We are all familiar with the sight of a DJ with his headphones on looking cool on the stage but does he really need them, is it all for just a bit of showmanship? We are sure in some cases it is, but there are also a few reasons why they wear them and why they are important.
Cueing is one reason. The DJ needs to try and easily work in the tempo of the next song to the one they are currently playing so as not to disrupt the flow. To do that he needs to hear it. Headphones. Build quality is important. They may want to block out the sound of the crowd sometimes or just use them to cover their ears to rest them from what is sure to be a decibel pounding.
They are considered by some to be part of the uniform, but they can play an important role, and therefore they need to be quality headphones. So let’s have a look at the best DJ headphones and find the perfect ones for you…
- Top 10 Best DJ Headphones For The Money 2020 Reviews
- 1 Sennheiser Hd25-1 Ii Basic Edition
- 2 Crossfade M-100 Master Over-Ear Headphone
- 3 Pioneer Pro Dj Black, Standard
- 4 Sennheiser Hd 25 Professional Dj Headphone
- 5 Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO Monitoring Headphone
- 6 Sennheiser Hd 8 Dj Headphones
- 7 Audio-Technica Ath-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
- 8 V-Moda Crossfade Lp2 Vocal Limited Edition Metal Headphone
- 9 Numark Red Wave Carbon | 50mm Driver Mixing Headphones
- 10 Sony Mdr7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
- Best DJ Headphones Buyers Guide
- So What’s The Best DJ Headphones?
Top 10 Best DJ Headphones For The Money 2020 Reviews
1 Sennheiser Hd25-1 Ii Basic Edition
The HD25 Basic edition. Why Basic edition? The difference between this and the HD25 Pro is that there is no carrying bag and there are no spare pads, that’s all. We shall be taking a look at the Pro edition in another review.
These have acquired cult status in the DJ world and are undoubtedly one of the most popular sets of phones out there. Ten years after they were first introduced and they are still popular. There are a few reasons, but principally they are that they have a tough build that will withstand a few knocks.
Replace when needed…
Tough they are, but also still lightweight weighing only five ounces. The component parts are of high quality, and all replaceable should there be an accident.
Long nights of use demand comfort, and these fit the bill. The headband is fully adjustable and well-padded at the crown of the head. The ear cups are made from soft leatherette filled with foam and are soft to the ear but also able to take the constant movement that will be experienced.
A lot of thought has gone into handling the excessive volume, and they are designed to handle high sound pressure levels. They perform very well in places where the volume is right up there, and that makes them ideal for DJ’s in noisy clubs.
Both ears or one?
The design of the headphones in itself lends itself to monitoring. The ear cups can be rotated, which gives efficient and easy to use one-ear use, which in the DJ world can be important. It is not hard to see why these phones are so popular with DJ’s despite a decade of service.
Well-built but comfortable and with a design that handles the volume but also the necessary practicalities they are still a great choice. They have been around for a while but are still a contender for best DJ headphones.
- Great high quality build.
- Handles high sound pressure levels.
- Been around for ten years, and some might want something with up to date tech.
2 Crossfade M-100 Master Over-Ear Headphone
V-Moda is making a name for themselves in the Headphone market with their unique designs and powerful performing equipment. The Crossfade M-100 is one of their range that is excelling.
Great sounds across the frequency range from deep bass to crisp and clean highs with mids that are uncluttered and clear are achieved with high-resolution, dual-diaphragm drivers. And the stereo sound is outstanding.
Dig the bottom end…
They have been designed and built to produce top-quality performance, and their big 50mm drivers produce a bottom end that does not impinge upon the mids as so many with accentuated bass can do, but they stay clean. The mids don’t get muddy, and the bass is powerful, but without any boom.
At the top end, the cymbals and high-hats cut through with just the right amount of accentuation, giving you a crisp and clear reproduction. The sound is something you should experience yourself, and it is more than surprising from a company fast building a reputation for quality.
Being a DJ with the excellent sound coming through the phones is only part of the requirement.
How comfortable are they?
They have a tough, sturdy build with the now recognizable hexagonal-shaped ear cups, but whilst being strong they are also lightweight, weighing just ten ounces. The frame is made from steel, which gives it the stability and strength you need for a set of phones that will be working hard.
They are well padded both in the headband and ear cups with simulated leather with memory foam inserts and a 3D mesh interior that create a perfect fit. You can wear these for hours at a time and not feel discomfort or fatigue.
Priced well, they make a very sound case for being considered as the best DJ headphones.
- 50mm drivers provide a big sound.
- Well constructed with strong materials.
- The stereo split might be too much.
3 Pioneer Pro Dj Black, Standard
Pioneer might be better known for the quality of their stereo systems for home and the car, but they can also produce high-quality headphones. The X10 are over-ear headphones manufactured to a professional level and specially made for DJ’s
They will give you quality sound in frequencies from 5Hz to 40kHz and with 50mm dome drivers in a diaphragm shape, they pack a punch. They have an outstanding channel separation between left and right and a bass reflex chamber that will give you a depth to the sound.
The bass is powerful and accented, but the highs are clear and concise. The mids can be a bit overwhelmed though if you get a bit over-excited with the bottom end and the richness of its tones,
They are built to last, and all the parts that move or are under any form of usable stress are made of metal giving you a sturdy construction. The headband is well padded as are the ear cups and are made from very soft imitation leather.
An interesting feature in the design of these phones is that given they are for the working DJ, there is going to be an element of moisture and sweat. The padded areas on the headband and ear cups have been given a Nano-coating to protect them so sweat and dirt easily just wipe away.
Not sure we have seen that on headphones before, but it’s a good idea. The headband and ear cups are all fully adjustable to get the perfect fit that isn’t too tight.
What’s in the box?
They come with a straight and a coiled cable a ¼” adapter and a carrying case.
They are not the cheapest for what they offer, but they have some good additional features.
- Very tough construction that has been fully tested.
- Comfortable fit with very good sound performance.
- Not the cheapest.
4 Sennheiser Hd 25 Professional Dj Headphone
Welcome to the latest movie mystery thriller, ‘the difference between a basic and a Pro.’ Having already looked at the HD25 Basic edition of these headphones, as promised, let’s take a look at the Pro version.
You might be forgiven for assuming that there were some major differences. After all, Basic to Pro sounds like a bit of a jump but no. Maybe some bigger drivers, more padding, something that would justify its elevated status but not really. There are only a couple of small differences and one rather strange bigger difference.
One small difference is that the Pro comes with a full-size hard body case to store them in. It’s a very nice case with a soft velveteen lining and a sturdy black rubberized outer. You also get a spare pair of ear cups. Still very unsure why that justifies that they give them the ‘Pro’ status?
Let’s not forget though that these headphones have a status amongst the DJ community, and in many ways are the standard by which a lot of the others are measured. The original HD 25 was first released on to the market ten years ago, but the Pro version was later.
Lightweight and comfortable…
The build quality is the same, a tough, rigid, lightweight frame, well-padded for comfort and all adjustable to make sure you get the right fit. They will take some knocks but also deliver the sound. They have a high capability to handle extreme volume, which is a big advantage for their environments for which they were designed. The ear cups will rotate, allowing ease of use for one-ear listening.
We mentioned one big difference. You might expect the Pro version might be more expensive, but it is actually cheaper. Significantly cheaper, which all adds to the mystery?
Let’s not get distracted, though. Pro or Basic you are looking at some serious headphone quality, and are certain to be considered as one of the best headphones for DJ’s, as well as one of the best Sennheiser headphones currently available.
- Real quality in every aspect of performance and build.
- Carrying case supplied.
- At the price offered you can find nothing to complain about.
5 Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO Monitoring Headphone
With over 90 years of experience in the audio world, you expect Beyer to produce a quality product. And whilst this is not intended to be a high-end set of headphones they are great value for money.
They are very well designed and manufactured with an aluminum headband and yokes extending to the ear cups, making them sturdy and very durable. At the price, it is not often you get headphones with aluminum as its core material. The headband itself is well padded and is fully adjustable.
Built to last…
Ear cups are made to be worn for long periods in a working environment and have a leatherette cover with padded foam interior. The look and the feel of them extend beyond their price range. They are extremely well-built, but still lightweight at just eleven ounces. The over-ear design gives very good sound isolation and removes much of the background noise, and they, therefore, have minimal leakage of sound.
Sound-wise they are also impressive. They have a very strong bottom end in the frequency range, but it is not overdone and therefore doesn’t interfere with other frequencies. The drivers produce a nice clear top end as well that is crisp and clear. The mids, where most of the sound actually is yet often ignored, are very clean and concise and suffer from no overlap from the bass frequencies.
A good set of headphones at a very good price. We don’t suppose they will win too many awards, but they are very well-built with good materials, comfortable to wear and they boast a pretty good sound.
Whether they are good for DJ’s is for you to decide, but we think they might be a bit underpowered. German design and made in China.
- Well-built and sturdy and comfortable.
- Well balanced sound reproduction.
- They are a budget headphone so will not perform at the highest level.
6 Sennheiser Hd 8 Dj Headphones
Sennheiser has a panel of DJ’s that they consult to ensure the products are designed in a way that is fit for purpose. It’s not surprising then that they get it right so often and create headphones that DJ’s love. Here is another example.
The over-ear, closed-back design ensures that the noise isolation will be good even in the most hectic of scenarios. This design also allows plenty of opportunities to get the comfort level just right.
There is sometimes a conflict of interest with working headphones. They need to be tough to withstand all that will be thrown at them, but they also need to be comfortable and lightweight. Sennheiser usually seems to get this right.
Change them out…
These have lightweight metal in important areas and quality in the padding on the headband and ear cups. You are provided with a choice of inter-changeable leatherette or velour ear cushions. The idea is to provide alternative comfort levels during long sessions and provide hours of comfort during long sessions. The ear cups themselves can swivel through an arc of up to 210 degrees that gives you one-ear use but also offers different positions for wear.
Two cables are included, one straight and one coiled. These can be attached to either ear cup, whichever is your preference. The cables are Kevlar coated.
Lows to highs…
The sound, of course, is Sennheiser, so you are are going to get real quality across all the frequencies.
As a set of phones for DJ’s go, they are at the top end but with an attractive price. They carry a different sound pattern to other Sennheiser’s in this market, so they are providing you with an alternative sound option that maybe is not so aggressive.
They come with a carrying case for their protection from damage.
- Sennheiser build quality and sound performance.
- Very attractive price.
- Some will prefer the harder-hitting phones.
7 Audio-Technica Ath-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Audio-Technica builds headphones that have a good reputation and are usually competitively priced. The ATH-M range of phones are particularly well-respected, and the ATH-M50X is the successor to the ATH-40X which are still popular.
They are made of plastic, but they are quite sturdy and durable. They look like they are heavyweights but only weigh eight ounces, so they are quite light. The tough build gives the impression they are heavier. They are an interesting design that includes unusual rotations of the earcups and joints, but they are quite secure and are not going to come apart in your hands.
Fits like a glove…
DJ’s do require a high comfort level. Long hours with headphones on would not be an enjoyable experience if they did not fit nicely, and these are very well made for comfort. The ear cups have plenty of padding as does the headband, and whilst the material is quite strong, it is also soft. Rotating earcups have been included to allow one-ear use and to facilitate a good fit.
They are over-ear phones, and so the external noise limitation is quite good whilst also keeping the sounds you want to hear clear, with no external interruptions.
They have 45mm drivers giving you good frequency response and the sound is good. And are a closed-back in design and so there is minimal sound bleed and good isolation. A useful feature is that after use, you can just fold them away.
Priced competitively they are very good headphones for the outlay and could be a contender for best DJ headphones.
- Good materials in construction
- Sturdy and strong yet very comfortable.
- They look heavy and a bit clumsy.
8 V-Moda Crossfade Lp2 Vocal Limited Edition Metal Headphone
You can spot a V-Moda set of headphones from a distance with their unique shaped ear cups. But this is just part of a design and build that is high quality. They are proud of the toughness of their phones and rightly so.
There is a fair amount of plastic and rubber in their construction, but somehow it doesn’t feel cheap in the hand, and the metal shields on the ear cups and Kevlar braided cable just add to the feeling that these will survive most things.
Tough on the outside…
Despite their tough exterior, they have a soft center with a high comfort level. The headband has two layers of padding that allows it to breathe a little and the ear cups have a leather-look filled with foam that is attractive, but also very soft to wear. The fit is good, and the headband will actually bend in or out to give you the most comfortable fit.
The build quality is good, the comfort level for most people is high, but it’s in the sound performance where they really score some points. 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers and inner and outer sound rings deliver a powerful sound. These phones, while producing good quality, do not overlap frequency ranges.
The bass end is strong and definitely there but it doesn’t crowd out the mids. Likewise, the high frequencies are clear and crisp, but there is no significant overlap down the frequency range.
Concentrate on the music…
They are ‘noise-isolating’ and will control the incursion of external noise and keep the sounds you want inside. Possibly moving the ear cups for one-ear use might be a slight problem.
They are a good quality headphone and well-priced.
- Tough, strong build.
- Well balanced, powerful sound reproduction.
- Could be a problem for one-ear use.
9 Numark Red Wave Carbon | 50mm Driver Mixing Headphones
Sometimes you see a product, and you get the idea that they were designed and manufactured to catch your eye for whatever reason. As a set of headphones for the DJ, these will certainly get your attention.
In fact, everything about these phones says they were designed for the working DJ. Numark has chosen a closed cup design which will prevent too much unwanted external noise disturbing you. Another good feature is the rotating design on one cup, which allows you to use one-ear when you need to.
Get the right fit…
They are built for comfort with their breathable soft padding in protein leather inside the headband and around the ear cups. They will feel comfortable and easy to use, even in the longest set. The headband and ear cups are adjustable to get just the right fit.
The 50mm neodymium drivers give out a big sound with deep rich bass and sharpness at the top end. The mids though are not so good, and the bass especially muddies the sound a little. Unfortunately, that is something that seems to occur often in efforts to bring the bass up to what in the actual mix is often an unrealistic level.
What’s in the box?
Obtaining good connections is enhanced by the gold plated ⅛” adapter. And they come with a carrying case and a detachable headphone cable.
The Numark Red Wave Carbon | 50mm Driver Professional Mixing Headphones are very good value for the price. Especially for someone who may just be starting their DJ life and doesn’t want to spend too much. They look good, and the sound is adequate, and they have a few good features. Might be a contender for best DJ headphones for beginners.
- Well built with a good comfort level.
- Good value for money.
- Good for a starter, an experienced DJ might want better quality sound.
10 Sony Mdr7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
When many people are thinking of buying some headphones, they don’t automatically think of Sony. Better and more widely known in other areas, the Sony name covers a wide range of products, but not necessarily at the high-end performance-wise in headphones.
Yet when you discuss headphones with people who work in the industry, you come to realize that one set of headphones stands out amongst many of the others. They have become an industry standard, and if you visit professional recording studios, you will likely find a pair, or many pairs in most cases, often still in use.
And when we tell you they are twenty-five years old and still one of the best on the market, you get an idea of how good these things are.
An exceptional design…
Everything about the design and manufacture was and still is exceptional. They have a closed-back design. Great for constant listening stability and giving you good sound isolation. Everything you want to hear stays heard, and the external stuff you don’t want is excluded. Leakage is limited, so they are not going to spill over into microphones.
The ear cups and headband are well-padded and have a rotation facility that allows you to listen with one ear. Comfort is then assured for the long session.
But, what about the sound?
Sound quality is vital, and they use gold plated fittings to avoid corrosion and ensure the connections are good and copper cord that is oxygen-free. The sound itself is excellent. No exaggerated frequencies for effect, they produce under-stated quality across the full frequency range.
The build quality is high as has been proven by the number of years these phones have been and still are in operation. They come with a soft case and fold away neatly when not in use.
Even after all this time, these phones are still a big contender for best DJ headphones.
- Outstanding quality in manufacture.
- Great sound reproduction with good practical features.
- Some may want a more dynamic sound.