There’s a wealth of products claiming to be DJ headphones available – we take a look at 3 of the best
It’s easy to think that all headphones are all fundamentally the same. Whilst you would expect a difference in quality between an expensive pair and a cheaper pair, they all do the same thing, right?
Well, yes and no. Yes, the manner in which just about all headphones work is pretty much the same on every set of headphones- employing transducers to change an electrical signal back into an audio signal.
However, headphones are designed for a wide variety of situations and function, and as such, certain headphones are better for certain uses.
DJ headphones provide an excellent example of this. There are certain things that a DJ will need from a set of headphones, due to the uniqueness of the situation they use them in.
Firstly, they need to be tough- they will most likely be carried from gig to gig in a bag and will endure knocks, drops, and the occasional kick and stomp when in use.
There are, of course, other touches that may make a pair of DJ headphones even more convenient.
Here we take a look at three of the best pairs of DJ headphones around.
Sennheiser HD 25 Plus Headphones
The Sennheiser HD-25 series of headphones have long been favourites among DJs and producers alike. Punchy and accurate, the HD-25 plus provide a detailed picture of your mix. The high maximum sound pressure level means that in those situations where you need to turn things up, your cans won’t be plagued by distortion. But, with a closed back design, and excellent isolation, those situations are few and far between
The HD-25 Plus Monitoring Headphones, including the basic models, are also incredibly tough. Plus, their headband design is lightweight and comfortable to reduce fatigue during long periods of wear– ideal for mixing.
Pioneer HDJ-X10 Headphones
As one of the dominant forces in the DJ world, Pioneer’s headphones are built with the same attention to detail and DJ focused design. The HDJ-X10s are one the most popular models Pioneer has ever produced.
Tonally, these headphones reproduce audio with the detailed and punchy mids DJs need to cue-up. However, they’re also one of the nicest sets of DJ headphones just to listen to music on, too.
Physically, like all Pioneer DJ products, the HDJ-X10s are tough, comfortable, impeccably built, and rather stylish, too. A 60-degree swivel on each cup makes one-ear monitoring easy and comfortable, and the inclusion of a sturdy carry case is a very nice touch.
V-Moda Crossfade Headphones
It’s no secret that V-Moda makes great headphones, with the awards rolling in for consistently epic sound quality.
The Crossfade M-100 headphones are built to be lightweight yet practically indestructible. The STEELFLEX headband with vegan leather steel frame can be adjusted to suit your desired fit, guaranteeing immaculate performance with comfort at the fore. The headphones are tested beyond military-level quality, right down to the durable cable/plug which can bend over 1 million times.
The Crossfades not only excel at delivering staggering sound quality at high levels when mixing tunes in the club, they also have a trick up their sleeves in the shape of a built-in mic. The Crossfades are incredibly versatile and can be used for when making beats on the go, even able to take phone calls without having to remove your headgear.
The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 headphones are unlike any headphones you have experienced before. Each one is supplied with a hardwearing Exoskeleton carry case, and carabiner clip to attach to whatever you wish… tasty!
Rob Mather is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ from Huddersfield, England. Rob enjoys an active career as a performer and writer of many styles of music. Rob is also heavily engaged in providing sound and lighting support for live music events and theatre productions.