We take a look at our best DJ Headphones and pick out the most comfortable options, cheap DJ headphones that don't suck as well as those with the best frequency response and the greatest isolation.
The best DJ headphones are reliable, sturdy and of course great sounding options that won’t break down after the first sign of some sweat or those first few gigs. You need extended frequencies, good isolation and of course, something that’s going to last you many years of hardcore use whilst being completely comfortable after those long sets.
With so many different types out there it can be really hard to figure out what the best solution for your set up might be. So today, we’re going to give you the 7 best headphones for DJ’s that will suit everyone from the home studio enthusiast to the professional touring DJ.
1. V-Moda M-200 Professional Studio Headphones
Italian design meets Japanese engineering resulting in some of the coolest DJ headphones we’ve seen.
If you’re professional DJ, your headphones need to be able to provide you with great isolation and an extremely high level of sound quality – they should also look cool too! The V-Moda M-200 Professional Studio Headphones effectively fuses stylish design with superior, totally immersive high-quality audio.
The reason we think the V-Moda M-200 Professional Studio Headphones are some of the best DJ headphones comes down to the 50mm drivers. The Frequency Response of 5 - 40,000 Hz and sensitivity of 101.5dB makes them perfect for mixing and mastering too – or just enjoying music on the go!
You get superior sound isolation so you can block out the crowd and even use them whilst mixing your latest track on a plane, train or tour bus. The over-ear design with comfortable foam minimises wearing fatigue.
As far as Durability is concerned, the V-MODA M-200 headphones are going to last many, many years of hardcore use and benefit from the V-MODA Immortal Life Program. By far one of the best sets of headphones for DJ’s and producers available today. The fact you can create custom side plates online and get them shipped to you means you have the option of adding your own touch to the headphones.
2. KRK KNS 8400 Headphones
We’ve talked in-depth about how the KRK KNS 8400 Headphones are great for mixing, but they’re also extremely useful for DJ’s and a great option for those who want to be able to get the same “Live” feel in a set of headphones. Wearing a set of KRK KNS 8400 Headphones is akin to strapping a set of KRK monitors to the side of your head – except far more comfortable.
The KRK KNS 8400 Headphones have the all-important rotating earcups for single ear monitoring and one-sided mixing. They’re durable, impact resistant and include memory foam cushions for added comfort when mixing at home or playing long sets. The extended low-end response makes them ideal for DJ’s and the high-efficiency Neodymium 40mm driver ensures you have enough power to push them as much as you need without that nasty distortion creeping in. These closed-back, circumaural dynamic headphones have superior isolation which will be appreciated in the live arena – you’ll hear every nuance and effectively block out the crowd.
If you want the voicing of the industry standard KRK monitors with a natural frequency response as well as a reference standard akin to studio monitors regardless of your environment, these are a great choice.
Shure understand exactly what performing musicians need. It’s just a fact. This deep understanding of the live industry has been transferred to their headphones. The Shure SRH750DJ Professional DJ Headphones have been optimised for professional DJ use to provide the performing artists and home studio producers with a comfortable, lightweight and great sounding option.
Sound quality and isolation is paramount when it comes to DJ headphones, which is why Shure have constructed the SRH750DJ headphones with 50mm neodymium dynamic drivers that provide huge bass without any unwanted distortion at loud volumes. The closed back design offers great isolation, and the 90 degree rotating ear cups allows for one-ear mixing and single-cueing. The wide 5 Hz – 30 kHz frequency range makes these great for listening to tracks recreationally and creating music at home whilst the lightweight but rugged construction means they’ll last years of touring and commuting!
These are some of the best DJ headphones around thanks to the budget-friendly price tag, too! At way under £100 you’re ready to gig at parties, festivals and clubs.
4. PreSonus HD9 Studio Headphones
Although fairly new on the DJ scene, the PreSonus HD9 Studio Headphones have become a go-to option for professional DJ’s and audiophiles thanks to the lush bass response and high-end definition on offer. The 45 mm custom drivers provide users with the broad frequency range and highly accurate response they need to mix in the live arena, whilst the closed-back design offers excellent isolation as they completely cover the ears.
Presonus are well aware that professional DJ’s are going to be wearing a set of headphones for a minimum of an hour so have included large l cushions on the rotating ear cups. Best of all, the two-axis 180-degree cup rotation allows you to monitor through one ear.
Power when you need it, distortion-free at louder volumes and completely comfortable – this is why the PreSonus HD9 Studio Headphones are quickly becoming known as some of the best DJ headphones.
5. Roland RH-5 Headphones
The Roland RH-5 Headphones have been crafted by the team at Roland to provide the touring DJ with a great option for live use and studio mixing without breaking the bank. At £29, these are the best cheap DJ headphones money can buy.
The Roland RH-5 Headphones offer up the superior sound isolation you need for mixing in the live arena and allow you to hear everything that’s going on even in the noisiest of clubs and live venues. They’re extremely comfortable to wear and feature high-performance 40mm drivers for that added power you need and crystal clear response at higher volumes.
The swivel mechanism allows for single-ear mixing which is extremely useful for DJ’s allowing you to hear your entire mix in one ear when necessary.
Ideal for professional DJ’s in need of great isolation, pure power and reliable construction.
6. Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones
The Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones feature lightweight construction and rotating ear cups making them a comfortable and versatile option for DJs who have to endure longer sets. The closed-back design ensures background noise is dramatically reduced, so you can isolate yourself from outside noise.
The wide frequency range of 5 Hz to 25 kHz gives you the rich bass tones, clear mid-range and extended highs so you'll hear everything and make correct decisions.
We think these are the best DJ headphones as they reduce background noise extremely well thanks to the comfortable ear cups and closed-back circumaural design. This is a key feature for DJs and producers as you can mix in isolation, too!
The fully adjustable headband is comfortable and the rotating ear cups ensure you can monitor via one ear whenever you need to.
7. Beyerdynamic DT240 Pro Studio Headphones 34 ohm
The Beyerdynamic DT240 Pro Studio Headphones offer professional-level sound quality at an extremely budget-friendly price point. Considering they’re way under the £100 mark, you’ll be surprised at how powerful, comfortable and versatile the Beyerdynamic DT240’s are.
The over-ear (circumaural) closed-back design provides superior isolation at a live gig, but also provides home studio owners (and those who don’t want to annoy their neighbours at 3 am) with all the nuances you need to make the right mixing decisions without outside noise interference.
The pro-quality drivers, which are usually found in far more expensive sets of headphones, provide all the well-defined bass response and the incredibly clear highs at all volumes. With an audio frequency bandwidth 5 - 35.000 Hz you can hear everything you need to hear – making them excellent headphones for the professional DJ’s out there who value their sound.
The earpads are extremely comfortable, even after a hefty setlist and allow you to enjoy your music on the train, plane or bus and mix on the go – or just chill out with your favourite albums without having to put up with that dreaded earache.
The lightweight construction make the DT240 headphones easy to carry and wear for extended periods of time and can withstand many years of touring and (ab)use. Easily some of the best cheap DJ headphones for those on a budget.
Check out a full range of DJ headphones over at PMT Online today, or call in to your local PMT Store to speak to one of our DJ & Hi-Tech experts about the best headphones for your needs.