Headphones - A DJ's Most Important Accessory
Despite being only a small element in your setup, headphones play a key role in the overall DJ experience. Everyone has their own approach, but a majority of DJ's spend a LOT of time cueing tracks using their headphones. Even when not in use, your headphones will be sitting on your shoulders whilst you inevitibly dance about to the absolute banger you just unleashed on the crowd (or do a small bop on the offbeat, each to their own). Choosing the right pair for you is worth taking time over. Let's take a look at some of your options
The Sennheiser HD25
has become somewhat of an 'industry standard' DJ headphone. Launched back in 1988, the HD25 was created for use in the broadcasting industry. They were comfortable, durable and did a very good job of reducing noise from the surrounding environment. When sound engineers got hold of them, the HD25 became a staple in the music industry as well. Fast forward 25 years and you can find the Sennheiser's accompanying a vast majority of DJ's, with their basic design making them almost a fashion accessory.
A huge benefit to the HD25's
is their durability. The travelling DJ can rely on them. You can do small repairs yourself on the road if neccessary and each part can be sourced from Sennheiser. Tonally, the headphones are particularly neutral. The sonic characteristics of the HD25's appeal to DJ's who also produce music and want a pair of headphones that kill two birds with one stone (but please don't actually throw them at birds).
Pioneer DJ Headphones
There a few options available when it comes to Pioneer's 'HDJ'
range of headphones. Depending on size, design and quality, Pioneer DJ have something for everyone.
As the closest alternative to the Sennheiser HD25, the Pioneer HDJ-S7
's are a comfortable pair of headphones that are built to withstand the DJ environment. The S7's are super flexible and have a more minimal design than others in the range. The parts are made of incredibly strong metal, leading to the headphones clearing the United States militiary shock test. Available in black or white, these headphones will fit nicely into most DJ setups!
Designed to handle high volumes without distortion, the Pioneer HDJ-X5
is the perfect entry level set of DJ headphones. As with all of the Pioneer HDJ range, the X5 has also passed militiary grade testing. At £89.00, the HDJ-X5 is the best offering at this price point. Whilst the X5's are larger than a lot of other DJ headphones, they feel comfortable and are a lot of people's preference over smaller headphones. For a bit more rigidity and comfort, then it is worth upgrading to the HDJ-X7
With a very similiar look to the X5 and X7, Pioneer DJ put a lot of hidden extras in the HDJ-X10
. Primarily, the materials used to construct the X10's are of the highest standard. The ear pads are made with a high quality leather, and the rest of the design uses a special nano coating to stop sweat and dirt from deteriorating them, which is a first in the DJ market. Another first is how they reproduce sound, with a frequency range of 5Hz to 40kHz.
All of these headphones are available to purchase via our website