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Best DJ Headphones 2017 Compare / Review
A Few Good Headphones for Entry-Level and Experienced DJs
If you spend a lot of time as a DJ, then you know just how important the equipment you use is in providing the ultimate entertainment experience to your customers and guests. In this post I'll review my favorite DJ and professional headphones for 2015 and include a few less expensive options for you beginner or entry-level DJs.
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I'm constantly updating this post to bring you the most current information. If your favorite pair of headphones didn't make the cut or if they're farther down the list then they should be, then vote in our interactive poll and leave me a comment below.
5 Top Rated DJ Headphones for 2017
#1 Sennheiser HD25-1 II Headphones
Used by the most popular DJs across the globe here are ten headphones you should definitely consider if you are serious about becoming a professional DJ.
Ok, so I'll admint that the Sennheiser HD25-1 doesn't quite have the swag that some of the other headphones on this list have, but if you want perfect audio wrapped up in a lightweight but durable design, then this is it. You'll also love the superior noise isolation crystal clear highs, projectile mids, and excellent bass.
#2 SOL Republic Tracks On-Ear Headphones
A Good Deal at Under $100
With a great look, thumping bass, and quality construction the Sol Republic Tracks headphones are a solid value when you consider they cost under $100.
#3 Aerial7 Tank Headphones
Here's a quick summary of the pros on the Aerial 7 Tank Headphones:
1. They're Tough
2. They're Inexpensive
3. They Sound Good for the Price
4. They Come in Great Colors
5. Large Driver Size
Best Sound Reproduction Under $100
#4 Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
One sentence to sum up the Sony MDR7506. They don't look great, but the sound reproduction can't be beat even by headphones twice its price.
#5 Aiaiai TMA-1 DJ Comfort Modern Fashion Headphone
Great sound quality with a deep rich sound. Good sound isolation.
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Other Popular DJ Headphones That Didn't Make the Cut
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Headphones
This great set of headphones are designed for monitoring and mixing and are made to collapse for easier storage as well. The ear pieces will turn up to 180 degrees for one ear monitoring. The cups are padded for comfort and will help seal in all the sound so you can do a better job. The headband is adjustable and padded for a more custom fit.
These headphones get really good reviews from users all over, though there are a very, very few that say they are not comfortable and can lead to headaches. It all boils down to the shape of your head paired with the right design of headphones. And again, some reviews have explained that these headphones are a bit heavy. If you have a particularly small head and ears, they might be a bit too heavy and large for you.
The features that I personally love about these headphones are the great bass, the noise isolation technology and the way the headphones comfortably sit against the chest when not in use, instead of doing the chin bump thing. I recommend you use these with an equalizer to bring out the full potential in sound.
Why they didn't make the cut?
These are classic headphones, released in 2005, that have been a staple for DJs for many years. In the $150 category today there are good, but there are just too many lightweight options I'd rather have.
Cheap Entry-Level DJ Headphones
Sennheiser HD 202 II
Sennheiser is know for making quality professional listening equipment. They make this less expensive pair for those who are on a budget or just beginning to DJ. The ear cups can be removed from the headband for cleaning. For the little lightweight things that they are, these headphones use pretty good neodymium magnets and light diaphragms for high sound levels. The bass is pretty good and the sound decent for a pair of inexpensive headphones. They can be clipped to a belt while not in use but when you need them close by.
Because they are so lightweight, they are very comfortable to wear and won't leave your ears or head sore. Some things you might want to be aware of are that they have not been found to be very comfortable for people with larger ears, and the noise isolation technology is not what you get with higher quality headsets. A feature that people seem to enjoy is the fact that even though they are lightweight, they still feel durable. The cord also stretches to approximately 6 feet.
Why didn't they make the cut?
There was only room for one budget pair, but if you're in the $25 budget range then go with either these or the Panasonic Street Model listed above.
Best DJ Headphones for $40 - $50
Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Pro Headphones
These headphones are also affordable and make a good choice for beginning home recordists, musicians or DJs. They are also pretty comfortable to wear. The closed-back design gives you great clarity and pretty decent sound quality; they can actually be quite loud if you need them to be, but don't hurt your hearing. They are adjustable with a cushioned headband, they come with a neodymium magnet structure, a gold plated stereo connector and snap-on adapter.
A feature that users seem to really enjoy is having enough cable to get around; 11 feet lets you move around more freely than with other headphones on the market. Something that might be a drawback for you is that reviews have shown that the isolation is not the greatest and that the ear cups are a little stiff; so be careful when putting them on or taking them off. If you need good sound isolation for whatever you are using them for, you might want to consider another of the headphones we are reviewing here. Otherwise, these are a pretty solid pair of affordable headphones.
Why they didn't make the cut
These are also what I'd consider a pair of budget DJ headphones. If you can stretch and go for something in the $90-100 range, then go with a $25 pair and wait it out.
Beats Studio by Dr. Dre - DJ Headphones
When it comes to DJ-ing, a good pair of headphones is essential. This set has extra-large speaker drivers and a high power digital amplifier. The ear cups are spacious enough that you get superior comfort from the soft and breathable material that will keep your ears cool. This device comes with an additional Monster iSoniTalk iPhone enable headphone cable with built-in answer button and microphone. This way, you can hear the music and be able to speak to your audience when needed.
Signal loss will be a thing of the past because the cable is made with Quadripole 4 twisted pair construction. You also get a mute button, they fold easily for more convenient storage, and come with a rugged case that will keep your equipment protected. To keep your headphones looking great, you get a soft cloth with a microbe shield that will help keep germs away. They are also made with a scratch resistant gloss finish for a stylish look.
You'll be very impressed with the audio quality and the extras it comes with. Some things to consider that other users have reviewed are the fact that the noise cancellation is not as good as others on the market perhaps. At low volumes, a low buzzing feedback noise can be heard. But overall, this is a highly rated set of headphones that many professional DJ's like using.
Why didn't they make the cut?
Don't get me wrong these headphones sound good, but I recommend you go with a Pioneer or Sennheiser model in this price range.
Beats Solo DJ Headphones
These mid-priced pair of headphones are popular because of the design; they are sleek looking and come with a very high-grade microphone so it makes a perfect companion to the professional DJ. They are also made to be much sturdier than before. The sound quality is quite nice with great deep bass and crystal clear highs.
These are very lightweight and comfortable for long periods of use. Not only do they fold down for convenience while transporting and storing, they are made with a compact tri-fold design that make them even smaller and easier to pack. It comes with Monster's ControlTalk which allows you to control playback of an iPod and it has a high grade microphone and earphones that will isolate the noise for you to be effectively heard. There have been amazing reviews about the quality of the microphone. You are now also able to have hands free calling with iPhone and iPods. Users have found that at very high volume levels that there is little to no sound distortion. These headphones also come in a few different colors to suit your personality.
Why didn't they make the cut?
At this level there are many options which in my opinion simply have better durability and sound quality.