DJ MadFlip’s Top 4 DJ Headphones
Headphones to a DJ are like a lightsaber to a Jedi Knight. Well, maybe a Jedi doesn’t have to replace his or her lightsaber every year or two. Anyway, I get asked often which DJ headphones I prefer based on aesthetics, performance, durability, and pricing. Here are my top 4 that meet all criteria.
1. Beats Pro – Monster Beats by Dre
These headphones are like that fine Italian leather couch that your rich friend has that you would never, ever buy yourself but always love sitting on when your at their house. The Beats Pro by Dr. Dre headphones are the pinnacle of sound and comfort. They weigh in at a beefy 15oz and are constructed with lightweight aluminum for max durability and longevity. They feature folding ear cups and gorgeous plush leather ear cushions that are even washable. They have excellent gain, clarity and superior isolation which is what you expect from Monster. It has a detachable headphone cable that you can attach to either ear piece to suit your preference and you can also daisy chain multiple Beats Pros for those elaborate tag team sets. They are definitely a pretty penny with a price tag of close to $400 but whether you choose them in black or white you will look like a million bucks.
2. XD-53 – Allen & Heath
The XD-53 headphones by Allen & Heath follow the traditional DJ aesthetic with a sleek silver on black techno look with rotating earpieces and a reinforced metal headband. They weigh-in at 11oz and have the top-shelf quality and construction of Allen & Heath’s “flagship” DJ headphones. What really separates these cans is the 53mm driver which delivers MASSIVE output volume, booming bass, and pristine clarity. The “danger zone” where most headphones break at the swivel point is very strong and the cups are very comfortable and isolate audio quite well. There are few DJ headphones on the market that rival these in quality and performance. They come in at around $200 and are well worth it.
3. SRH750DJ – Shure
Shure enters the DJ game with the sexy SRH750DJ headphones. Known widely for their microphones, Shure has always had a foot in the DJ market with the acclaimed M44-7 turntablist cartridges. They also sport the traditional DJ aesthetic with the brushed silver detail on the ear cups and “danger zone” areas. Even at a lean weigh-in of 8oz they maintain Shure’s quality and rugged durability without compromising comfort with an extra wide head band and soft replaceable ear pads. It comes with a coiled detachable cable with a gold plated tip. There is 90 degrees of swivel in the ear pads which is nice if you want to boost volume and open ear monitor. The 50mm driver also ensures great volume with crisp highs and nice sustained bass response. These are definitely your upper mid-range headphones pricing at around $150 and should feasibly have twice the lifespan of other headphones in this price range and lower.
4. HDJ-500 – Pioneer
Pioneer has arguably been the industry standard in DJ mixers and CD players for decades and the HDJ-500 headphones aim to continue their tradition of excellence. These are considered the little brother to the HDJ-2000 with a similar look and a lot less lofty price tag. These are very light headphones weighing in at 7oz and are very comfortable for prolonged use on your ears. They have a clean, futuristic design and are available in red, white, or black with silver trim. The ear cups don’t swivel, but the right earpiece does rotate forward and backward to easily suit your preference for monitoring. The cups are also a bit smaller than other DJ headphones, which is becoming a trend I might add, but they still pack a punch with a 40mm driver delivering solid output volume. Overall the HDJ-500′s stand out because they are lightweight, they look amazing and they perform well in the trenches. The come in at around $100 which is a perfect place to start or even upgrade.
The DJ headphone universe is vast and widely filled with numerous choices but these are definitely my favorite in the mid to upper level range. Please visit our website for in-depth specs on these and many others. Until next time, happy gigs!
Transcript:Hi, this is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip with UniqueSquared.com. Now, I often get asked, which are my favorite headphones, which ones should I choose based on performance, durability, comfort, as well as pricing? Well, we’re going to take a look at four of my favorites. First, we’ve got the Beats Pro by Monster, Beats by Dre. These are constructed with die cast aluminum, you also have very, very silky, plush leather. They are super, super comfortable. Now, they’ve got incredible performance, gain, isolation, and comfort which is what you expect from Monster. These are going to come with a detachable headphone cable which you can attach on either side. You can also daisy chain multiple sets of these for those really elaborate tag team sets. Now, some of you guys out there might not consider these traditional DJ headphones, but they score highest for me based on look, comfort, and performance alone. So, they work really, really well for me. They’ve got a really high price tag, but whether you choose them in white or black, you’re going to look like a million bucks. Next is the Allen & Heath XD 53 headphones. These follow a very traditional DJ aesthetic of like, silver and black. These do not have a detachable headphone cable. They do give you ninety degrees of rotation for monitoring. Kind of a reinforced, good steel headband here, and also looking good here at the danger zone, where most of them break. Now these are going to give you incredible gain, 53mm driver for very thick bass and crispy highs. Perfect for those high volume environments in a nightclub. Now, these are going to be less that the Beats Pro but let me tell you, they’re very much worth it. The Shure SRH750 DJs are the blue collar workhorse of the bunch. They follow typical DJ aesthetic of brush chrome on black. They also have a detachable cable with a gold tip. Now, they maintain Shure’s quality and rugged durability with an extra wide headband, and also replaceable ear pads. Now, this is going to give you ninety degrees of rotation for versatile open ear monitoring and a 50mm driver ensures great volume and quality. Now these headphones are probably going to give you twice the lifespan of other headphones in this price range. Now lastly, we have the Pioneer HDJ500s. This is like, the very lightweight, Aviator style. This is going to give you front to back rotation on the right cup, and they come in red, black, or white. This has a detachable cable, and let me tell you, they’re really light, they feel really comfortable, so if you’ve got a long set or a long use, these will fit perfect for you. Now, these have a smaller ear cup with a 40mm driver. But let me tell you, that sound really rivals the others. Pioneer comes correct and this is a great entry level headphone, or even an upgrade. Ok, so there you have it, my top four DJ headphones from the mid to upper range. For more indepth detail on these and many others, check us out on UniqueSquared.com and also on our blog. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook, and also subscribe to this YouTube channel. This is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip, be you, be unique, at UniqueSquared.com.