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    DJ NShyap

    Could you please advise which would be the best Headphone for DJing, taking into consideration the following:

    a. Loud Noise of the Club/Discotheque’s Speakers (Noise Cancellation),
    b. Durability (not too plastic)
    c. Weight (not too heavy)
    d. Bass Effect (of the cue music to be able to listen)
    e. Price is one of the main factors πŸ™ For being a beginner could you please advise for headphones which are within $150.00
    f. Any other important factors for DJing…

    I have checked for Sennheiser HD 215 and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, but I am confused reading the reviews on Noise Cancellation so I need your kind advise if you could kindly advise me on any Headphones you know that are good for Mixing/DJing on Clubs with loud Club-speakers running on the backyard..

    Thank you very much for your time and advice πŸ™‚

    • This topic was modified 5 years, 7 months ago by DJ NShyap.
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    sonds good to me

    DJ Vintage

    Hi, first of all, nobody can recommend headphones. Everyone’s head is different and everybody has a different set of features they are looking for. For example, if you wear earplugs in the booth (some of us do), then noise cancellation (or better insultation) is not really important. By the way, true noise cancellation is an active technique, which requires batteries for example.

    a) See above. Might consider in-ears
    b) Sennheiser HD25, indestructible. They are ON-ear, so might not fit your criteria under a)
    c) See b)
    d) Highly personal, can’t comment
    e) forget the HD25s, although they are going down in price a bit, they are still a bit above 150 dollars

    For cheap (backup) you should get a set of Sennheiser HD201s. At 20 dollars they are the best buy of the century. If you want to buy your headphones for forever, maybe save up two more months and get HD25s.

    Or search the forum and read the blog. Lots of information on DJ headphones.

    DJ NShyap

    Thank you very much for such valuable information, DJ Vintage.. It was so kind of you πŸ™‚

    I will definitely look into those two headphones and the forum for more details πŸ™‚

    Could you please advise if I can also check Sennheiser HD 215 and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro as well.. ??

    Thank you once again…

    DJ Vintage

    I don’t think the HD215 is really suitable for DJ-ing, but that is my personal opinion. The HD280Pro I have only used once I think and as memory serves I found it to be relatively big. And since I don’t like big, that one wasn’t for me.

    Todd Oddity

    a. Loud Noise of the Club/Discotheque’s Speakers (Noise Cancellation)

    I think you mean sound isolation, not noise cancellation. As Vintage mentioned, noise cancellation is an active process that is not at all appropriate for a set of booth monitor headphones. Sound isolation refers to how much background sound bleeds in to your ear from the surrounding room.

    Nik Howard

    I like my Urban Ears Zinken, fits your criteria. Rrp is Β£120 but if you shop around you can get them much less. Also they are really good imho.

    DJ NShyap

    Thank you very much everyone πŸ™‚ You all were very helpful πŸ™‚

    God Bless….


    Checkout V-moda Crossfade LP2. I’ve had mine for 3+ years now and listen to music for most of my day (2-12 hours). They are noise-isolating and sound really good, also really durable.

    Luke Butzen

    Yeah, I’d say just dig around Ebay and look up reviews on websites. (Preferably this one πŸ˜‰ ) I bought a pair of brand new AIAIAI TMA 1s for 100$USD and other than the dreaded headband issue, (Which AIAIAI replaced with barely any questions) I’ve been more than happy with. The fact they’re tuned for Electronic music has also stopped me from wearing them full time which is probably a good thing as I’m rough on headphones. Otherwise, I get to keep using my pads & cord if I decide to do the TMA 2 to save me some $ while I buy ’em piece by piece.

    Best of luck though with whatever you find that works though!

    DJ NShyap

    Thank you very much for the advise…
    I am going to wear a Customised Ear Plugs of around $40.00.
    However would you suggesy if I should go for Active Noise Cancellation Headphones.
    My budget is max $250

    I was looking for
    **Audio Technica ANC9
    **Audio Technica ANC7B SVIS noise Cancellation
    **HD25(as earlier suggested, checked and found there are many versions of it. Nor sure which one to choose)

    I want one OVER THE EAR headphone which will help me to mix songs if the main speakers are installed behind me….

    Pleasr advise…


    Active Noise Cancellation does not work especially well in a DJ setting.. What you want is Passive Noise Isolation instead – where the physical headphones stop the sound from coming in rather than some computer trickery which can degrade the sound quality.

    If you want Over-Ear headphones, don’t get the HD25’s as they are On-Ear..

    And I would hope that you would never have the main speakers behind you.. That’s not going to make your life easy at all..


    DJ NShyap

    Thank you very much DJ bob6397 πŸ™‚ let me change my options then… πŸ™‚

    DJ NShyap

    Like you suggested Active Noise Reduction Headphones are not suitable for live DJ performances, Can you please help me to decide on any of the following Passive Noise Reduction Headphone:

    Audio Technica ATH-M50x,

    Audio Technica ATH-A500x,

    Senheiser HD 280 Pro

    or anything that is better Over Ear Headphone..

    Thank you πŸ™‚


    I cannot recommend any further than what has been said already.. What you need to do is go and try some on, for comfort and for sound and see which pair is best for you..

    Personally, I use Audio Technica M40X’s which are great – they sound good and the isolation is decent.. The M50 has better isolation (which I have found out after buying mine) but not by much..

    All of those three are good pairs of headphones.. Pick the best one for you by trying them out..


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