A great pair of headphones is an indispensable accessory to any DJ. They must be able to block outside noise, play music at a professional quality, have a sturdy design and of course, look great. From the flashy and new to the understated but legendary, I’m here to give you the best DJ headphones under $150.
Sony MDR-V55: $80
Having been a leader in technology since 1946, Sony’s products continue to deliver the performance and sturdiness consumers look for. For a low-end price point, Sony’s sleek red and black MDR-V55’s deliver quite a punch: their frequency ranges up to 25,000Hz and down to 5Hz. These headphones are not only ideal for DJs on a budget, but also on the move. MDR-V55’s are easily foldable which makes them great for tossing into a DJ bag. The comfortable ear pads fit on the ears rather than around them and the swiveling cups adjust to any variety of monitoring positions. Another great feature is its cable’s tangle-free flat design.
Pioneer HDJ-500: $89
As the less expensive cousin to Pioneer’s top-of-the-line HDJ-2000’s, the HDJ-500’s offer high-end sound quality in a variety of colors. HDJ-500’s are also adaptable to any DJ. Comfortable ear pads wrapped in leather let the headphones to mold around the user’s head and ears for a snug, slip-resistant fit during long sets. The two interchangeable cords and the 60-degree rotatable right earphone give the DJ the ultimate freedom of movement.
Shure SRH550DJ: $99
Shure offers two types professional quality DJ headphones with great performance at an affordable price. The SRH550DJ’s collapsible design with a 90-degree ear cup swivel allows for portability while not in use and flexibility while in use. Its enhanced bass and full-range audio is optimized for DJs, whether on the job or lounging at home.
Shure SRH750DJ: $149
Shure’s SRH750’s are very similar to SRH550’s, but even more optimized for professional DJ’s. These headphones offer the same portability and comfort as their less expensive cousin but with better sound quality. The SRH750’s maximized power and enhanced frequency response is tuned to handle the high output of DJ mixers.
Sennheiser HD 25-SP II: $150
Arguably some of the most used headphones by DJ’s ever, Sennheiser’s HD 25-SP’s are coveted by many. Luckily, their price point makes them attainable for DJ’s at any level of experience. HD25 CII’s are amazingly lightweight and offer interchangeable velour ear pads, which are perfect for prolonged use. For the weight and price, these headphones deliver an impressive level of deep bass, tight midranges and sparkly top ends while encased in a tough but flexible frame.
Audio-Technica ATH-PRO500MK2: $139
Audio-Technica has been a trusted source of audio equipment for decades. While most of their DJ headphones’ price points are close to $200, the ATH-PRO500MK2 headphones offer the Audio-Technica quality for the average DJ’s budget. Exceptional clarity, bass, and vocal projection sets Audio-Technica apart from many headphone manufacturers. It’s rotating earpieces, adjustable cushioned headband and flexible coiled cable gives DJ’s comfort and mobility.