Whether you’re a new DJ looking to get your first set of equipment, or you’re a seasoned veteran and you’re looking for your next pair, the question has crossed everyone’s mind. What are the best DJ headphones on the market today?
To help answer this question we’ve done the research and compiled a list of some of the best ones available for DJs. We’ve written an in-depth review of each pair, then included some information below to help you know what to look for when picking a new pair of handsets.
Best Dj Headphones
|V-MODA M-100||Frequency Response of 5 - 30,000Hz.|
Includes both a 4ft. cable with an in line microphone and a 13ft. normal cable.
|Pioneer HDJ-2000MK2-K||Frequency Response of 5 - 30,000Hz.|
9.8ft long cable.
|Sennheiser HD 25||Frequency Response of 16 - 22,000Hz.|
10 ft straight cable.
|141g||Unknown, Sennheiser simply says "high"||Check Price|
|Shure SRH750DJ||Frequency Response of 5 - 30,000Hz.|
4ft. side mount cable and 5ft. straight cord.
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V-MODA Crossfade M-100 – Excellent of DJ with Tons of Versatility
If you’re a true audiophile and want a pair of these then the V-MODA M-100s are built for you. It will serve you well while not only performing and mixing but also in your leisure time.
The M-100s are award-winning headphones that were carefully tuned by over 200 audio experts to provide the best sound possible. They achieve this award-winning performance through the use of a patented dual-diaphragm 50mm driver that separates the bass from the mids and highs. This offers greater performance in each sound range and prevents the audio from sounding muddy when there are a lot of different sounds being produced at once.
While these are one of the heavier sets on our list, it is for a good reason. These are incredibly durable boasting a steel construction offering resistance to high temperatures and humidity.
The M-100s are arguably the most stylish on our list as well, with sharp lines and a customizable side plate.
On top of the excellent sound performance for DJing and passive noise canceling design, these have some great features for gaming in your off time. V-MODA has included two cables in with these headphones, one 13 foot cable for performing and mixing, and one 4 foot cable with an in-line microphone for leisure time activities.
- Incredible audio fidelity in all ranges
- Ready for any use with two included cables, one with a microphone and one of incredible length
- Steel frame looks great and has impressive durability
Our Rating: 9/10
- Patented dual-diaphragm 50mm drivers
- Sleek and customizable design
- Steel frame offers incredible durability
- Includes 13-foot cable and 4-foot cable with microphone
- Relatively heavy design
- No active noise canceling
- Uncomfortable to wear on only one ear
Pioneer HDJ-2000MK2-K – Purpose Built for DJs
For those looking for a headset designed specifically for DJs then look no further than the Pioneer HDJ-2000MK2-K .
To start off these headphone’s long list of DJ oriented features, they have impressive passive noise canceling. This utilizes low volume air chambers inside of the ear pad to offer maximum insulation from the outside noise of a show. Additionally, the stitching on the ear pads is airtight, canceling out an even greater amount of outside noise in the mid and high ranges.
While these are the heaviest on our list, they manage to remain incredibly comfortable. They stay in place despite their significant heft. The design of the headband and ear pads help make them comfortable over long periods of time.
They feature a rotatable housing that allows you to wear them comfortably on only one ear as many DJs prefer. Another feature that shows how clearly designed for professional use these headphones are is the types of connectors used.
On one end the cable uses an L-type mini jack that prevents the cable from being pulled out during a performance, while on the headphone end the cable features a special detachable mini XLR connector.
The accurate sound produced by these headphones is clear and can be turned up to an impressive volume. This, along with the variety of professional-oriented features make these a great option for DJs.
- Clearly designed for professional use by DJs or studio mastering
- Comfortable despite their weight thanks to well-designed headband and padding
- Only comes with a short cable that is specially designed making it a little harder to replace
Our Rating: 8/10
- Effective passive noise canceling features
- Highly accurate in a wide range of frequencies
- Specially designed cable helps prevent interruptions during a show
- Only comes with a 5-foot cable
- Heaviest headphones on our list
- Cable uses special connector making it harder to replace
Sennheiser HD 25 – Active Noise Canceling for the Loudest Venues
Let’s be honest, DJs like it loud. Nothing beats the rush of blasting your music to an adrenaline-fueled crowd. The downside to this is that it can become hard to work on your mixing and performance when the music from the speakers is drowning out your direct feed.
Sennheiser offers a solution to this problem with the HD 25s. These headphones boast impressive noise canceling with a mixture of both passive isolation and active canceling. These headphones are capable of canceling sound pressure levels as high as 120dB. To put this into context the average concert is about 115dB, and 120dB is above the threshold at which people will experience physical pain from the sound.
The HD 25s are also the lightest headphones on our list coming in at only 141 grams. Thanks to their light yet durable aluminum construction. Aluminum also offers excellent acoustic properties that allow these headphones to provide clear bass and sharp highs.
While the frequency range on these headphones is lower than some of the others on this list, they can still produce all the frequencies that are considered within the range of human hearing. Anything lower than about 20Hz and higher than about 20kHz most people will not be able to detect. These headphones have a range of 16 to 22,000Hz.
These headphones are comfortable, light, and offer incredible noise canceling. They might not have the most incredible range, but they offer excellent sound quality within the range of normal human hearing, making them ideal for use in loud venues.
- Best noise canceling features of any of the headphones on our list
- Lightweight aluminum construction offers durability and good acoustics
- Does not have an incredible frequency response but produce good sound within the human hearing range
Our Rating: 8/10
- Active noise canceling
- Made from aluminum offering lightweight and durability
- Comfortable ear pads and headband
- Unknown sensitivity and volume max
- Shape doesn’t fit some people’s ears
- Doesn’t have the frequency range of some other headphones
Shure SRH750DJ – Best Bang for Your Buck
If you’re trying to maximize your budget and get the most bang for your buck, then Shure offers the SRH750DJ headphones. These headphones are the most affordable on our list and offer incredible performance for the price.
These headphones generate sound using massive 50mm drivers that are powered by neodymium magnets. These are materials frequently seen in very high-end headphones due to their powerful and accurate sound production.
These large drivers are expertly tuned for DJ use and offer a frequency response of 5 – 30,000Hz, which matches headphones that go for twice the price of these.
The SRH750DJs are reasonably lightweight and have a rather plain look to them. Despite this plain look, however, the headband is very soft and comfortable. The earpads are reasonably comfortable but fail to cancel much noise and often feel loose, which is one of the drawbacks of these particular headphones.
While these headphones sound great and can produce a wide range of frequencies, they do have some drawbacks that would prevent them from being the ideal DJ headphones. They are great for their price but might be more suited to a mastering role in the booth rather than in live DJ performances.
- Great headphones for the money
- Excellent sound production that is very accurate and clear in a wide range
- Not the best at blocking out outside noise, making them better for studio use than live performance
Our Rating: 7/10
- Frequency range of 5 to 30,000Hz
- Very affordable
- High-quality build and materials
- Loose fit
- Ear pads don’t cancel much noise
- Very plain look
How to Choose the Right Headphones
We looked at a variety of factor when choosing what headphones would be included on this list and what rating we’d be giving each pair. To give you some insight into how we made our choices, let’s talk about some of the factors we looked at.
While this is not an exhaustive list of factors, the most important ones to us are frequency response, noise isolation and canceling, and how comfortable the headphones are. To help you choose the right pair of DJing headphones for your needs we’ll define each of these factors, and then point out which pair of headphones might be best in each category.
The frequency response is arguably the single most important factor in determining headphone quality.
Frequency response describes the range of frequencies headphones can produce. Most of the headphones on our list can produce sounds ranging from 5Hz all the way up to 30,000Hz. For reference, human hearing functions normally within the range of 20 to 20,00Hz, meaning most of the headphones on our list can produce sounds outside the range of human hearing.
The advantage of this is two-fold. For one thing, it means the headphones will generally be able to produce the sounds within the range of human hearing more clearly and accurately. The second reason to have greater frequency ranges is that while you might not be able to “hear” the frequencies in a traditional sense, good headphones will let you “feel” them. For example, a really deep bass note might not be audible, but it will certainly rattle your head.
Noise Isolation and Canceling
The second factor to look at is something that is more important for DJs than for most other people. Noise isolation and canceling are crucial while performing in loud environments.
If too much noise from the speakers is getting in, it can make it difficult to mix your music. On top of that, there is often a delay between the direct audio coming into your headphones and the audio coming out of the amplified speakers. This delay can be pretty disorienting for some people, making noise isolation and canceling even more important.
If you find it difficult to cancel out the noise from the speakers while working, then the best headphones for you are the Sennheiser HD 25s. These have up to 120dB of noise canceling potential making them great for live shows.
Comfort and Wearability
Finally, an underrated factor in all too many things is comfort and wearability. Depending on the length of your shows being a DJ can involve wearing your headphones for hours and hours at a time, sometimes even all day.
When working your head can get sweaty, and headphones can go from feeling great to feeling like the weight of the world over the course of a few hours. The best thing to do is to get a pair that has a good fit and good padding.
The Sennheiser HD 25s are the lightest headphones on our list and have good ear pads that make a nice seal around your ear. They’re comfortable, however, they do have somewhat small ear pads that make them less than ideal for those with larger ears.
A headphone guaranteed to fit everyone well is the V-MODA M-100. These are probably the most comfortable headphones on our list and could easily be worn all day without any discomfort.
What is noise isolation vs noise canceling?
Noise isolation simply describes how the headphones are designed to block out noise using the earpads, frame, and other materials. It is also sometimes called “passive noise canceling” as it does not involve any actual action on the part of the headphones.
Noise-canceling involves sensors on the outside of the headphones. These then feed information regarding the noise on the outside of the headphones to an onboard processor. This processor then creates an opposite soundwave to the noise outside, effectively canceling the sound.
What is a headphone driver?
A headphone drive is a physical element inside the headphone that is vibrated to produce sound. As a rule of thumb, the larger this driver is the more timbre there will be in the sound produced and the more depth there will be to the sound.
Our Final Thoughts
Picking out the right set of headphones for professional use is an important choice and a big investment. Picking a pair without the proper knowledge is ill-advised, but hopefully, this guide has given you a clear idea of what you’re looking for.
No matter which of the headphones you choose off this list, it will undoubtedly serve you well in any DJ application and won’t let you down any time soon. As always, we love hearing from you, so if you’ve ever owned any of these headphones before, or have any questions regarding picking the right ones, please leave us a comment below telling us about it.