday evening. But doing that while wearing the wrong DJ headphones is is not really something worth experiencing. Without the proper equipment, you won’t be able to hear your tracks correctly and your audience will suddenly loose the will to party, and that is not cool!
Picking the right DJ headphones isn’t an easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Idealy, you want them to have a closed-back design to cut out ambient noise and be comfortable, durable and portable. Obviously, sound quality is of the utmost importance. Here are the 7 best DJ headphones!
7. Sennheiser HD201
These aren’t really DJ headphones, but if you want to get into DJing and don’t have the money for it, these are the proper choice. These over-ear headphones aren’t that bad, and for $20 they’re quite the bargain. You get the standard jack with an adapter and leatherette earcups that feel fine, a decent look and 24-ohm impedance, providing you with a crisp, clean sound.
6. Numark Red Wave
The “Red Wave” headphones are the way to go, if you’re ready to step out of the amateur leagues. You’ll get a detachable cable, swiveling earcups, and 50 mm drivers all for under $100 – $62, to pe exact. The 15-20,000 Hz isn’t exactly dreamy, but the 98 dB sensitivity is pretty good for the price. More than that, the vented leather cups are comfortable and these look badass. Sold!
5. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO
The 770 PRO features replaceable parts and pieces, which is good when you’re having a bad day. They are made from plastic or polymer that cuts weight, but is also breakable; but the lack of metal parts make them light, so you can wear these for long sessions and tough gigs easily. You can even get them in your choice of 80, 32, or 250 ohms.
4. Sennheiser HD 8
Most DJ’s agree that the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II is the top of the line when it comes to on-ear headphones. Their frequency response runs at 8-30,000 Hz that has 115dB of SPL, to block out ambient interference and reduce noise bleed; the headband and frame which can be folded, stretched, and abused only to pop right back into shape. The cups have a full 210 degrees of swivel, and a 95-ohm impedance allows them to work with nearly any DJ equipment. What more could you ask for?
3. Pioneer HDJ-2000-MK
And here we are, the top 3. These DJ headphones feel warm and comfy; the frequency range runs pretty standard at 5 Hz to 30 kHz, everything is clean and all of the components can be replaced. Easy swiveling cups make wearing them almost perfect, they can surely take a beating, while the 36 ohms worth of resistance will get you through the gig.
2. V-Moda Crossfade M-100
The industrial look of the Crossfade isn’t for everyone, but one you loose sight of them everything becomes clear. The huge 50 mm drivers use dual diaphragm technology for better sound isolation between highs and lows; you’ll get a good seal that’s closer to noise-cancelling headphones than those meant for a DJ. Furthermore, the M-100 is truly bullet and bombproof with a kevlar cord, aircraft grade plates on the earcups, and a body that can take drop after drop. Frequency response is pretty wide, 5 Hz to 30 kHz with a 32 ohm impedance and a 103 dB sensitivity at 1 kHz / 1 mW.
1. Audio-Technica ATH-M70x
Audio-Technica could not have come up wi ha better product than their ATH-M50x! At 10 ounces, you can barely feel them; don’t worry, they’re comfy as well. The M70x has an outstanding frequency response of 5 Hz to 40 kHz; the headphones make use of a neodymium magnet to back their 45 mm drivers which gives you a rich, full stage that is top-notch for mids and bass, though the highs felt just a little tinny. A sleek, slick carrying case and different cords work well for portability. And, at $300 they’re not really what you’d call unaffordable.