One of the most important items any DJ needs in their equipment setup is a good-quality set of headphones for accurate monitoring, blending, and mixing. DJs look for many different attributes when trying to find the best set of cans to suit their needs and in this list I’ll go over some of the most important features that make a good DJ headphone. While this list is DJ-focused, I think the headphones we selected would be good choices for any music fan who values functionality over style.
Sound: A good set of DJ headphones will have a nice sound signature that allows the DJ to easily and clearly make adjustments or changes accordingly throughout the mix. A well balanced sound is important; too much bass drowns out a song’s kicks and snares, making it harder to beat-mach. All of the headphones in this list were selected because they produce an accurate and well-balanced sound that any DJ or music fan should appreciate.
Durability: Whether you are a professional DJ or a just a fan who listens to music on the go, your headphones will probably take a lot of abuse. A good set of DJ headphones should be built to withstand all the drops, folds, and bends that come with daily use. It’s good to check the type of materials used in the construction of the headphones as plastics are lighter, but metal is tough and will last longer. It’s also important to check and see if the cable is removable or detachable just to be sure it can be replaced if frayed or broken. All of the headphones on this list have been tested by DJBooth and are built using materials that should withstand standard use by DJs or consumers.
Comfort: DJs often wear headphones for 4 hours or more, so comfort is extremely important when selecting a pair. All of the headphones selected here use high-quality material for the earcup and headband cushion to ensure comfort and durability.
The HDJ-2000 headphones are perfect for DJ's as they can bend, twist and swivel in all different types of directions. The HDJ-2000's are made almost exclusively of metal yet they can fold into a small form factor for easy storage and transport. They also have a removable/replaceable cable and the leather memory foam for the headband and earcups are high-quality and comfortable.
3 EZ Payments of $99.67
AKG K267 Tiesto Reference
The AKG K267 was created by the Legendary DJ Tiesto to give DJs an excellent sound signature, uncompromised build quality throughout, and a bass switch that allows DJs to switch between three different styles of Bass. The K267 is also made up of metal and can twist and fold to suit many different types of DJ monitoring styles. The K267 also has a removable cable making it easy to replace if the cable is damaged.
3 EZ Payments of $116.34
Audio Technica ATHM50x
The ATHM50x's have been a DJ mainstay for quite some time now. Performing DJs can always count on the ATHM50x's for precise sound reproduction, nice leather-padded ear cushions for comfort/isolation, and a collapsible/swivel/fold design to fit any DJ's monitoring style. They also come with a nice leather pouch for storage and transport and they are available in a few different colors and configurations.
Dr. Dre Beats Pro
The Beats Pro headphones need no introduction as they've been great for all types of listening needs including for DJs. DJs love the all-metal and extremely durable construction, the pivoting earcups for storage, and the heavy leather padding around the ears and head which make those 8-hour gigs a breeze. The isolation is top-notch and almost every piece is repairable. The Beats Pro headphones also have a removable cable and come with a leather pouch for storage.
3 EZ Payments of $133.32
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