April 15th, 2013
News & Opinion
In this video, we take a look at this recent range of Tiesto-branded headphones from AKG.
Lots of you have been asking us our views on the AKG Tiesto range of headphones, so we tracked AKG down and had a look at Musikmesse 2013.
The range as a whole feels well made, looks good (the Tiesto styling is sharp, with no obvious use of his name on them), sounds good, isolates well and offers something for most DJs.
March 4th, 2013
The Reloop RHP-10 Flash Black are a capable midrange DJ headphone that come in a number of fashion colours and do all the basics pretty well.
Reloop RHP-10 Review: Somewhere between the entry level and the “pro” grade lie mid-range DJ headphones. Offering isolation, volume and clarity that comes close to the best headphones, but normally lacking some of the more luxury features of such models, headphones at this level should be up to the job in the DJ booth, while not costing the same as true “pro” models.
The Reloop RHP-10s are a great example of this type of headphone. They’re funky looking yet clearly following the classic DJ headphone design. But do they make up for anything they may lack in design finesse with their design and performance? Our Reloop RHP-10 DJ headphones review reveals all…
November 26th, 2012
Built for DJs who are only interested in the best, these headphones certainly deliver it – at a price.
To the upper echelons of DJ headphones, where luxury models breathe the rarefied air and look down on the mid-range masses and the lower-end wannabes, has been added a new design: the Ultrasone Signature DJ.
We’ve tested two pairs of Ultrasone headphones before (see our Ultrasone DJ1 review and our Ultrasone DJ1 Pro review), but these move it up to another level entirely.
October 29th, 2012
The Wicked Audio Solus street and DJ headphones are boxed to look the part – but how do they perform, and can any headphones really be very good at this price?
In the same ballpark as the hideously expensive but high quality Dr Dre models, the fashion-led Skullcandy brand, and the previously-reviewed sharply styled Aerial7 offerings, the Wicked Audio Solus Headphones are designed for street and for DJing, and specially for folk who don’t mind making a point of wearing them.
They’ve got DJ features alongside the urban feel – but in the case of the Wicked Audio Solus, they also have another desirable feature: A low price. So they question is, at this price point, are they good enough for the job?
October 19th, 2012
News & Opinion
The forthcoming V-Moda Crossfade M-100s will be available in three colours, and incorporate features suggested by users in a crowdsourcing phase of development…
V-Moda’s Crossfade LP2 are our preferred headphones here at Digital DJ Tips right now, so it was interesting to hear about this latest model in the Crossfade range, the M-100 – not least because the company claims their design has been “crowdsourced”, with user suggesting features online.
The Crossafe M-100s, available in three colours, have all the usual Crossfade military-standard design features, with replaceable Kevlar-reinforced cables and a choice of user-customisable faceplates. They fold up properly for easy storage and transport, too. But they also has a couple of unique features, which seem to be based around the addition of an extra lead socket.
October 18th, 2012
The Zomo HD-120 reviewed: a different take on DJ monitoring.
The Zomo HD-120 mono-stick headphone (or “monophone”) is something I reckon you’re either going to love, or hate. Setting aside the colour (there are several variations available), the very idea of DJing with just one ear is bound to polarise people.
I spent some time with it, including using it for a real DJ gig, in order to work out how practical it is and who might be interested in such a device. Today I’ve got a full review and a video talkthrough of the Zomo HD-120 – an unusual headphone indeed.
August 22nd, 2012
The Pioneer HDJ-1500s replace the ageing HDJ-1000s in Pioneer's range, bringing in some of the design aesthetic of both the HDJ-500s and the HDJ-2000s.
I guess it was only a matter of time following the introduction of the expensive but wonderful Pioneer HDJ-2000 headphones and the quirky, entry-level HDJ-500s that elements of both of those designs would surface in an updated mid-range model. So here’s our review of just that model, the new Pioneer HDJ-1500 DJ headphones.
While by no means cheap, the new HDJ-1500s take the overall design aesthetic of the HDJ-2000s, providing a less stratospherically pricey alternative for that headphone, and replacing the ageing HDJ-1000s in Pioneer’s range at the same time.
August 1st, 2012
The V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphones: Timeless yet contemporary, they are some of the most stylish headphones we've yet reviewed.
Headphones can become a bit of an obsession for DJs. After all, we’re rarely far from our headphones, and they share some of our best and worst times with us! If you’re one of those people for whom standard and predictable just won’t do, you’re may just want to take a look at the V-Moda Crossfade LP2, which we’re reviewing today.
Metal constructed, with a kind of timeless quality that is understated and stylish rather than brash and fashionable, the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 have an almost museum-piece quality. But how good are they once you crank them up? Let’s take a closer look and find out…
June 15th, 2012
Minimal, understated and distinctive, you'll probably either love or hate the AIAIAI TMA-1s.
We’ve been lucky enough to review some distinctive headphones recently, but none has taken our fancy aesthetically quite as much as the AIAIAI TMA-1s, which we’re looking at today.
Understated and minimal, these matt black, medium-sized phones from a design-led Danish company are light, durable and deliver great sound. Supplied with two cables (a DJ-style coiled cable and an iPhone-style straight version, complete with remote control / microphone) they could be the only headphones you ever need, covering DJing and street equally stylishly.
May 14th, 2012
The Ultrasone DJ1s: A well-rounded, great-sounding DJ headphone.But how do they compare to the 'Pros?
A couple of weeks ago we looked at the Ultrasone DJ1 Pro headphones, and ended up real liking them. We also promised that we’d cover their little brother, the DJ1, soon. Today we’re doing just that.
Both models are from a German company that only makes headphones, and so as we stated in the DJ1 Pro review, they are far from “me-too” headphones. So we can guess they’re going to be good. The question now is, exactly how good are these compared to their Pro counterparts, and which would suit the serious digital DJ best?
May 2nd, 2012
The Ultrasone DJ1 Pro headphones are high-end, audiophile phones with DJ sensibilities.
Headphones are, of course, to DJs what microphones are to singers – pretty much essential tools of the trade, even in this waveriding culture of ours. Thus we make no apologies for the number of headphones reviews that have appeared in, and continue to appear in, these pages.
Whenever you read our reviews of highly marketed headphone brands, you may notice that often, down in the comments, some reader quietly proclaims: “I’ve had my Ultrasones for years, and I wouldn’t use anything else.” The company seems to have built a name for itself among DJs by word of mouth more than anything else, so we’re pleased to have our first Ultrasones – the Ultrasone DJ1 Pro model – for review today.
April 16th, 2012
The XD2-53s now sport a screw-in detachable cable and a nifty new paint job.
Allen & Heath has recently updated its well regarded top-end DJ headphones, the XD-53s, with the new (and not altogether originally named) XD2-53s.
Apart from changing the colour (they’re now in a gun-metal finish), the company has also made the cable detachable, something most top DJ headphones tend to have nowadays. Let’s take a closer look and see how they perform.
April 11th, 2012
News & Opinion
The HDJ-1500s from Pioneer: they are sporting a new look from the company, which we rather like.
Pioneer has this week launched the HDJ-1500s, the latest model in its headphone range. Promising durability, better isolation and higher output than their predecessors, the HDJ-1000s, they also sport a rather stylish updated look.
While headlining professional-grade features and performance, this model is priced more affordably than Pioneer’s top end HDJ-2000s, with a European street price of £149/€189.
April 2nd, 2012
The Aerial 7 Tank Mondrian Headphones are styled for the street but claim bonafide DJ credentials. We find out in today's review if that's true...
Here are some headphones that definitely do things differently. They’ve got the features of DJ headphones, but street stylings – plus they try to be flexible enough to do well in both places.
The Mondrians we review here are one of the best-selling models in the Tank DJ-friendly range from Aerial7, a small LA-based company. However within the range there are many other designs to choose from. What they share in common is that they’re all radical, and they’re all radically different from each other. But of course, styling is no good if the headphones suck. So let’s have a look and see if they’re up to the job…
March 23rd, 2012
The Behringer HPX6000 is a value-priced DJ headphone that appears to tick all the right boxes. We put a pair through its paces in today's review...
One pair of new headphones on show at NAMM and now here at Musikmesse, the Behringer HPX6000s, really caught our eye – and today Behringer were able to loan us a pair to review.
We’re excited about them because they appear to tick every box for DJing – they’re lightweight, strong, have big drivers, a coiled and detachable lead, 1/8″ and 1/4″ plugs, seems well isolated, and also have a really cool matt black look. And the best bit? They are priced at just US$69/€69. Too good to be true? Let’s find out.
January 11th, 2012
Many of the rules of what constitutes a good pair of headphones go out of the window when it comes to choosing a pair for DJing.
Headphones should reproduce the sound accurately, right? They should be really comfortable worn for long times. They should envelope you in quality sound, getting you as close to the real thing as possible. Nothing else truly matters, does it?
Erm, well it turns out that for DJing, none of the above is really important. DJs have specific needs when it comes to headphones, and it pays to bear them in mind when you’re choosing your next pair…
January 9th, 2012
The Numark Red Wave headphones offer a lot for the cash - but how do they sound and feel? And how will they stand up to abuse from clumsy handed DJs?
There’s lots of choice in DJ headphones, especially at the budget-to-mid part of the market. Nowadays it is possible to find headphones that look similar to the pro models costing US$200 or more, but for well under US$100. That’s where the budget Numark Red Wave headphones fit it. To the untrained eye, they look no different to many far more expensive pairs.
Big, bold (they’re red, silver and shiny gloss black) and with a number of features that should appeal directly to many types of DJ, these therefore appear to be a good contender for those who can’t afford one of the higher-end models. Let’s take a closer look.
June 7th, 2011
The Denon DN-HP500S headphones are a white version of the black DN-HP500 model, designed for DJ and non-DJ usee.
The Denon DN-HP500 headphones (US$69 / £75 / €84) are an all-round DJ-friendly set of entry level ‘phones that are equally at home being used for DJ practice and out and about with an MP3 player as they are in the DJ booth. Now the company has released a white version of the same, the Denon DN-HP500S – review below.
We’re fans of compact DJ headphones here at Digital DJ Tips. We like them because it means you don’t necessarily need to own two pairs – the one pair can go loud enough for DJing, but be stylish and portable enough for the rest of your life.