If you’re going to be a DJ or you like producing music like me, then you have to have a great pair of DJ headphones.
Without them, you simply can’t do your job. While music is playing through a rocking PA, you have to be able to cue your next tracks and mix elements.
That is where using only the best DJ headphones come in. Competing with a powerful PA system in a club is a task, not all headphones are up to. This article will show you headphones in a wide variety of price ranges from budget headphones under $50 to top of the range audiophile headphones that are up to that task.
Whether you are a seasoned pro or an aspiring beginner, you’ll find recommendations for the perfect set for your needs.
Top 5 DJ Headphones Reviewed
||Sennheiser HD8 DJ Headphones||$$$|
||Pioneer DJ HDJ-X7-K||$$$|
Sennheiser HD8 DJ Headphones – Best Overall
The flagship of Sennheiser DJ headphones, the HD8 is built for the professional DJ.
Designed with input from top DJs, they feature a rugged design with reinforced metal crafted components and metal pivot rings that let the ear cups swivel up to 210 degrees. Not just durable, they are also comfortable and designed for night after night of tireless monitoring.
With these phones on, background noise is attenuated to the highest degree.
All of this would be meaningless without great sound and this set delivers. Sennheiser’s proprietary acoustics technology allows unparalleled reproduction of sound. Not just loud, these are a joy to listen at any volume. What is most amazing about this set is the detailed sound. They sound less “in your head” than most closed-back designs, even though they have more isolation from outside sounds than other headphones.
The lows are rich and clear, with a detailed reproduction of the bass frequencies. The midrange is open, vivid, and never muddy. The highs extend all the way up into the up “air” frequencies, where you can hear not just the high frequencies but the top end “air” surrounding them. The HD8 is made specifically with 95 ohms impedance to work flawlessly with your DJ mixer.
The HD8 really has to be experienced to fully understand. There is no other way to truly convey the quality design and exquisite sound that comes from this world-class set of headphones.
Unparalleled sound quality; the highest level of external noise reduction; 210 degree swivel ear cups; cable can be attached to either ear; optimized for use with DJ equipment; rugged construction with reinforced metal parts.
Pioneer DJ HDJ-X7-K – Professional DJ Headphones
When Pioneer designed the DJ HDJ-X7-K headphones, they asked for input from professional DJs. The results speak for themselves.
With an incredibly wide frequency response, you get all of the sounds you need to DJ at your best, with the powerful clear lows, a detailed midrange, and clear, silky highs. They sound great at low and high volumes, with a sound that doesn’t fatigue your ears after hours of listening. Nano coated leather pads and headband cushion protect the phones from sweat and make them easy to clean. Just wipe them off and they’re ready to go. The pads also swivel for increased flexibility.
These DJ headphones even pass the US Military Standard Shock Test. Moving parts are made of metal for increased durability. In addition, you get a carrying pouch and an extra cable, so you’re ready if the original gets short. All in all, this is a great set of headphones for the serious DJ.
DJs have to make decisions on the fly and often have to rely on their headphones to decide what tones will sound good through a big PA system. For this reason, you need a set of phones with the widest, most accurate frequency response. You also need headphones with a strong closed-back design that isolates you from the PA when needed. On both counts, this set delivers.
Amazing sound; wide frequency range; dynamic audio reproduction; nano coated leather pads and headband; passes US Military Standard Shock Test.
Shure SRH550DJ – Ultra Lightweight DJ Headphones
Designed from the ground up for DJ specific use, the SRH550DJ has the features and reliability DJs want.
Not just loud, these DJ headphones sound amazing as well, with plenty of bass and a detailed high end. Designed with high-impedance conductivity, this set is perfectly matched to work with your DJ mixer.
The earbuds are replaceable if something goes wrong and is incredibly comfortable to wear. Plus they swivel, a feature modern DJs love. Closed-back design means you get plenty of isolation from outside noise, allowing you to cue up the next part of your mix while your current mix is blasting through the PA.
Great sound; comfortable to wear; swiveling ear buds; great isolation.
If you’re just getting started, you probably don’t have a lot of cash. That’s OK. We’ve all been there. We all start somewhere and work from bargain equipment to full-on professional. Fortunately, a small budget doesn’t have to mean low quality.
Behringer’s HPX2000 series offers impressive quality and features at an unbelievable price.
Comfortable, with rotating ear cups and padded headband, this is a pair you can wear comfortably for hours on end. Not just comfortable, these have a great sound with wide frequency response, excellent dynamic range, and a powerful sound with high highs and low lows.
They’re also loud, giving you all the volume you will need to hear what you are doing. Plus, the over-ear, closed-back design gives you excellent isolation from outside noise.
Great price; good sound; comfortable to wear; good isolation; plenty of volume.
At this price, it’s hard to find any complaints.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20X Professional Monitor Headphones – Best Budget
Another excellent choice for DJs on a budget is the Audio Technica ATH-M20X. Durable and made to last, this set will stand up to the toughest use.
They sound great, with an excellent frequency response for outstanding bass and clear highs. The earbuds are well-padded and comfortable to wear and the closed-back design gives you plenty of isolation from outside noise.
They are also plenty loud and sound great at a higher volume. A great set for the budget-minded DJ.
Finally, we should highlight that some people have commented that these headphones feel less durable than the similarly designed ATH-M40x and ATH-M50x. So if you have the budget we would recommend checking out some of the other DJ headphones on my list.
A great budget set with a great sound; excellent isolation; well-padded and comfortable to wear.
Does not have swiveling ear buds.