Headphones are crucial equipment for every DJ, but unfortunately they can be pricey. With prices sometimes reaching over $1,000 for high-end options, a great pair of headphones may seem unattainable for the aspiring DJ. However, if you are willing to give up a bit in sound quality to meet your price point, this list of the best DJ headphones under $50 will serve you well.
Koss TD85 Full Size DJ Headphones - $50
While these Koss headphones sacrifice some features many would find crucial to a pair of DJ headphones, they are a great option outside of earbuds. These lightweight noise-isolating headphones have an adjustable headband, large ear cushions and a moderate frequency range response. However, they do lack swiveling earcups, making monitoring playbacks more difficult. The TD85’s sturdy and streamlined construction also minimizes the risk of potential damage. (Also see main featured image above).
Audiofly AF45 - $45
It is often said “you get what you pay for,” but with Audiofly’s AF45 in-ear headphones, you get a bit more than what their price leads you to first believe. These earbuds deliver smooth, powerful bass and clear high ends within an attractive design that’s available in a variety of colors. Who needs swiveling earcups and collapsible frames when you can easily crumple these in a pocket and be on to the next show?
Sennheiser CX 300-11 - $35
For aspiring DJs who can’t yet afford a pair of traditional over-ear Sennheiser headphones, the CX 300-IIs offer remarkable sound quality and superior comfort. Typically earbuds are the least comfortable of all headphone options. Shoving a tiny speaker into the deep recesses of your ear canal is never comfortable, but Sennheiser has taken a different approach to this common problem. Instead of the headphones resting mostly inside the ear, the CX 300-II’s do the opposite. While noise isolation is compromised, the listening experience is much more enjoyable.