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The 4 Best DJ Headphones - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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 635 headphones. Below, you'll find our top recommendations for the best DJ headphones that we've tested. Also, check out our recommendations for the best headphones for music, the best wired headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.


  1. Best DJ Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

    8.0
    Neutral Sound
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best DJ headphones 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 a variety of 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 too 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. That said, their design and versatile sound profile make them a good choice for DJs.

    See our review

  2. More Customizable Alternative: V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless

    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless Yes
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic Yes
    Transducer Dynamic

    If you want headphones that can reflect more of your style, you may prefer the V-MODA Crossfade 2 Wireless. Their audio delivery is more sensitive to fit and positioning than the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x, but they have a unique design and come in a few different color schemes. You can swap out the ear cup cushions and audio cable and even purchase customized ear plates with laser engravings or printed designs in different colors on the manufacturer's website. They're also similarly comfortable and well-built, with thick padding on the ear cups and a foldable frame. Their sound profile packs more thump and boom than the Audio-Technica's, though some may prefer this sound. Unlike other headphones on this list, they support Βluetooth, so you can use them wirelessly if you want. There's also a 1/8" TRRS included, meaning you can use them passively during shows.

    If you're looking for wired headphones with a more neutral sound, go for the Audio-Technica, but try the V-MODA if you want headphones with a customizable look or the option to use them wirelessly via Bluetooth.

    See our review

  3. Best DJ Headphones Under $100: Sony MDR-7506

    7.9
    Neutral Sound
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The Sony MDR-7506 are the best DJ headphones under $100 that we've tested. These over-ear headphones have a retro look and a decently comfortable fit, so you shouldn't experience much fatigue if you wear them during long sets. They have a coiled audio cable that can help prevent tangles and gives you about four feet of space to move around.

    Their sound profile is slightly v-shaped, so your audio has some extra thump, rumble, and punch, but the bass isn't overly exaggerated, and instruments and lead vocals are bright and sparkly. They also deliver sound consistently, so your listening experience doesn't vary too much based on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning. These budget-friendly headphones also come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter, so you can easily plug them into an amp or mixer.

    Unfortunately, while the headband is reinforced with metal, the headphones feel plasticky and a bit cheaply made overall. Also, while their closed-back design helps them block out some mid-range ambient noise like conversations, they have a poor overall noise isolation performance. That said, they're a solid choice if you're looking for affordable wired headphones with a well-balanced sound profile.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget DJ Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

    7.6
    Neutral Sound
    Type Over-ear
    Enclosure Closed-Back
    Wireless No
    Noise Cancelling No
    Mic No
    Transducer Dynamic

    The best DJ headphones in the budget category that we've tested are the Audio-Technica ATH-M20x. These wired headphones have a simple all-black design and a decently comfortable fit, with large ear cups and a lightweight design. They're also reasonably sturdy and breathable.

    They have a fairly well-balanced sound profile, with fantastic mid-accuracy that ensures instruments and lead vocals sound present and clear. Their bass response is also very neutral, so your mixes have the right amount of punch and warmth, although they lack a bit of low-bass. While you can't detach the audio cable, it's 10 feet long, so you have plenty of room to move around.

    Unfortunately, they have an underemphasized treble response, so sibilant sounds like cymbals and S and T sounds seem dull. Also, the cable that connects the ear cups is exposed, making it more prone to damage. Otherwise, they're a solid choice if you're looking for a decently well-balanced sound and don't want to spend too much.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • V-MODA Crossfade M-100: The V-MODA Crossfade M-100 are very well-built DJ headphones that are 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 M50x. However, most people will find the difference in quality makes the Audio-Technica 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. 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.

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

  3. Sep 02, 2021: Check our picks for accuracy and product availability. We haven't changed our picks.

  4. Aug 03, 2021: Checked picks to make sure they still represent the best recommendations, and that the products are in stock.

  5. Jun 15, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best DJ headphones to buy for most people 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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