Over To You: Best DJ Headphones Under $150?

Phil Morse | Founder & Tutor
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Last updated 10 April, 2018


The Pioneer HD1000 comes in at this price point, but there are many choices – the important thing is to know what you’re looking for.

Digital DJ Tips forum member DJ NSHYAP writes: “Could you please advise which would be the best headphones for DJing, taking into consideration noise cancellation, durability (not too plastic), weight (not too heavy), bass, and price (within $150)?”

Digital DJ Tips says:

There are dozens of possible purchases. Rather than advise a specific model here (which is highly personal, with looks, fit, sound etc. all to be decided by you), here are the important things to look out for (we’ll ask our readers to recommend models below):

As far a “noise cancellation” goes, this is actually an active technology and not used in DJ headphones. really what you’re looking for is noise isolation, which simply means good padding and a closed back design (that last bit is important).

As far as durability goes, the main thing to remember is that you get what you pay for, but also the place most headphones break is the coupling between the earcups and the headband, so pay particular attention to that.

Weight? Not really an issue, more important is that they sit nicely round your neck when you’re not wearing them on your ears (as DJ headphones tend to live there quite a lot). And any decent headphones should have enough bass for mixing. you may want to look at how they fold up, for transporting them, too.

Search for “DJ headphones” on our site or on your favourite shopping site for ideas, but always best to see and try them in person if you can – as we say, they’re highly personal choice.

So, over to you: What headphones would you recommend to our reader for under US$150? Any to avoid? Please let us know your experiences in the comments below,

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