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The 4 Best DJ Headphones - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best DJ Headphones

Every DJ has a unique blend of equipment - some prefer a classic, old-school analog setup, while others favor a more modern, digital approach. Whether your setup revolves around a turntable or a tablet, you always need a good pair of headphones.

A solid pair of closed-back studio headphones will generally be a decent option, but you'll want to look out for a couple of things in particular. The best DJ headphones have either swiveling ear cups or a flexible headband so you can monitor your set from one ear and the club's mix with the other. A long, coiled cable will help you move around freely on stage, and if it's replaceable, you can swap it on the spot if it breaks during a set. You'll also want headphones with good noise isolation so that you can focus on the crowd one moment and line up your mix the next.

While we've yet to test some of the more popular and iconic DJ headphones from brands like Pioneer and Cymatics, we've still tested over 675 headphones. Below, you'll find our top headphone recommendations for DJs. Also, check out our recommendations for the best headphones for music, the best wired headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.

  1. Best DJ Headphones

    The best headphones for DJs that we've tested are the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. These over-ear headphones have a lightweight, well-padded design that should make them comfortable to wear during long sets. Their ear cups can swivel, making it easier to keep tabs on the venue's mix.

    Their sound profile is fairly neutral, making it suitable for different genres, although the low-bass response is slightly exaggerated, so music has some extra thump and rumble. Their all-black design isn't too eye-catching, so they shouldn't stand out much, even if you're playing at a more subdued venue. Their audio cable is also detachable, which is nice because you don't need to replace the headphones if it's damaged. If you prefer a wireless design, there's also a Βluetooth variant of these headphones called the Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT.

    Unfortunately, they have a poor noise isolation performance, so they aren't ideal if you're looking for headphones to help isolate you from ambient noise. They're also not very portable and only come with a soft pouch to store them in, which doesn't protect them as much as a hard case. Their design and versatile sound profile make them a good choice for DJs.

    See our review

  2. More Customizable Alternative

    If you want headphones that you can customize to reflect your style, you may prefer the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless. These headphones deliver sound less consistently than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, so it's more important to take the time to adjust their fit and positioning to get the same sound each time you wear them. However, their appearance is more customizable. You can get them in a few different colors, replace the earcup cushions and audio cables, and even buy ear plates with custom engravings or patterns from the manufacturer's website. They have a more bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra thump and boom to mixes, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. Unlike other headphones on this list, you can use them wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired with the included 1/8" TRRS cable.

    If you're looking for headphones with a more neutral sound profile, go for the Audio-Technica, but try the V-MODA instead if you want to personalize your headphones' appearance or want the option to use them wirelessly.

    See our review

  3. Best DJ Headphones Under $100

    The Sony MDR-7506 are the headphones for DJs under $100 that we've tested. These over-ear headphones have a retro look and a long coiled cable that helps prevent tangles when you're moving around. They're not too heavy and have a decently comfortable fit, meaning you can wear them for hours at a time without much fatigue.

    They have a somewhat v-shaped sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and boom to your audio. Instruments and lead vocals are bright, present, and clear. They also have good frequency response consistency, so their sound doesn't depend too much on the headphones' fit and positioning on your head. The included 1/8" to 1/4" adapter lets you plug them into an amp or mixer.

    Unfortunately, they have a disappointing noise isolation performance, although their closed-back design helps them block out some mid-range noise like ambient chatter. They also don't have the most stable fit, so they could fall off your head if you make exaggerated movements. If you're looking for DJ headphones at a budget-friendly price, these are worth considering.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget DJ Headphones

    The best budget-friendly headphones for DJs that we've tested are the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x. These wired over-ear headphones have a decently comfortable fit and don't clamp onto your head too tightly. They have a simple all-black design and are fairly sturdy and breathable.

    Their sound profile is reasonably well-balanced, with a very accurate mid-range response that ensures lead instruments and vocals sound present and clear. They also have a very neutral bass response, so your audio has punch and warmth, although they lack some low-bass. The 10-foot audio cable isn't detachable but gives you plenty of room to move around.

    Unfortunately, their underemphasized treble response makes sibilant sounds, like cymbals, seem dull. Also, the cable connecting the ear cups is exposed at points, making it easier to damage. Otherwise, they're worth considering if you want reasonably well-balanced sound at a budget-friendly price.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • V-MODA Crossfade M-100: The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are very well-built DJ headphones, worth considering if you like their style and premium look, but they're getting harder to find in stock. See our review
  • 1More Triple Driver: The 1More Triple Driver are wired headphones and aren't a bad option for DJs that prefer in-ears, thanks to their neutral sound profile. However, they have sub-par noise isolation, and their design means you can't swivel an ear cup to monitor the mix. See our review
  • AKG K371: The AKG K371 are well-balanced over-ear headphones with a unique swiveling design that some DJs might appreciate. Some people don't find them as comfortable, and they tend to reproduce audio inconsistently across different users. See our review
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M40x: The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x are a cheaper alternative to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x. However, most people will find the difference in quality makes the M50x worth the extra couple of bucks. See our review
  • Shure SRH 440: The Shure SRH 440 have a fairly neutral sound profile but lack low bass. Unlike the Sony MDR-7506, they're also prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 05, 2022: Updated text and checked product picks for accuracy and availability.

  2. Mar 09, 2022: Verified that the recommendations represent the best picks in their categories and that the products are available.

  3. Feb 08, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

  4. Dec 20, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available. There were no changes to the recommendations.

  5. Nov 01, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best headphones for DJs in each price range. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for closed-back headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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