Best DJ Headphones

DJ Headphones are possibly the DJ’s most important piece of gear and I know that buying your first pair of DJ headphones is a big decision.

However, I hope to help you out here by presenting the best DJ headphones and the DJ headphones most commonly used by professional DJ’s. For me the biggest factor is how they sound but of course comfort is also a factor, as well as styling, build quality and isolation. Have a look at the following DJ Headphones and decide for yourself.

AIAIAI TMA-1

My top picks for DJ headphones right now are the Allen & Heath XD-53′s, Pioneer HDJ-2000′s, the Sennheiser HD25′s and the AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones (pictured above). Read on to find out more.

For best DJ headphones on a budget, I’m going to have to go with the Technics 1200A’s currently coming in at just under a hundred bucks at Amazon.

 

Pioneer HDJ-1000 DJ Headphones

Pioneer HDJ-1000 DJ Headphones

I’ve used the Pioneer HDJ-1000′s extensively for DJing. What I like about the Pioneer HDJ-1000′s is the sound. When I first listened to them I was like…. WOW. Loved the sound, rich, warm, clear highs and mids and really deep base, definitely the deepest, strongest base I’ve heard in any headphone. This can be very helpful to a beginning DJ when mixing and beat matching because the beats really stand out. Plus, they play loud and clear without any distortion.

As for comfort, yes they’re comfortable when I’m DJing a gig as I’m taking them on and off when I play. But for long periods, like the hours you’ll spend searching and listening to new music, after a couple hours they start to feel a bit tight as these are on-ear headphones. When I’m in that mode, I use Bose Triport Around-Ear headphones which are more of an audiophile headphone than a DJ headphone that are lightweight, comfortable and great for traveling.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Good
  • Durability: OK
  • Isolation: Excellent

The styling of the Pioneer HDJ-1000′s is cool retro shiny silver and black and you’ll see them on many a DJ’s head.

Click to see: Pioneer HDJ-1000′s at Amazon.com

 

Pioneer HDJ-2000 DJ Headphones

Pioneer HDJ-2000

The Pioneer HDJ-2000′s are really top-top quality DJ headphones. The build quality is second to none with magnesium alloy components and the over-ear design is great for comfort and isolation. The Pioneer HDJ-2000′s are Pioneer’s top-of-line professional DJ headphones. Featuring lightweight magnesium construction and high flux magnets, the HDJ-2000′s deliver the best in sound quality, fit and durability. The Pioneer HDJ-2000′s provide superior sound insulation to make it easy to cue up the next track, even with a with a powerful monitor blowing in the other ear. The insulating material inside the headphones was carefully selected and ear pads provide a tight seal, producing crystal clear reproduction of low, mid and high sound ranges picking up even the most subtle nuances. While known as DJ headphones, these headphones are also suitable for professional use in studios.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Excellent
  • Durability: Excellent
  • Isolation: Excellent

Since the HDJ-2000′s came out I’ve been seeing more and more big-name DJ’s using these high quality cans, but of course, they come at a price.

Click to see: Pioneer HDJ-2000′s at Amazon.com

Their lower cost cousin is the newly released Pioneer HDJ-500 model.

*NEW – Pioneer HDJ-2000-K DJ Headphones

HDJ-2000-K-Black

Pioneer has just introduced the HDJ-2000-K Black DJ Headphones.

Click to see: Pioneer HDJ-2000-K’s (Black) at Amazon.com

 

Allen & Heath Xone XD53 DJ Headphones

Allen & Heath Xone XD53

The Allen and Heath Xone XD53 Headphones have been getting rave reviews for their awesome sound quality. Highs and mids are clear and concise while extended low frequency response delivers thunderous bass. Some have compared the sound to having a club in your head.

I’ve been seeing the Xone XD53′s more and more lately on the heads of many top DJ’s.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Excellent
  • Durability: Great
  • Isolation: Excellent

Click to see: Allen & Heath Xone XD53′s at Amazon.com *heavily discounted with new XD2-53s introduced!

*NEW – Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53 DJ Headphones

Xone_XD2-53

Allen & Heath has updated their super popular, super high quality Xone XD-53 Professional DJ Headphones to the new Xone XD2-53 model.

What’s New?

Well, according to an email received from Allen & Heath to a customer that had received the newest version, “They are the brand new model. Same as the previous, but a bit better.”

The two main new features of the new Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53 DJ Headphones are:

  • New Gunmetal Finish
  • Detachable Coiled Cable

Click to see: Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53′s at Amazon.com

 

Sennheiser HD25-1 II DJ Headphones

Sennheiser HD25 DJ Headphones

This is another pair of headphones that you’ll see on many big-name DJ’s especially techno and tech house DJ’s. What I love about the HD25′s and why I’ve considered buying a pair for myself is the comfort. They’re very lightweight on-ear headphones that fit very comfortably on your head and ears. If you want to monitor with one ear, it’s easy to pop the other ear cup behind your ear. The Sennheiser HD25′s isolation from outside noise is superior to most headphones, making them ideal club DJ headphones.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Excellent
  • Durability: Great (plus all parts replaceable)
  • Isolation: Great

The build construction is very durable and they don’t break easily. Even if they do become damaged, virtually every part on them is replaceable. I’ve read about DJ’s who have kept there Sennheiser HD25′s alive for years by replacing any part that gets damaged. The split headband with a wide range of adjustment makes the HD25-1 II’s an easy fit for most any head size, and their lightweight construction makes them more comfortable than most even when worn for long periods of time. Clear, detailed treble, punchy mids and deep bass make them perfect for DJ or studio use. Where the Pioneer may give you a boost in the bass, Sennheiser creates more accurate sound reproduction. That goes to personal choice.

Click to see: Sennheiser HD25-1 II’s at Amazon.com

The Sennheiser HD25-1 II’s also have a lower cost cousin that friends of mine swear by and love. Check out the Sennheiser HD25 SP’s. And if you’re looking for accurate Sennheiser sound in a closed-ear design, check out the Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones.

 

AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ Headphones

AIAIAI TMA-1

TMA-1 DJ Headphones have really hit the world by storm and not only for Pro DJ’s but also for audiophiles who want excellent sound and a clean design. The sound is warm and rich and the AIAIAI TMA-1′s fit comfortably on your head. Designed by DJs for DJ’s, the TMA-1′s have a minimalists design and are made from rugged matte black nylon.

When I listened to these, I was really impressed with the sound. It was like, WOW, these are really nice and the sound really is superb. The bass was deep and solid but not overbearing and the highs and mids were crisp and clear, making for extremely well-balanced, warm and vibrant sound.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Excellent
  • Durability: Excellent
  • Isolation: Excellent

Click to see: AIAIAI TMA-1′s at Amazon.com and AIAIAI TMA-1′s with Microphone and Volume Control

 

Technics RP-DJ1200A DJ Headphones

Technics RP-DJ1200A DJ Headphones

Another very popular pair of headphones for professional DJ’s and people I know are the Technics RP-DJ1200A’s. They’re lightweight and comfortable with good quality sound. The last time my HDJ-1000’s broke, I borrowed these from the other DJ to finish off the gig who later had to borrow my cd’s when his Serato crashed. Like the HD25′s, the Technics RP-DJ1200A headphones are a sleek and more compact headphone. The Technics RP-DJ1200A’s have a wide frequency range and deliver good bass similar to the HD25′s and nothing like the extra oomph you get from Pioneer. Many people love these as the unique folding swing arms swivel 270 degrees, allowing one-sided monitoring, or almost any configuration you like.

  • Sound Quality: Great
  • Comfort: Great
  • Durability: Good
  • Isolation: Great

Click to see: Technics RP-DJ1200A’s at Amazon.com

 

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ Headphones

Technics RP-DH1200 DJ Headphones

These are the headphones on Dennis Ferrer’s head in this ‘Hey Hey’ promo video. The Technics RP-DH1200′s are big headphones with cool-looking deck design and bright shiny ear cups have made them a common sight on DJ’s heads. The sound of the Technics RP-DH1200′s is excellent, with an extensive range of frequency giving them plenty of bass, clear highs and well defined mids.

  • Sound Quality: Excellent
  • Comfort: Good
  • Durability: Good
  • Isolation: Good

Click to see: Technics RP-DH1200′s at Amazon.com

 

Sony MDR-V700 DJ Headphones

Sony MDR-V700 DJ Headphones

Perhaps the best selling DJ Headphones are the Sony MDR-V700′s. Of course, Sony is a well-known brand particularly for consumer products, so when people first begin looking for headphones Sony is easy to find. The Sony MDR-V700′s seem to be a good lower cost option. However, be warned that people tend to complain about the durability and the silver paint flaking off the plastic components. In my opinion these sit on the border of consumer and professional. However, one of my favorite top DJ’s uses these and I think a lot of beginners may start out with the Sony MDR-V700′s. I’d recommend checking out the user reviews at Amazon before buying.

  • Sound Quality: Great
  • Comfort: Great
  • Durability: OK
  • Isolation: Good

Click to see: Sony MDR-V700′s at Amazon.com

 

Conclusion

When it comes to the best DJ headphones, you definitely get what you pay for. However, for both value and quality, all of the DJ headphones listed above will make a good choice depending on your needs and budget.

If you’re an aspiring DJ just getting started or you just don’t want to spend too much on DJ headphones, I’d personally go for the Pioneer HDJ-1000′s or the Technics RP-DJ1200A’s.

If you want the best DJ headphones money can buy then go for the Pioneer HDJ-2000′s for durability, comfort and big sound, the Allen & Heath Xone XD53′s for excellent Pro DJ sound quality or the Sennheiser HD25′s for accurate sound and lightweight comfort. I’d personally like to own a pair of all three.

Oh, and don’t forget the new addition to the gang, the AIAIAI TMA-1′s, lovely headphones with super sound and cool stylish minimalist design.

 

Tips for selecting the best DJ headphones:

Sound quality: The sound quality should be crisp and clear with no distortion at loud volumes or muddied with strong bass. You should be able to easily differentiate between highs, mids and lows and I personally like the bass to be a little punchy.

Isolation: The sound coming from your headphones should be heard clearly without outside noise entering. In a loud club environment, you should hear the music you are searching for and cueing up separately from the music playing in club.

Comfort: You want headphones that are comfortable and feel good on your head and your ears. When I DJ, I typically take my headphones off and put them back on as I mix and play. So it’s also important that they feel comfortable around my neck. However, many DJs like to keep their headphones on continuously with one ear on and one ear off making it important that the ear cup swivels, turns, folds or simply sits nicely on your head behind your ear when you want to listen to your headphones with one ear and the monitor with the other.

Build quality: Obviously, you want a pair of headphones that won’t break easily. When you spend a few bucks for good high quality sound you want headphones that will last. You also want them to be easy to transport. Most DJ headphones fold up nicely and slip into an included bag or case.

 


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  1. For those of you looking for a lower cost, inexpensive headphone option just to get started, you can check out the Sennheiser HD 202 Dynamic Headphones. I got these for my girlfriend to use with her ipod when she’s traveling. I’m listening to them right now and for the price the sound is great, warm and bassy. They’re also lightweight and fit very comfortably. However, I’m posting in the comments as I don’t consider them to be professional DJ headphones but rather great for traveling and ipod use.

  2. Those Sennheiser HD25 DJ Headphones are looking pretty good to me. I love how well they isolate the outside noise.

    • Totally agree! Great isolation and very lightweight and comfortable.

    • Federico
    • March 22nd, 2012

    Hello!
    I think there is new allen&heath xone xd2-53
    I believe that facts with a new durable material, do you know it? what is your opinion?
    Thank you!

    • Cool, thanks for the heads up. I did a little research and it appears that the Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53 DJ Headphones are the new model of the XD-53′s.

      Quote from Allen & Heath: “They are the brand new model. Same as the previous, but a bit better.”

      From Allen & Heath website: “Xone XD2-53s come in a stylish new gunmetal finish and feature a detachable coiled cable.”

      They are already available at Amazon, here is the link: Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53 DJ Headphones at Amazon.com

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