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DJ Headphones: Juno Plus Ultimate Buyer's Guide

In this ultimate buyer's guide to DJ headphones, Juno Plus experts have tested and reviewed every major model on the market. We've given each set of headphones in the list a rating out of five; these ratings take into account quality of sound, comfort, durability and price. The headphones have been divided into three price brackets and come replete with all the specifications you need, making it easier for you to find the perfect pair within your budget.

AIAIAI TMA1

Precise frequency response, simplistic design, included replaceable parts and stealthy looks make these a winning choice for DJs.

£150.00 Buy   Read more

AKG K181

The rubberised, tactile feel of these headphones is pleasing, and they feature a unique 270 degree pivot that adds comfort in a range of monitoring styles. The sound quality and isolation is excellent, and the stereo/mono switch is definitely useful for split cue monitoring. A coiled cable would have been nice, though this is available as an optional extra.

£108.99 Buy   Read more

Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53

As one would expect from Allen & Heath, these headphones have superb sound quality with extended bass response and excellent isolation. A metal reinforced adjustable headband and replaceable parts will ensure their durability.

£139.00 Buy   Read more

Audio Technica ATHPRO700 Mk2

Clear, well-defined trebles, rich bass response and good isolation coupled with adjustability and comfort.

£149.00 Buy   Read more

Denon DNHP1000

As soon as you pick these up you can tell they're a sturdy proposition, and the sound is as rock solid as you'd expect, with full swivel capabilities to match.

£149.00 Buy   Read more

Denon DNHP700

All told, the average ear would be hard pressed to tell the difference between these and their bigger brother the HP1000s - aside from their more compact frame, they're still the same rock solid pair of headphones.

£133.87 Buy   Read more

Hercules HDP DJ Pro M1001

The sound is excellent, and the build quality rock solid, with marshmallow soft ear cups, though the rotating cup design feels slightly loose - perhaps not the best for butterfingered DJs.

£116.99 Buy   Read more

Ortofon O-One

These tough, rugged headphones certainly feel the part, and they provide a comfy listening experience and big sound for DJing and listening alike, though the shiny earcup branding is a little conspicuous.

£143.99 Buy   Read more

Pioneer HDJ1000

The HDJ1000s offer excellent sound isolation and clarity, a 90 degree swivel mechanism for different monitoring styles as well as a convenient mono/stereo switch for single ear use and exchangeable cables and ear pads.

£124.16 Buy   Read more

Pioneer HDJ1500

The new sound isolation chamber technology on the HDJ-1500s produces warm bass, defined mid and detailed high frequencies, all within a well isolated design. The swivel ear cups are reinforced with lightweight magnesium alloy hinges, which are suitable for frequent use. The detachable cable and carry case round off a pair of headphones that will quite rightly prove to be very popular.

£148.99 Buy   Read more

Pioneer HDJ2000

Pioneer are renowned for their professional DJ products, and these certainly complement the range very well. Excellent sound quality and isolation, comfortable, and offer replaceable parts, though the price tag is a little hefty.

£249.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop RHP20

These gorgeous, sturdy, aluminium and rubber headphones are easily some of the most comfortable you are likely to wear, though the cushioning does seem to muffle the bass somewhat, and the rotary ear cup may put off those looking for a classic swivel function.

£120.00 Buy   Read more

Sennheiser HD25 C II

The industry standard for many years thanks to their detailed sound reproduction, comfort, replaceable parts and fair price tag: a definite favourite in the Juno offices.

£159.00 Buy   Read more

Sennheiser HD280 Pro

Closed-back headphones from the ever reliable Sennheiser. The excellent isolation makes these cans suited to DJing in noisy clubs.

£103.75 Buy   Read more

Shure SRH750

Shure can be relied on for good sound quality and these don't disappoint; replaceable parts will also ensure these accompany you to gigs for years to come, and the locking cable is a nice touch.

£109.00 Buy   Read more

Skullcandy Mix Master Mike

Straight out of the box, these ooze quality. The pressure formed case offers great protection while and the stitched encore ear pads were one of the most comfortable when tested at Juno HQ. The sound quality and isolation is excellent and the rugged construction of ABS, steel and aluminium feels solid. An ambidextrous cable that fits in both the left and right earcup with optional remote and replaceable parts round off the design very nicely.

£167.99 Buy   Read more

Technics RPDH1200

Offering great isolation and very detailed sound across all frequencies, the RP-DH1200s excel in loud environments. Although a little heavy, they have well designed swivelling ear cups for different monitoring styles.

£117.25 Buy   Read more

Technics RPDJ1210/1200

These headphones offer superb sound quality, have fully adjustable swivelling ear cups, and are very comfortable. They are designed to meet the needs of the professional DJ and do so with ease.

£117.99 Buy   Read more

Ultrasone DJ1

The Ultrasone DJ1s have similar specifications to the DJ1 Pro, except they have more elliptical ear cups which aren't quite as comfortable as the Pro model. They don't feature a detachable cable, but do come with a soft carry case. Performance-wise they are more than capable, delivering a full and detailed sound from the S-Logic Surround Sound technology.

£119.00 Buy   Read more

Ultrasone DJ1 Pro

One of the few headphones in this list that sit over the ear as opposed to on the ear, the Ultrasone DJ1 Pros provide a 3-D listening experience. This allows you to monitor at lower volumes, and therefore reduces ear fatigue on long mixing sessions. These really do sound superb; they have great isolation, clear separation between the low, mid and high frequencies, and are comfortable to wear. Recommended.

£159.00 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour Freq.
range
(Hz)
Imp. (Ohms) Max.
input (mW)
SE RP Sens. (dB/
mW)
Weight (g) Coiled /
straight
cable
Cable (m) DC 3.5mm jack 6.3mm jack FD Closed Driver (mm) Carry case
AIAIAI TMA1
£150.00 BK 20-20K 32 110 190 Both 1.5 40
AKG K181
£108.99 BK+SL 5-30K 42 3500 120 280 Coiled 2
Allen & Heath Xone XD2-53
£139.00 GM 5-33K 36 3500 105 350 Coiled 1.2 53
Audio Technica ATHPRO700 Mk2
£149.00 BK 5-35K 38 3500 106 305 Both 3 53
Denon DNHP1000
£149.00 BK/SL 3500 320 Coiled 53
Denon DNHP700
£133.87 BK 10-30K 38 1700 100 275 Coiled 1.2 40
Hercules HDP DJ Pro M1001
£116.99 BK/BL 5-30K 32 107 323 Coiled 3 50
Ortofon O-One
£143.99 BK+R 10-22K 40 112 295 Both 3 50
Pioneer HDJ1000
£124.16 5-30K 40 3500 107 270 Coiled 1.2 50
Pioneer HDJ1500
£148.99 SL 5-30K 40 3500 285 Coiled 3 50
Pioneer HDJ2000
£249.00 BK/SL 5-30K 36 3500 107 290 Coiled 1.2 50
Reloop RHP20
£120.00 BK/SL 3-30K 25 3000 110 270 Coiled 3
Sennheiser HD25 C II
£159.00 BK 16-22K 70 120 140 Coiled 3
Sennheiser HD280 Pro
£103.75 BK/SL 8-25K 64 500 102 220 Coiled 1
Shure SRH750
£109.00 BK/SL 5-30K 32 3000 106 227 Both 3 50
Skullcandy Mix Master Mike
£167.99 BK 20-20K 100 283 Coiled 4 50
Technics RPDH1200
£117.25 BK/SL 5-30K 3500 435 Coiled 3 50
Technics RPDJ1210/1200
£117.99 BK/SL 5-30K 32 1500 106 230 Coiled 3 41
Ultrasone DJ1
£119.00 10-22K 32 104 285 Coiled 3 50
Ultrasone DJ1 Pro
£159.00 BK/W 10-22K 64 102 295 Both 3 50
Prices correct at time of publishing.

Allen & Heath Xone XD40

Like their bigger brother, the XD-40s offer superb sound quality and isolation. The low end doesn't extend as much but that is to be expected given the smaller drivers. The clarity is excellent and the frequencies are well balanced. They are lightweight and comfortable, have a metal reinforced headband for durability and are well suited to small bar and club DJing.

£73.99 Buy   Read more

Denon DNHP500

Feeling much like the Allen & Heath Xone 40, these are the perfect solution for those needing some compact headphones that won't let you down in a jam.

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Hercules HDP DJAdv G501

The bold, stiff design may not be to everyone's taste, but the isolating earphones allow full appreciation of the strong bass response, while the ambidextrous audio input cable will find favour with left-handed DJs.

£89.49 Buy   Read more

KRK KNS6400

Despite the light, matt plastic finish, the 6400s feel sturdy, and are extremely comfortable to wear and the detachable cord is a plus. The mid-range response is excellent, although the bass may lack punch for those who need it.

£84.00 Buy   Read more

Numark Red Wave

Although these chunky, bright headphones don't have the most mature of designs, they're certainly solid with nicely cushioned earpads. However, the bass, although strong might lack a little definition for some, though you won't have trouble picking out hi-hats in a mix. A good all-round performer for the price.

£59.00 Buy   Read more

Pioneer HDJ500T

Whilst the bass from the HDJ-500s is undeniably beefy, the lack of earcup swivel may put off those wanting to DJ with them - however the microphone attachment makes them much more versatile than your average DJ headphones.

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Prodipe Pro800

A hefty, plastic design which isn't as ergonomic or comfortable as other models in this price range. Retains a good overall frequency response and effective isolation.

£55.00 Buy   Read more

Reloop RH3500 Pro MkII

Great sound for this price, combined with comfort and effective isolation. The replaceable parts (which include straight and coiled cables, two sets of earpads and a carry bag) make these headphones a good mid-range choice.

£54.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop RHP10

Solid design with an extremely robust aluminium bar for durability, excellent isolation, detailed sound (although a little bright and lacking in the low end), replaceable parts (including spare ear pads and carry case), and a rubberised paint finish. Nice.

£70.00 Buy   Read more

Sennheiser HD25 SP II

The industry standard headphone, with superb sound quality and isolation, replaceable parts, lightweight and comfortable to wear. Great headphones for the money.

£94.99 Buy   Read more

Shure SRH550

Good sound quality and isolation, with nice big cups for on-the-shoulder monitoring.

£79.00 Buy   Read more

Sony MDRV500 DJ

These lack low end punch, but in general a well spec'd headphone, which is comfortable and fit for purpose. Well worth considering.

£60.05 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ PRO 2000

Respectable sound reproduction from the 50mm drivers, and flexible ear cups allow for easy positioning. However, the jack adaptors are clearly an afterthought, opting for a curiously awkward 6.3-3.5mm adaptor, rather than the standard configuration.

£59.00 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ PRO 3000

A classic design with wide frequency response, excellent isolation and comfort. The quirky features (including HP/LP filters, "Cool Blue LEDs" on the ear cups, and the annoying 6.35mm to 3.5mm jack) don't really add anything of merit to their feature set.

£69.00 Buy   Read more

Wesc Bass Unisex

Nice and original design, though the ear cups don't swivel for on-shoulder monitoring and the sound is quite "boxy" - lacking low end punch and high end detail.

£65.52 Buy   Read more

Zomo HD1200

With their shiny, plasticky finish with faux velour earpads, you might feel like you're in a tacky 70s disco club, but there's no denying their comfort or their strong bass response - though the highs and mids can sound sludgy.

£74.99 Buy   Read more

Zomo Mono Stick HD120

The concept of the mono stick is not going to be for everyone, but if you want to make a statement, this is the way to go. Its rubber grip will certainly not fail you in the usability stakes, but the high range frequencies and loss of stereo imaging simply don't feel sharp enough to justify buying this over a good pair of normal headphones.

£58.99 Buy   Read more

Zumreed ZHP015 X2 Hybrid

These promise to fulfil the role of headphones and portable speakers, but frankly fail in both applications. They are very heavy and uncomfortable, and the sound leaves a lot to be desired. Avoid.

£85.25 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour Freq.
range
(Hz)
Imp. (Ohms) Max.
input (mW)
SE RP Sens. (dB/
mW)
Weight (g) Coiled /
straight
cable
Cable (m) DC 3.5mm jack 6.3mm jack FD Closed Driver (mm) Carry case
Allen & Heath Xone XD40
£73.99 BK 15-28K 48 1300 103 230 Coiled 1.2 40
Denon DNHP500
£79.00 BK/SL+W 15-28K 48 1300 102 150 Coiled 1.2 40
Hercules HDP DJAdv G501
£89.49 BK/GR 10-25K 32 102 306 Coiled 2 50
KRK KNS6400
£84.00 BK 10-22K 36 1000 95 202 Straight 2.5 40
Numark Red Wave
£59.00 BK/SL 15-20K 24 98 276 50
Pioneer HDJ500T
£79.00 5-28K 45 2000 105 195 Coiled 1.2 40
Prodipe Pro800
£55.00 BK 20-20K 45 2000 104 396 4.5
Reloop RH3500 Pro MkII
£54.99 BK 3-25K 32 500 107 410 Both 3
Reloop RHP10
£70.00 BK/M/CH/BR 3-30K 24 300 109 246 Coiled 3
Sennheiser HD25 SP II
£94.99 30-16K 60 114 115 Straight 1.5
Shure SRH550
£79.00 5-22K 32 3000 109 235 Both 2 50
Sony MDRV500 DJ
£60.05 BK 10-25K 24 1000 102 225 Coiled 3 40
Stanton DJ PRO 2000
£59.00 BK/SL 20-30K 64 500 107 250 Coiled 3 50
Stanton DJ PRO 3000
£69.00 BK/SL 20-20K 30 300 106 428 Coiled 3 50
Wesc Bass Unisex
£65.52 BK/W/GR/BL 20-20K 32 180 1 40
Zomo HD1200
£74.99 V 3-30K 24 1500 110 265 Coiled 3 50
Zomo Mono Stick HD120
£58.99 V 3-30K 24 200 110 265 Coiled 3 50
Zumreed ZHP015 X2 Hybrid
£85.25 BK 20-20K 32 30 104 347 1.2 40
Prices correct at time of publishing.

AKG K81

Like their bigger brother, the unique compact 3D axis design is attractive and solid, and for headphones in their category offer a remarkably clear sound in the upper frequencies, with a punchy bass that while not massive, is clearly defined. An excellent budget choice.

£34.99 Buy   Read more

American Audio HP550

Although lacking in high frequency response, the low end presence is fine, but overall these sound quite woody. The budget materials affect the build quality and comfort, but for the price, you could do worse.

£19.75 Buy   Read more

American Audio HP700

Like the HP550s, the low end presence is OK, but again the sound is woody. These represent decent for money, and the spare parts mean they'll last much longer.

£25.00 Buy   Read more

Audio Technica ATHT200

Like its bigger brother, the ATHT200 offer a comfortable, well designed package for the minimum of cash - however those looking for a fuller listening experience may be better off spending a bit more money.

£25.20 Buy   Read more

Audio Technica ATHT300

On looking at these headphones you'd be forgiven for thinking they're much more expensive than they are. Although the head support offers a comfortable listening experiences, the bass may be lacking for some. Overall, value for money.

£35.10 Buy   Read more

Citronic HP350

While certainly not suited to extended periods of home listening, the swivel cups lend themselves to those who need a budget pair of DJ headphones - though the mids can occasionally get lost in the swampy bass frequencies.

£18.49 Buy   Read more

Citronic HP450

Although they pack a bigger bass punch than their younger sibling the HP350 Pro, and are certainly more comfortable to wear, the slightly muted mids and slightly stiff swivel cup aren't ideal for DJing.

£24.49 Buy   Read more

Citronic HP500

The comfort and lightweight feel of these headphones impress, followed by warm and rich sound reproduction. For the price, they're great value for money and include a spare cable and carry case.

£35.04 Buy   Read more

Gemini DJX05

A little uncomfortable, but overall have a fairly well balanced sound and the rotating ear cups allow for a combination of monitoring styles.

£29.50 Buy   Read more

IMG Stage Line MD380

Although these are not suitable for very loud club environments, they are a good choice for the bedroom DJ on a tight budget. Can't argue with the price either.

£19.99 Buy   Read more

IMG Stage Line MDH6300

Headphones with this design are few and far between. If this particular style attracts you, then at this price these are probably one of the very few that you'll find on the market. They have reasonable sound quality and volume, with an XLR to 6.35mm Jack and carry case.

£29.50 Buy   Read more

JVC HAM750

Despite the unique shape of the ear cups, these cans offer effective isolation and comfort. The sound is well balanced, with deep bass and defined mid and high frequencies, all at an affordable price.

£39.95 Buy   Read more

Numark HF125

The Numark HF125s offer amazing value for money; closed back to offer good isolation, rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring, and lightweight for comfort.

£7.25 Buy   Read more

Opus 42

Good solid design, housing hefty 50mm drivers which deliver respectable sound quality and isolation for this price.

£19.99 Buy   Read more

Panasonic RPDJS400

More of a fashion-orientated design, the RPDJS400 deliver solid bass for this price and the swivelling ear cups allow for on-shoulder monitoring.

£24.26 Buy   Read more

Prodipe Pro580

Although these headphones do a decent enough job for the money, you get the sense that their not particularly snug fit is letting their isolation down, while the mid range frequencies sound somewhat tinny, although the volume control is a nice touch.

£33.50 Buy   Read more

Reloop RH2350 Pro MkII

Although these are certainly the ugly sibling of Reloop's otherwise classy design range, for under 10 you're unlikely to find a more comfy pair of headphones, although the higher ends of the spectrum can be slightly muffled - though for 10 they are a steal.

£14.99 Buy   Read more

Reloop RHP5

These small but perfectly formed headphones are surprisingly punchy in the sound department, and although they certainly don't stand up to the big boys, for portability and all round sound reproduction you can't go far wrong.

£39.99 Buy   Read more

Sennheiser HD205 II

As ever with Sennheiser, these headphones feel solid - and despite the swivel ear cup perhaps too solid for those DJing who might want a little more flexibility, but the sound isolation and response is as good as you'll get for the price.

£38.99 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ Pro 1000 Mk2

Although the name suggests these should be a pro set of DJ headphones, the lack of any kind of flexibility makes them impractical for one ear monitoring. Having said that, the sound is clear, and would make a decent home monitoring headphone on a budget.

£49.00 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ Pro 300

Although DJ headphones with one earphone are in theory a good idea, they do really need to be designed with either ear in mind, which these are not - though the higher frequencies are decent enough which is what's required of this kind of monitoring headphone.

£39.00 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ Pro 50

Unless you're really strapped for cash, these headphones should be avoided - they feel plasticky and stiff, and overall sound response feels somewhat muddy.

£20.24 Buy   Read more

Stanton DJ Pro 60

These space-age headphones are about as compact as DJ wear gets, and the low end response is excellent.

£31.00 Buy   Read more

Urbanz Wild

Although the combination of blue and yellow is not to everyone's tastes, these headphones are light, portable, and supremely flexible - though the default size may not be snug enough for some, the sound is big for the price.

£13.79 Buy   Read more

VIP DJ Blackbeat

Despite being billed as DJ headphones, they feel far too insubstantial for such a task, and though their size makes them more suited to portable listening, their still nature makes them likely to be uncomfortable for extended listening, though the black with gold trim will be attractive to many.

£19.99 Buy   Read more

VIP DJ Mimetik

These are more suited to portable listening than DJing, and the camouflage patterned version will not appeal to everyone.

£24.99 Buy   Read more

VIP DJ Snow

The stark white design is sure to stand out. Not suitable for DJing, acceptable for use on the run but will become uncomfortable after extended periods of listening.

£19.99 Buy   Read more

Vestax HMX1 Heart Shaped

Let's get the elephant in room out of the way first - the pink diamonte stylings will get you laughed out the venue if you turn up to a gig wearing these - regardless of gender, but the DJ Mayumi designed phones are supremely comfortable, and sound good.

£31.45 Buy   Read more

Zomo HD500

While these run of the mill headphones are neutral and compact enough, they felt a bit tight for our liking, and the sound, while concise enough in the bass department, was less distinct in the higher frequencies.

£19.99 Buy   Read more
  Price Juno verdict Colour Freq.
range
(Hz)
Imp. (Ohms) Max.
input (mW)
SE RP Sens. (dB/
mW)
Weight (g) Coiled /
straight
cable
Cable (m) DC 3.5mm jack 6.3mm jack FD Closed Driver (mm) Carry case
AKG K81
£34.99 BK 16-24K 32 2000 115 150 Straight 2.5
American Audio HP550
£19.75 BK/L/SN 5-30K 64 3500 107 327 4 54
American Audio HP700
£25.00 BK/SL 5-30K 64 3500 107 340 4 57
Audio Technica ATHT200
£25.20 BK 20-22K 40 500 100 210 Straight 3 40
Audio Technica ATHT300
£35.10 BK 18-22K 40 500 104 230 Straight 3 40
Citronic HP350
£18.49 BK/GR/BK 20-20K 32 118 310 Coiled 3 40
Citronic HP450
£24.49 GR/W/R 10-28K 32 300 105 310 2.5 50
Citronic HP500
£35.04 BK/SL 10-22K 32 1000 98 Coiled 50
Gemini DJX05
£29.50 BK/SL 20-20K 32 200 102 362 Coiled 4 50
IMG Stage Line MD380
£19.99 BK/SL 10-20K 32 200 100 Coiled 2 38
IMG Stage Line MDH6300
£29.50 BK 10-22K 46 3500 96 152 Coiled 1.3 50
JVC HAM750
£39.95 BK 6-26K 32 1000 115 242 Straight 2 40
Numark HF125
£7.25 185 3 40
Opus 42
£19.99 BK+SL 32 200 110 356 Coiled 50
Panasonic RPDJS400
£24.26 W/R 10-27K 32 1000 102 200 1.2 40
Prodipe Pro580
£33.50 BK 20-20K 32 200 105 272 3 semi
Reloop RH2350 Pro MkII
£14.99 BK 20-20K 32 102 135 3 40
Reloop RHP5
£39.99 V 10-22K 32 20 96 136 1.3 70
Sennheiser HD205 II
£38.99 BK/SL 14-20K 32 112 206 Straight 3
Stanton DJ Pro 1000 Mk2
£49.00 BK/SL 20-20K 100 500 100 200 Both 50
Stanton DJ Pro 300
£39.00 BK 20-20K 100 500 100 200 Straight 3 40
Stanton DJ Pro 50
£20.24 SL 20-20K 32 120 98 200 Coiled 2.7
Stanton DJ Pro 60
£31.00 BK 3-28K 50 80 102 170 Straight 2.8 40
Urbanz Wild
£13.79 V 5-20K 32 108 300 Straight 1.5 44
VIP DJ Blackbeat
£19.99 BK 20-20K 32 120 147 1.2 40
VIP DJ Mimetik
£24.99 CA 20-20K 32 120 147 1.2 40
VIP DJ Snow
£19.99 W 20-20K 32 120 147 1.2 40
Vestax HMX1 Heart Shaped
£31.45 W/P 32 30 105 248 Coiled 1
Zomo HD500
£19.99 BK/W/P 20-20K 32 99 160 Coiled 3 40
Prices correct at time of publishing.

Abbreviations

DC = Detachable Cable
FD = Folding Design
Freq. = Frequency
Imp. = Impedance
RP = Replaceable Parts
Sens. = Sensitivity
SE = Swivelling Earcups

Colours

BK = Black
BL = Blue
BR = Brown
CA = Camo
CH = Cherry
GM = Gun Metal
GR = Green
L = Lava
M = Mint
P = Pink
R = Red
SL = Silver
SN = Snow
V = Various
W = White

Glossary

Cable length (m):
Most headphone cables vary between 1-4m - the longest will not always be the best option as excess cable can become unwieldy and weigh you down when trying to DJ.

Cable type (Coiled/straight cable):
Coiled cables are always a better option than a straight cable for DJing - their spring like nature help to prevent the headphones being snagged and pulled out suddenly - something that can often damage the sensitive wires within.

Closed back design:
Closed back headphones have the back of the earcup closed - this function serves to isolate background noise, essential when mixing in a loud club environment.

Detachable cable:
A detachable cable is often advantageous, allowing you to switch between coiled or straight cable designs for different applications. It is also much cheaper to replace a faulty cable than to buy a new set of headphones.

Driver diameter (mm):
The larger the driver diameter, the more bass response the headphones will have, which is essential for accurate DJ monitoring.

Driver type:
DJ headphones almost exclusively use dynamic drivers, essentially a mini speaker, giving you clarity, high SPL and lots of bass without the need for extra amplification.

Frequency range (Hz):
The range of human hearing is 20Hz (low, sub frequencies) through to 20kHz (bright, high frequencies), although this lessens with age and the level of exposure to high volumes. Any frequencies outside of this range are generally deemed irrelevant as you can't hear them and are more of a product marketing gimmick than superior sound quality fact.

Jack size + type:
The 3.5mm (1/8 inch) jack is the industry standard for music headphones and most other electronic devices. However, most professional studio, DJ and non-portable equipment often require a 1/4 inch plug. The best headphones come with an adapter, meaning you can switch between the two with ease.

Max input (mW):
The higher the input power, the less distortion will be heard when listening at high volume. An input power of around 3000mW will have little or no distortion at all - but this will come with a higher price tag.

Sensitivity (dB/mW):
The higher the sensitivity, the greater the volume level the headphones will be capable of producing. Prolonged exposure to high volume levels can damage your hearing so make sure you keep this to a minimum or consider using specialist earplugs that will attenuate certain harmful frequencies.

Swivelling ear cups:
A swivelling ear cup design allows DJ's to easily use one ear for cuing and the other for monitoring the booth and master mix levels, which is essential for accurate beat matching, whilst freeing up both hands to operate the equipment efficiently.

Weight (g):
Although heavier headphones can often be much sturdier propositions, lighter headphones reduce the fatigue that can come from extended mixing sessions. A well designed pair of headphones can be both light and durable if constructed from quality materials.

The Juno Plus guide to buying DJ Headphones

With an ever increasing number of headphones on the market for any number of different uses, how should you decide what headphones are best suited to you, the DJ? Here's our guide to what to look out for and what to avoid.

There are essentially two different kinds of headphones. Open cupped headphones are designed to let in certain amounts of the surrounding ambient sound, but when you're in a noisy DJ environment it's generally agreed that you're usually going to be better served with close cupped (sometimes called close backed) headphones, which are designed to minimise the amount of environmental noise so that you can monitor your music in isolation.

Every set of headphones comes with a different length and type of lead. Some are straight fixed and some are coiled. Everyone has their own preference but we recommend the coiled type as it's very easy to get tangled up in the straight version, and it's easy to damage your cans and the mixing console they're plugged into if they're ripped from your head by someone standing on the cable in a busy DJ booth. We also recommend the cable be attached to the headset from one side rather than both, as the double-sided type tend to end up strangling you if they become tangled.

Most headphones are designed with a 3.5mm jack at the end, sometimes called a mini-jack, and they're almost always used on portable music playing devices such as MP3 players or in smart phones. However, most DJ mixers are only equipped to handle the larger 6.25mm jacks. These larger jacks are easily identified as they're the same size as ones that you might find coming out of electric guitars or synths. Make sure your headphones come with a 6.25mm (1/4") adapter.

While you're in the mix, you're probably going to be monitoring your cued music in your headphones and at the same time be listening to the booth mix so you can match the tempo and bring your music into the mix in time and at the most pertinent point. To do this you're going to want to swivel one of the cups away from your ear. Some headphones have swivelling cups and others are made from material that is strong but malleable enough to be able to be twisted away. Good headphones are designed to make it comfortable and easy to switch between positions.

You may find yourself in the situation where there is a delay (in milliseconds) in the sound coming from the dance floor and the booth monitor, in which case you're probably going to want to turn off the booth sound and cue and beat match in your headphones. Depending on what level you're at and how often you're spinning this could be a common occurrence, so it would be wise to have headphones that allow you to hear as wide a range of frequencies as possible.

Headphones are subject to a huge amount of wear and tear as they're constantly being twisted about, stuffed into the corner of a DJ bag, stamped on or pulled apart in the heat of the moment. It's well worth finding a pair that has replaceable parts, especially the connecting cable as it is usually the first thing to get worn out. Leads are prone to getting worn out at the jack end; there are some headphones on the market with a jack that is bent at 90 degrees and this design lessens the chances of early wear and tear. Some headphones also come with replacement ear pads as standard, which is also a nice touch.

As you're going to be using your headphones for prolonged periods of time, it would make sense that they are comfortable to wear. Most headphones have adjustable headbands and it might seem obvious, but headphones that don't fit your head properly aren't going to sound the way the designers intended. It's also desirable that the cups actually fit over your ears rather than riding on them as this can end up being uncomfortable after a while. The driver diameter of headphones can be anything between 35mm to 53mm. Most adjustable headphones also fold down into a small and handy size so they can be packed into your DJ bag without taking up too much space, and if it comes with a handy pouch to keep them in then, all the better.

To find the right set of headphones to suit your budget, you might want to consider how often you're using them, and what kind of environments you're going to find yourself playing in. One thing for certain is that headphones are an essential tool for every DJ and finding a pair that you're comfortable with is a personal, and very important, choice.