Headphones are an essential part of any DJ tool kit. Whether you’re a vinyl junkie, a CDJ user, or a controller whizz. A decent pair of headphones can make a real difference to how you perceive tracks, as well as the way in which you choose to mix them.
In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the best DJ headphones currently on the market; taking into account vital factors such as sound quality, price, and comfort.
Why should you choose DJ headphones?
Though you’ll often discover many types of headphones are designed to withstand the noisiest of environments, the best ones are built specifically for DJs and professional studio use. This is why they tend to be more expensive than most, and it can be tough deciding which one would is right for you if you’re not sure what to look for.
How to Choose
A good pair of headphones should be:
Sound Sufficient – Quality is something which simply cannot be compromised. Forget using your IPod headphones. You should be able to hear every high, mid and low-end frequency with little or no problems.
Comfortable – If you’re going to be wearing these bad boys for hours on end, they’ll need to fit your head properly with good clamping force.
Portable – Carrying a laptop or some records around won’t leave you much room for anything else. Fortunately some headphones fold up at the cups to make them more compact.
Durable – Whether you wear them across your head, around your neck, or hold one cup to your ear. Your headphones will take a bit of a beating over time, so they should have enough resistance to maintain their quality and shape.
Closed Back or On-Ear – Noise cancellation headphones are always a winner, but any good DJ headphones will have a closed-back or on-ear design for reducing background noise and isolating unwanted disturbances.
It’s also worth paying attention to the more technical aspects of a good pair of DJ headphones:
- Frequency Response – The range of frequencies: measured in kilohertz (kHz)
- Sound Pressure Level (SPL) – Threshold of hearing: measured in decibels (dB)
- Impedance – Resistance to an electrical current: measured in Ohms (Ω)
Now… let’s take a look at our picks for the top 3 DJ headphones to start with!
Whether you’re a noob to the world of mixing, or you’re just a general music enthusiast who wants to expand their listening capacities. Every pair of DJ headphones we reviewed here have proven themselves to be true advocates of the craft. Whether it’s down to their unmatched sound quality, sturdy and vigorous build design, or the useful parts included – each one will serve the needs of professional DJs, musicians and audiophiles without complaint.
We have to say though…
Sennheiser’s HD25 model will probably always be at the top of our list for best DJ headphones. In comparison to the others, these cans are built to last years and make mixing in even the loudest of clubs a piece of pie. They also have affordable and replaceable parts too unlike the others, which can usually be repaired for free if they’re still within their warranty. They have excellent noise isolation and an unrivalled response to the harshest of frequencies, making any genre (especially metal and bass-driven genres) an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Know of any DJ headphones which top the HD25s? We’d love to hear your feedback!
Are wireless headphones a good option for DJing?
Though wireless headphones can be great for leisure use, there aren’t as many good ones on the market which are good for DJing. The ones that are great quality are ridiculously expensive, so we don’t often recommend them because you’ll experience delay with most models. This would make it incredibly hard to beatmatch from your headphones as well. As much as it would be epic to have some affordable, wireless cans that mean no more tripping over or jacks breaking – you’d probably be better off using the ones that came with your ipod.
Which headphones provide the best sound isolation?
All of the headphones above do a good job at isolating external noise, however, if you’re asking from a producer or vocalist perspective – the Sennheiser HD 300 Pro will do you projects and recording sessions proud. If you’re needing something far more heavy artillery for a drummer or guitarist per say, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are a top choice for most professionals and sound engineers, with noise cancellation up to 35dB.
Can I use different manufacturer cables for the V-Moda?
You can use alternative cables to the factory one on the V-Modas yes, but we wouldn’t say there is actually any need to replace them as the default ones are extremely durable and well-built. Using different cables could have a significant effect on the sound quality, with the possibility of latency issues too. Ensure you’re going to be using top-quality cables if you plan to change the original ones.