Top Rated DJ Headphones on Any Budget

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Best DJ Headphones on Any Budget

As a DJ, gearing up might be pleasurable experience, but in most cases, it’s a total drag. Finding your mixers, controllers, consoles, and headphones usually requires weeks, if not months, but we’re here to help you out as much as we can. We’ve compiled a list of the best cheap DJ headphones under $100 for your convenience, so without any further ado, let’s get down to business.

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1. Behringer HPX2000

A brief summary of key specs and features:

Audiophiles and DJs alike simply adore Behringer’s headphones, and for a good reason too. That’s why we’re reviewing them this time around. These headphones boast highly detailed bass and transparent high frequencies, the dynamic range is very high, and you simply can’t ignore how beautiful these headphones are.

Behringer HPX2000 Headphones High-Definition DJ Headphones

What we liked about these:

DJs require high-definition bass, and that’s exactly what HPX2000 provides. On top of that, the dynamic range is huge, so you’ll hear everything, and we mean “everything” while using them. On a side note, you’ll look very cool with them, as they excel in aesthetics like no other. Overall this was one set of headphones we were happy to review, and coming in at less than $100 is pretty awesome, and they’re great with hip-hop vinyl.

What we thought could be improved:

Beauty always has a price, and the case with HPX2000 is that they’re a bit too bulky for comfort.

Our Verdict:

It’s hard to find a good headphone pair in this price point category, but Behringer delivered. For DJs that are quite low on cash, they might be the best option.  DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell) approved!

Pros:

  • Incredibly cheap
  • Very high dynamic range
  • Highly detailed bass and transparent highs
  • Detachable cord
  • Beautiful design

Cons:

  • Bulky and somewhat heavy

2. AKG Pro Audio K167

A brief summary of key specs and features:

AKG headphones are, without exception, ideal for DJs, regardless of the model you pick. We’ve chosen their Pro Audio K167 Tiesto for our review as they’re not as expensive as the other models from this electronics giant.

AKG Pro Audio K167 TIESTO DJ Headphones

They come with premium-quality 1,6-inch drivers that provide plenty of handling power, and they’re built from exquisite XPR reinforced-polymer materials. The ear-cups are oversized, though comfortable, and the headband feels pretty nice when worn too. It’s the quality of sound that made them so great, in all truth.

What we liked about these:

The features of these headphones aren’t exactly perfect, but they’re substantially better than average. They’re very easy to use due to the lack of specialized features (such as switches, remote control, or other convenience features), which can be considered as a flaw if you’re a pro, but that’s a huge benefit if you’re a beginner. 


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What we thought could be improved:

The build quality leaves a lot to be desired – they tend to dangle to and fro if you’re not actually holding them, so even though the plastic bits and pieces will remain firm, the cords and wires will burst if you’re not handling them properly.

Our Verdict:

Great sound, decent features, very comfortable to wear – even though they’re flimsy in general, they are definitely worth considering.

Pros:

  • Quality features
  • Excellent sound
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Ideal for beginner DJs

Cons:

  • Not exactly durable

3. Senheiser HD 205-II

A brief summary of key specs and features:

Let’s pull the curtain down with another headphone model from the Senheiser’s stock. We’ve saved HD 205-II for last as these headphones are truly a treat if you’re looking for premium-quality, yet affordable DJ headphones.

Sennheiser HD 205-II Studio Grade DJ Headphones (Black/Grey)

The earcups are rotatable and incredibly simple to clean, the bass is deep, and general audio reproduction is beyond smooth. On top of that, the ambient noise reduction is outstanding, and the construction rugged. Simply put, these may be the best cheap DJ headphones.

What we liked about these:

At first sight won’t be able to tell whether Senheiser’s HD 205-II are plain or professional grade headphones. They look relatively uninteresting – the standard-size earcups and oh-so-regular headband won’t actually appeal to everyone.

However, most audiophiles and professional DJs will tell you that you can’t go wrong with Senheiser. We tend to agree, and what we liked about these headphones is, for the lack of better words – everything.  Learn about beginner DJ turntables here.

They’re superior in terms of durability and audio reproduction to every model we’ve reviewed so far, and they come with several convenience features which make them absolutely ideal for DJs of all skill levels.

What we thought could be improved:

The only thing we’d like to see improved are the ear-cups – they’re padded and comfortable alright, but they’re not as durable as the rest of the construction.

Our Verdict:

Senheiser’s HD 205-II are among the most valuable headphones for DJs, even if we’re to forget that they’re affordable. They provide everything a DJ needs, and we highly recommend that you give them a shot.

Pros:

  • Outstanding sound quality
  • Deep, immersive bass
  • Well-balanced soundstage
  • Highly durable construction
  • Rotatable earcups

Cons:

  • Flimsy earcups

Conclusion

Regardless of what’s your brand of preference, this review should suffice to help you find a good pair of DJ headphones under $100 bucks. Senheiser’s just a bit above other brands this time around, but don’t let that dissuade you from trying out Koss or AKG – these are all premium-quality, yet cheap headphones that we guarantee that you will love.

By Robert Halvari

My name is Robert Halvari - audio engineer and a total audiophile. I love vinyl because it has that natural character which brings music to life. I've been using and testing vinyl record players for around 15 years and I'm sharing my love and knowledge of vinyl by publishing all I know at Notes On Vinyl

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