There is nothing as atrocious as a whack disk jockey (DJ). They have the power to make a pumping party go from 100 to 0 real fast if they do not know their music, set, how to mix and what the people want.
Whether a DJ is out getting over 100,000 people dancing and jumping to the beats or is cooped up in a studio putting together the next hit banger, what sets the DJ apart from the rest in terms of quality, is the type of equipment used.
One of the equipment is the headphones. It is a fact that one needs serious DJ headphones because the typical consumer market models simply will not cut it.
When choosing a headphone, there are a few things you will want to consider to get the best headphone for DJ’ng. Below are some of them:
If there is something that always gets people going is the bass in the music and it is definitely a must for a DJ’s headphone to have a bass factor suitable for the DJ. Different companies have different levels or frequencies for the base in their headphones. When choosing headphones, you will have to consider the kind of style you would prefer either bass heavy or have a balanced tone to them.
How Comfortable They Are
For a DJ, the headphone is more than work equipment or an accessory, it is part of life. The DJ will wear the headphones for several hours and ease of wear and comfort ability is very important. The ear pads should not put unwarranted pressure on the ears and the area around the ears. The headphones should be easy to carry around and not be bulky and cumbersome.
Should Be Clear
A professional DJ knows that the headphones need to be able to mask out the noise of screaming revelers having the time of their lives. That is why a DJ has to invest in headphones that produce loud and clear sound at high volumes.
Consider How You Mix
Most DJs usually have one headphone ear pad on one ear while the other is off. The ear with the headphone helps the DJ monitor the channel while the ear with no headphone listens to the speaker. Because of this mixing style, the DJ has to know how to put on the headphones while mixing as it is a skill on its own.
Just like many products out there, the headphones longevity plays a very important role in choosing which ones to use. They go through a lot of handling and choosing one that has a good structure that can sustain all the abuse it goes through is important. Not only is the structural feature important but other component also play an important part in durability. You will have to make sure that the earpads are of good quality, the headband is well made and that the screws will not come off. Look for headphones that will not require you to go shopping after every gig – headphones that will last you a long while.
On the other hand, you want to be able to carry them while you look stylish. They should be fold-able and fit easily in your kit bag and not be cumbersome.
Now, what brand of headphones fit the above requirements for awesome headphones? I had a chance to use the following headphones and I must say, I was spoilt for choice. This is what I found in no particular order:
Numark Red Wave
Budget friendly, this headphone has all the features stated above making it one of the best options for a good DJ headphone. Another good thing about this headphone is that it is flexible in that it can also be used for gaming, watching movies, listening to music and other activities. Its ear pads swivel around and are covered in leather. It has removable cables. It also has very big drivers which are a cool 50mm. One can see why it is such a bargain because you get ALL the best characteristics of a good DJing headphone for a good price.
This headphone had to make this cut for so many reasons. Importantly though is the fact that it has supreme quality for a brand that is known around the globe. It has all the characteristics stated above and some more. They have swiveling ear pads, made of all leather, very comfortable, collapsible, 50mm drivers, Ohms of 36, a pouch to carry it in, replaceable cables ear pads and a frequency of 5Hz to 30 Hz. With so many positive reviews backing it up, I also had to agree that this headphone makes the number one list for a great DJ’ng headphone considering all the specs around it.
I enjoyed using the Shure headphone and I know many other DJs will agree with me that it is quite reputable. Looking at its features like the replaceable ear pads, a carry bag, its lightweight and its flexibility to use in other activities, there is no way one can let this headphones go if they get them at a good price. If not for the reasons listed, Shure is a brand worth its name, offering the best quality products out there.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
This headphone is made to be used in various activities in the studio. It ticks off all the requirements for a good DJ headphone and it comes in three colors which are black, white and blue. I loved the leather padding on the headband which made it very comfortable and just like the many DJ headphones, it has swiveling ear cups.
Stanton DJ Pro 2000
The Stanton brand is known for churning out DJ gear making it to this list. It has rotating ear cups, 50mm drivers, a mini-jack adapter, a carrying pouch, coiled and detachable cord. If aesthetics is important for you its aluminum build and its durability will be a winner. Also it is very pocket friendly.
A premium brand with little to no marketing, the Beyerdynamic headphones are a comfortable, high quality closed-back headphones with an impedance of 80 Ohms which will require you to have an audio interface or a headphone amp to experience its full potential. It also has swiveling ear cups. When you get this headphone, you will be set for life thanks to its longevity and durability.
How can I talk about audio equipment without talking about Sony? A brand that is known around the globe, this DJ headphone is worth the money you will pay for. It has a drive of 40mm, carrying pouch, interchangeable cable and the clincher is that it has smartphone controls built in its cable making it easy to use with a smart device.
Allen and Heath XONE XD2-53
One of the best DJ equipment out there, Allen and Heath is recommended by many experienced DJs out there. Looking at its build, it is solid, folds well and has a detachable cable. Other features include a driver of 53mm, 36 Ohms impedance, wide frequency range of 5 KHZ to 33 KHz, carrying pouch and rotating earpieces.
Finally, I tried out the Behringer HPX2000, a cheap headphone that will not disappoint. It has features like rotating cups, rugged headband build and a decent dynamic range.
So all in all, as DJ who prides himself or herself as a professional, choosing a headphone should be a serious process as you will be investing in equipment that will last you a long while and make your work easier and enjoyable.