August 1st, 2013
Styled in white, grey and flashes of blue, the bulky Numark Electrowaves certainly go for a bold look, that just screams ‘DJ!’…
Full Numark Electrowave headphones Review: Headphone opinions tend to be subjective, don’t they? And the Numark Electrowave headphones will certainly divide opinion on looks alone. In white and grey with flashes of blue, they have a kind of trance-meets-retro look, and they’re also really very big and bulky.
At the same time, they’re highly specced for DJs – big, isolating ear cups, fold up nice and small when not being worn, coiled and straight detachable cables, loud drivers, rugged build. So let’s find out how they stack up overall and put them through their paces…
June 4th, 2013
The Vestax HMX-05s are a simple, striking and practical design that are especially tempting when paired with Vestax’s own gear.
Looking for some Vestax headphones to match your Vestax DJ gear? The new Vestax HMX-05s are a smart, durable design with streetwise looks – and some decent DJ credentials tucked up their sleeve too.
They’re also practical, with a tangle-free detachable flat straight cable, a simple aesthetic, plus the ability to fold into their headband for easy stashing in your bag. Let’s take a closer look…
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.
July 20th, 2012
The Zomo HD-1200 DJ headphones: They look and feel exactly how a full-sized DJ headphone should - but how do they perform?
When it comes to DJ headphones, there is a “look” that we all instantly recognise, a look that say “DJ”. You know, I’m sure, what I’m thinking of: Chunky, logo’d headband; huge, hand-sized earcups; big, manly hinges; and tons of padding to make them comfortable despite their vice-like grip on your head. Throw in a coiled cable, and you’re just about there.
The Zomo HD-1200 DJ headphones, which we review here today, tick all the boxes. These really couldn’t be anything but “made for DJs”. So they look the part; but the question is, how good are they?
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 25th, 2012
They look like any other headphones, but they are completely unique to your ears, thanks to an ingenious custom fitting system.
Us DJs use headphones an awful lot. Whether in the club or outside of it, we have more need than most to be imbibing music whatever the situation. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve got through countless sets of headphones of all shapes and sizes over the years. I thought I’d seen (and heard) it all.
When a pair of Sonomax Eers PCS-150s arrived in our workshop for review, though, I had to revise that belief. These headphones promise complete custom fitting, in just a few minutes. That means they claim to be able to one-time self-adjust to completely fit the shape of your ears, providing an experience more akin to that provided by truly expensive custom-fitted earphones that involve visiting an audiologist for fitting and then waiting for them to be delivered – and considerable expense.
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.
February 21st, 2012
by Steven Williams
The Pioneer HDJ-2000 is a stylish headphone, befitting its price tag. but how does it perform?
If you’re serious about success as a DJ or already at the pinnacle of your career, you’ll already know that you can’t consider yourself a professional without a high quality set-up – and that includes professional headphones.
Some feel they’re probably the least important piece of the puzzle but on the contrary, they could be the difference between a good set and a perfect set. After all if you can’t properly hear what you’re doing in a club, you can hardly be expected to perform to your best.
January 22nd, 2012
News & Opinion
The Sennheiser Amperior headphones: Good for DJ booth, good for iPod too.
Here’s a pair of headphones that definitely cross the DJ/lifestyle divide, and which will – I predict – have many a style-conscious pro digital DJ reaching for their wallet. These are basically the legendary Sennheiser HD-25ii DJ headphones (trusted by DJs for as long as I can remember), given a paint job and some minor tweaks for the digital age.
Technically, they’re pretty much exactly the same as the HD-25s, save for one thing: More sensitivity.
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…