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What Headphones Should I Buy?


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What Headphones Should I Buy?

‘You’re a DJ, you must know a thing or two about headphones. What’s good?’

Headphones are a personal thing, especially for musicians and DJs. Most consumers wants the best product for the least cost. Even if you merely want a quality pair of headphones for personal use we recommend professional headphones – they offer allot more average value than the retail market. Entry level pro headphones cost less than a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre. We recommend going to a music store such as Axe Music, Music Centre Canada or Long and McQuade to purchase a quality pair of headphones, they usually have some wonderful headphone demos setup where you can listen before buying. If you want headphones that are accurate and comfortable go for a studio set, if you want enhanced bassy goodness you want a DJ set.

What’s fully enclosed vs. semi-open?

Enclosed headphones block out most external noise and offer a great listening experience. They are a good choice for DJs as they can help protect your hearing from the main PA. They are not a good choice if you are on the go walking near traffic. Semi-enclosed still offer a good listening experience without shutting out the  rest of the world.

Here are a few of our favorites headphones, we thought these had some of the best value so we bought them.

DJ headphones used by a Calgary DJ

AKG Pro K167: These closed back headphones are our favorite headphones for DJing; Tiesto has good taste. They produce fun, impressive levels of bass. They are a bargain at 80$. We listened to 20 pairs of headphones at Long and McQuade these had the best bass of the lot, while still maintaining the integrity of the rest of the spectrum.

AKG k240 MKI or MKII Both models are great, the MKII does feature a few improvements and costs more. This is a real studio classic loved by audio engineers for years. Rugged, natural sound for a reasonable price.

AKG k240 MKI or MKII Both models are great, the MKII does feature a few improvements and costs a bit more. This is a real studio classic loved by audio engineers for years. Rugged, natural sound for a reasonable price.

KRK headphones

KRK KNS 8400 Headphones: We bought these semi-open units because they had some of the most honest sound reproduction we could find around 150$. Semi-open headphones do tend to sound more natural. Very comfortable to wear, not fatiguing to listen to for extended periods. Great if you enjoy acoustic music. Headphones that sound better incur a pretty steep increase in price.