Digital DJ Tips reader Harry writes: "I have a gig coming up in around 30 days and quite frankly my headphones are awful and they won't do the job. I have around £80 but I don't really want to spend much at all but I still want headphones that will stay good and useful for a year at least. I want to only spend around £30. Can you help?"
Digital DJ Tips says:
When I started out as a DJ full time, I used to turn up at people's houses around dinner time in the hope they'd feed me - that's how poor I was! All I knew was that if I wanted to make a go of this, I needed 24/7 to put into it, come what may... great times, actually, and luckily my persistence paid off in the end! My point is that I totally understand that whether due to other commitments, to your stage in life, or just to the fact that you just broke your headphones (again) and have no money right now, this is a very common situation. The good news is that there are always solutions if you look hard enough.
While it's true that you get what you pay for, and unfortunately you're unlikely to find a payment plan on headphones (although you could look / ask!), help is at hand in the shape of the Sennheiser HD201, which you can get for exactly half your budget if you shop around. Although with this basic model you forgo a coiled DJ detachable cable, multi-adjustable earcups and the "DJ looks" of more expensive headphones, these are clear, loud, closed-back (they isolate well), comfortable... and they come in at around £15/US$20.
They are ridiculously good headphones for the price, and if this is one box you need to tick at a next-to-nothing price, I can totally recommend them.
What headphones do you use? Have you got a cheap but good headphones gem you'd like to share with us? Is it worth spending lots of money on DJ headphones when they're likely to get lost or broken whatever you pay for them? Please share your thoughts below.