Headphones are a crucial extension of every DJ at every level. Some choose to use the over-the-head design while others, such as Laidback Luke, prefer the in-ear-buds. If you ever wondered what makes a good DJ headphone then you have come to the right place.
There are so many different designs and so many different options out there that it might be difficult to decide what's best for you.
That being said, you could just imitate your favorite DJ and purchase what they are using OR follow my simple instructional list of what makes a good DJ headphone.
You need to remember that when DJing you are not looking for accurate sound reproduction. That is not your utmost concern. Those factors would be extremely helpful when purchasing a pair of headphones with the idea of music production in mind however.
What makes a good DJ headphone is enhanced lows and crisp highs. You will most likely be beatmatching, so it's the kick, snares and hi-hats you're paying attention to.
ALSO make sure your headphones are LOUD! If you are in a noisy environment, you won't be able to hear your tracks unless your headphones deliver the most volume.
One of the most important factors in deciding what makes a good DJ headphone is comfort. DJ headphones MUST BE comfortable.
Check for padding and adjustability. Make sure there are both head and ear pads. If you like to move around a lot, look for headphones with coiled or detachable cords (or both).
3. Cord Design
DJ headphones always have a single cord design for less tangles. Therefore, try to avoid buying headphones that have two cords coming from the ear pieces.
DJ’s constantly twist headphones. A proper pair of headphones should be able to take all the abuse for at least a year or two. Check to see how strong and flexible the joints and hinges are. Make sure the headphones are made from quality materials.
A dead giveaway in knowing what makes a good DJ headphone is also the price. A good pair will run you anywhere from $150 to $300. Like most things in life, the best products are also often times the priciest.
Don't cheap out and buy a $40 pair of headphones and expect them to last you more then a few months. I've made the mistake of purchasing a cheap pair in order to save on cost, and halfway through a gig the left side gave out completely, leaving me to DJ with only half a pair, and the sound quality was horrible.
DJ's have specific needs when it comes to headphones, and it pays to bear in mind the tips I provided above when trying to decide what makes a good DJ headphone for you. So do your research when choosing your next pair.
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