Last updated: August 7, 2021

Our method

7Products analysed

21Hours spent

6Evaluated articles

30User reviews

DJ headphones are known for their excellent sound and smooth compatibility with audio software. They should not be missing in professional equipment for studio recordings, productions or DJ sessions. With them, sounds can be cleanly distinguished and processed.

This DJ headphone test 2021 first presents 6 different product favourites, then clarifies the purchase and evaluation criteria and finally answers the most frequently asked questions about the topic - so that you can go into the purchase of your DJ headphones well informed and no question remains unanswered.




Summary

  • DJ headphones are over-ear headphones in artist quality. They allow you to work professionally with music because they have a particularly fine and clean sound. To get high quality, you don't necessarily have to choose the most expensive model - it's worth testing them in a specialist shop.
  • The folding function of the ear cup serves to expose one ear during work. This allows the user to work in a relaxed manner and interact with the environment at the same time. This is especially practical for DJ sessions and studio recordings.
  • DJ headphones are available with several additional functions. Some have a microphone to record audio; others are Bluetooth-enabled and do not require any cables at all. Bluethooth headphones allow flexible and free working without the cable becoming brittle. This in turn increases the lifespan of the headphones enormously.

The best DJ Headphones: Our Picks

DJ Headphones: Buying and Evaluation Criteria

Here is an overview of the most important buying and evaluation criteria that you should know before buying DJ headphones.

These are sound quality, volume, wearing comfort and the interchangeability of the cable. Not all headphones offer all criteria equally well, so you should know them all.

Sound quality

Sound quality is probably the most important criterion for professional DJ headphones. Especially when you work with music, it is important that the sound is undistorted and clean. This way, nothing can stand in the way of professional production and editing of and with music, and you will be able to deliver equally clean work.

It is important that the bass is deep and rich, but not overdriven. Likewise, the treble should be clean and pleasant and not noisy. Note that the sound quality of your headphones will affect the final edited product - the way you hear it through your headphones is the way you will edit and treat it.

The louder the sound, the better you will hear how clear and clean it is. In many specialist shops it is possible to test models.

It is recommended that you try out the headphones and test them with different sounds. If you have the opportunity, you should audition bass, treble and bass extensively and also vary the volume.

Volume

Volume goes hand in hand with sound quality. It is important that the sound does not distort as it gets louder or softer. Even if it is very quiet, it should still be clear and clean. Headphones at the highest volume should not hiss or hum. Again, trial and error is very important.

The maximum volume should always meet health standards.

For professional work with DJ headphones, a particularly high volume is practical but not necessary. The sound should be loud enough so that you can accurately analyse the cleanliness of the sounds - but the eardrums should not be constantly endangered.

A sensitive volume setting can also be very helpful when working professionally with music. The best way to do this is to use a volume wheel to turn, or an appropriate music programme. It should be possible to optimally complement the volume of the headphones with the programme used.

Wearing comfort

Comfort is indispensable, especially when using the headphones for long periods. Long DJ or recording sessions can literally go on your ears if the headphones are uncomfortable or too tight, pinch or scratch. Large ear cushions fully enclose the ears and also provide noise cancellation.

If the ear cushions are too small, the ears can hurt after a short time....

Ideally, DJ headphones should have large and soft ear pads that completely enclose the ears and do not press on the head. The headband should always be adjustable in size so that it is not too short or too long.

If it is too long, the ear pads cannot rest properly and will hang down. Here, too, it is advisable to try them on, or at least compare your own head measurements with the specified headphone measurements.

Replaceability of the cable

Removing the cable can be a very useful addition if you transport the headphones a lot. During transport or incorrect storage, the cables kink and become brittle after a while - this leads to cable breakage and poor sound quality. To avoid this, some headphones have the feature that their cables can be detached. This allows them to be stored and transported separately.

This feature is not a must, but very helpful for frequent transport and relocation of the headphones. The life of the headphones can be drastically increased if the delicate cables are replaceable and detachable. If the cables become brittle, they can be easily replaced instead of having to dispose of the entire headphones. Replacing only the cables can be cheaper than buying new headphones.

DJ Headphones: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

This guide answers the most frequently asked questions about DJ headphones so that you can go into the purchase of your headphones well informed.

If you want to work professionally with music, you need high-quality headphones. DJ headphones are adapted to these standards and convince with a clean sound. (Image source: Andrés Medina / Unsplash)

First, we will clarify for whom DJ headphones are suitable, how they are to be used, and then where you can buy them or corresponding alternatives.

Who are DJ headphones suitable for?

DJ headphones convince with a very high sound quality and thus enable professional work with music. This makes them particularly suitable for people who produce or edit music professionally. This includes DJs, of course, but also guitarists, drummers, pianists and many other instruments that can be recorded electronically.

If you also want the best over-ear sound in your private life, then DJ headphones are the right choice for you. The sound of these DJ headphones is usually of artist quality.

High quality is also required for editing music so that clean work can be done. What you hear through the headphones is what you will edit. So the quality of your headphones has a direct influence on your work. If the sound is clear, you will be able to process it more clearly. DJ headphones are specially designed for professional work, but they are also suitable for private use.

What types of DJ headphones are there?

As mentioned in the buying guide, there are different types of DJ headphones. Here is a brief description of all types to help you keep track of them:

Type Description
DJ headphones with Bluetooth These headphones are wireless and allow freedom of movement during use. Only charging is done via a cable and can take up to 5h.
DJ headphones with cable These headphones are connected to the device with a cable and do not need to be charged.
DJ headphones as hybrid These headphones have a detachable cable and are Bluetooth compatible. You can decide individually whether you want to plug them in or use them wirelessly.
DJ headphones with microphone These headphones have an additional microphone and thus become a headset. In addition to good sound quality, you now have the option of transmitting audio to a device or communicating with others.
Foldable DJ headphones Here the ear cups are foldable and rotatable. This is particularly practical if the headphones have to be used with only one ear while the other ear has to perceive the environment.

There are headphones that integrate all or many of these functions in one. It's best to find out what you need for your work.

How much do DJ headphones cost?

DJ headphones can vary greatly in price. The decisive factors are sound quality and additional functions.

Type Price range
With Bluetooth 30-200€
With cable 30-200€
As hybrid 30-90€
With microphone 30-50€
Foldable 30-50€

Of course, there is hardly any upper price limit. If you want the best sound quality, you have to expect a higher price than for an all-round model.

How do I connect DJ headphones?

For DJ headphones with a cable, you need to check whether your desired device has a 3.5 or a 6.35 audio connection. Many headphones already come with both connections, so you can decide more freely. If the headphones only have one of the two connections, you must first check which devices you want to connect.

The connection is made via the jack socket, which is usually marked. Computers and audio devices usually have their jack socket marked with a headphone symbol. It is not necessary to install the headphones to use them. However, if you want to use a programme for recording or editing music, it may be necessary to connect the headphones to it first.

DJ headphones can be easily connected to the respective device via plug-in. This can be a recording device or an electronic musical instrument. (Image source: Soundtrap / Unsplash)

DJ headphones with Bluetooth are not plugged in, but selected in the Bluetooth menu of the device. To do this, you have to activate the Bluetooth search of the device and select your headphones there. They will be installed and connected immediately and can be used.

What are the alternatives to DJ headphones?

An alternative to DJ headphones are headphones that do not officially have DJ quality, but still come very close to the sound quality.

Alternative Description
Over-ear headphones without DJ quality Here the price ranges vary greatly depending on the sound quality. Even if they are not officially DJ headphones, the quality does not have to be inferior.
(Gaming) Headsets Headsets can have very good sound quality and also have a microphone. Different price ranges promise different levels of quality in sound and audio recording. Headsets are usually associated with gaming and are also usually sold as gaming headsets.
In-ear headphones The only difference with over-ear headphones is that in-ear headphones sit in the ears and offer absolute noise cancellation and therefore full sound. These may also have a built-in microphone.

The biggest decision in the alternative is probably whether the headphones should be over-ear or in-ear. Both variants have their advantages and disadvantages, including wearing comfort.

Conclusion

DJ headphones are worthwhile for people who work professionally with music. This can be in DJ sessions or in studio productions. They can be connected to electronic musical instruments as well as to everyday and work devices with audio outputs.

DJ headphones have a particularly clean sound so that working with music can be as precise as possible. DJ headphones also have the function that the ear cups can be folded outwards so that one ear can lie free.

If you want to work professionally with music, you can't get around quality headphones. With DJ headphones, you are always on the safe side, but qualitative alternatives with or without a microphone can also meet the quality requirements. The price ranges here vary widely and models can be tried out in a specialist shop. This is particularly recommended to ensure that the sound and wearing comfort are satisfactory.

Photo source: Sudjai/ 123rf.com

Reviews