A good pair of headphones will last a long time and give you great value for money. So when you are looking for the best DJ headphones, you need to consider these importanf factors before buying. Below we have compiled a list of the best DJ headphones, ranging from sub-$100 headphones up to the premium models used by professionals.
How to choose DJ headphones and what to look for
A good pair of DJ headphones are loud enough for a club-environment while still maintaining good audio quality. When buying DJ headphones, we are not looking for 100 % accurate sound reproduction. Headphones for hi-end audio and studio monitoring are not optimal for DJ use. When DJing you need to pay attention to the kick drums, snares and hi-hats in your mix, so your headphones need to be loud enough, and block out background noise well.
- Headphones with bigger driver diameter (speakers) will reproduce deeper bass.
- Maximum input (mW) – Higher input power rating > less distortion
- Sensitivity (dB/mW) – High number > higher volume
- Closed vs open back – Most DJs prefer closed back headphones to block external sound from the environment.
It is very important that your headphones are comfortable to wear, as you will most likely be wearing them for a period of time. Look for headphones with good earpads that fit your ears.
Your headphones need to be able to take a beating. Cheap headphones will break faster, so invest in solid headphones built with quality materials. Being able to fold the headphones will also make them less likely to break during transport. If the ear pads and cables on your headphones can be easily replaced this is very beneficial, as these parts are usually the first to break.
DJLAB Top picks – Best DJ Headphones 2017
|Sennheiser HD25 II||41.3mm||Yes||5 ounces / 140g||$$$|
|V-MODA Crossfade LP2||50mm||Yes||1,8 ounces / 260g||$|
|AIAIAI 75002 TMA-2 DJ preset||40mm||No||1.6 lbs / 725g||$$|
Best DJ Headphones under $100 2017
Buying great DJ headphones doesn’t have to expensive. Here are our top picks for the best affordable DJ headphones.
The Pioneer HDJ-500 is one of the best DJ headphones under $100. They are engineered to give good bass response and crisp mid level frequencies. With 40mm drivers they have very good sound quality. They are similar in design to Pioneers flagship HDJ-2000 headphones and the ear pads can be rotated 60 degrees for monitoring. The headband is made out of magnesium core wrapped in plastic, which makes them really lightweight. With the 0leather padding makes they are really comfortable even after many hours of use.
Sony MDR 7506
The Sony MDR 7506 headphones provide great sound quality and is really comfortable to wear. For long gigs this will be a very important factor for DJs. Designed with closed back for reducing background noise and frequency response between 10 Hz and 20 kHz the Sony MDR 7506 is a great budget option for DJs who want great sounding headphones that are really durable and comfortable.
KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones
KRK is known to many for their signature Rokit series studio monitors. The KRK KNS8400 Studio Headphones are developed for DJs and producers who want accurate monitoring. The construction is very lightweight and the ear cushions make these headphones very comfortable to wear.
AKG K 240
These are very solid and high quality headphones. With 55-ohm impedance and frequency range from 15 15 Hz to 25,000 Hz you get very good sound without spending too much. The pads go around the ear and thanks to the self adjusting headband, they are comfortable even after many hours of listening.
Designed in cooperation with the worlds leading DJs, the AKG K181 comes with a bass boost switch for emphasizing low frequencies in large clubs. The detachable coiled cable give you more freedom to move in the booth. With its lightweight construction it is easy to transport and it can be folded to fit in your bag. It is a great choice for budget headphones with high performance.
|AKG K 240||30mm||No||0.6 lb / 272g||$
|Sony MDR7506||40mm||Yes||8.1 oz / 229g||$$
|AKG K181||50mm||Yes||9.9 oz / 280g||$$$|
|Pioneer HDJ-500-K||40mm||Yes||1 lb / 453g||$$$$|
|KRK KNS8400||40mm||Yes||8 oz / 230g||$$$$$|
Best DJ Headphones under $200
Audio-Technica is a well known brand when it comes to headphones. The ATH-M50X has 45-mm large aperture drivers and excellent sound quality and deep bass response for both DJing and studio production. The over-the-ear pads give very good sound isolation and are very comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The ear cups can be rotated for one-ear monitoring and have the ability to fold for easy transporting. The Audio-Technica is a good choice for anyone who is looking for ligthweight, comfortable and durable headphones with exceptional sound quality.
Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-700-K
The Pioneer Pro HDJ-700-K is made for both DJ use and normal listening. The HDJ-700-K has 40mm drivers and is geared towards the EDM DJ. These headphones are bass heavy, with crisp mids and highs. The headphone band is lightweight and made of stainless steel to protect it from breaking. The earcups can be rotated 60 degrees and the cables are replaceable. This is a great option for DJs looking for good looking headhones that are tough and durable and can be used for casual listening as well as DJing.
Sennheiser HD 7 DJ Headphones
Sennheiser is known for making some of the best headphones in the world. The HD 7 DJ headphones are very well constructed and will last a long time. They give great bass response and are capable of very high sound pressure leves and give great noise isolation with closed back design. Both ear cups can be rotated up to 210 degrees. They are constructed out of mostly plastic with metal reinforcements in the headband. This makes them very lightweight and durable. They also come with a protective case included and two year warranty. The Sennheiser HD 7 DJ headphones are perfect for DJs looking for high background isolation and good sound quality.
Numark Red Wave
The Numark Red Wave sound very good for headphones in this price range. The 50mm drivers deliver deep bass without distortion and provide nice isolation from outside noise. With closed cup, around-the-ear design, the are very comfortable to wear thanks to the the breathable protein-leather padding. They are adjustable to fit your head and can be folded to fit in your bag. The cable is detachable and they also come with a storage pouch.
|Sennheiser HD-7 DJ||50mm||Yes||3 lbs / 1,36 kg||$|
|Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-700-K||40mm||Yes||1,2 lbs / 544 g||$$|
|Numark Red Wave||50mm||Yes||2 lbs / 907 g||$$$|
|Audio-Technica ATH-M50x||45mm||Yes||2,1 lbs / 952 g||$$$$|
Best pro DJ headphones 2017
Sennheiser HD 25-II
These are classic DJ headphones. DJs love them because of their durability and good isolation from unwanted background noise. They are light and comfortable to wear over long periods of time. The build quality is very solid and if they should break, every part is easily replaced. These headphones are loud and provide very good sound quality, even in noisy and loud environments like a DJ booth.
V-MODA Crossfade LP2
The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 are really comfortable and nearly indestructible. With a steel frame (STEELFLEX) headband, interchangeable brushed metal shields, durable microfiber suede and replaceable memory foam cushions, these headphones will last a long time without suffering any damage. The LP2s come with an exoskeleton hard case, a detachable Kevlar reinforced 3-button mic/audio cable, 1/4″ adapter and a carabiner bag clip. The 50 mm dual-diaphragm drivers provide very impressive sound quality with deep bass without distortion. The V-MODA Crossfade LP2 are really solid and durable headphones, and they are also one of the coolest looking headphones on the market today. If you want great sound with good noise isolation while looking stylish in the DJ booth, this is a great choice.
AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphones – DJ Preset
If you follow Boiler Room, you might have spotted some DJ’s wearing the AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones. These danish-designed headphones look great, and work just as well on the bus as in a club. With good isolation and 40mm drivers you get rick and deep bass frequencies with clear mids and highs. The TMA-2s are modular, and can be customized in any way you want. Every part can be replaced and fine-tuned to your preference. Pictured here is the DJ preset. The TMA-2s also come in other versions, such as Studio, Young Guru and All-rounder. The AIAIAI TMA-2 Headphones are great for anyone who wants clean and minimalistic headphones with superior sound.
Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-2000MK2-K
The HJD-2000MK2-K are Pioneers flagship headphone model, and it is one of the best DJ headphones for the DJs looking for exceptional sound quality. The ear pads can be rotated up to 90 degrees, or flipped 180 degrees for one ear monitoring. The 50mm drivers deliver great sound separation thanks to Pioneers sound-isolation chamber in the bass reflex port. This isolates the low and mid frequencies and gives the listener a more defined mid-bass/mid-range response. The HDJ-2000MK2-K has new low-volume air chambers and airtight stitching to deliver great sound in loud environments. The construction is very lightweight, but still robust and solid. These headphones deliver fantastic sound in loud clubs, and will fit the demands of professional DJs looking for solid and durable headphones.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO
Beyerdynamic has a reputation for producing great headphones for a long time. The Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is no different, and is designed specifically for live performance. The DT 770 PRO are very comfortable and really light compared to other headphones in this price range. The ear pads are made of velour and are very soft which makes these headphones great for longer gigs. The sound quality is extraordinary with crisp highs and nice full mids. They have improved bass response thanks to the Beyerdynamic Bass Reflex technology. There is little to no distortion even at high volume levels, and the sound isolation is fantastic. These headphones are a great option if you are looking for really lightweight and comfortable headhones with excellent sound quality and bass response.
|V-Moda Crossfade LP2||50mm||Yes||0,57 lbs / 260 g||$|
|Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO||45mm||No||0,64 lb / 290 g||$$|
|AIAIAI TMA-2 DJ Preset||40mm||No||1.6 lbs / 725 g||$$$|
|Sennheiser HD 25-II||41.3mm||Yes|| 5 oz / 141 g||$$$$|
|Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-2000MK2-K||50mm||Yes||2,98 lbs / 1,35 kg||$$$$$|
In the end, searching for the best DJ headphones all comes down to taste, preference and budget. Hopefully this list will help you find the best DJ headphones for your needs.
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