The Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5 is the entry-level model in the HDJ-X headphone range. It retains most of the look and feel of the other two models in the HDJ-X range, but with a smaller 40mm speaker driver and fewer accessories included. A good choice for budget-minded DJs who want something that looks slick and professional with decent sound.
First Impressions / Setting up
The most budget friendly option in the HDJ-X line, the HDJ-X5 may not have the clarity or handle the extreme frequency range its bigger brothers offer, it is still a good option for cash-strapped DJs and beginners who want something that looks pro without spending a lot.
To make it more affordable, Pioneer cut some corners in the construction and the HDJ-X5: the earpads on the cups feel a lot cheaper after trying out HDJ-X10, for example. Fortunately, the HDJ-X5 inherited some key features such as a detachable cable, foldability and most of the sound of its big brothers.
Wearing the HDJ-X5 feels a bit light on the head which can be a good thing during long sets. It feels pretty much what you would expect for a budget headphone.
The HDJ-X5 lacks the deeper bass found on the HDJ-X10 and HDJ-X7, and the highs aren’t are open. That said, the overall sound is decent for the price.
The good news is that the HDJ-X5 can still take a ton of abuse and is rugged enough to be used for DJ sets and parties.
Though it loses some of the standout features of the HDJ-X10 and HDJ-X7, the Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5 is still a good option for DJs on a budget. It’s one of the better headphones in its price range due to its extreme ruggedness and nice features such as its detachable cable, though if you’re a more experienced DJ looking for more, you’ll want to save up for at least the HDJ-X7.