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DJ Scott Mad Flip
May 8, 2012

Hercules HDP Headphones Review

Hercules has long been a player in the DJ world, being one of the first companies to introduce a controller to the mobile DJ market.  Drawing on its 20 years of audio expertise, the Hercules team is bringing a fresh new personality to the world of DJ headphones by combining professional sound quality and ergonomic design with the comfort demanded by exacting users. Whether DJing at home, in the studio or performing live sets.  There are many DJ headphones to choose from in the market today, and Hercules delivers three new ones, at varying ranges of affordability, that meet various needs of DJing or production whatever your budget or skill level.

HDP DJ M40.1

The entry level selection is the DJ M40.1.  They have a very familiar DJ aesthetic and closely resemble the immensely popular Sony MDRV-700′s, which are still around today.  They come in matte black, constructed mostly of plastic with adequate cushioning on the headband and ear cups.

With a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, 60 ohm impedance, and a 95db @1mW output, the M40.1′s are suitable for everyday, utility monitoring, and playback of your music.  I would recommend these for home use and occasional pro use, but based on their output and construction, they’re best suited as your back-up set for regular night club gigs.  At around $40 street price they are a great set of phones for beginner DJs on a budget, or to serve as an emergency back-up for your prime time set.

Technical specifications
HDP DJ M40.1
Headphones for DJing & leisure use

Audio playback

  • 95 dB at 1 mW sensitivity
  • 20Hz-20kHz: audible frequencies

Drivers for DJing

  • 60 ohm impedance
  • Large aperture
  • 1.97″/50 mm driver diameter

Connectivity

  • 6.5’/2 m cable
  • 1/8″/3.5 mm stereo mini-jack plug
  • 1/4″/6.35 mm stereo jack adapter

Mechanical specifications

Ear-cups: Closed-back Circumaural

2 rotation axes:

  • Earpieces: vertical rotation (180 degrees) for easy 1-ear monitoring
  • Earpiece supports: horizontal rotation (90 degrees) for folding and transport, and to direct the earpiece toward the user’s ear when headphones are worn around the neck

Connection: Single-wire cabling. Wire attached to left ear-cup

HDP DJ-Adv G501

The G501 headphones are the mid-level, step up from the entry level M40.1′s.  They have a more polished design, with nice, comfortable padding on the headband and the ear cups.   This is preferred if you mix “ears-on” for sustained periods of time.  The headphone cable is also detachable, and can conveniently be attached to either ear cup depending on which you prefer, nice.

The output is very nice at 102db, with a low 32 ohm impedance, and a healthy frequency range of 10Hz to 25kHz.  The cup design fully isolates sound, so these are great for loud gigs next to a blaring booth monitor, or for clean sound mixing or producing in the studio.  The G501′s have a $129 price tag, which is quite fair for the quality of sound they exhibit, and their pro features.

Technical specifications

HDP DJ-Adv G501
Advanced DJ headphones

  • 102 dB at 1 mW
  • 10Hz-25kHz: wide frequency range

Powerful drivers

  • 32 ohm impedance

Large aperture

  • 1.97″/50 mm driver diameter

Convenient cabling

  • 6.5’/2 m cable
  • 1/8″/3.5 mm stereo mini-jack plug
  • 1/4″/6.35 mm stereo jack adapter

Mechanical specifications

Ear-cups: Closed-back Circumaural

3 rotation axes:

  • Earpieces: vertical rotation (180 degrees) for easy 1-ear monitoring
  • Earpiece supports: horizontal rotation (90 degrees) for folding and transport, and to direct the earpiece toward the user’s ear when headphones are worn around the neck
  • Earpiece supports: vertical rotation (90 degrees) inward to fold the headphones for transport

Connection: Single-wire plug with ambidextrous design (connects to user’s choice of left or right ear-cups)

HDP DJ-Pro M1001

These are the flagship model of the Hercules HDP headphone range and will most likely be the most popular.  Their design is almost identical, physically, to the G501, except that the glossy black plastic molding of the body on the G501 is replaced with a matte black finish on the M1001′s.  This model also comes with a carry bag.

The major difference is the 107db output, and the widest range of frequency at 5Hz to 30kHz, with the same low 32 ohm impedance.  These have the loudest output of the three, but also the most transparent, uncolored audio.  With the sound isolated cup design, these will also be perfect for studio recording, as well as DJ monitoring in loud environments.  This would definitely be my choice of the three, and well worth the $149 price tag.

Technical specifications

HDP DJ-Pro M1001
Professional DJ headphones

  • 107 dB at 1 mW
  • 5Hz-30kHz: full frequency range

Powerful drivers

  • 32 ohm impedance

Large aperture

  • 1.97″/50 mm driver diameter

Magnets

  • 0.94″/24 mm magnet diameter
  • Type: N35 (35,000,000 gauss)

Convenient cabling

  • 9.8’/3 m coiled cable
  • 1/8″/3.5 mm stereo mini-jack plug
  • 1/4″/6.35 mm stereo jack adapter

Mechanical specifications
Ear-cups: Closed-back, Circumaural

3 rotation axes:

  • Earpieces: vertical rotation (180 degrees) for easy 1-ear monitoring
  • Earpiece supports: horizontal rotation (90 degrees) for folding and transport, and to direct the earpiece toward the user’s ear when headphones are worn around the neck
  • Earpiece supports: vertical rotation (90 degrees) inward to fold the headphones for transport

Connection: Single-wire plug with ambidextrous design (connects to user’s choice of left or right ear-cups)


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Whether it is professional or recreational monitoring, playback, or production, Hercules new HDP series headphones can cover all of the bases.  They sounded pretty good, especially the M1001′s, and I would definitely recommend them especially at the price. Feel free to leave a comment or a question and I’ll be happy to answer them if you need any additional info.  Until next time, happy gigs!

Comments

  1. can any of these 3 headphones compare to Pioneer HDJ1000 ? wish is better? (from your point of view)

    1. Yes, the G501 and the M1001 are very comparable, maybe even more dynamic sound wise than the HDJ1000′s. I hope this helps!