December 14, 2012

REVIEW: Allen & Heath Xone XD-20 In Ear Headphones

Allen & Heath, apart from their funny name, has been making serious DJ equipment for those who are even more serious about their craft.  From mixers to controller modules, you won’t find any of their products at mid to low level price ranges – that’s because their line of gear, like the Xone 92 is only aimed at those who need top level equipment.  The Xone 92 is the DJM-850’s number one contender in terms of functionality and build-quality.  When A&H announced that they would be making a line of cheaper (relatively cheaper), earphone, it left people wonder just how well they would perform.

Dan Morse over at djworx.com got his hands on a brand new package to be put to the test.  The first most noticeable difference between these and other competitors is the ear canal design.  Although they look similar to other in-the-ear headphones sporting the same familiar tubular shaped plug – they actually aren’t designed to be in-ear at all.  Although not isolated, they still sit snugly within the ear and will not fall with casual use.  Quality is decent, although these earphones are by no means bulletproof.  One small complaint about them is the thin wire, which could easily end up tangled if mistreated and not taken care of.