Some people think that "headphones are headphones", but chances are that you're here because you know that not all headphones are created equal. Whether you're just listening to your favorite tunes or getting busy in the studio mixing your own, DJ headphones are worth the investment to make sure you hear every detail and nuance in your music.
There are a few things that set DJ headphones apart from the norm. One of the most obvious differences is their size; they need that to house the big, powerful drivers that deliver the accurate bass reproduction DJs and audiophiles need. They're also designed to be worn often, and for long periods of time, so the ear cups (and, on many pairs, the headband as well) will have heavy padding to keep them comfortable. Ultrasone goes one step even further than that in their DJ headphones, building in a feature called "S-Logic" that limits the physical sound pressure you feel at high volumes—so they're just as easy on your eardrums as they are on the outsides of your ears.
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If you plan to use your DJ headphones for recreational listening, it's hard to go wrong with any pair you'll find here. For professional and studio use, there are a few things to look out for. One of those is the construction and padding. Are they durable enough to stand up to the DJ booth? In addition, consider whether the headphones are noise-cancelling. Most DJ 'phones are, which helps to make sure you can hear them clearly even in a noisy club. How about the design? Do they look like something you'll want to wear every day? Finally, is there a removable cord? That's something that doesn't always come to mind when you first think about DJ headphones, but it's a lot easier to replace a cord than the whole pair of cans, so a removable cord will make your set easier to maintain.
Every serious DJ deserves a good pair of headphones. You can't carry studio monitors on your shoulders everywhere you go, but you can take these—a lot of them even fold up and come with travel cases. Remember, they might be DJ headphones in name, but you don't have to be a DJ to use them: all you need is the desire to listen to your music without ever sacrificing quality.