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The 5 Best DJ Headphones Under $200: 2017 Reviews and Top Picks

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The headphone market is an incredibly crowded – while turntable production is for the most part limited to those companies that have both an interest and a background in producing high quality DJ equipment, the headphone market is vastly different.

There are a multitude of electronic based companies that produce headphones – irrespective of their production background and product priority.

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This is ultimately because headphones can be mass produced cheaply and sold for a decent profit.

The issue is that those headphones produced using cheap materials tend to be less durable and typically don’t sound as good – which obviously poses some issues for those of us who are serious about our music.

Headphones are essential to those who enjoy producing music. They allow us to listen to our sound closely and intently while eliminating external noise and distractions. This ensures that we pick up every note within our music, guarantee the production of the sound we want.

And average headphones don’t allow us to do this.

So with this in mind, I have put together an article outlining the best DJ headphones under 200 dollars available for purchase today. These headphones are durable, have excellent sound quality, and are produced by companies that actually have a vested interest in producing quality DJ equipment.

Product Summary

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Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins are known for the production of extremely high quality speakers. With this in mind, they have poured their audio expertise into a pair of headphones, creating the P5. And boy oh boy do these headphones sound incredible. The audio quality of these cans is through the roof – not to mention that they also look incredible.

Pioneer HDJ-1500-K Headphones

Pioneer are synonymous with high quality DJ equipment, and the 1500s are no different. Opting for a stylish black and silver design, these are an excellent option for the gigging DJ who is after a durable set of headphones that will last years of hard use.

Audio Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones

Audio Technica are building an excellent reputation for producing high quality DJ equipment at affordable price points – and this is paramount when looking at the ATH-M50X. These headphones offer fantastic sound quality, and are unquestionably designed for music production while also being suitable for daily use.

Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80 Headphones

The first thing that you notice with these headphones is that they are quite small, providing an option that is tailored towards those who do a lot of travel and therefore need a portable option – but don’t let that deter you. With excellent sounds quality and great construction durability, these are a great option for both the gigging DJ and heavy listener alike.

Shure SRH750DJ Professional DJ Headphones

The SRH750DJ are Shure’s first step into the headphone game, after spending a multitude of years designing cart tech for DJ’s specifically. With this in mind, these have been designed with the professional DJ in mind to create an extremely durable option that looks ridiculous.

Comparison Table

Reviews Of The Top 5 DJ Headphones (Under $200)

1. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 Headphones

Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 Headphones

The first thing that you will notice with the P5 Series 2 is their appearance – they are absolutely stunning. Opting for a sleek and classy design using high quality silver and black metal finishes, these headphones actually take your breath away.

The headphone market is saturated with cheap plastic options that have zero durability, and as a result you notice the construction quality of these cans straight away. The P5’s scream quality, and the aluminium structure of these headphones is both incredibly durable AND flexible. This is combined with thick sheepskin ear pads and a ridiculously comfortable headband – maximising comfort for many hours of use.

And speaking of use – these headphones have absolutely incredible sound quality. They provide crystal clear sounds and have excellent timing, in which they pick up the tiniest of details while completely eliminating outside noise. This is mostly due to the high quality materials used within the build, the efficient closed ear design of the headphones, and the excellent 40mm full range drivers with suspended diaphragm used in the build.

An excellent option for literally everyone.​

What we liked

  • Incredible sound
  • Look amazing
  • High durability and construction quality

What we didn’t like

  • Nil

2. Pioneer HDJ-1500-K Headphones

Pioneer HDJ-1500-K Headphones

The HDJ-1500 are pioneers answer to the market demand for mid-priced headphones that provide a professional experience – and boy have they delivered.

At first look these are unmistakably designed with the DJ in mind. They are a solid set of headphones without being chunky, in which their streamlined design is both visually appealing and convenient for travel. Built out of all black metal, they both look and feel high end and durable, which is further reinforced by the high quality construction used.

The sound cups are extremely wide, which greatly improves the sound isolation while almost completely eliminating external noise. This is combined with an extremely high volume range, making them absolutely perfect for monitoring in harsh situations (AKA in a crowded nightclub…). This is further improved by the high sound quality provided by these headphones, which sound fantastic.

I should mention that while an excellent option for the serious DJ due to both their sound isolation and durability, they are not the most comfortable pair of cans I have ever worn, and as such may not be the best option for those looking for something they can listen through ALL day.

What we liked

  • Great sound
  • Excellent noise cancelling capacity
  • High durability and construction quality

What we didn’t like

  • Not the most comfortable pair of headphones

3. Audio Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones

The Audio Technica TH-M50x Headphones are one of the few headphones on this list that I would recommend for both heavy production work and easy listening at home. They are large and incredibly durable (dare I say… indestructible?), but also extremely comfortable (so much so that I have actually forgotten I was wearing them at times).

This particular model comes with three detachable headphone cables, each one suited to a different scenario, and offers swivel cups combined with extremely durable leather padding, completing a serious set of headphones that are both easy to use and will last you a very long time.

With this durability and comfort comes an extremely high end, and balanced, sound. This neutral sound doesn’t prioritise a single aspect, but rather keeps all notes evenly prized. This guarantees that your sound won’t become distorted through overpowered bass notes, while also allowing you to hear every little nuance of your music production.

These are a great option that offer fantastic value for money!

What we liked

  • Excellent sound
  • Awesome versatility
  • Look great
  • Very comfortable

What we didn’t like

  • Neutral sound may not appeal to everyone

4. Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80 Headphones

Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80 Headphones

The DT1350’s both look and feel like very high quality headphones. They are study, and have a nice weight behind them. This is further supported by their two year guarantee and excellent customer service – they are a quality outfit that produce quality products.

The ear cups on these are noticeably smaller than many others on this list, due to the fact that they opt for a closed ear design that is nearly ‘on ear’ as opposed to ‘over ear’. But it is important that you do not let that worry you – these are an extremely comfy set of cans that have great noise cancelling capacity (although they may not be the most suitable option for a busy nightclub).

These offer a high end neutral sound that is incredibly clear, and look absolutely excellent as well. A fantastic option for those in the market for a high quality portable option.

What we liked

  • Very comfortable
  • Great neutral sound

What we didn’t like

  • Noise cancellation could be improved

5. Shure SRH750DJ Professional DJ Headphones

Shure SRH750DJ Professional DJ Headphones

Shure are well known for producing high quality audio products, and fortunately for us, their entry into the headphone game is no different. Designed specifically to suit the needs of a serious Disk Jockey, these are an excellent option for the gigging DJ.

Despite their high durability and excellent construction quality, these headphones are actually quite light and portable which greatly increases their comfort (even despite their large 50mm drivers). They also offer high quality leather consuming, a 10 foot long headphone cord, and two swivel cups that both rotate 180 degrees – all of which result in an excellent piece of equipment that is perfect for heavy use.

These have a very bass heavy sound built for heavy dance, trance, and house. This is combined with some brisk highs and amazing sound isolation to provide an excellent sounding set of headphones – an excellent option for the serious disk jockey.

What we liked

  • Comfortable
  • Great sound and excellent noise cancellation
  • Awesome features

What we didn’t like

  • Maybe not as visually appealing as some of the options on this list

Value Section

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While I would suggest the 5 sets of cans on this list represent the best value within this price bracket, I also understand that they may not appeal to absolutely everyone. As such, I have gone ahead and provided some tips that outline the key things to look for in a good set of headphones for under 200 dollars.

Don’t settle for a sub-par sound: Headphones within this price bracket have the capacity to produce some incredible noises – as such you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for.

They should feel solid: while you can certainly pay more than 200 dollars for a set of headphones, those sitting under that price should still be made of high quality materials, and should have a solid, sturdy feel to them. If they don’t feel like they will last, then they probably won’t.

Look for your style: Now this may be a little obvious but still, it is important that you find an option that suits your specific needs. If you are after something for heavy gigging, then find a durable pair of headphones that offer great noise cancelling and excellent features. If you are more of a casual listener, then comfort may be your priority.

Using these tips will make it so much easier to find a decent pair of cans in this price range – although you can also take my word for it and get one of the incredible options above.

Conclusion

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While each of the options in this article have a host of positives and very few negatives, there is in my mind a clear winner.

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2 headphones.

These cans are absolutely epic. Their sound quality is through the roof, they are incredibly comfortable, and they are built using high quality materials, ensuring that they will, last you a very long time. This has been combined with some extremely sleek design, in which they would look at home absolutely anywhere.

A great option for literally anyone, with no downfalls – I can comfortably say that the P5’s are the best headphones for under 200 bucks available on the market. Period.​

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