A pair of DJ headphones are essential for any amateur or professional DJ. They allow the DJ to listen to the incoming track to check out how the mix sounds before bringing the two songs together for a successful transition. Choosing a pair of DJ headphones can be daunting. With a flooded market where a multitude of competitors are vying for your dollar, which is the right pair to get? Today DJ Mastercourse presents a beginners guide to choosing DJ headphones.
This is an essential aspect of the decision. The cans are going to be resting on your ears, or around your neck, for at least an hour. If you’re buying online, this presents a difficulty as you have no way to try the headphones out. In this case you may wish to read some reviews and see what others find. If you’re buying them from a DJ equipment or audio store see if they have a pair that you can try out.
Most DJs mix dance music, which relies on its low end for impact. A good pair of DJ headphones should accurately reflect the amount of bass that a song contains. Many types of headphones marketed for DJs actually boost the lower frequencies of a track, which makes the bass seem bigger than it actually is. Ideally you want a pair of headphones that gives you a nice, even and flat frequency response so you have a good idea of what your mix sounds like.
While not a necessity, noise cancellation can be a boon for any DJ. Think about the types of environments you’ll be mixing in – noisy clubs, parties and bars. It's worth having a pair of headphones that can reduce the amount of background noise while you mix.
Some readers won’t mind how a pair of DJ headphones looks on their head or around their neck, as long as they do the job. Yet some people are image-conscious, and within good reason – after all, you’re a performer! Have a think about the look of your headphones, the colour and the shape and the texture. This may help you decide on your first pair.
This is going to be the ultimate deciding factor. Some of you may be able to afford a top of the range, industry standard pair of headphones. Others may not be able to afford anything but an entry-level set. Work out how much you are willing to spend, and pick a pair within your means.