9 Of the Best Budget DJ Headphones Under 100

Even the most famous and professional DJ’s often use budget headphones as workhorses

By Nik LiakContributing Author

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Even though DJ Headphones and studio headphones might look pretty much the same, there’s a huge difference between them. For instance, the DJ ones are often used in one ear only, and should feel more comfortable round your neck than on your head. Durability and portability are yet two other important aspects for DJ headphones. In fact, those two are often considered as crucial as the sound quality.

In brief, there are many aspects to consider when choosing your next headphones. Based on those criterions, we’ve compiled a list of the top 9 budget DJ Headphones you’d love to check out:

1. the t.bone TDJ 1000

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "the t.bone TDJ 1000", read the reviews and join the community! DJ Headphones need to "go loud" and that’s something you can expect from the TDJ 1000. Quiet headphones don’t fit the noisy club ambience. You simply won’t be able to hear the nuances of your own mix if using quiet gear. The TDJ 1000 feature 64Ohms impedance, which makes them one of the most powerful budget DJ headphones out there.

2. Allen & Heath Xone XD-40

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Allen & Heath Xone XD-40", read the reviews and join the community! A bit smaller than classic headphones, the XD-40 offer greater portability than their counterparts. Due to their size, they might get a little bit painful and tight for your ears after being worn for several hours non-stop. On the other hand, they feel way more comfortable when hanging around your neck than the bigger models. The sound they deliver is true to the original sound source. You’ll be able to monitor your bass, kicks, snares and hats and notice even the slightest EQ changes.

3. AKG K-518 DJ

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "AKG K-518 DJ", read the reviews and join the community! The AKG K-518 are known for their portability and stylish looks. Their foldable design makes them easy to transport and store. It’s a well-known fact that big and clumsy headphones are a headache for any DJ. Combine that with their stylish design, and you’ll get a decent budget workhorse. Now, as far as sound quality goes, the AKG K-518 feature a rather balanced sound. They might not be as loud as the the t.bone TDJ 1000 is, but they offer more noise suppression.

4. Behringer HPX 2000

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Behringer HPX 2000", read the reviews and join the community! The Behringer HPX2000 offer probably the best sound quality you can get for under €20. If you’re a mobile DJ, then you’ll find those headphones perfect for cueing up music. Their solid, yet lightweight build won’t be a burden for your neck, while their swivel ear proved to be quite versatile.

5. Sennheiser HD-280 Pro

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Sennheiser HD-280 Pro", read the reviews and join the community! The key for tracking vocals is sound isolation. Unlike beats or synths, vocals can’t be pre-computed if they’re recorded live. Hence, working with them requires good headphones that’d allow you to quickly spot and fix any mistakes, or do any other required tweaks. If you work with vocals often, consider getting the HD-280 Pro. Those are probably the best budget DJ headphones you can get for that purpose. They’re silent, clear, loud and well isolated.

6. AKG K-81-DJ

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "AKG K-81-DJ", read the reviews and join the community! The AKG K-81-DJ feature above-average sound isolation for their price range. They’re also often used for dubstep due to their great bass response. The K-81-DJ might not be as comfortable and as portable as the AKG K-518 DJ.  Instead, the K-81-DJ feature a “tank-like indestructibility”, as one of the DJ’s described them. 

7. Shure SRH750 DJ

Shure is famous for manufacturing the Shure SM58 LC, a microphone that works even after being run over by a truck. Road-tested performance is what defines Shure products, and the SRH750 DJ are just another proof of that. Those DJ Headphones are probably the most durable in our list - looks like they were especially designed to be used under extreme conditions. Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Shure SRH750 DJ", read the reviews and join the community! We all know how hard is to keep your gear safe during live performances. Besides that, the SRH750 feature an outstanding high response and a powerful, sharp bass. In fact, some professional DJ’s complain that the bass is overpowered and thus lacks of accuracy. Others claim that it’s a matter of personal tastes. Fact is - the SRH750 is used world-wide by thousand DJ’s. 

8. Sennheiser HD-215

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Sennheiser HD-215", read the reviews and join the community! The HD-215 II feature a nice balance between comfort, sound quality and sound isolation. The sound they produce might be considered both flat and true, with a clear low end. That might be either a pro or a con, depending on your preferences. There are mixed opinions about whether DJ headphones should color the sound or leave it as flat as possible. We’ll leave it up to you. Those DJ headphones come with soft faux leather cover. Thanks to their big size and ergonomic shape, The HD-215 II can be easily considered one of the most comfortable budget DJ headphones. You won’t have any ear pain even after wearing them for 5 or 6 hours straight. 

9. Superlux HD-631 DJ

Take the "IS IT GOOD FOR ME" test for "Superlux HD-631 DJ", read the reviews and join the community! You can use any kind of cable you want with those headphones. The HD-631 feature an input jack and thus allow you to plug in any cable you’d prefer. As you could notice, most DJ Headphones come with coiled cable. If that’s an issue for you, then you’ll definitely love the HD-631. This feature also makes them easier to carry and somehow compensates their above-average size and weigh. Their sound is rather flat and they lack a bit on bass. Again, this might or might not be an issue for you. 

Bottom Line

When it comes to music gear, there’s no strict correlation between price and quality. That means that even the most famous and professional DJ’s often use budget headphones as workhorses.

Try to figure out the specific use you’ll be giving to your DJ headphone, and choose accordingly to your personal preferences.

About Nik Liak

Musician, producer, DJ, promoter, and electronic music enthusiast alike, Nik Liak hails out of Thessaloniki, Greece. When not performing, he spends his time in the studio creating his own music…aided by his beloved dj gear and an upbringing in a very musically-influenced home.

Contact Nik Liak at nikliak@musicngear.com

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