Top DJ Headphones of 2020
Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-2000MK2-K DJ Headphones
These headphones are well-rounded in what they are able to deliver. Astonishing clarity, high-quality sound separation, and enough sound insulation when performing. They also boast a great level of comfort, which is definitely useful for when you’re playing those long sets and a cheap pair of headphones would cause discomfort.
Although beautiful and high quality, the general consensus is mixed here. It’ll definitely fall down to your preference simply due to the number of other headphones on the market and what you find valuable in a good pair of headphones. If you’re looking for high-quality sound, separation, and insulation with an ample amount of comfort, these are a good choice. There may well be better value headphones on the market with better durability but comfort is something that Pioneer has definitely strived for with the Pro DJ MK2.
+ Lovely banding that allows for a snug fit, which complements the sound insulation.
+ High-quality sound.
+ The newer ones have metal parts for incredible durability.
Why We Liked It – Snug, comfortable, and high quality-sound are definitely apparent here but the value for money may not be quite right, depending on what you’re looking for.
Sennheiser HD 25 Professional DJ Headphones
The first thing most people notice when they look at the HD 25 Pro from Sennheiser is the curious structure of the headband. This odd structure is what will make the Sennheiser headphones stand out from the crowd. The Sennheiser HD 25 model hasn’t changed at all in recent years, with the motto “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” being at the heart of the structure. Although it looks funky it doesn’t really provide any benefits to durability.
Unfortunately, these headphones aren’t really different when it comes to the materials used for the ear pads, making them very uncomfortable when using them for prolonged periods of time. Sennheiser prefers to focus purely on audio quality rather than making it look fancy and comfortable. They come with a 2-year manufacturer warranty. This is useful if you’re a resident DJ because unless you are performing somewhere that pays obscenely well, and unless you’re among the likes of Martin Garrix, then you will definitely be thankful that you have that warranty.
+ The different headband structure definitely makes for an interesting, unique look.
+ High-quality sound packed into lightweight, compact pair of headphones.
+ The HD 25 Pro is renowned for sound quality even at higher pressure levels.
Why We Liked It – The general consensus is that these headphones are incredible. With their amazing sound quality, these are definitely a smart purchase with a huge value for money attached.
V-MODA M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Headphone
V-MODA is well known for high-quality craftsmanship and these headphones are no different. They boast military-grade durability. The headband, which is one of the most common breakage points, is almost indestructible – a definite asset for a tour. It has a uniquely brilliant sound that has been tuned by over 200 audiophiles and then factors in the separation of bass from other sounds and you get this beautiful, stylish set of over-ear headphones for under $100
Nothing has been left out in the innovative design, which features CLIQFOLD to make it more space efficient and a small case to add protection. 20 separate awards have been given to the M-100, and we can see why when we look at just how much innovative technology they’ve packed into such a sleek and sophisticated package. Comfortable headphones with superb sound quality and a decent value for money seemed to be a myth, but the M-100 brings it all with memory foam ear pads to add to this gorgeous product. The durability is absolutely unreal with this product and it includes being tested to beyond military standards.
+ Kevlar wire for intense durability.
+ Separation of the bass from mids and highs using a dual-diaphragm setup which is unique to V-MODA.
+ Has a sleek and stylish product that packs a colossal amount of sound quality.
Why We Liked It – The V-MODA M-100 may well be the best quality headphones around today and if you don’t have huge ears, they’re definitely worth getting.
Numark Red Wave Carbon Pro Mixing Headphones
Numark is targeted at your hard-core pros that run marathon sessions to release their creative mojo and produce some epic music. Numark claims these headphones remain comfortable during extended usage, which is quite rare among top-level headphones. This is another contender that provides a decent adjustment range with swivel and rotation function. Well-balanced sound including clear vocals and a perfect level of bass are included with Red Wave.
+ Excellent sound quality. Offers clear vocals, well-rounded bass, pitch perfect mids and highs.
+ Comfort was one of the main design points, making these great for long sessions.
+ Guarentee that the Red Wave will fit anyone’s head.
+ The Red Wave model is a good starter or backup pair of headphones.
Why We Liked It – They’re very comfortable and have great sound quality that is pretty much a requirement for mixing headphones.
SOL REPUBLIC 1601-32 Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones
The 1601-32 has a minimalist look to it. The elegant simplicity approach does seem to pay off, with a decent amount reviews reporting great bass and vocals. One feature that does stand out here is the “virtually indestructible” headband. It comes with a 1,000 day guarantee which is almost 3 years. They have a snug fit, but some may find it a little too tight. If you like a little slack in the fit these may not be for you but if you want a fit that won’t see your headphones on the floor if you get a little too into the music, look no further.
Another aspect to consider with these is that they’re also great outside the DJ world. the clear vocals can be useful for phone calls and gaming. Some feedback suggests the higher the volume, the muddier they get, which means if you’re looking to use them for monitoring ready for a club set, these may not be able to do it for you. The best part? You can pick these up for relatively cheap.
+ The bass and vocals are excellent.
+ A snug fit will keep them on your head.
+ Great for beginners.
Why We Liked It – Pretty cheap in comparison to other headphones. Definitely a good, cheap starter professional pair of headphones.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Headphones
The previous model of these headphones had a few cons which dealt a blow to Audio-Technica’s reputation for being able to provide a good all-round pair of headphones. The new model fixed that problem by not only implementing a new material for the ear pads as standard but also offering velvet replacements.
This means a whole lot of comfort which is perfect for long periods of use. Although not as good as others when it comes to bass and power, the M50x focuses on superior sound quality and clarity and it’s executed well. Also unlike some of the bigger and better headphones, you don’t need batteries to run the processor and there’s not a massive difference made to battery life.
+ Has many above average features and is good value for money.
+ No battery required.
+ Velvet ear pads to further increase comfort.
Why We Liked It – Although a great professional starter pair, if you know what you want from a pair of headphones and you have enough money to spring for a better pair, you may wnt to splurge.
Pioneer HDJ-1500-K Professional DJ Headphones
There are on-ear rather than over-ear headphones, which can be just as good; it simply depends on preference. They are definitely one of the more comfortable pairs of headphones on the market which makes them great for longer periods of use like live performances or marathon sessions. Thanks to the way Pioneer designed the ear pads, the very same thing that makes them comfortable also works well for sound isolation.
Another thing to note is the sound quality. It has just the right amount of bass and still clearly audible mids and highs. The sound engines on each side are both able to swivel and rotate, making them more convenient than some competitors. Given the sound quality and other features, the price of these headphones is fantastic.
+ Provides a brilliant level of comfort.
+ The bass is balanced and it has clear definition of mids and highs.
+ The ability to swivel and rotate both sides of the headphones offers flexibility in your playing style.
+ There’s a good price attached.
Why We Liked It – Given the price, comfort, and sound quality, it’s definitely worth getting them.
Beats Pro Wired Over-Ear Headphone
Beats have taken the audio world by storm in recent years. The Beats Pro will definitely give you something professional-looking, but it comes with a steep price. There are plenty of claims that Beats headphones are perfect for the studio and are designed for sound engineers and musicians, but the consensus is that there are plenty of superior options out there and a lot of them are on this list. The value for money just doesn’t seem to be there and the sound quality doesn’t seem to match up to the Audio-Technica or V-MODA headphones.
+ These headphones have a professional look.
+ The sound quality is overall really good.
Why We Liked It – Unless you absolutely have to have the best brand name rather than the best quality, look for other headphones. The general consensus seems to be that there are better headphones out there at a lower price.
V-MODA Crossfade LP Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone
Yet another beautiful pair of headphones from V-MODA. Like the M-100, the LP has a Kevlar wire and beyond military durability. One big advantage to V-MODA headphones is the hex design and interchangeable shields, which is a big change from the “cookie-cutter” style headphones that most people tend to use. You can even get custom laser engraved hex shields for the side of your headphones.
Again, the LP features the dual-diaphragm setup that V-MODA is known for, which gives an incredible level of sound quality not found elsewhere. Unlike the M-100, the LP comes with a 1-year guarantee. The LP also offers a unique program, a 60-day test drive when bought from a verified reseller. This means that if you don’t absolutely love them before 60-days is up, you can get a refund. Let’s just say they don’t get returned much. These go hand in hand with the best turntables for DJ’s of this year.
+ The patented dual-diaphragm set up makes for comprehensive sound separation.
+There is definitely a level of quality in the design that isn’t seen elsewhere.
+ It’s a rarity to be able to customize such high-quality headphones.
Why We Liked It – Another brilliant choice for sound quality, reliability, and durability.