As a pro DJ I was asked how come DJs make any money when they have to buy headphones all the time. Now, I can understand this question because it came from a friend who is in awe of my (not uncommon for DJs) method of using my headphones with one ear on and the other ear off and he’d come to the assumption that I’d be breaking a pair in no time and so would need to replace them often. But this is NOT the case because when I choose my DJ headphones I’m after durability because my technique for mixing is crucial and I need the ‘on’ ear monitors for the channel, while my ‘off’ ear listens to the monitor speaker.
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Obviously, there’s a few other factors that I’ve got to address when I spend hard-earned cash on my DJ headphones like size, state-of-the-art technology and price. And bass, now there’s a feature you got to understand. I know my cans are never going to match that massive head-blowing sound I’m getting out there from my speakers but the headphones bass has to emphasise the lower frequencies and if you get the right ones for you you’ll get this without losing the naturalness and separation of sound. I like it bass heavy but balance also is key.
Wherever I play the joints are jam packed with screaming kids and my best DJ headphones have to be loud enough so that’s another consideration. You got great headphones at home? – Well I doubt they’ll cut it for DJing in a club let me tell you. And my DJ headphones have to be comfortable and not weigh me down. I can’t stand it if my earpads apply too much pressure on my head and ears. So that’s about it. You got to be sure you buy headphones that give you crystal clarity at high volumes. Just shop around all you can and look at those with open backs (which ok they will produce less distortion) and closed back ones like the ones I favour – that’s because they don’t cut out too much background noise – you got to hear above the din of your crowd.