Although the focus for a lot of DJs is on their controller, that’s just one part of the gear lineup. Another important task is choosing the best headphones for an optimal DJ experience. There are a lot of facets that should be considered when making this choice in DJ gear, so let’s take a look at the key considerations.
Why is comfort at the top of the list? Well, you likely will be wearing your headphones for many hours at a time, so you need a model that protects your hearing while also offering excellent padding and other comfort features. Look at headphones that include:
– Earpads: They should cover your entire ear and not press on them. You might even find models that have memory foam with cushy covers. Look for an option that allows you add replacement earpads.
– Weight: Try to find the lightest set you can that still offers all the features you want. Again, be thinking about long-term wear.
– Headband: You want one that is thick enough to be durable but not so thick it hurts your neck if you wear the headphones on your neck for long periods.
Yes, this is of key importance as well. DJ headphones are meant to transmit a wide range of frequencies, which makes them different from regular consumer earphones, which focus on fidelity. Think about:
– Speakers: Generally, the larger the speaker portion, the better transmission of the deepest bass.
– Input rating: The higher the input allowed, the less distortion you will hear at high volumes.
– Frequency range: Bigger isn’t always better, as human ears have a limited range.
– Insulation: You want a model that has a closed-back design so you won’t get a lot of external noise interfering with your ability to hear the tracks.
No matter where you are DJing, you likely will be taking off and putting on your headphones many times during the gig. You need a set that has swivel earpads so you can wear one off your ear to hear your track cues. Also be sure your get an adjustable headband and one that holds tightly enough to your head that one earpad won’t slip off when you move the other.
It may not be your biggest concern, but you’ll also want headphones that look good. Slim designs and cool color options may be things that appeal to you. Make sure you get a set that will fit nicely in your gear bag or that comes with a slim carrying case that doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Lightweight metals make for a better wearing experience, but they might not be as durable as you need them to be.
Many DJs prefer to use headphones that have coiled cables as they may be less likely to snag on other equipment. Be sure you have cords that are long enough to allow you free movement around your equipment without getting in the way. There are cordless models available as well.
The headphones you have in your DJ gear bag are a highly personal choice, but these key factors should help you decide on the best option for you.