There is no question about the importance of a good pair of headphones in a DJ’s arsenal. As good as you are as a DJ, bad headphones can ruin the flow of your mixes. The sound has to be perfect for you to be able to seamlessly cue in the next song. There is also the issue of aesthetics. What better way to sell your image as a DJ than with some professional-looking headphones hanging around your neck? If you are a touring DJ then you will appreciate the perks of having durable headphones.
With all these factors to consider, the task of selecting excellent headphones can be daunting for any DJ. And it does not help that new models are coming out with every passing day. So, to ensure that you have an easy time finding the right fit, I will review 5 headphones that I think are hot right now while highlighting their strong points and their failures too. We hope that by the end of this post, you will be able to choose one that’s best for you.
The Sony MDR7506 headphones were first released in 1988 and it’s easy to see why they have withstood the test of time. They come equipped with a Neodymium magnet and 40 mm drivers that ensure you get a perfectly balanced sound. These headphones are very comfortable to wear and the closed-ear design shields you from any external noises allowing you to wholly concentrate on the music. They also allow you more freedom of movement while mixing due to their sufficiently long cords. In case you are wondering about portability, the Sony MDR7506 comes with a small courier case that you can easily fold them into. The ability to fold into a more compact device is a great plus. What’s better is that you can also use these headphones for home use.
However, something that Sony could have done differently is to include the option to detach the cord as it can be inconveniencing especially if you are commuting. The headphones also tend to get warm around your ears which can be upsetting in extremely hot conditions.
If you are looking for a product that’s been tried and tested then these cans are your best bet. What’s more, is that they come from an established brand. You should know that any product that‘s from Sony is guaranteed not to disappoint.
The Samson SR350 are great introductions to the world of superior sound provided by over-ear headphones. A look at these headphones and you can tell they were designed for comfort. They come with an adjustable headband that allows you to modify them to fit your head size. The earpads are also heavily cushioned to avoid irritating pressure on your ears and they are so light you could actually forget they are on your head. Well, that is if the sound quality was not so solid. They sound performance has been greatly optimized so that the bass is not overpowering and the high is just perfect. The sound leakage in these headphones is very minimal and you would have to be playing music at an extremely high volume for those around you to hear it.
The downside of these headphones is that you will not be able to replace the ear cups and the cable cannot be detached.
These cans will be a valuable addition especially with the great pricing on them. If you are working on a budget but still need a good sound, the Samson SR350 will give you both.
These headphones have been the preferred choice for many producers and for various reasons. Their central focus is sound quality. The DT 770 incorporate the bass reflex technology that brings out even the lowest bass sounds while translating high frequencies into a differentiable crisp sound. The soft-padded headband is designed to endure long hours of work while still keeping you comfortable with their lightness. Some people are not clear about the difference between the different versions of these headphones and to set the record straight I will say this. They are almost similar. In fact, depending on your equipment you may not hear any difference but if you do, you will notice that the base is more refined in the 250-ohm version while the highs are more pronounced in the 80 ohms.
The downside of these headphones is that you might need to purchase a dedicated amp in order to get the best out of them.
If the bass is what brings the fun out of songs for you, then you will love the DT 770 PRO. It’s not by chance that these cans have been the preferred choice for many producers. They offer an excellent choice for critical listening.
If you are looking for an exciting HD sound then these headphones will do it for you. They feature a 50mm driver that is perfect for finessing mid and high tones. This means that even at the highest volume, the quality of music is preserved. They are also great if you are looking for isolation since they do not leak any noise from your surrounding environment. As the name suggests, these headphones do not come with an adapter but instead incorporate an extra 6.3mm plug on one end that is perfect for your DJ sessions. You can then use the plug on the other side for casual music listening.
The downside of these headphones is that you will not be able to use them on your mobile phone.
If you are constantly in noisy places while mixing then these headphones will be of real value. You will find the price a bit on the upside but sometimes you have to be willing to dig deeper into your pockets to get what you want.
Sennheiser is a great well-trusted brand with a variety of excellent headphones. However, for our review, we will have to go with the Sennheiser HD25. This currently stands as one of the most used headphones by DJs since its introduction in 1988. One of the area it shines most is its long-life. The closed-back design is excellently crafted so that it rests on your ear instead of them offering you great comfort. Moreover, you can split the headband making them more convenient to wear for long hours. Their noise-cancelling effect makes them perfect for mixing in a crowd.
The HD25 allows you to detach almost all of its components which makes it relatively easy to replace worn out pads, blown drivers and other faulty parts. The headphone’s cable is strategically placed on the right to avoid awkward tangles as you mix. They also feature a 3.5mm jack and an additional jack adapter to connect to your mixer. The headphones are packed with a pouch and replaceable ear pads.
On the downside, some users have complained about sound shorting out on one side of the headphone but resuming after unplugging and then re-plugging the cord.
It is expected that if you are using the headphones for mixing, you will constantly be taking them off and putting them on again. This is bound to put a strain on the headband and that’s why the Sennheiser HD25 will be a great fit for you. They have been able to perfectly overcome this challenge through the splittable headband.